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.”

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.

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