Jossie Thacker

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Jossie Thacker was born on January 1, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. As one of the most sought out dancers, touring the world with top artist such as; Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Guy and Heavy D, Jossie was invited to star as one of the acclaimed, “Fly Girls”, in Keenan Ivory Wayan’s, and FOX’s hit T.V show, “In Living Color”, alongside her girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, Jamie Fox, and Damon Wayans.

Jossie became known as the world-renowned fly-girl who rocked the braids and ripped the dance floor. Jossie’s arrival in tinsel town on, In Living Color, set the stage for her flourishing acting career. Following, In Living Color, Jossie honed in on her natural acting talent landing starring roles in: NCIS, The West Wing, ER, Charmed & That’s So Raven, led to Jossie gracing the stage as “Desdemona” in Shakespeare’s, “Othello”, opposite acclaimed actor, Charles E. Dutton. Jossie’s stage credits also include the role of “Julia” in “Becoming Cuban”, written by Carlos LaCamara.

Cast in the lead role, “Margo”, alongside “Ugly Betty’s”, Tony Plana, in the LA production of Havana Bourgeois, then alongside “Cold Case”, lead actor, Danny Pino, in the Miami production, at the famous, Miracle Mile Theater. Jossie’s television credits include CBS’s, “NCIS”, ABC’s “Desperate Housewives”, “Private Practice”, ABC Family’s, “Make it or Break it”, TNT’s, “The Closer”, Nickelodean’s “Gigantic”, and BC’s “The Event” and was recently seen on Bounce TV’s new hit series, “My Crazy Room mate”. Jossie can be seen this season in Fox’s, hit series, “EMPIRE”.

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Jossie’s lead performance in the NAACP nominated short, “Brooklyn’s bride to Jordan”, led to her award winning role, “Charlie”, in Chicago International Film Festival’s best film, “Mississippi Damned”, which earned Jossie “Best Supporting Actress” award. Jossie recently won the People’s Choice award for “Best Lead Actress”, at the Las Vegas Film Festival for her film work in, “No Weapon Formed Against Us”, and starred in award winning film, “Boppin’ at the Glue Factory”, as well as in, Sergio Arau’s film, “A Day without a Mexican”, “Who made the Potato Salad”, and, “The Halfway Diner”, written by, John Sayles, to name a few. Jossie was recently invited to become a Committee Board Member of the Chicago International Film Festival, Black Perspectives Program. Jossie’s producer credits, include acquiring projects under her production company “JoEJoS Productions”, and “BeFLYCreate, Inc.”, including the original screenplay, “Conversations with Damaged Men”, which stars Jossie in the challenging role of a bitter, paraplegic writer, “Joan’s Damn Studio”, a story of a struggling ex-dancer, single mom, fighting to keep her dance studio, as well as food on the table for both her son and displaced mother. And Jossie’s, real life passion project, “Just JOSSIE”, a web show on, YouTube, inspired by her 2 young boys. ”Just JOSSIE”, and her industry friends help navigate, teach and inspire dancers and all types of artist pursuing a career in the entertainment business. Jossie has been married for 18 years and is the proud mother of two boys. Jossie’s motto is: “Hard WORK + Immovable FAITH = Dreams ACTUALIZED”.

Deborah Ayorinde

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Deborah Ayorinde was born in London, England. At age seven, she performed in her first play with a drama school in the Forest Gate area of London. It was there that she developed a passion for the arts. When she was eight years old, she and her family relocated to San Jose, California. She continued to develop her talents by participating in talent shows and contests, performing with dance teams, cheerleading teams, and choirs, and continuously training. In May of 2009, she graduated with honors from Howard University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Production. During her matriculation at Howard, she won the coveted Paul Robeson Best Actress award for her performance in a short film she wrote and directed (The film also won the award for Best Cinematography).

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Her credits include, but are not limited to, Barbershop 3, Game of Silence (NBC), The Game (BET), and Necessary Roughness (USA). She has also appeared in various print ads and commercials. In addition to acting and modeling, Deborah is also passionate about directing and writing and owns an online boutique.

Lauren McCarroll

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Lauren M. McCarroll is a versatile and refreshing performer who brings passion and intensity to each role she lands. Her film credits include 4Play,Keep the Faith and Do You Know Where Your Man Is, as well as independent films Unspoken,Infidelity, Forever and Meet Me At The Altar. She also radiated on stage with lead roles in Fences at St. John’s University in New York, and Tha Message in Chicago.

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Lauren continues to hone her acting skills under the tutelage of Phaedra Harris of Phaedra Harris Casting and Choice Skinner of Breaking Through Actors Workshop, both esteemed leaders in the film industry. She also studied under Rachel Barrer in New York, as well as various instructors at the New York Film Academy. Lauren is classically trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical and tap dance, and enjoys public speaking and tennis.

Tiwa Savage

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Tiwatope Savage-Balogun  was born on February 5, 1980, better known by her stage name Tiwa Savage, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, performer and actress. She is currently signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing as a songwriter. Savage signed a recording contract with Mavin Records in 2012. Savage also signed a management and publishing deal with Roc Nation in June 2016, which she later confirmed via Instagram. She co-wrote the track “Collard Greens & Cornbread” off Fantasia Barrino‘s Grammy-nominated album, Back to Me.

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Savage was featured on Solar Plexus, a compilation album released by Mavin Records. Her debut studio album, Once Upon a Time, was released on 3 July 2013. It was supported by the singles “Kele Kele Love“, “Love Me (3x)”, “Without My Heart”, “Ife Wa Gbona”, “Folarin”, “Olorun Mi” and “Eminado“. Savage’s second studio album, R.E.D, was released on 19 December 2015. It produced the singles “My Darlin'”, “African Waist” and “If I Start To Talk”. Savage sings in English and Yoruba.  As a singer, her achievements include one MTV Africa Music Award, two The Headies Awards, one Channel O Music Video Award, one Nigeria Music Video Award, and two City People Entertainment Awards, among others.

Dynasty

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Queens-bred hip-hop/soul artist, Dynasty, has the soul of a dreamer and the fearless determination to follow that dream wherever it might lead. DY has lit up stages alongside some of your favorite artists including Erykah Badu, The Wu-Tang Clan, Talib Kweli and KRS One who proclaimed “THIS is a real emcee!” after catching her set.

Her performance on records and on the stage truly sets her apart. Dynasty writes from the heart yet at the same time, remains a beast on the mic. She has collaborated with legendary, world renowned artists such as Talib Kweli and DJ Premier who labeled her a “spit queen” based on her lyrical prowess. Influenced by gritty northern sounds and life’s adventures, she brings us a perfectly balanced raw and real experience through her music. She has toured internationally from Germany to Romania and beyond, performing and connecting with people of all ages and backgrounds.

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After spending a little more than a year working on other artistic endeavors (she is an actress and also runs an arts-based empowerment program, The PUSH Project) she is back to her first love, her music, which she refers to as hip hop/ soul. There is no “set demographic” for D.Y., no gimmick, no crafted agenda aside from making beautifully raw music. Her authentic mass appeal transcends all boundaries.

Rightfully so, soul music touches the world.

Justine Skye

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Justine Indira Skyers was born August 24, 1995, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York. Her mother, Nova Perry, is a music attorney of Afro-Jamaican and Indo-Jamaican descent, and her father is of Afro-Jamaican descent. Justine Skye tagged along with her mother to a music panel held by performance rights organization BMI. During the question-and-answer session, Justine surprised everyone in attendance by asking to sing. In front of various music executives, she performed a cover of Sam Sparro’s “Black and Gold.” The Brooklyn native subsequently took singing lessons and honed her songwriting, then worked with August Rigo and Eric Hudson. Their sessions led to Everyday Living, a confident contemporary R&B EP released on Atlantic in August 2013.

Justine got her start at a professional singing career when she performed songs to go with the book “Rules To Rock By”. She is known for having made a cover about “Headlines” by Drake which received 2 million views on youtube. Her debut EP, Everyday Living, helped the Brooklyn kid with the purple-hued hair ink a deal with Atlantic Records in 2013 and release with them the album Emotionally Unavailable. During that time she made a song “Collide” featuring the rapper Tyga. In october 2015, she performed at TIDAL10X20 an event created by JAY Z and at a Tommy Hilfiger show in Brazil. She also made an apparition in some tv shows like the final of House of DVF.

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In 2016 she left Atlantic and signed to Roc Nation  and Republic Records and is preparing a new album.