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.

 

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.

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