Nana Mensah

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is a Ghanaian-American actress, director, writer, singer and all around renaissance woman who we first got to know as the fiery Sade on the web series An African CityOver the last thirty months, Mensah has been hard at work on her first feature film, a dark comedy called Queen of Glory, which she wrote, directed and stars in. In the film, Mensah plays Sarah Obeng, a young PhD. candidate who is also a “weirdo, adulteress, binge-eating, grieving-but-not-dealing, Ghanaian-American genius who is slaying at academia, but failing at life.” For Mensah, a self-professed weirdo, her latest role is an opportunity to tell the story of a black woman from an African immigrant community who finds herself pulled in different directions as she tries to develop and honor each aspect of her identities.

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Khaneshia Smith

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Khaneshia Smith was born in Tallahassee, Florida to an entrepreneur and a refined College Administrator. The self proclaimed girly tomboy found a safe place in becoming involved in softball, cheerleading and SGA as she fast tracked her way to the top.

As the co-creator of Black & Sexy TV’S Cheap Chicks, she has earned popular acclaim for her roles as the star in the dramedy Friends: a Depression Story and has proven that she can disappear into a role and mesmerize audiences.

As a guest star on Lebron James’ Survivors Remorse on Starz, co-star on Kevin Hart’s hit show Husbands of Hollywood on BET, and All My children, actress KJ Smith has successfully made the crossover from the corporate treadmill to feature film work, several national commercials, book covers and hair care print campaigns. Her resume secured her a spot as a guest star on Starz’s survivor’s remorse.

KJ is currently filming recurring roles on the popular series shows “The Therapist” and “Blackboots”.

She has one sibling who is a well known news reporter; her sister inspired her to stand in front of the camera with confidence and to tap into her penchant for acting.

KJ studied Business Marketing at The Florida State University. After a series of sleepless nights and denouncing her fears, KJ relocated to the “city of angels” where she has made acting her business. She uses the principals that she learned in B school to present herself as a brand and walking business. The former Seminole is a highly emancipated actress, turned Hollywood’s next “It Girl” and Hollywood is taking note.

KJ hopes that one day she will be invited to return to her alma mater to speak to those who aspire to enter the acting world.

She is an enthusiastic supporter of the cerebral palsy foundation as a nod to her father.

Jasmine Burke

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Jasmine Burke was born on August 13,1983. Jasmine Burke is an award winning, American Actor/ Singer/Filmmaker from Atlanta, Georgia who attended Kennesaw State University on full scholarship. Growing up in musical theatre paid off when on a whim, during college, Jasmine tried out for the hit talent competition MTV’s Making the Band 3 and advanced to being a finalist. After the whirlwind experience Jasmine decided to go after her real passion, acting. Soon after she caught the attention of legendary casting director Rueben Cannon who cast her in Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns and then Daddy’s Little Girls. Since, Jasmine Burke has been full steam ahead making notable appearances in The Secret Life of Bees, Van Wilder, Vampire Diaries, Army Wives and Ride Along, to name a few. Also starring in Vh1’s Drumline: A New Beat and Bounce TV’s record breaking Saints and Sinners.

Exercising her many talents, in 2009 Jasmine wrote, executive produced and directed her first film, a comedy, Lucky Lotto. Lucky Lotto went on to become a winner at the 2010 Women in Film and Television International Short Film Showcase. Jasmine also won an achievement for directing Lucky Lotto at the 2010 WIFTA’s.

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Jasmine’s philantrophy extends to global organizations such as The Boys&Girls Club of America, Girls Inc., The Miss Black Teen Atlanta Scholarship Pageant, C.A.S.A (Court Appointed Special Advocate), 500 Songs for Kids.

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.

Yvonne Okoro

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Yvonne Okoro is a Ghanaian actress of Nigerian and Ghanaian origin. She was born on November 25,1984. She has received Ghana Movie Awards Best Actress Award in 2010[1] and was nominated for African Movie Academy Awards Best Actress twice in a row in 2011 and 2012 for her movies Pool Party and Single Six. She has also received four Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award  and in 2012 was honoured with a Distinguished Achievement Award at the Nigeria Excellence Awards. She is among the top best actresses in Ghana and known for her remarkable performances.

Born to a Nigerian dad and Ghanaian mother, Yvonne Okoro is of mixed lineage and calls herself an African. Yvonne Okoro is from Amankalu Alayi in Abia State, Nigeria. Abia State is also home to other popular Nollywood artists like Chinedu Ikedieze, Uche Jombo, Victoria Inyama, Basket Mouth, Ejike Asiegbu, Okechukwu Ukeje and a host of others. She comes from a very large family, as the first child of her mother and the fifth of all siblings. She from a young age showed desire to be an actress She attended Achimota Preparatory School after which she went to the Lincoln Community School and then to Faith Montessori School. She continued at Mfanstiman Girls’ Senior High School after which she enrolled at University of Ghana, Legon where she did Bachelor of Arts, combining English and Linguistics. Subsequently she was at the University De-Nantes in France to study Press Civilization, Drama and Marketing.

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Deidre Lang

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I used to love watching Deidre Lang on the comedy show In Living Color.  She was one of my favorite Fly Girls.  She is a stunning beauty.  But although she’s a great dancer nd actress many don’t know she’s an amazing singer as well. Deidre Lang is known for her work on In Living Color (1990), Herman’s Head (1991) and Back in Step with the Fly Girls (2004).

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