Jamaica’s OWN TAMEIKA DORMAN
BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer staff reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
AFTER 10 years at Black Entertainment Television (BET), Jamaican Tameika Dorman decided last year it was time to move on.
Her current job is at Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) as an associate producer on its highly touted series, Love In The City.
The show, which surrounds four best friends who share "life, loss, friendship and sex" premiered April 12.
Dorman, who grew up in Portmore, says Love In The City is not another 'hot girls' show in the mould of Sex In The City and Desperate Housewives.
"It deals with issues on divorce, cancer, infertility -- issues that so many other women are dealing with on a daily basis," she told the Sunday Observer.
Dorman assists the supervising producer and crew as well as help create storylines and schedules for cast members. Putting the show together, she stressed, was "exciting and exhausting".
"Reality television consists of 12 to 14-hour work days six days a week. The hours were gruelling but working with the crew and cast was also fun," she said.
Working for the queen of American media, Dorman added, makes the job even more fulfilling.
"The thing that surprises me about Oprah is her humility and kindness. You would think she would be glamorous on a daily basis, but no, she is simple in her everyday appearance," she said.
Dorman was born in Kingston "as a healthy triplet" (one of whom died at age four) and raised in Garveymeade, Portmore. She left Jamaica at age 11. Her career in television production began 13 years ago at Bronx Net, a public access station in New York City.
She then moved to BET, working on hip shows like 106 and Park, BET Awards and Rip The Runway.
Dorman says it is important to stay true to her roots.
"It has shaped me as a strong, versatile Jamaican woman. Growing up in Jamaica my grandmother, Vera Bennett, who was vice-principal of Jones Town Primary and my Aunt Ingrid taught me that I should always put God first in everything I do and everything else will come after."
Now in her "blooming 30s", Dorman hosts her own show, Dancehall NYC, an hour-long entertainment programme on Bronx Net showcasing the hottest parties in the Tri-state area, Jamaican music videos and artiste interviews.