One On One: Naturi Naughton
Aug04

One On One: Naturi Naughton

Best known for playing Lil’ Kim in the movie “Notorious” New Jersey native Naturi Naughton came to fame as part of the girl group 3LW as a teenager. The 31-year-old went on to star in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Hairspray,” for three years before starring in “Fame,” for which she sang the hit single, the short lived NBC show “The Playboy Club” and Lifetime’s “The Client List” opposite Loretta Devine and Jennifer Love Hewitt. These days Naughton stars as a New York gangster’s wife in “Power,” the highest rated show on Starz.

One On One: JADA PINKETT-SMITH
Jul02

One On One: JADA PINKETT-SMITH

Recognized for playing strong women on both TV and film, 43-year-old actress Jada Pinkett-Smith has also established somewhat of a reputation for her inspiring social media posts and philanthropy. The Baltimore, Maryland native and wife of Will Smith broke into the business in 1990 when she starred in an episode of “True Colors.” She went on to co-star with Eddie Murphy in “The Nutty Professor,” appeared in “Set It Off,” “Scream 2,” Spike Lee's “Bamboozled,” “Ali” but is best known for playing human rebel Niobe in the films “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions.” In 2009, she returned to TV to star and produce the TNT drama “Hawthorne” and recently played Fish Mooney Fox's crime drama “Gotham.” This month, the mother of two is co-starring in “Magic Mike XXL.”

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.


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