Saving Grace: Edwina Findley
Jul08

Saving Grace: Edwina Findley

If OWN TV is blowing up these days, Edwina Findley and the rest of the cast of Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You Is Wrong?” are one of the reasons why. The series premiere in the fall of 2014 was the highest-rated in OWN history, setting a new record over The Haves and the Have Nots. Some six months later, the season two premiere drew over 3 million viewers, once again fueling high ratings.

Findley plays Kelly on the show based loosely on Tyler Perry’s 2014 film, The Single Mom’s Club.

Saving Grace: Greenleaf's Lynn Whitfield
Jun15

Saving Grace: Greenleaf's Lynn Whitfield

When Oprah set out to make Greenleaf, her hour-long drama surrounding an African-American mega church pastor that will debut on OWN later this month, she had but one actress in mind for the role of it First Lady—Lynn Whitfield.

If Whitfield has proven anything with her body of award-winning film and TV roles— from a cold mother-in-law to be on the hit ABC series How to Get Away With Murder to critically acclaimed work in “Eve’s Bayou”, the Oprah Winfrey miniseries “The Wedding” and her Emmy award-winning performance on The Josephine Baker Story - it is that she meticulously does her homework when it comes to learning about, and gradually becoming, her characters.

Saving Grace: Underground's Amirah Vann Talks Faith
May04

Saving Grace: Underground's Amirah Vann Talks Faith

The Wall Street Journal described it as “dramatically compelling”. The Washington Post dubbed it “a thunderous TV drama” that was right on time. Ebony said it was the most powerful show on TV and last month,

“Underground”—WGN’s top rated and smash hit series —was renewed for a second season. The renewal, while heralded by cast members and handlers, was hardly unexpected given the show’s performance in the ratings.

“Underground” has averaged 3 million viewers each week becoming the network’s most watched original program ever. The pilot episode is WGN’s highest rated since 1998 and thanks to it’s growing and tweeting fan base, the show—whose executive producers include John Legend— the #1 most social cable drama on Wednesday nights.

Saving Grace: Omari Hardwick
Apr06

Saving Grace: Omari Hardwick

On screen, Power star Omari Hardwick—who plays wealthy New York helped him when his car was about to be repossessed.

City club owner James St. Patrick—lives a double life as an under- ground drug lord who goes by the name of “Ghost”. In what is the tan- gled web that has the Starz series enjoying huge ratings, Ghost, who's trying to leave the drug world for good and live an upright life, kills his associates in order to be with his longtime love, Angela Valdez, who just happens to be an assistant United States attorney.

“There’s a good angel on the right shoulder and a bad angel on the left shoul- der and they’re competing,” Hardwick has said of his character.

 

Saving Grace: Angela Robinson
Mar11

Saving Grace: Angela Robinson

She grew up watching soap operas so “The Haves & Have Nots” co-star Angela Robinson understands how the characters become real, but she was taken aback when a fan of posted on Facebook, ‘I don’t care what you’re in, I will never support you. I don’t like you and I don’t see how you could be a good person.’

Robinson didn’t respond, but good friend and castmate Crystal Fox, who plays Hannah on the show, fired back, ‘We are actors and this is what we do and if you feel that strongly then you need to be applauding this actress for making you feel something.’

Love her or hate her, if your one of the millions of fans who tune in on Tuesday nights to the show attributed to turning around Oprah’s once fledgling network— you definitely feel something about Veronica Harrington.

 

Saving Grace: Christina Elmore
Feb04

Saving Grace: Christina Elmore

Christina Elmore knew that acting was the career path she’d follow when as a teen she found that it was the only thing she didn’t quit. “I took ballet. I took violin lessons. I played softball and eventually it was like I’m done with all of these,” she recalls, “but acting was the one thing I just couldn’t imagine quitting.” What’s more, Elmore was prepared to put in her time, having met actors who worked in regional theater and weren’t rich or famous, but had made a life out of their craft. With that in mind, she attended Harvard University where she earned a degree in African American studies while doing a lot of theatre, and followed up with an intensive three-year study of acting training at the American Conservatory Theatre.

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