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Former Resident Seeking Role In Commercial

Born into a military family, Romona Black came to live in South Boston in 1971 to complete her primary and secondary education within, what she calls, “the safe confines of one of Virginia’s coziest communities.”

Now she is competing for a role with Progressive Insurance as “Flo’s Helper,” and she said she would appreciate votes on her submission found on the ‘FashionistaSista1’ channel. 

Detail on Black’s body of work may be found at Actor’s Access at or on the International Movie Database,

Many area residents knew her grandmother, the late Viola A. Carrington of North Main Street in South Boston, who guided her religious upbringing within the confines of Mount Olive Baptist Church.

The 1977 Halifax County Senior High School honor graduate was known then by her classmates as either Romona Black or Mona Black; has since donned the professional stage name, Ro’ Black.

Some may recall her in the HCHS production of the theatrical musical, “Rock Hop” under the direction of English teacher and Drama Club Director Nancy Barden. 

Barden planted a seed and opened a door for Black made manifest subsequent to her overcoming a bout with thyroid cancer. 

“It was like being born all over again,” said the 1990 St. John’s University, New York, honor graduate.

Her husband of seven years, Olin B. Clemons, an administrator for the state of Texas, told her, “You’ve been through so much, you can do whatever you want,” to which she replied, “Then I want to be an actress.” 

She ventured to New York City, yet again, this time to study at the world renown, Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, and Weist Barron School. 
Her credits include theatrical and commercial credits along with episodes on the ABC daytime soap, “One Life To Live”.

Her South Boston relatives include Teddy and Melba Crews, Jean Winston, and Nancy “Sista” Coleman and family, Ella Mae Stokes, Lucille Tuck, and many, many more. 

She and her husband have several pets.