Lucas has been a force for change at Crown Media since joining the company last year. She’s been vocal about the need for Hallmark stories to have themes that viewers of all ages, ethnicities, genders and sexualities can relate to. The company is set to diversify its programming even more with the launch of the Mahogany content offering. When it launches on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries in early 2022, viewers can expect to see the themes of human connection, family and community examined through the lens of Black culture. “I often cite a quote by Maya Angelou which I will paraphrase: ‘People will forget what you said and did, but they will never forget how you made them feel,’” she says. “Regardless of the message, you can keep a person’s dignity intact, whether challenging them or inspiring them.”
How have you been a champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion?
Throughout my life and career, in every room that I enter as an African American woman, I have made my presence known by using my intellect, sense of humor, and ability to connect with others to get things done. I champion DEI and strive to ensure that people, regardless of their designation, understand they have a right and are welcome to bring their unique selves into the rooms in which I can now extend an invitation.
Who deserves a biopic made about their life and why?
My uncle, Hank Aaron, deserves a biopic because he broke barriers on the baseball field and in every aspect of his life, including the corporate boardroom. Despite facing unfathomable hatred, he led his life with kindness, humility, and pride. These are universal lessons for living a gracious life of achievement and purpose worthy of further examination.
My best advice for fostering open, honest communication is… to be an open, honest communicator, respectfully. I often cite a quote by Maya Angelou which I will paraphrase, “People will forget what you said and did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Regardless of the message, you can keep a person’s dignity intact, whether challenging them or inspiring them.