PRODUCER

PIONEERS

 

I come from a rich legacy of performing artists in the entertainment industry. My great-great grandfather Richard Wiley was an actor, musician and an orchestra leader. He taught his son (my great grandfather) Arnold Wiley to dance and play the piano. By the age of 18 my great grandfather was a brilliant pianist and began touring Oklahoma with the “Charles English Black Troubadours”. By the age of 19, Arnold met and married Bertha Long Lee (my great-grandmother) and in 1919 they formed an act entitled “Wiley & Wiley”- he would play the piano and she would sing, both in Blackface with vibrant outfits as was the custom of that time.

 

Unfortunately their union didn’t last but they did have one child together, my grandfather Arnold Wiley Jr. who was a trumpet player and would often join the act when his father was on tour. In the 1920s, my great grandfather Arnold Wiley Sr. travelled to Chicago and formed a new version of his act “Wiley & Wiley” with his sister, Irene Wiley. They toured with the T.O.B.A circuit, the (Theatre Owners Booking Association) also affectionately called “The Chitlin Circuit” because...

 

 

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WILEY FILMS & ENTERTAINMENT

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STEM

(Saved. Tested. Edified. Manifested)

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Thirteen years ago I joined with three women to embark on a journey that would not only change our lives but the lives of everyone

we encountered....

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WHEN AUTUMN LEAVES

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This beautiful story was written by my husband Ryan Sands and his writing partner John Lewis. What I love most about it is that it tells a story we rarely see...

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CRAZY ABOUT ERIN

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Crazy About Erin is my heart project. I wrote it with my talented and very good friend Shannon Tanner after our good friend, and one of my very best friends, Alicia Jordan died...

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