Cast Spotlight: Cynthia ‘Muffy’ Mendoza

by stephaniejankowski on April 12, 2016

We fully anticipate the audience going wild for Muffy Mendoza’s May 6th performance. Not only because she delivers it like a sermon, eliciting AMEN’s! throughout, but because of the bittersweet truth that one simple thing could potentially solve a lot of our country’s problems.


Muffy is an optimistic, garden-loving, homeschooling mom of 3 boys that get on her last nerve.  She runs a support group for Black moms here in Pittsburgh called Pittsburgh Brown Mamas, which has really turned into a hobby since she no longer has time for a social life. Most importantly, she’s a family gal with a really great husband.


Q: How did you discover LTYM?
A: I watch a motivation video on YouTube just about every morning. One morning, I discovered one of the former speakers and started Googling the show. Last year due to a scheduling conflict I couldn’t audition.  So this year, I made it a point and now I’m in the show!


Q: What is one of your favorite things you’ve ever written?
A: A poem for my mom called I Want to Be Soft for My Mama. (Editor’s note: click over and read that bad boy! Muffy does such an amazing job of creating a visual of her family and of leaving no doubt that she appreciates the sacrifices her Mother made for her and her sister. The poem is a great spin on the old adage “we always want better for our children.”)


Q: When did you first start thinking about your mother (parents) as an individual person (people) and not just “mom” (“mom and dad”)?
A: Just recently. I’m 33 and I would say I began to think of my parents as individuals once I realized that I wanted to be my own person. I’m very close with both my parents and they both play an active role in my children’s lives; so, it’s tough to separate where I start and they end at times.  I think removing yourself from the womb is an ongoing process that goes on and off depending on what you need in your life.


Q: What do you wish most for your children?
A: I wish for my children a world were differences are appreciated, not ignored or passive aggressively looked down upon, but really, really appreciated and allowed to thrive.


Q: What do you love most about Pittsburgh?
A: Family. I love that Pittsburgh is a family city. The low-cost of living, growing network of outdoor activities and the Carnegie Museums make it a great place to raise a family.


Q: If you could only ever eat at one restaurant in the ‘Burgh, what would it be and why?
A: Carmi’s restaurant has the best soul food in Pittsburgh. I love their sweet potato casserole and pork chops.


Q: If you were mayor of Pittsburgh for a day, what law would you enact/change/do away with and why?
A: I would make a law that every mom must be paid a living wage that enabled them to work no more than 8 hours a day, unless they want to.

Don’t miss your chance to shout out an AMEN with the rest of us! Muffy29
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