One On One: Halle Berry
Jun08

One On One: Halle Berry

As the first and only African American woman who has won an Oscar for a leading role in film, Halle Berry is recognized for opening doors for women of color in show business. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Berry was a pageant queen before she moved to New York City in 1989 to pursue acting where she briefly lived in a homeless shelter before finally making it to TV in “Living Dolls.” From there she filmed her breakthrough role in the movie “Boomerang” opposite Eddie Murphy and went on to appear in “Jungle Fever,” “The Flintstones,” “Bulworth” and more before starring in “Monster’s Ball” (which won her the Academy Award), the “X-Men” series, “Die Another Day,” “Cat Woman.” TV specials like “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” garnered her an Emmy and Golden Globe Award. Although Berry hadn’t done television for over fifteen years, the mother of two came back to primetime last year to star in the sc-fi thriller “Extant,” which is premiering its second season on CBS, July 9.

One On One: Dwayne
May07

One On One: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

A third generation professional wrestler, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson came to fame during the ever so popular WWE era in the late nineties. Then, Johnson's acting career began in 2000 after successfully hosting Saturday Night Live. In 2001, he starred as the Scorpion King in “The Mummy Returns” and its spinoff, “The Scorpion King.” Since then he’s appeared and starred in countless comedies and action movies including “Get Smart,” “The Other Guys,” “Pain & Gain,” “Hercules” the “Fast & Furious Franchise” and is next slated to star in a new HBO comedy, “Ballers,” premiering in June. What’s more, the 42-year-old was Hollywood's highest-grossing movie star of 2013, with his four films that year pulling in $1.3 billion at the box office. This month catch the California native who grew up in Hawaii starring in the earthquake action thriller “San Andreas.”

One On One: Jussie Smollett
Apr08

One On One: Jussie Smollett

Currently breaking records on primetime is Lee Daniels’ new Fox series, “Empire,” starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. The show, which reeled in 17 million viewers for its season finale last month, has made a star out of 31-year-old Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon, one of three sons vying to head their father’s hip hop music label.

As a child actor and older brother of actress Jurnee Smollett, Jussie co-starred in a number of films, including “The Mighty Ducks” and “North.” Having signed a recording contract with Columbia Records and with a second season of “Empire” in the works, we’ll be seeing a lot more of Smollett in the future.

One On One: Zoe Kravitz
Mar07

One On One: Zoe Kravitz

Zoe Kravitz may be the daughter of four-time Grammy Award winning musician Lenny Kravitz and “Cosby Show” actress, Lisa Bonet, but the 26-year-old is now her own kind of it girl. The Venice Beach native started her film career in 1997’s “No Reservations” and has been working steadily since then with film credits on TV and film, such as “Californication,” “X’Men First Class,” “After Earth,”and is next slated to co-star in Insurgent, the sequel to “Divergent” (due this month), and next in the mind-blowingly awesome reboot of “Mad Max,” coming out in April.


One On One: Patina Miller
Jan06

One On One: Patina Miller

South Carolina native Patina Miller is an award winning tipple threat. The singer-dancer-actress first got noticed on the theater scene in 2009 as the star of Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy. She earned rave reviews for playing the accidental nun and then took center stage again in the Broadway revival of Pippin, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. The 30-year-old Carnegie Mellon University alum’s TV and film credits include “All My Children,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part & 2” as Commander Paylor and can now seen on primetime starring as press coordinator Daisy Grant on the CBS drama “Madame Secretary.”

One On One: Tessa Thompson
Dec04

One On One: Tessa Thompson

Los Angeles native Tessa Thompson has been living the dream ever since being discovered as a child walking down Hollywood Blvd. with her father, Marc Anthony Thompson—singer/songwriter of the group Chocolate Genius. The 31-year-old, who studied drama at Santa Monica High and also grew up part time in New York (where her father’s group is based), won a NAACP Award in 2003 for her role as Juliet in a New Orleans production of Romeo & Juliet. Other credits include “Veronica Mars,” “When A Stranger Calls,” Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls," and several guest spots on TV shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Heroes” and “Private Practice.” These days, Thompson is getting her best film roles yet with a starring role in the indie satire “Dear White People,” which premiered in October, and playing a civil rights activist in Ava DuVernay’s upcoming film, “Selma,” based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, led by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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