Keri Hilson

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Keri Lynn Hilson  was born on December 5, 1982. Hilson  is an American singer, songwriter, actress and record producer. She was born and raised in Decatur, Georgia, and spent most of her youth working with producer Anthony Dent, as a songwriter and background vocalist for several R&B and hip hop artists. By the age of 14, Hilson had secured a record deal with the girl group D’Signe, who later disbanded. She attended Oxford College of Emory University and Emory University in Atlanta, while she continued writing songs for artists, including Britney Spears, The Pussycat Dolls, and Mary J. Blige, with the production and songwriting team, The Clutch. In 2006, Hilson signed with American rapper and producer Timbaland‘s record label, Mosley Music. Her breakthrough came the following year after appearing on Timbaland’s single “The Way I Are“, which topped charts around the world.

Hilson’s music style is generally R&B, hip hop and pop; womanhood, sexual intimacy and love are typical themes. Her musical influences come from her father’s side of the family. Hilson’s debut studio album, In a Perfect World…, was released in 2009, and debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, eventually being certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album spawned the hit singles, “Knock You Down“, “Turnin Me On” and “I Like“. It also earned Hilson two Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Knock You Down”. Her second studio album, No Boys Allowed, was released in 2010 and was considerably less successful than its predecessor; however, it included the platinum single, “Pretty Girl Rock“.

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Besides her music career, Hilson has also contributed to various charities and pursued a career in acting, but she continues to record and perform music. She has contributed in the fight against HIV and AIDS, helped various relief efforts for natural disasters, and become involved with several educational organizations. In 2012, Hilson made her acting debut in the romantic comedy film, Think Like a Man. Her achievements include a BET Award, MOBO Award, NAACP Image Award and two Soul Train Music Awards.

Stephanie Okereke

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Stephanie Onyekachi Okereke is a Nigerian actress, film director and model. She has received several awards and nominations for her work as an actress, including the 2003 Reel Award for Best Actress, the 2006 Afro Hollywood Award for Best Actress, and three nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2005, 2009 and 2010. She was also the runner up for the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria beauty pageant of 2002.

Stephanie Okereke was born on October 2,1982 in  Imo State, Nigeria. She is the sixth child of eight children. She completed her primary & secondary school in Delta State before heading to the University of Calabar, where she graduated with a degree in English and Literary Studies.

During her teenage years in 1997 she already starred in two Nollywood movies, Compromise 2 and Waterloo. During the 2002 Most beautiful girl in Nigeria beauty pageant Okereke reached 2nd place. A year later in 2003, Okereke received two awards at the 2003 Reel Awards for ‘Best Actress – English’ and ‘Best Actress of the year 2003’. After graduating from the New York Film Academy in 2007, Okereke released the movie Through the Glass in which she served as director, scriptwriter, producer and actress.[8][13] The film received an African Movie Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay in 2009. Okereke has starred in over 90 movies.

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Okereke was married (2004-2007) to a former Super Eagles football player Chikelue Iloenyosi, a marriage which a high court in Lagos in 2012 has declared null and void, because at the time they got married, Chikelue was already legally married to another woman in the US.
In April 2005, on her way to the African Movie Academy Awards held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria, Okereke was involved in a serious car accident that left her with burns all over and a broken leg. She recovered speedily from the accident and went back to acting.
In April 2012 Okereke married Linus Idahosa in Paris, France, at a private wedding ceremony that was attended by members of her family and scores of Nollywood actresses and actors.

Lerato Kganyago

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Lerato Kganyago was born July 22,1982. Kganyago is a South African television presenter, model, businesswoman and socialite best known for hosting her own talk show on Soweto TV called The LKG Show; and for hosting the SABC1 lifestyle magazine show The Link.

She first entered the public eye in 2002 when she was crowned Miss Jam Alley 2002. She was also a finalist in the Miss City Press contests in 2003 and 2005 and was crowned Miss Soweto in 2005.

She started her schooling at Ipolokeng Primary school and later went to Boksburg High School were she matriculated. She then studied a Diploma in Travel and Tourism, and Public Relations with Damelin College.

Kganyago featured on the popular drive time show on Jozi Fm, with DJ Hluks, as an entertainment news updater. She also hosted a car show on the same slot, updating listeners about the latest cars and celebrities that drive them.

Kganyago had her first television appearance on the Phat Joe Show, as an actress in comedy skits. She then shot a number of TV adverts for major campaigns including Ukhozi FM, Botswana TV, Castle Lite and J&B.

After being a presenter for a number of years on the community TV station Soweto TV (2008-2012), she was thrust into the public eye in late 2012 when SABC1 dropped Bonang Matheba as host of The Link and hired Lerato to fill the vacancy.

In 2010 she had a small role in the e.tv drama series 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls. She has also had cameo roles on Live (she co-hosted the show with Crazy Lu), the mini-series After 9 on SABC1 and The Wild on M-Net.

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In 2015 she joins SABC2 soapie Muvhango in the role of Mmasebotsana Primrose Mojalefa, a beauty and a businesswoman. She makes her debut on Thursday, 11 June 2015.

Lerato was also a partner in the FTV (Centurion) franchise and she owns Black Angel, an events management company. As an MC, Kganyago has secured ongoing deals with the Gauteng Department of Education, Revlon, Face of Jawad Products in Lesotho, Tropica, Always Ultra Campaigns and Silver Star Casino. She also hosts music festivals.

In a 2008 interview with City Press she admitted to suffering from the eating disorder anorexia in her early twenties. She is the niece of SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago.

In April 2016 she replaced Pearl Thusi as the co-host of SABC1 music show LIVE Amp.

Malikha Mallette

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Malikha Mallette is an actress, voiceover artist and media personality living in NYC.

Malikha’s entertainment career began as a radio personality in Atlanta, GA. Within 3 years, and with on-air stints in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. as well, Malikha made her way to NYC’s Power 105.1 where she hosted both Morning and Afternoon Drive shows. She then added television host to her credits with appearances on HLN, Music Choice, DirecTV, Fine Living Network and ABC News Now.

Transitioning to acting, Malikha has appeared in Person of Interest,Black Card,Love for Passion, I Love You… But I Lied, One Life to LiveYou’re Nobody Til Somebody Kills You, executive produced by Spike Lee, and the independent film, 1982, starring Hill Harper. Her comedic performance in the web series 12 Steps to Recovery garnered her a Best Guest Actress in a Comedy award from L.A. WEBFEST.

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An accomplished voiceover artist, she can be heard in the 20th Century Fox animated film, Epic and as the narrator on the crime series Fatal Attraction on TV One.  Additionally, Malikha has voiced campaigns for Pantene, CBS Sports Network, Discover Card, McDonald’s, WEtv and countless more.  On camera, she has appeared in commercials for Olive Garden, Cheerios, Advil, and Walmart just to name a few.

Born and raised in Queens, NY, Malikha attended The Dalton School, received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Spelman College, and recently completed Meisner training at Maggie Flanigan Studio.

Fatoumata Diawara-Bissa(What to Do)

Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara (aka Fatou) was born of Malian parents in the Ivory Coast in 1982. As a child she became a member of her father’s dance troupe and was a popular performer of the wildly flailing didadi dance from Wassoulou, her ancestral home in western Mali. She was an energetic and headstrong girl and at the age of twelve her refusal to go to school finally prompted her parents to send her to live and be disciplined by an aunt in Bamako. She was not to see her parents again for over a decade.

Her aunt was an actress, and a few years after arriving, Fatou found herself on a film set looking after her aunt’s infant child. The film’s director was captivated by Fatou’s adolescent beauty and she was given a one line part in the final scene of the film ‘Taafe Fangan’ (‘The Power of Women’). This led to her being given a lead role by the celebrated director Cheick Omar Sissoko in his 1999 film ‘La Genèse’ (Genesis).

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 At the age of eighteen Fatou travelled to Paris to perform the classical Greek role of Antigone on stage. After touring with the production she returned to Mali where she was given the lead in Dani Kouyaté’s popular 2001 film ‘Sia, The Dream of the Python’. The film tells the story of a West African legend called Sia, a young girl who defies tradition. To many in Mali, Guinea, Senegal and Burkina Faso, Fatou is Sia thanks to the film’s enormous success throughout the region. Offers for further acting roles poured in but Fatou’s family wanted her to settle down and marry and forced her to announce, live on Malian television, that she was abandoning her career as an actress.In 2002 Jean-Louis Courcoult, the director of the renowned French theatre company, Royale de Luxe, travelled to Bamako to offer Fatou a part in his new production. An unmarried woman is considered a minor in Malian society so her family’s permission was required. They refused. After much soul searching Fatou took the daring decision to run away and at Bamako airport she managed to board a plane for Paris, narrowly escaping the pursuit of the police who had been alerted to the girl’s ‘kidnapping’.With Royal de Luxe Fatou performed a variety of roles around the world including tours in Vietnam, Mexico and throughout Europe. During rehearsals and quiet moments she took to singing backstage for her own amusement. She was overheard by the director and was soon singing solo during the company’s performances. Encouraged by the reception from audiences she began to sing in Parisian clubs and cafes during breaks from touring. Here she met Cheikh Tidiane Seck the celebrated Malian musician and producer who invited her to travel with him back to Mali to work on two projects as chorus vocalist; ‘Seya’ the GRAMMY nominated album by Mali’s star Oumou Sangaré and ‘Red Earth’ the GRAMMY winning Malian project by American jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater. When the albums were released Fatou toured worldwide as singer and dancer with both projects.

Here’s the English translation to her song Bissa:

They wanted to give me to a man, but I said I didn’t love him
I want to choose a man that I love
I love Bourama, but he didn’t treat me right
I love Sola, but he didn’t treat me right
I love Alama, but he didn’t treat me right
So what am I to do?
So what am I to do?
So what am I to do?
So what am I to do?
They wanted to give me to a man, but I said I didn‟t love him
I want to choose a man that I love
I love Bourama, but he didn’t treat me right
I love Alama, but he didn’t treat me right
I love Sola, but he didn’t treat me right
So what am I to do?
So what am I to do?
So what am I to do?
So what am I to do?
I rejected everyone
I rejected everyone
As you are the one I love
How did you do this to me?
How could you do it?
You reject the man that you love because he has nothing
To go after another who has material wealth
You accept another man because of his possessions
Now he’s also getting rid of you, as he has the means to
So what am I to do?
So what am I to do?
So what am I to do?
So what am I to do?

Denise Boutte

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Denise Boutte was born on January 19, 1982 in Maurice, Louisiana, USA. While growing up in the small town of Maurice, Louisiana, Denise Boutté dreamed a more practical dream of becoming a doctor, while conquering the “mystical” place called Hollywood and becoming a film and TV star never really crossed her mind. After obtaining a degree in Mass Communications from Louisiana State University, Denise’s creative intuition led her to the world of advertising where she quickly climbed the ranks as a respected account executive, then manager at leading Dallas, Texas-based advertising agencies, tending to the clients of various brands including Pampers, Fossil, Mary Kay Cosmetics, among others. While overseeing commercial and photo shoots for her clients’ campaigns, Denise was introduced to life “on-set” and became fascinated by the endless possibilities this new world offered.After being approached by a local talent agent, Denise found herself in front of the lens for a variety of print and commercial campaigns. A chance introduction landed her a talent manager in Hollywood, and Denise decided to take a leap of faith, packed her bags and headed West.

Before long, Denise emerged as one of Hollywood’s busiest new faces, highlighted with guest and recurring roles on numerous popular TV shows, including Boston Legal, Everybody Hates Chris, Days of Our Lives and Girlfriends to name a few.On the big screen, Denise teamed up with entertainment pioneer, Tyler Perry, as “Trina” alongside Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Richard T. Jones and the star studded cast of Lionsgate’s  Why Did I Get Married. Impressed with her chops and on-camera presence, Perry created the character of Sasha Brown, the fun-loving yet convicted voice of reason on the highly rated and now syndicated TV series, Meet the Browns. 2014 started out with a Bang as Boutté starred in UpTv’s highest trending premiere of Where’s the Love, also in the can are films, The Bounce Back, starring alongside Criminal Minds & Young & The Restless heartthrob, Shemar Moore and The Choir Director, a screenplay based on the best selling novel, written by New York Times Best Selling Author, Carl Weber.Also be on the watch for her starring role as Ketren Hargrove in comedy In Full Bloom, which she co-produces alongside creator, and former producer/writer of The Parkers and Martin, Stacey Evans Morgan, Reality Series Swamp Kings and cooking show “Denise’s Dish” currently in development under her Imagine That Productions, Inc. banner!