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.

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.

 

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