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At Super Bowl, Sheryl Lee Ralph seeks to ‘Lift Every Voice’



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PHOENIX — Sheryl Lee Ralph resides a profession dream: The “Abbott Elementary” star gained her first Emmy final yr and can lend her highly effective vocals as a Tremendous Bowl pregame performer this weekend.

With all her success, the veteran actor-singer solely needs her late mother and father have been dwelling to witness her current accomplishments.

“I want that my mother and father have been nonetheless alive to see it and expertise it with me,” Ralph mentioned in a current interview whereas selling the Microban 24 sanitizing spray. Her father was a school professor, whereas her mom was a famend Jamaican dressmaker.

“My mother and father at all times believed in me and my success,” she continued. “I do know this could’ve been one thing they might like to have been part of. I do miss them.

Ralph will hit this Sunday’s Tremendous Bowl stage to sing “Carry Each Voice and Sing.” The opposite pregame performances embrace nation music star Chris Stapleton, who will sing the nationwide anthem, whereas R&B legend Babyface will carry out “America the Stunning.” Rihanna is the featured halftime performer.

Final yr, the 66-year-old Ralph gained an Emmy as a first-time nominee for finest supporting actress in a comedy for her function as Barbara Howard on ABC’s “Abbott Elementary,” which additionally stars Quinta Brunson. In her acceptance speech, she bellowed highly effective lyrics about being an “Endangered Species” by Dianne Reeves to implore others to by no means quit on their goals or aspirations.

Ralph mentioned she at all times believed in her talents. She’s blissful to lastly obtain the constructive recognition and power being served her means.

“Fame and success could be very daunting,” mentioned the actor who has many years of trade expertise with a number of memorable roles together with the Broadway musical “Dreamgirls” within the Eighties and the stepmother to the title character on the Nineteen Nineties sitcom “Moesha.”

“It is not for the faint of coronary heart,” she mentioned. “It’s not to those that are weak. You need to be robust to maintain. You need to have the assumption to do what is important to maintain you capable of keep on. To rise up and speak to folks and convey messages. It’s taken years to study, and I’ve simply been an excellent pupil and have paid consideration. So now I’m ready to take action a lot of that understanding that that is fairly a race. It’s a marathon I ought to say.”


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