Flex and Shanice talks with Prestige

News & Entertainment / December 20, 2014

Flex and Shanice season finale is a must see. Enjoy our Exclusive interview with them as well as a sneak peek from the Season Finale episode that airs on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) tonight Saturday Dec 20th  10pm EST.


Sylvia:   Well, hello, Flex and Shanice. It’s such a pleasure to have you as our special guests for segment of Prestige Magazine.                  

Shanice:    Hello, nice to be talking to you.

Sylvia:   Yes, we’re very excited for you guys. So, what we want to do is get a little background information on who Flex and Shanice are, just a little refresher for our readers.

Flex:   All right, well I am Flex Alexander, actor, stand-up comedian, used to be dancer way, way, way back in the day, and father, husband.

Shanice:   And producer.

Flex:   Yeah, produce, yes.

Shanice:   And I am Shanice, singer, Grammy-nominated, Broadway, I was the first African American to be 53. Ebony in Les Misérables on Broadway, actress, mother, proud wife, and, yeah, businesswoman.

Sylvia:   Okay, so we know that Saturday marks the season finale for the Flex & Shanice show on Oprah Winfrey’s network, so if we can digress just a little bit more to the beginning of the show and if you could tell us about the events that sparked this whole journey to the Flex & Shanice show.

Shanice:   It starts off, I don’t know, it’s starts off talking about what happened to my career. I don’t know if you saw our sneak preview thing that we did before the first episode with Babyface and the pilot, I sit down and talk to him about what happened because I used to be signed to his label, and another guy who worked at the company blamed my mom for my career ending the way it did. And Babyface went on doing the show, I said, “No, that’s not what it was.” So, throughout the season you see me telling my mom what was said and how I have to find new management and it’s time for me to move on and try new things.

Flex:   The overall overview is what we went through as a couple and family, making money and then things kind of hitting bottom and really just kind of starting all over, and just the support and the love we got from family and friends and we just continue to push on because at the time when things were going well everybody’s there, and as soon as things kind of tail off people disappear. And it was just a really tough journey back and we’re thankful to have pulled through everything, but the overview of what we’ve gone through is literally what 90 percent of America is going through with this financial climate. We’re just showing it, we’re human just like everybody else.

Shanice:   Right.             

Sylvia:   Okay, so how was it having to deal with those upsets and downfalls with your family and what methods were put into place to make sure that the family bond would not become unglued?

Flex:   We just prayed and we just said, “Hey, we know this isn’t going to be forever.” And when you love each other you just got to push through, you fight through it and, really, that’s what it was. It was just a big love movement, really, you know?

Shanice:   Yeah, we just had all come together and helped each other through our hardest times and we were just all there for each other and that’s how we made it through, and like you said, lots of prayer.            

Sylvia:   So you’ve allowed us, the fans, and the public into your private spaces and you’ve made us feel as if we were a part of the struggle, like you said, most of America are experiencing these types of struggles. And you also allowed us to see the joyous moments. Was it easy making the decision to let others into your private space and to see what was transpiring in your lives?

Flex:   It’s never easy, but I think we agreed to just do it.

Shanice:   And then it made it all worth it hearing the comments like people Tweeting us saying, “Wow, this helped me through my hardest times.” And the fact that we were able to by giving our testimony we were able to help others, so it made it all worth it, but in the beginning I was a little nervous because I didn’t know, it’s just scary for the first time telling the world your secrets. So, in the beginning I was a little nervous about it, but after the first episode and just hearing the comments and hearing how people said it helped them. I said, “Okay, I see why this was meant to happen, but not just for our own good but to help others.”              

Sylvia:   Yes. So, we’ve seen that there have been some great support groups, family and friends like you said, but was there ever a time when either of you felt as if there was not enough support there or if there was not enough from those who you’ve given to or supported during their struggles? In other words, were there many fair-weather friends that came about?

Flex:   Yeah, there were many fair-weather friends. There were too many fair-weather friends. Our family has been there, been solid, but there were many fair-weather friends and it hurt, but the other thing is it taught us who was really true and who wasn’t.                       

Sylvia:   And now that those struggles are becoming less and less do you see some of those same people that were not so supportive, basically your fair-weather friends, trying to make their way back into your lives now?

Flex:   Oh, yeah. We see some of that.

Shanice:   Yeah, we see some of that, but it was to be expected. I mean, we’ve been in the business long enough to know when things are good everyone is around, and when things kind of slow down everyone backs way. This isn’t the first time that I witnessed this. After 101 ended, Flex’s show, we had a bunch of people around us and then when that show ended we noticed right away people backed away, and even with my career. When my career slowed down I noticed people backed away from me and then when I met Flex and he had a TV show, then I had those same people trying to come back around. I’m so used to it, but it’s to be expected. But we know who are real friends and aren’t and we know what to look out for.

Sylvia:   Okay. So, Shanice, on the season finale with the previews we’re seeing that you’re flashing that beautiful smile, that’s the way we, the public, know you, that we’ve experienced over the years and it seems even more radiant now. Would you attribute that smile to being in your element? I mean, you’re singing, you’re recording, and being able to record with your friend Elvin Ross, and basically kind of being the stability of the family really coming back together again.

Shanice:   Oh, absolutely. Well, you know what, even during our hardest times, even when I wasn’t doing a whole lot I always tried to keep a smile on my face. I tried to smile through the pain, and Flex is a comedian so we laugh and make jokes and try to make things as fun as possible. Yeah, but it does help because I sing and what I believe is God put me on Earth to do is to sing, and I started singing melodies when I was a baby. So, I’ve been able to do what I love to do all over again and that puts even a bigger smile on my face, and working with some of the amazing producers like you mentioned Elvin, it’s a dream come true. It’s like starting all over again, it’s like a new beginning for me. So, yeah, that definitely puts an even bigger smile on my face.                  

Sylvia:   Flex, you’ve also been able to re-enter the world of comedy now embarking upon your tour. What kinds of emotions are you feeling and are you able, by being able to hit the stage again, and most important of all for your beautiful family after such a big struggle?

Flex:   It’s exciting to get back on the stage and just share my life and take people on the journey with me that have followed my career for years. So, it’s exciting for me, it’s an exciting time, and it’s given me so much material and stuff to talk about. I’m just excited to take people on this journey and to get back to doing what I really love.               

Sylvia:   Like you mentioned before we know that team work and the love that you guys have for each other, we can see it and it is very evident throughout your family. I know that that bond has been tried and tested, you going through the thick and the thin, but I know that’s been able to keep you focused as far as moving forward, so now as the season finale approaches, and we’ll get a chance to see it on December 20th, 10:00 o’clock for most of us I think, so as that approaches is there anything that you want to let the fans and the readers of Prestige Magazine know about what’s going to be transpiring without giving everything away?

Flex:   It’s going to be a love fest, get your tissues out, that’s all I’m going to say.                  

Shanice:   Yeah, you’re going to laugh, but you’re definitely, like you said, it’s going to take you on a little emotional rollercoaster ride, so get your tissue ready, that’s all I have to say also. I don’t want to give it away! But as you see on the preview my mom talks about possibly moving out of the house, so that gives you a little hint there, but it’s going to be something else, definitely get your tissue ready.

Sylvia:   Also, we know that, Shanice, you’ve been working on your music that’s possibly going to be used for The Haves and The Have Nots, and we’ve also mentioned that Flex is getting ready to do his tour, but are there any other new projects you’re working on or future projects that you would like to share with us?

Shanice:   Well, I have a new onesie line coming soon, that’s in the works because I know on the show I told everybody I’m addicted to my onesie that I sleep in. So, I started this whole new onesie movement, so I’m working on a line, and just more music. Next year, definitely a whole album. I put out two singles, “Gotta Blame Me” and “We Can Fly” is on iTunes right now, but it’s definitely more music and some touring. I’m going to be doing some live dates.                

Sylvia:   Very good. And for you, Flex?

Flex:   Just looking forward to getting on the road and I have a sitcom that I’m developing, and those two are really the main things that I’m focused on, my stand-up and getting my sitcom done and sold. So, you’ll be seeing that journey as well.               

Sylvia:   Okay, very good. And just a little recapping, we’re so proud of you guys and we really enjoy seeing your story unfold so far up until now for the season finale, and you’ve also shown us that you are no different from the rest of us. Everybody will experience some type of struggles in their lives and it takes the prayer and the commitment to be able to move through those things. So, one of the very things that Prestige Magazine readers and your fans would like to know is how can we continue to share in your lives like through social media? Would you like to give us a website, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter so that we can really keep up with you?

Flex:   You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter. It’s FlexAforeal for Twitter and Instagram.

Shanice:   And you can follow me on Twitter, Shaniceonline. Instagram, Shaniceonline, and then Facebook is Shanice Wilson.              

Sylvia:   Okay. And finally, is there anything else that you would like to say or reiterate for the fans of Prestige Magazine and the readers?

Shanice:   I just want to thank everybody for supporting us and for supporting the show and we’re just so excited to share our story with everyone. And keep pushing through! Don’t let nothing stop you, nothing. Did you have something you wanted to say, Flex?

Flex:   Just as well to keep pushing through, keep pushing through, and in time just smile through the pain, but you’ll get through it.

Shanice:   And just know the storm doesn’t last forever, you’ll always get through a storm. You never stay in a storm forever.            

Sylvia:   All right, so thank you once again so much for affording us this beautiful opportunity at Prestige Magazine. And we just pray for you guys, we pray for all of your endeavours, and we just wish you many, many, many blessings abundant as you continue to press on through your careers.

Shanice:   Thank you!               

Sylvia:   And just, Shanice, just continue to sing for us. Flex, continue to make us laugh, and we will be continuing to support you and follow you throughout your careers.

Shanice:   Thank you!

Flex:   Thank you.    

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