SAVING GRACE: Merle Dandridge
Jan03

SAVING GRACE: Merle Dandridge

The lead actress in a hit television show and Broadway musical, Merle Dandridge began her journey to Hollywood from the Broadway stage. Not just another pretty face, the forty-something actress paid her dues before landing the role of Grace “Gigi” Greenleaf in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series Greenleaf, starring opposite the extraordinarily gifted and talented Lynn Whitfield (Lady Mae Greenleaf) and Keith David (Bishop James Greenleaf), who portray her parents. 

Saving Grace: Jenifer Lewis
Dec06

Saving Grace: Jenifer Lewis

She’s known for playing the mother of iconic characters including Tina Turner (Angela Bassett) in “What’s Love Got To Do With It”, Whitney Houston’s character in “The Preacher’s Wife”, Tupac Shakur’s character in “Poetic Justice” and in 2014, she was cast as Ruby Johnson, the mom of Anthony Anderson in ABC’s Emmy-nominated hit series, “Blackish”. All of which has come to dub her as “The Mother of Black Hollywood”. 

Saving Grace: Cocoa Brown
Nov08

Saving Grace: Cocoa Brown

Sometimes your destiny finds you.” That, in a nutshell, is how Farah “Cocoa” Brown says she came to be one of TV’s most talented comics. 

Saving Grace: Porsha Williams
Oct05

Saving Grace: Porsha Williams

    As a young girl of about 13 who was often bullied at school, Porsha Williams took solace in a frequent ritual. She would get the family video camera, set it up in her room, go around the house gathering up her mother’s valuables— and anything she thought was fabulous—then dress up in her Mom’s clothes and make believe she was a talk show host.

Saving Grace: Greg Alan Williams
Sep05

Saving Grace: Greg Alan Williams

In what was a shocker for Greenleaf fans—especially so early in season three —was the death of Greenleaf’s Uncle Mac (Robert ‘Mac’ McCready) at the hands of Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge). The drama building to the moment was palpable, but what was just as unmistakable was what David Alan Williams brought to the table as an actor. 

Saving Grace: Dondre Whitfield
Aug08

Saving Grace: Dondre Whitfield

 Growing up, Dondré Whitfield wasn’t the least bit interested in acting. In fact, it was something he avoided because he says he didn’t want to get beat up.

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