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K.I.S.H. Magazine Exclusive Interview with Deborah Joy Winans and Kendrick Cross

“A Sisterly Christmas” Premieres Tuesday
December 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Starring Deborah Joy Winans (“Kristina Marshall”) and Kendrick Cross (“Keith Fisher”)

Two sisters, one who loves Christmas and everything that comes with it and the other who can be the scroogiest of Scrooges, receive an early Christmas gift: an inheritance that takes them on a once-in-a-lifetime luxury holiday vacation. Their Christmas proves to be more than they bargained for when they run into their childhood rival, now a Broadway star who digs in on these sisters, testing their resolve as women and their bonds of sisterhood. “A Sisterly Christmas” is produced for OWN by MarVista Entertainment in association with Harpo Films.

Precious: What would you tell your rival/hater now id you saw them today?

Deborah: “I really don’t care about them. I really don’t have anything to say outside of thank you! I pray all is well with you. Thanks for pushing me to continue to strive to be great.”

Kendrick: “I never really had rivals. I always looked at myself as my own competition. Whatever you have going on is not my problem, that’s your problem. If you gone be upset with me over how I’m living you need to check yourself.”

 Precious: What gets you in the holiday spirit?

Deborah: “The music gets me in the spirit. Right around October it starts to get me in the mood. It gets my husband in the mood as well. But the food. My grandma’s pie, the ham, the bread it all gets me in the spirit.”

Kendrick: “I tend to go with the flow. A good snow used to get me in the mood. Snow used to really let me know that it’s time for the holidays. I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky so I saw a lot of snow.”

Precious: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned around the holidays?

Kendrick: “The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to be kind! To love and to give! We should be nice all year round. Many people are only nice for the holidays and then as soon as January hit new are back to being mean. I wish this was something people practiced all year round.”

Deborah: “The biggest lesson for me is kindness! Being with friends and family. We should all be kind. When it comes to giving its a great feeling and I wish we had it all the time. I want to teach that to my son to be kind. Be the good guy. This pandemic showed us that the world can shut down at any moment. We had everything we needed. We may not had everything we wanted but we had everything we needed. If we have one another we can get through anything and we will make it.”

Last modified: December 10, 2021