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Kim Brockington

Kim Brockington is an actress of film, stage, and television. On soaps she has had recurring roles on TV's Guiding Light, One Life to Live, and All My Children. She portrayed Zora in the PBS documentary of Zora Neale Hurston, in Jump at the Sun, and appeared on stage throughout the U.S. in her one woman show of Hurston in Queen of the Harlem Renaissance drawing rave reviews. Currently, she plays Lillian Gaines in Godfather of Harlem starring Forrest Whitaker on Epix. Her film credits include The Joker with Joaquin Phoenix. She is the author of Bluegoddess Love Poems: A Journey of Self Awakening available on Amazon.

Click the image below to hear Kim's poem from "Bluegoddess Love Poems".


André De Shields

is an actor, singer, dancer, director, and choreographer. His Broadway credits include Warp!, Ain't Misbehavin', Play On!, The Full Monty, Impressionism, and the title role in The Wiz. De Shields originated the role of Hermes on Broadway in Hadestown, winning the 2019 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for his performance. He has also appeared on television, and won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for his performance in the 1982 NBC broadcast of Ain't Misbehavin'.

Click the image below to hear André's impassioned message.


Steve Harris
Steve Harris has appeared on TV in Law & Order, Homicide: Life on the Street, Heist, Grey's Anatomy, and New York Undercover. In films he has appeared in Quarantine, Tyler Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman., Bringing Down The House, The Rock, The Mod Squad, Takers, and Minority Report. Additional movie credits include his starring role in Regina King's directorial debut film, Let The Church Say Amen, adapted from ReShonda Tate Billingsley's 2005 best-selling novel. He has also appeared as Nelson Gates in the TNT show Legends (2014-2015), and as Eugene Young on the award-winning, legal drama, The Practice for which he was nominated six times for an NAACP Image Award, winning in 2004.

Click the image below to see Steve's video about his introduction to theater.

James Pickens, Jr.

James Pickens, Jr. is best known for his starring role as Dr. Webber on ABC's Grey's Anatomy. and for his role as Deputy Director Alvin Kersh on the science fiction series The X-Files. He began his professional acting career at the Roundabout Theatre in New York in A Raisin in the Sun. In 1981 he starred alongside Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson in the Negro Ensemble Company's production of A Soldier's Play. On television his credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, The West Wing, Roseanne, Beverly Hills 90210, JAG, Six Feet Under, and the soap opera, Another World.

Click the image below to hear "An Ode to Meat", a story James dedicated to his father.


Tony Todd

is an actor, film producer, and voice actor, best known for portraying Sergeant Warren in Platoon (1986), Kurn in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1990–1991) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1996), Ben in Night of the Living Dead (1990), the titular character in the Candyman horror franchise (1992–2021), William Bludworth in the Final Destination franchise (2000–2011), Dan in The Man from Earth (2007), and as the voice of The Fallen in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009).

Click the image below to see Tony's video excerpt from Ghost in the House by Frank Megna and Ernie Hudson, based on the life and times of Jack Johnson.

Lorraine Toussaint

Lorraine Toussaint is a Trinidadian-American actress and producer. Toussaint began her career in theatre before supporting performances in films such as Breaking In, Dangerous Minds, and Hudson Hawk. As lead actress, she is best known for her role as Rene Jackson in the Lifetime TV series Any Day Now, from 1998 to 2002, and her recurring role as defense attorney Shambala Green in the NBC legal drama Law & Order. Toussaint later appeared as a regular cast member in the NBC police series Crossing Jordan and the TNT crime drama Saving Grace.

Click the image below to see Lorraine's video "My Mama's Bed".

Reno Wilson

Reno has appeared in a number of TV programs and films. His first role was on "The Cosby Show", where he portrayed Theo Huxtable's college friend Howard during Seasons 5 and 6 of the series. His most recent film roles were that of Orlando in "Crank" and "Crank: High Voltage". He also played the recurring role of Officer Carl McMillan on the sitcom "Mike & Molly", Stan Hill in "Good Girls", and also appeared in "Prison Break". Reno is known as the voices of Frenzy, Mudflap, and Brains in the "Transformers" film series, as well as the voice of Sazh Katzroy in "Final Fantasy" and its sequels.

Click the image below for Reno's story of growing up in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Tom Wright

Wright has appeared in over 40 stage productions on and off Broadway. He began his acting career as a member of The People's Light and Theater Company. Wright also spent four years at the National Playwrights Conference and two summers at the Sundance Institute. On Broadway, he performed in A Taste of Honey. Some of the notable theaters in which he has appeared include the American Place Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, New York Theater Workshop, Actors Theater of Louisville, Center Stage, Yale Repertory Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford Stage, and Theatre De La Jeune Lune.

Click the image below to see Tom's video about his difficult journey to who he is - an actor!



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