Saving Grace: Remembering Natalie Cole
Jan05

Saving Grace: Remembering Natalie Cole

Grammy award winning singer Natalie Cole, the daughter of legendary crooner Nat King Cole, who topped the charts with such hits as “Inseparable”, “This Will Be”, “Our Love” and “Unforgettable”, earned an NAACP Image Award for a starring role in her '2000 TV biopic, “The Natalie Cole Story”, and penned the  best-selling autobiography, “Angel On My Shoulder”, has died. She was 65.

Cole died New Year’s Eve at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to complications from ongoing health issues with her son, Robbie, by her side. "I had to hold back the tears. I know how hard she fought,” said Aretha Franklin. “She was one of the greatest singers of our time. She represented the Cole legend of excellence and class quite well."

 

Saving Grace: Loretta Devine
Dec07

Saving Grace: Loretta Devine

The hardest part of being Loretta Devine for Loretta Devine is the perception people have of her that is usually a character she has played and not her at all. But that is most likely due to the fact that she is so good at what she does in a career that spans three decades, work in more than 40 films including “Jumping The Broom”, “Woman Thou Art Loosed”, “Colored Girls” and “Waiting To Exhale”, a groundbreaking Tony-award winning Broadway play and a score of TV shows. To be sure, the three-time NAACP Image Award winning actress is not among those who never get any work. In the last year alone, she’s had recurring roles on three series—”Being Mary Jane”, “Doc McStuffins” and NBC’s summer series, The Carmichael Show in which she starred along with David Alan Grier.

 

Saving Grace: Pooch Hall
Nov05

Saving Grace: Pooch Hall

When Pooch Hall lost his role on the series “The Game” in 2012, he was just short of devastated. The role was a game changer for the Boston native, who’d up until landing it had starts and stops in his Hollywood career with short-lived TV series like “Pepper Dennis” and bit parts on shows like “Without A Trace”. His departure from the show was also hard on the fans who, were rooting for the show’s main couple, Derwin Davis and Melanie, played by Tia Mowry Hardrict. “It was tough. “The Game” was a huge part of my life. But all good things come to an end. I realized I couldn’t be Jerome forever so I kept it moving,” he said.

Saving Grace: Quad Lunceford-Webb
Oct03

Saving Grace: Quad Lunceford-Webb

She is mostly known by her first name and in the two years since she debuted on the Bravo TV hit reality show, “Married To Medicine”—chronicling the lives of seven Atlanta socialites who are either doctors or married to doctors—she has become one of the show’s breakout stars.

At the time of its debut, “Married to Medicine” was the network’s highest-rated series premiere since “Bethenny Getting Married?”, and the most watched non-spinoff series premiere in the network's history with the first season garnering upwards of 1.8 million viewers.

Saving Grace: Harry Lennix
Sep02

Saving Grace: Harry Lennix

Harry J. Lennix enjoys playing men of consequence. Be it his portrayal of an Islamic American advocate on the hit show “24” and General Swanwick in the 2013 box office smash, Man of Steel to Lord Banquo in “William Shakepeare’s MacBeth, Ray Charles manager in the Oscar-nominated “Ray” or Dresser in the 1991 musical drama, “The Five Heartbeats”, the 6’4” Chicago native enjoys stretching beyond his comfort zone and moves with ease from television and film to the stage.

“Men of consequence require capacity – you have to think about what you’re going to do and how you’re going to do it, so I like that.”

Saving Grace: Gaius Charles
Aug04

Saving Grace: Gaius Charles

With passion, perseverance, zeal and strong faith, Gaius Charles knew at an early age he was destined to become an actor. In his mind, there was no question about it.

The New York native, best known for playing Dr. Shane Ross for two seasons in Shonda Rhimes’ ABC romance series “Greys Anatomy,” last month returned to TV as Black Panther leader, Bunchy Carter on NBC historical-drama series “Aquarius.”

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