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.”

Saving Grace: Sheila E
Jul02

Saving Grace: Sheila E

After nearly four decades in the music industry, Emmy and Grammy Award nominee Sheila E has published “The Beat of My Own Drum”, a tell all memoir, chock full of her experiences as one of the most recognized female drummers in the world.

From touring with Marvin Gaye on his final world tour, to meeting Prince at one of her concerts, to their subsequent romance and enduring friendship, Sheila E vividly describes her journey through five decades of pop music and how she developed a love for the gospel.

“At first, what I wanted to talk about was music, family, spirituality and to share my testimony. And then I realized that there was much more for me to share,” she said.

 

Saving Grace: Keke Palmer
Jun08

Saving Grace: Keke Palmer

As the youngest person ever to host their own talk show, Keke Palmer is proving she has staying power long after her child star fame.

Hot on the heels of making history twice last year as Broadway’s first black Cinderella in a Rodgers and Hammerstein's production and with back-to-back projects, including filming season two of her BET talk show “Just Keke,” starring in “Brotherly Love,” in theaters now, and filming for a leading role in the Fox horror series “Scream Queens,” premiering in September, the 21-year-old Chicago native has no plans to slow down.

Saving Grace: Wendy Raquel Robinson
May07

Saving Grace: Wendy Raquel Robinson

With the ninth and final season of “The Game” set to premiere in June, a new Urban Movie Channel drama “Mysterious Ways” showing this month, and a stage production of “Sister Act 2” set to debut in Los Angeles, Wendy Raquel Robinson remains unstoppable.

“When you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work,” she said. “That makes it easy to keep moving.”

Onscreen, her film credits include “Two Can Play That Game” opposite Morris Chestnut, Vivica A. Fox and Monique, “Miss Congeniality” starring Sandra Bullock, “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate”, “Ringmaster”, “The Walking Dead” and opposite Martin Lawrence in the recently released “Rebound”, but it is offscreen with her with her Amazing Grace Conservatory that her passion for acting is best showcased.

 

Saving Grace: Tyrese
Apr07

Saving Grace: Tyrese

Tyson Gibson first came on the scene in 1994 as a passionate teen singing his heart out on the back of a bus in a Coca-Cola commercial. Since then, his career has remained steady in both music and film, with the 36-year-old Watts native becoming one of the few musicians who has been able to succeed in both.

Since taking on his first big screen role in 2001 with John Singleton’s “Baby Boy,” Gibson has appeared in some of the biggest movies in the last two decades including “2 Fast, 2 Furious,” “Four Brothers,” “Annapolis,” “Death Race” and the “Transformers” franchise.

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