Runako Jahi is the former Artistic Director of ETA Creative Arts Foundation and Vice President of The African American Arts Alliance of Chicago, Runako Jahi is a director, playwright, graphic artist, poet and actor who has appeared in numerous stage productions. As a playwright he has written Mainline Blues (directed by Pemon Rami), and Freeze (directed by Okoro Harold Johnson); Asante; Memories Of Gangway Superstars; Fats: His Life & Times (Fats Waller); A Passenger Past Midnight (Marvin Gaye); What Shall I Tell My Children? (musical biography about the life and career of Dr. Margaret Taylor Goss Burroughs); Again Sometime Soon; Slow dance In Room 8-C.; Michelle and Barack: A Love Story (a special presentation for the Park Forest Commission on Human Relations Black History Month at Freedom Hall); also Emancipation Or Preservation: A Discourse Between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln (co-written with Useni Eugene Perkins), commissioned by the DuSable Museum of African American History. Mr. Jahi has developed an impressive body of work for youth audiences that includes: Have You Seen My Daddy?; A Place To Be Me; The Positive Evolution Of Bongo Baker; Ama and The Magic Toy Box; Kasimu & The Coconut Palm; and The Reading Machine On Sunnyside Lane. On these productions, he collaborated, musically, with the following composers: Anthony Llorens, Wanda Bishop, Lynn Hilton and Durrell Daniels In 1985, Mr. Jahi wrote the Emmy-nominated NBC special, Martin Luther King Suite (based on an original concept by Abena Joan Brown). In addition to his playwriting skills, he teaches theater to adults and youth. In 2005, Mr. Jahi began a career as acting coach by working with Jennifer Hudson for her audition for the musical, Dreamgirls. His awards include: the Paul Robeson Award from the African American Arts Alliance; the President’s Award from the Boulevard Arts Center (for his contributions to theater for children); the African American Achievement Award from Columbia College; the Lorraine Hansberry Award for Drama from Afrique Magazine; the Monarch Award for The Arts from the Monarch Awards Foundation of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority’s Xi Nu Omega chapter at their 21st annual Tribute To Black Men, the Black Theater Alliance Award of Merit and the 2004 Best Director of a Musical winner for eta’s production of Mari Evans’ Eyes, a musical adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s literary classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God ; the Men of Excellence Award from the Chicago Defender; The Keeper of Tradition Award 2011 from Ashe, The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers; and an award from NDigo Magazine’s Tribute 2 Men. In 2012 he won the Black Excellence Award for Best Set Design for Broke-Ology. In 2013, he received the Alyo Award from the Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago. He has worked with Deeply Rooted Dance Company; the Madhi Theatre Company’s recent production of Chicago’s Bronzeville The Musical, plus work with The Court Theatre’s Artists-In-The-Schools’ August Wilson Monologue Competition. Mr. Jahi currently works as a drama coach for professional and novice actors
Her love for the Art saw her study and bag a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts and Mass communication at the prestigious University of Benin, Edo State Nigeria, where she not only mastered the Art, but also perfected her writing Skills which has since seen her stories been featured by theatre groups and Notable Nollywood film producers.
In 2011, she started her Acting career by competing and becoming one of the 16 Housemates in “The Next Movie Star” reality Tv show after which she featured in TV series and Movies.
Then in 2013, after completing a course in Estate Management and Development with Megamound Nigeria Limited, her career in Real Estate began, where she got the award of “Sale’s person of the year” 2 years in a row.
And in 2015, her passion for communication saw her working as an “On Air Personality” with kiss FM Abuja, Nigeria where she aired the News and other designated Radio programs.
Over the years, Anita O. Obodo has successfully combined being a Writer, an actor, a communicator and a Realtor effortlessl
50TH NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINEE FOR OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY
The behind the scene look at the casting calls; selection of cast members, story board ideas producers, and directoral commentary. Plus never before scene footage of this iconic cult classic with additional commentary from selected cast members and other leading consultants involved in the making of this memorable film.
How would one describe Robert Townsend? A talented actor, Hollywood trailblazer, passionate visionary, or just a regular guy seeking to make a difference, these are all phrases that apply to the multitalented entertainer. Townsend is the last of a rare breed of artists that scrutinizes every word and syllable that is expressed in his work. It’s no wonder that so many people regard Townsend’s body of work as classics. A Hollywood pioneer well ahead of his time, Townsend, is often referred to as one of the “Godfathers of the Independent Film World.” With more than 30 years in the entertainment business, he has made an indelible mark in Hollywood with an extensive list of credits.
Robert’s genius first revealed itself in elementary school. As a kid Robert was always fascinated with television, watching and studying it tirelessly, he began to practice acting out scenes and impersonating famous characters. At his school during a reading of Shakespeare’s Oedipus Rex he dazzled the class with his ability to transform effortlessly into character, and as a result Robert’s remarkable adaptable talent as a young actor was born and caught the attention of Chicago’s X Bag Theatre (the Experimental Black Actors Guild). Robert made an unforgettable mark in his hometown of Chicago, then he took the next step and where went to New York and became a regular at the Improvisation, the renowned comedy club, which jump-started his career as a stand-up comedian. Then for Robert it was on to Hollywood, where he dabbled in a mixture of industries and found that with his undeniable talent, he was able to adapt easily from being a comedian to working as an actor on the silver screen.
Robert’s first film appearance was as an extra in the urban classic, Cooley High. His break came while performing on various television comedy specials including “Rodney Dangerfield: It‘s Not Easy Bein’ Me” and “Uptown Comedy Express.” Although comedy had been his forte during the early part of his career, he knew he was destined to be on the big screen. He landed the role of a lifetime co-starring opposite Denzel Washington in A Soldier’s Story, and appeared with Diane Lane in Streets of Fire and Kevin Costner in American Flyers.
Once in Hollywood, seeing the difficulty black actors had and the lack of good work available in the film industry left a burning desire for Robert to step behind the camera. With his acting career in high gear,
Robert’s career took a turn for the best when Robert Townsend the “independent filmmaker” was born. He wanted to do something to fill this void. Without formal film education or outside funding (using his own credit cards to finance), Robert wrote, directed, produced and starred in his own first film. The result was the critically acclaimed, Hollywood Shuffle, a satire depicting the trials and tribulations of black actors in Hollywood. The success of this film forced Hollywood to recognize and appreciate the visionary and multifaceted talent of Robert Townsend, Tinseltown’s newest, talented actor and filmmaker.
Following the success of Hollywood Shuffle, film projects continued to pour in. He was soon directing Eddie Murphy in Eddie Murphy Raw. His next film endeavor was the inner-city fable: The Meteor Man that he also wrote, directed and starred in, was another huge success. The stellar cast included James Earl Jones, Bill Cosby, and Eddie Griffin. As a filmmaker, director and producer, his unbridled success continued.
The movie that landed Robert the credit of a lifetime was the popular soul musical The Five Heartbeats, a semi-autobiographical piece, reminiscent of the 60’s R&B male groups and the up’s and down’s of the music industry. This classic continues to be a favorite among audiences and one of the most talked about films in the industry. In between features, Robert created and produced his ground breaking Cable Ace award-winning “Partners in Crime” variety specials for HBO and highly praised “Townsend Television” for FOX television. He also created and starred in the WB Network hit series “The Parent ‘Hood”.
Townsend has made history by being nominated for more than 30 NAACP Image Awards for film and television. At the 2001 NAACP Image Awards he directed three performers nominated in the best actor/actress category in three different films: Leon, for his role in NBC’s Little Richard, Alfre Woodard in the Showtime Movie Holiday Heart (which also garnered her a Golden Globe nomination) and Natalie Cole for her gripping self-portrayal in Livin’ for Love: The Natalie Cole Story (for which she won the coveted Image Award for best actress).
Townsend continued to helm films for the small screen including: Carmen: A Hip Hopera for MTV Films, starring Beyonce Knowles (one of the highest rated programs for MTV) and Image Award winner, 10,000 Black Men Named George for Showtime, a highly acclaimed period piece about the Pullman porter strike, starring Andre Braugher, and Charles Dutton.
Robert has worked with some of the top talent in Hollywood including: Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Morgan Freeman, Alfre Woodard, Lou Gossett, Jr., Keenan Ivory Wayans and Chris Tucker, just to name a few and is responsible for discovering many of Hollywood’s A-List talent before they became household names. He is the mastermind behind many of Hollywood’s favorite and best-remembered movies and hit series. Robert’s body of work has been seen on various networks including Disney, Fox, NBC, HBO, WB, The N, USA, Nickelodeon and MTV.
While he has many accolades none are more important than his family. His four children are the center of his heart. Following in his footsteps, are his 3 daughters; Alexia, Sierra and Skylar aka “The T Unit.” They have received their first TV credit for the “B5 Christmas Special” which aired on the Black Family Channel, a concept they came up with and pitched to their father. Despite his demanding schedule, Robert makes sure he spends quality time with his son, Isaiah and his three daughters. Time with Robert Townsend the dad is no ordinary experience, his children are blessed with a father that makes every experience they have unique, creative, fun and sometimes very unpredictable…but one thing they can count on for sure is…. plenty of good times and a lot of love.
Always a pioneer Townsend took the helm as President and CEO of Production for The Black Family Channel (BFC) creating and spearheading production for BFC’s top-rated shows. Where he ran the cable network for four years before it was sold to the Gospel Music Channel in the Spring of 2007. During his reign, he created unprecedented original programming for the network. Showing his unstoppable genius, in his short time as a television executive Townsend reached several milestones; he created more than 15 new shows for the network with limited financing; of which two shows were nominated for a prestigious NAIMC Vision Award (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications), The Thou$and Dollar Bee and Lisa Knight and the Round Table), and he was voted one of the Most Influential Minorities in Cable by Cable World Magazine.
Since his departure as president of the BFC, Townsend is as busy as ever acting, directing and producing.
Townsend has recently returned in front of the camera to star opposite Angela Bassett in the faith based film Of Boys and Men, to be released by Warner Bros. DVD division. He has also just completed directing Golden Globe winner Ving Rhames in a biopic about the troubled boxing legend Sonny Liston entitled Phantom Punch. Townsend has also released Why We Laugh, a documentary on the history of African American comedians from slavery to present, including interviews with such legends as Bill Cosby, Dick Gregory, Chris Rock and the Wayans. The film received critical acclaim at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Never one to waste time Townsend is also writing a feature film and is working on a one-man show about his childhood in the rough ghetto of Chicago’s Westside called The Journey Of Left. As a Hollywood icon and humanitarian, Townsend’s mission is to create quality programming for everyone to enjoy and to create a classic body of work that would be timeless.
Townsend loves creating and taking chances. In 2009, he rolled the dice with a show entitled, “The Musical Theater of Hope,” that mixed elements of the classic anthology series “The Twilight Zone” with Christian themes. The inspirational show, aired on the Gospel Music Channel to rave reviews and garnered some of the channel’s highest ratings.
His latest mountain has been figuring out a way to create content in this new digital age by way of the Internet. His first web series, “Diary of a Single Mom” is blazing the media landscape and introducing the world to the future of broadcast media to the World Wide Web. The series, which follows the story of three single mothers trying to make ends meet in the real world, has garnered much attention and has already made history by winning numerous awards including, “Web Series of the Year.” The show stars Monica Calhoun (Love and Basketball, Sister Act 2), and silver screen legends Richard Roundtree (Shaft, Seven), and Billy Dee Williams (Lady Sings The Blues, Star Wars Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back) and features Leon (The Temptations, Little Richard).
Additionally, Robert Townsend is on tour with the Ultimate Pitch Master Class presented by Film Life, Inc.
The three-hour session is designed to teach those seeking careers in film and television how to pitch their ideas to networks and studios. Townsend shares his technique from concept to development, through the various stages of rewrites and pitching to studios as well as providing advice on how to close the deal with clarity, precision and confidence.
Although busy as a performer and filmmaker, Robert always makes time to participate in humanitarian efforts and speak to various organizations around the world. As a longtime speaker for the United Negro College Fund and the NAACP, his concern for inner city youth takes him throughout the country to inspire young people to follow their dreams. In addition, Robert shares his business expertise with various Fortune 500 companies. Townsend has been affiliated with Family Foundation an organization created by Lowell and Michael Milken to recognize outstanding educators in the country, and stress to children the importance of education and respect for teachers. He has traveled with The Milken Family Foundation to Chicago, Boston, Sacramento, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Los Angeles to recognize deserving teachers and inspire and motive students around the country.
Looking to give back and make an even bigger imprint on the movie industry and the community as a whole, Robert Townsend has created his 501 (c) 3 non-profit, The Robert Townsend Foundation, as a venue to inspire, create and fund new film content and set up a new distribution model. The foundation’s mission is to open the doors to new and underrepresented artists and create a new model to showcase the new filmmakers to the world.
What does Townsend want in the future? He simply wants to continue to create: creating more for the web, creating more for television, and returning to the silver screen with his unique brand of storytelling.
“I am truly blessed to do what I do,” said Townsend. “And as I write this next chapter of my life I will bring my ‘A’ game like never before, with more zest, more passion, more vision, and more love.”
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He also appeared in the 2006 film Waist Deep, the lead role in the 2008 direct to video film Tactical, and is the main character in the 2014 short film Night Thrasher:RAVE based on the Marvel comics superhero character Night Thrasher. He currently plays the role Black Magnum from the Amazon.com series The Girls & Rodney as well as the character Frank the Barber in the comedy series REL on FOX.
Cynda Williams is an American Actress . Williams has acted in films on both television and in the cinema. Her first appearance in a feature film was in Spike Lee's 1990 Mo' Better Blues. She was also in One False Move (1992) as well as the Tales of the City Channel 4/PBS miniseries. While most well known for her involvement in the movie industry, Williams had a brief stint in the music industry in 1990 with her appearance on the soundtrack to Mo' Better Blues, on the song "Harlem Blues". The single was popular, reaching #9 on the R&B charts on November 17, 1990. With the success of the single, Williams had been lined up with Sony to produce her own album. While she was trained in a variety of genres, jazz became pressed on her after the success of "Harlem Blues". The album was shelved following internal disagreements at Sony.
Do a reading from a Hollywood film with the actor who was in the film, DeEtta West!. She will give you personal guidance on how you can improve your talent as an actor. Register now. Her bio is listed below.
DeEtta is an Evangelist, Actor, Singer, Author, Workshop Facilitator, Conference and Motivational Speaker. She travels throughout the country touching lives as she challenges and motivates the hearer to “Get Up!” (which is the title of her book) and walk towards their place of purpose. She delivers a message of healing and hope. Her compassion is found in her commitment to speak life into the hearts of the wounded and broken vessels that God assigns to her. DeEtta’s desire is to help people get past their hurts so that they can fulfill the God-given calling on their life.
DeEtta was born and raised in San Diego, California. In 1970 DeEtta moved to Los Angeles where she began her journey in the entertainment industry. She accepted the call to ministry in 1979 in Hawaii, under her husband’s pastorate. In 1983 she was licensed by her husband. Her developmental years in ministry were spent in Hawaii and Los Angeles.
In 2001 DeEtta’s job at The WB Television Network, relocated she and her family to Atlanta where she was employed at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. She was the Executive Assistant to the Chairman of Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. Presently DeEtta is employed at ASPIRE TV (owned by Magic Johnson) as the Administrative Manager to the General Manager. She also represents UP TV as the Community Affairs Liaison and Viewer Services Manager. Both networks are headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
DeEtta attended San Diego State University with Music as her major. Along with being a minister, wife, mother and grandmother, DeEtta is an accomplished stage and screen Actor. She is also an accomplished voiceover artist. She is the recipient of a Gold Album where she sang the theme song, “Gonna Fly Now,” for the movie “Rocky I.” DeEtta hosted her own local television show in Los Angeles called “Tea with DeEtta.” She has many stage credits including: Starring role in the NAACP Award Winning Musical Theatrical Production, “BUSLINE 210,” the award winning show “THE ANOINTING,” the gospel musical “A TASTE OF LIFE” the hit show “NO MORE DRAMA, PLEASE!,” “THE CORINTHIAN SCANDAL” and the powerful production, ANGELES IN TRAINING.”
DeEtta has appeared in several UP TV/ASPIRE TV world premiere movies and Gospel Stage Plays. Her movie and television credits include, “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins,” starring Martin Lawrence, James Earl Jones, MoNique, Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps and many more. Guest appearance on “Meet The Browns,” as Perthalene Marie Jones; appeared in “The Preacher’s Kid, as the Bishop’s Secretary;” “Trinity Goodheart,” starring Eric Benet; “A Cross To Bear” starring Kim Fields; “If You Really Love Me,” starring Eva Marcille and Reagan Gomez; “Raising Izzie” starring Rockmond Dunbar and Vanessa Williams; “For Richer or Poorer, ” starring LeToya Luckett and Rockmond Dunbar, “Community Service,” starring Sheryl Lee Ralph, Clifton Powell and Terri J. Vaughn; “Between Sisters” starring Vanessa Bell Calloway, Denyce Lawton & GregAlan Williams; “The Dempsey Sisters” starring Anton Tanner, Denyce Lawton and Teairra Mari ; “Marry Me For Christmas” starring Malinda Williams, Jason Weaver, Brad James, GregAlan Williams & Carl Payne; “My Other Mother” starring Lynn Whitfield, Jasmine Guy and Essence Atkins; “Lyfe’s Journey” starring Richard T. Jones, Angelle Conwell and Keith Robinson; “Marry US For Christmas” starring Victoria Rowell, Malinda Williams, Marques Houston, Kristoff St. John and “A Baby For Christmas,” and “Saints & Sinners” starring Vanessa Bell Calloway, Christian Keyes, Keith Robinson & Clifton Powell; “The Last Time” starring Reece Odum, Wardell Richardson & Tommy Ford; “Breakthrough” starring Charmin Lee, Sean Baker, Lem Collins & Portia Cue; “Sisters For Life” starring Michelle Ve & Nadine Bone,” “Merry Wish-mas” starring David & Tamala Mann, Season 3 of “Greenleaf,” UP TV’s premiere movie “Chandler Christmas Getaway,” “Redeemed” starring Keshia Knight Pulliam & T.C. Stallings, “Volatile” starring Reece Odum & Dorsey Levens, the Musical Production of “Purlie,” and the upcoming theatrical movie “The Glorias:A Journey on the Road” starring Bette Midler, Janelle Monae, Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander and more.
DeEtta is the sister of the late, Cleavon Little, star of stage and screen. He is best remembered for his starring role in the classic movie “Blazing Saddles.” He played the role of Sheriff Bart. He was also the recipient of a Tony Award for his starring role as Purlie Victorious in the Broadway musical “Purlie.”
In 2015 DeEtta was asked to serve as an Ambassador for the Rhiza Babuyile Foundation, located in Johannesburg, So. Africa. Rhiza Babuyile was founded in 2004 as Babuyile Development Project, and was registered in 2005 with the department of trade and industry as a section 21 organization.. The word “Babuyile” means “they have come back” in Zulu. The initial purpose of Babuyile was to reintegrate former inmates into society through skills development initiatives. .Their goal is to uplift communities and truly eradicate poverty amongst historically disadvantaged communities. The name Babuyile indicates that our beneficiaries will give back to their communities to bring about a positive change.
In 2013 DeEtta received the Key to the City of Ocala, Florida from the Honorable Mayor Kent Quinn. This was presented to her at the Tabernacle Deliverance Outreach Ministries Women’s Conference Empowerment Luncheon.
In 2012 DeEtta was included in The Fourteenth Edition of “Who's Who In Black Atlanta…Celebrating African-American Achievement.”
In 2011, DeEtta and her husband were selected by the Atlanta Tribune Magazine as one of Atlanta’s “Most Powerful Couples.” They were featured on the cover of the February issue.
In 2009 DeEtta and her husband were inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College. The Induction Ceremony took place in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, on the Morehouse Campus. This event marked the College’s 142nd Annual Science and Spiritual Awareness Week.
In 2002, DeEtta was selected to be one of the honorees, along with Antoine Fisher, Judge Greg Mathis, Atty. Johnny Cochran, Atty. Vernon Jordan, Ms. Tina Knowles and many other distinguished authors at the “11th Annual Trumpet Award’s Author’s Day.” This is an annual event held in Atlanta, Georgia, created and produced by Mrs. Xernona Clayton.
Finally, DeEtta has been married for 38 years to Dr. James A. West. She is the mother of three amazing children, Nicol, Danielle and Phillip. She is also a grandmother. The West family reside in Peachtree City, Georgia.IMDB PAGE
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William L. Johnson is an American actor and musician who has held starring and prominent roles in many theatrically released projects, including Blue Hill Avenue, Motives 1, Motives 2, Mannsfield 12, Crossover, Doing Hard Time and Tears of a Clown.
Soon after graduation from Emerson Visual and Performing Arts High School, he formed a group "Black to Black", supported by manager Jimmy Newton. In 1999, Johnson and producer/engineer Booker T. Jones conceived "BaldHeadDread", which garnered significant exposure when they scored the movie soundtrack for Ragdoll.
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Thea Camara discovered her passion for acting at an early age.
She began to pursue her longtime dream with vigor in 2007.
Since that time, Thea has had the opportunity to perform in various Films
Stage plays, Commercials, Print Ads etc.
Thea Camara has trained under the watchful eye of Tasha Smith (TSAW).
She has also trained with Susan Baton of Susan Batson Studio NYC, Michael McCracken of Vagabond,
Act 1 studio, Columbia College and Concordia University where she earned her degree in Arts.
Thea has appeared in various projects including Dick Wolf’s Chicago Med, Spike Lee’s Chi-raq,
Christopher Nolen’s last 3 films including his latest film Walk Away From Love and For The Love Of
Christmas. One of the films that she’s worked on called Before I do, written and directed by Kimberly
Conner; will appear in the 2017 Cannes Pan Afriican Film Festival in France.
Thea has also been featured in Director Kimberly Conner’s last 2 films as well; Jump In and Before I do.
The movie Before I do has been selected for the 2017 Cannes Film Festival in France.
She has also made an appearance on The Steve Harvey Show as on of Tyler Perry’s Biggest Fan.
Because Thea has worked with the best Acting Coaches in the industry and has learned how to keep her
tools sharpened; She has become one the most Respected, well Sought-after actress in Chicago.
Thea Camara is a consummate professional and highly regarded by those that have worked with her.
Thea believes, “If you find your passion...You’ll never work a day in your life”.