Saving Grace: Brian White
Jan04

Saving Grace: Brian White

Brian White is not one to waste words. The film and television actor who has been paired on screen with powerhouse talents as Angela Bassett, Teraji P. Henson, Tyler Perry and Kerry Washington says he governs about every facet of his life with two defining core values: “honesty and integrity.”

Having played opposite Henson in the 2009 film I Can Do Bad All by Myself, White, 41, hasn’t done too bad establishing himself in Hollywood. His filmography lists key roles in movies such as: The Family Stone, Daddy’s Little Girl, Stomp the Yard, Mr. 3000 which starred the late Bernie Mac, among others. Televison watchers will likely remember White from the UPN sitcom Moesha, or his more recent roles in Chicago Fire, Scandal, and TNT’s Men of A Certain Age.

Saving Grace: Rhyon Nicole Brown
Dec07

Saving Grace: Rhyon Nicole Brown

Landing the lead in the Lifetime movie Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge and Michel’le wasn’t something that Rhyon Nicole Brown thought was in the cards for her. Upon getting the script, Brown felt that being able to replicate the infamous high-pitched voice of Michel’le would be a challenge that casting wouldn’t be able to overlook. Brown recalls thinking that this could possibly be the last audition she’d go to. Little did she know, playing the role of Michel’le would validate her range as an actor, reaffirming that this is exactly what she was meant to do.

“I couldn’t have planned this,” says Brown the role. “My steps were truly ordered. Playing Michel’le, I proved a lot to myself. I had to step so far out of myself to play her.”

Saving Grace: Trai & Grace Byers
Nov02

Saving Grace: Trai & Grace Byers

Just two years ago Empire star Trai Byers was a little-known actor who’d had some recurring roles in All My Children, 90210, and the movie Selma. Uncertain of where things were in his life as well as his career and not satisfied with trying to do it on his own, the Empire star surrendered to God.

“I was here in L.A. hitting one church really hard just trying to find my answer and calling out to God: what do you want from me? Am I doing the right thing, do I need to speak up, shut up—what do I need to do?” Byers recounted.

Saving Grace: Kofi Siriboe
Oct05

Saving Grace: Kofi Siriboe

Up until recent months, Kofi Siriboe was relatively unknown – with a resume of smaller roles in a dozen or so acting projects, including a bit part in “Straight Outta Compton” and a recurring role on an MTV series titled Awkward., a show that’s unfamiliar to  most of us. But earlier this year, Siriboe hit the jackpot when he was cast in a starring role in Oprah Winfrey’s new hit series, Queen Sugar, whose two-night premiere set a ratings record for OWN with an average of 2.42 million viewers. Bowing to critical reviews, the show has already been renewed for a second season.

Saving Grace: Deborah Joy Winans
Sep09

Saving Grace: Deborah Joy Winans

She hails from America’s best-selling and most famous gospel music dynasty—one that has birthed three of the genre’s best selling acts. Her aunt is nine-time Grammy award winning gospel superstar CeCe Winans. Her uncle, BeBe Winans has six Grammy Awards to his name and a slew of production and acting credits. And her father, Carvin Winans, was a member of the chart-topping gospel group, The Winans, who laid the foundation for the family success with a decade and a half reign on the charts that yielded 10 hit albums and six Grammy awards.

 

Saving Grace: Lisa Ray McCoy
Aug17

Saving Grace: Lisa Ray McCoy

Lisa Raye McCoy – or Lisa Raye, to her many fans – doesn’t hesitate to admit that she is a renaissance woman of many talents.

Coming down from her role in the critically acclaimed Mikki Howard Story, LisaRaye also wowed audiences in her lead role in the Married But Single stage play, only two years after her recent directorial debut with the film, Skinned.

“Having my directorial debut...as well as the Mikki Howard Story, and then doing the play...it allowed people to see different sides of me,” Lisa Raye says. “Venturing out, that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m getting my feet wet in all these areas.”

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