Busy Hollywood stuntwoman Jwaundace (cq) isn’t sitting around waiting to hear whether or not she’s landed the assignment of doubling for Rihanna in the pop superstar’s first big movie acting role, in “Battleship” — currently in preproduction in Hawaii. No, this one-of-a-kind woman, who holds a master’s degree in psychology, is teaching an online class in the subject for The University of Phoenix while caring for her seven-month-old son Bryce – while managing her burgeoning SingleMomToBe.com website.
One of a handful of top African American stuntwomen in the business, Jwaundace (pronounced Ja-wan-dece) has doubled for Oscar winners Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Hudson and Mo’Nique, in addition to such names as Tyra Banks and Queen Latifah. She was recently lit on fire for a sequence in Sam Worthington’s forthcoming “The Fields.” And she’s had baby Bryce on set, sporting an outfit emblazoned “Stunt Runt.”
The idea of launching a site where those embarking upon parenthood sans mates could meet and support each other online came to Jwaundace because of her own experience. It’s growing exponentially. Now, “There are even men on there, which did surprise me,” she admits. “Men are going through what the mothers are going through, taking care of a child by themselves. I saw a guy put up a blog the other day, talking about being the sole custodian of his child, how hard it is, about his struggles with the mom.”
In fact, there’s a lot of stereotype-busting at SingleMomToBe.com. As Jwaundace points out, there’s a widespread perception that “successful women only become single mothers by choice. But successful women find themselves somehow ending up being single parents just like less successful women.”
It certainly happened to her, and Jwaundice has taken the poignant and sometimes funny story of her pregnancy and made a book out of it – an ebook, available on her website.
Obviously, she’s also an entrepreneur.