Photo: Coca Cola. Egypt Sherrod of HGTV built a "tea shed" she shed working with Gold Brew Real Peaked Tea
Photo: Coca Cola. Egypt Sherrod of HGTV built a "tea shed" she shed working with Gold Brew Real Peaked Tea

Briefs: Egypt Sherrod’s ‘Tea Shed,’ Phoebe Robinson interview, Fox 5’s replacement for Steve Harvey, Vice report on Georgia ‘heartbeat’ bill

Originally posted Friday, July 26, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Atlanta HGTV maven Eygpt Sherrod recently worked with Coca Cola to create a special “she shed” to promote Gold Peak Real Brewed Tea, dubbing hers as a “tea shed.”

When Coke approached the “Property Virgins” and “Flipping Virgins” host, she was already a fan of the tea. “This is an authentic partnership,” said Sherrod. “I like to drink water and sweet tea.”

This partnership gives her a chance to offer advice for women creating she sheds in the backyard for private time.

“It’s my think space,” she said. “I need a mental breathing space. I’ve got pictures of my family.” 

Her “tea” shed features weather proof, outdoor furniture. She has a nice porch front and bright colors on hers.  There are multi-use spaces to drink tea and read or write. She can gaze out the window at nature or watch her kids play in the yard. 

“I drew from Gold Peak tea leaves,” Sherrod said. “It has an aura of a desert sanctuary.”

Sherrod remains a real estate agent as well. She said the market is a little slow despite lower mortgage rates with low inventory but softer demand at certain higher price points. “A lot of first-time buyers are competing with investors with cash,” she said. “Cash is king.” 

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: Phoebe Robinson attend the opening night after party for "Jacqueline Novak: Get on Your Knees" at A.O.C. L aile ou la Cuisse on July 22, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Reality Testing)
Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Reality Testing

New York resident Phoebe Robinson is a comic on the rise, courtesy of her podcast “2 Dope Queens,” which became a series of HBO specials. 

She is currently in town headlining shows at the Punchline including two on Friday and two on Saturday. (Tickets here.) These are her first shows here though she did play a role in the recent comedy “What Women Want” starring Taraji P. Hanson and Tracy Morgan and spent some time in Atlanta for it last year.

This club tour is a way for her to polish up an hour of comedy for a future special. She doesn’t have a buyer yet but a streaming service like Netflix is great because it builds an international audience, she noted. She is already doing shows in England and Scotland next month.

Her point of view is very cosmopolitan. “People know my style,” she said. “On stage, I’ll talk about my boyfriend, race, gender, living in New York, not wanting to have kids. It runs the gamut.” 

She has written two books and wrote for shows such as “Portlandia” and “Broad City.” Her next career moves are developing her own TV show and producing other shows. 

One of her role models is Ava DuVernay (“Queen Sugar,” “When They See Us”) and Reese Witherspoon’s production company (“Big Little Lies”). “I like to study visionaries,” she said, “and people who are very smart and surround themselves with equally talented people.”

She is a true advocate for podcasting. She loves the intimacy and ability to be creative. “I’m really excited for its future and plan to be part of it for a long time,” Robinson said. 

One of her favorite comics is Wanda Sykes. “I like watching her work out a set and shape jokes,” Robinson said. “She can take a joke and trim the fat. I like that.” And among peers, she loves what Ali Wong is doing. “We used to hang out back in the day in New York,” she said. “We’d write jokes together. All her success is well deserved.”

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Photo: NEDDERSHRED

Fox 5 is losing cancelled Steve Harvey’s talk show this fall at 3 p.m. It will replace it with two editions of “Divorce Court” featuring Lynn Toler, which is shot at Tyler Perry Studios. It moved production to Atlanta a year ago.

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Vice News recently interviewed several Georgia women who have had abortions in the wake of the passage of the restrictive “heartbeat” bill. Here’s the complete video: 

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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