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.

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.

 

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