Images and Words by DeWayne Rogers
Photo Assistance by Leon Good
Meagan Good has a lot going on. You can tell by simply taking a glimpse at the cluttered highlights on her phone’s calendar. But if you didn’t have access to her mobile device (few do), then you can take clues from the increase of trending topics in the news bearing her name. From her starring role in the box-office hit Think Like a Man, to her landing the lead role in the promising television pilot “Notorious,” there is no shortage of Meagan Good-related news stories.
And while she certainly recognizes how fortunate it is to be that busy in a Hollywood climate where actors’ phones go deafeningly silent for years, Good actually has bigger fish to fry in other areas of her life. From her recent engagement to Hollywood exec DeVon Franklin, to the increased attention paid to her burgeoning music group, The H.E.L.L.O. Girls, there is enough activity in Good’s non-acting life to keep her busy for years to come.
So rolling out decided to bring the H.E.L.L.O. Girls together for an exclusive photo shoot where we were privy to a personal view of Meagan’s foray into the music world. While there, we not only caught a glimpse of her passion for the music and her bandmates (LaMyia Good, Sterling Victorian and Amy Bell), but we also gained a unique understanding of her love for God, and the man with whom she plans to spend the rest of her life.
The following details that time together.
There has been a lot of buzz surrounding your new music group, The H.E.L.L.O. Girls. Tell us about your name in the group, because I hear you have an interesting nickname.
My name in the group is Cheeba. It comes from an old-school cartoon where there was a cat who was like the Queen of Sheba. I’m a Leo so I am very much a lioness, so the girls somehow nicknamed me Cheeba.
How has the experience of being in the group been for you? I know it started organically as friends, but now it seems to be taking off.
Yeah, we really haven’t released our first video yet, and we haven’t been releasing a lot of songs, but we have been gaining momentum, which has been a blessing. It’s just great, because Amy is my best friend … we’ve been best friends since we were 15 years old. I’ve known Sterling forever … her mom used to write on a Nickelodeon show that I did as a kid, and of course LaMyia is my sister, so we are very close.
… I’ve always felt this pull toward music, and now that the right opportunity has presented itself, and I knew that it was going to be us four, it just felt so right.
Why did this opportunity feel different from the rest?
Well, because of the purpose behind it. It wasn’t just four friends getting together to make songs. It was about four women coming together to make a movement, and to empower women everywhere to be respectful, while also commanding respect from others. This movement has been about us being Christians, but also being very unorthodox in our approach. It was about us being hippies, and being free-spirited in our approach. We are not about the church; we are about God’s kingdom, and being about His business. So we are really having fun with this, while making sure that there is an underlining note of positivity in everything that we do.
It’s really cool to see you be more vocal in your faith. What happened to make you be more outspoken?
I don’t think that anything changed with me. I just think that there was a certain point in my career where people really weren’t listening to me because I was just getting started. But over time, as I started to get better and better, people got more interested in what I had to say. But if you go back and listen to interviews that I did in 2000 and 2001, you will see that I was saying a lot of the same things. It’s just a blessing now that people are listening as I try to share the love of God and empower young women. I really have the opportunity to make an impact, so I’m doing my best to make the most of it.
It seems like you have a lot on your plate. How are you going to balance acting, with music, as well as your impending marriage?
I’m just going to take it day by day. I really don’t focus on the destination, because I know that God has me. Right now, I’m just really enjoying the journey. When you focus on all the things that you want to be and accomplish, you run the risk of overwhelming yourself. I set my goals, and then I work little by little every day, and don’t worry about it because I know that it will all happen in God’s time.
Over the next few years, what are some of the personal and professional aspects of your life that you want to improve upon?
Well I definitely want to start making more films, and I also want to start writing and producing more. I want to create projects with my fiancé, and just help people in any way that I can. I just want to get my hands on different areas of the business, and soak in everything that God has given me a passion for.
In my personal life, I just want to work on being a better person every day. Really working on quitting this smoking, and zoning in on letting go of the people who shouldn’t be in my life. I want to start focusing on spending more time with my mom, because life is short and precious. I want to be there for my younger sister, who turns 17 next month … I just really want to begin valuing more the things that are valuable to me. My focus is on giving them more attention than I have over the last couple of years. When you’re in your 20s, you’re ripping and running, and you can forget about the things that are so much more important than what you’re doing. Now that I’m 30, my mind-set has been altered in a great way, so I’m going to be focusing more on that.
You want to do projects with your fiancé. Would they be more mainstream, or Christian-based?
It will be both. You can’t just make projects for the Christian community, because I think they already have the right idea. They’re going to be OK … We will still make movies for them, but we also have to create projects for those people who need something positive and relatable without being very preachy. The key is to pull them in, and then add a hint of spirituality and God to the overall message without scaring them away.
There are so many people who think they know Meagan Good. Do you feel like the music and you getting married will change people’s perspective of you?
People do have a perception of me, but as long as I continue on this path, I think that their opinions will fall into line with where they need to be. It’s interesting that I said months ago that I know that the next man that I get into a serious relationship [with] is going to be my husband. I also said that, from here on out I am going to be completely celibate and people laughed at me. They said, “yeah right, she can’t do that … who is she trying to fool?” So it was hurtful that so many people mocked me, based on opinions of people that have never met me a day in their life because they didn’t believe that’s who I really was. So I do think that the evolution in my life will change people’s opinions of me … but even if it doesn’t, I’m OK with that. I don’t live for them; I live for God, and for the people that God has placed in my life. Everything else is just a [distraction], and I’m not going to be distracted.
On a personal note, I got a chance to meet and have a long conversation with your fiancé, Devon Franklin, and I walked away thinking that he was a great guy. Having known you for years, I couldn’t be happier for the two of you because I know that you both have hearts for God.
Thank you so much … I really appreciate you saying that from the heart. You know, I feel like I am happier than I have ever been. A big part of that is finding a partner who shares the same heart for God that I have, who walks down the same road as I, and who wants the same things in life that I do. I’m also happy that I found someone who understands what I do for a living, and wants to use that as a tool to help glorify God. It’s really nice … and I’m so very happy.
We are so happy for you as well, and thank you for always showing love to rolling out magazine.
No, thank you and God bless.