LaDonna Hughley is the CEO of Hughley manor. She has three children, Kyle, Ryan, and Tyler, with famous comedian D.L. Hughley. Of the three Kyle, who is her oldest child has Asperger Syndrome.
Tisha Michelle Campbell-Martin (born October 13, 1968) is an American actress and singer, known for her starring roles in television programs such as Rags to Riches, Martin and My Wife and Kids. Apart from her achievements in television, she also has notable accomplishments in film (including the House Party franchise), theater, and music. Tisha and her husband, fellow actor Duane Martin, married on August 17, 1996. Together they have two sons: Xen, born August 8, 2001, Ezekiel, born September 8, 2009. The couple reside in Los Angeles. She is currently writing a cookbook and a novel. She is also best friends with her former Martin and Everybody Hates Chris castmate, Tichina Arnold.
Donna is an Administrator, Conference Speaker and parent advocate. Donnas mission in life is to encourage, educate, enlighten and empower parents with knowledge that transforms their thinking and expectations for a better life. She has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between school districts and the parents of special needs children; advocating for the best placement and most appropriate accommodations for students. Donnas faith in God and love of people shines through in every aspect of life. As a conference speaker, she passionately teaches the word of God with an encouraging message of hope and restoration. Donna lives with earnest hope for her autistic daughters healing while lovingly caring for her needs every day. Donna received her Bachelors degree in Business for Pepperdine University. She attended Fuller Theological Seminary and received a Masters in Education from Azusa Pacific University. Current completing a doctorate in Educational Leadership, Donna is continuing her quest to be up to date in informed regarding the salient issues confronting families and education. Donna lives with her husband Jeff in Southern California. They have two children (one with autism). Their home is an oasis where family and friends are always welcome and children are free to just be.
In this docu-feature 5 women; an educator, an actress, a lawyer, a music manager, and a homemaker; are our guides as we explore the overlooked world of autism, in particular in the Black and Brown communities. Through these ladies, we uncover the truths about why some Black and Brown children are not receiving the same medical diagnoses or are misdiagnosed. And through their stories, the narratives explore sadness, strength, joy and the ultimate hope that binds us all to fight for a better tomorrow.
THE MUSIC MANAGER
Tammy McCrary is a powerhouse and a true visionary. She began her career in the entertainment business as co-founder of Creative Image, an image consulting firm for entertainers. Focusing on music, she developed and managed the group, Pretty In Pink, securing them a deal with Motown Records and executive producing their debut album, Wake Up. By 1995, as fate would have it, Tammy took the leap to become manager for her sister, Chaka Khan. Subsequently, the sisters co-executive produced Epiphany for Warner Brothers Records.
Shannon King Nash is an Attorney, CPA, Author and Entrepreneur. She is the author of the award-winning book entitled, "For the Love of Money: The 411 to Taking Control of Your Taxes and Building Your Net Worth." She's been featured as a tax, finance and legal expert in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Autism File Magazine, Woman's Day, Global Finance Magazine, Jet Magazine, Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, LA Parent Magazine, Upscale Magazine, Bankrate.com, About.com. Greatschools.org, ABC News Online and The Washington Times. She was also featured on the cover of the April 2009 issue of Black Enterprise Magazine and served as the finance expert on episodes of Style Network's Modern Girls Guide and BET's The Center and My Black Is Beautiful.
Shannon is the mother of three beautiful boys, including one with autism. She donates her time and expertise to numerous causes. She's the former Secretary of the American Bar Association Tax Section and former Chair of the National Bar Association Tax Committee. She's passionate about advocating for children with special needs and is the former Secretary of Cure Autism Now (now Autism Speaks). She's also avid about helping to combat stroke and heart disease. Shannon serves as the online finance expert for the American Heart Association's Power To End Stroke Campaign, where she answers questions about dealing with the financial impact of a stoke (www.powertoendstroke.org).
Shannon received her BS in Accounting from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce and her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. Her website is and you can find her on Facebook at Tax Diva and Twitter @shannonnash. For more on Shannon, visit her Media Page.