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”.

Alexandria Collins

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Alexandria Collins is an actress and director.  This is her bio from her website:

Hi! I’m Alexandria, a creator in Brooklyn, NY.

I write, direct, act and take photos. Basically capturing emotion in every medium. I’ve written and directed several short films, and am writing two feature screenplays. I’ve acted in national commercials for brands such as Apple, Hilton Hotels, Northface, Marshalls, Verizon, Billboard and more.

My work’s been in film festivals (NYCIFF, San Antonio Film Fest, NewYork New Filmmakers, LifeTree Fest – Milk Run, 2015) and won awards with the Florida Associated Press (Love Plus Doc, 2013) and the Her Story Film Competition (Secrets, 2013).

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I’ve acted in several award winning independent films and am searching for more invigorating projects to pull me from behind the lens.

It’s been an amazing journey full of unexpected and profoundly empowering turns. I feel more connected to my true self then ever before and I put that into all the work I do.

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.

Vanessa Williams(Fine Sistas from the 90’s)

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I thought Vanessa Williams stole the show in New Jack City.  She was beautiful but so deadly in the film.  She held her own with Wesley Snipes,Ice-T and Mario Van Peeples. I’ve always thought she was an underrated beauty.  Williams was born on May 12,1963.

Born and raised in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York, Vanessa Williams became a member of the New York City Opera’s Children’s Chorus at age 11. Vanessa then signed with a talent manager and booked her first audition, a commercial for Frito Lay. Her pattern for success clearly set, her winning streak had only just begun.

After graduating from New York’s famed High School of Performing Arts she earned a Bachelor’s degree in theatre and business from Marymount Manhattan College.

A member of all three actors unions, Vanessa kept busy striking a balance as a professional actress and college student. When she landed a recurring role on The Cosby Show (1984) as (Theo’s scene partner in a school play), a high-strung student/actress named Jade Marsh, she made a friend and fan of “The Cos” Bill Cosby. So impressed with her work, “Mr. C” asked her back to play yet another role, Theo’s girlfriend Cheryl Lovejoy, a sweet young thing from Barbados.

Her New York stage credits grew to include the Lincoln Center production of Death and the King’s Horseman and the Broadway productions of Sarafina and Mule Bone, the Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston collaboration. The opening night celebration for Mule Bone packed a double punch of pleasure, as New Jack City (1991) was released in theaters nationwide that same evening. In this, her first feature film, Vanessa plays Keisha, the gun toting head of security opposite Wesley Snipes as drug czar Nino Brown.

Vanessa arrived in LA in September of ’91, “just to check it out.” A month later she was cast as single mother Anna-Marie McCoy in the Gothic horror film, Candyman (1992). She made her west coast move official in January of ’92, and became a media darling when she hit the media radar as one of the stars in the Fox TV hit Melrose Place (1992).

After residence on Melrose Place (1992) Vanessa traveled to Spain to sing and host the variety show Grand Fiesta on the Telecinco network in Madrid. Back from Europe she was immediately cast as a series regular in Steven Bochco’s critically acclaim television drama Murder One (1995), where she earned her first NAACP Image Award Nomination.

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She appeared opposite Lisa Kudrow in the Albert Brooks feature Mother (1996), then went on location in South Africa to star in A Woman of Color (1997), a film written and directed by Oscar nominated director, Bernard Joffa. She followed these projects with a ten-episode arc on Chicago Hope (1994), where she was again nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

Vanessa starred in two BET original made for TV movies: Incognito (1999) and Playing with Fire (2000), and as guest star on Total Recall (1994), The Pretender (1996), NYPD Blue (1993), The Steve Harvey Show (1996), Malcolm & Eddie (1996), and Living Single (1993), Cold Case (2003) among other others.

She starred (opposite her soon to be Soul Food (2000) costar Rockmond Dunbar) in Punks (2000), the award-winning feature film directed by Patrik-Ian Polk, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in 2000.

She earned a Daytime Emmy Nomination for her extraordinary work in Our America (2002) a Showtime original movie directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, which also premiered at Sundance the following year.

As hot mama, Maxine Chadway, in the hit Showtime series Soul Food (2000), Vanessa secured the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series.

Vanessa is also a talented writer who has written a collection of poetry and prose titled Shine. Her poems and essays have also appeared in Essence Magazine.

As filmmaker, Vanessa wrote, directed, and produced the short film, Dense (2004), which aired on Showtime Television and is a favorite among film festival-goers.

As a singer/songwriter, Vanessa performed her original melodies in the films Dense (2004) and the award-winning short Driving Fish (2002). She recently performed “The Vagina Monologues” along with Star Jones and Sherri Shepherd (from The View (1997)) in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, “Harlot Poetry by Vanessa Williams” at Artpeace Gallery in Burbank, California and “Stories in Song: an evening with Vanessa Williams” at the Temple Bar in Santa Monica, CA.

Yaani King

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Yaani King was born August 10,1981. The only daughter of an NYPD officer mother, Yaani was born in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and raised in Queens. Of West Indian/Guyanese descent, she has two elder brothers, she spent most of her childhood around the theatre, as her mother was a stage and commercial actress before becoming a police officer. As a teen, she was accepted into the High School of Performing Arts at Lincoln Center (New York). After moving back to Brooklyn at age 17, Yaani decided to pursue a career as an actor and was immediately cast Off-Broadway in the production of “The Alchemist” at The Classic Stage Company and received wonderful reviews. She also trained in 2007 at The Actor’s Centre in London.

Nia Long

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“I get annoyed because [show] business is so full of sh*t sometimes. But for the most part, I’m very happy with the pace I’m taking to get where I’m going.”

Nitara Carlynn Long was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her father, a high school teacher, left her mother when Long was only four. She developed an interest in acting at an early age, and got instruction from Betty Bridges, the mother of former child star Todd Bridges.

Long learned the ins and outs of acting while on the daytime soap opera, Guiding Light. Her big screen debut was alongside a stellar cast of young black talents in John Singleton‘s debut effort, Boyz N the Hood. The film earned Singleton two Oscar nominations, and helped launch the acting careers of Long, Cuba Gooding Jr., and rapper Ice Cube.

Long followed up Boyz N The Hood with a comedic turn in Made in America (1993), and Friday(1995), proving that she was adept at both drama and comedy. After a two year stint on Will Smith‘s The Fresh Prince of Bel Air as the woman who steals Will’s heart and almost marries him, she was given her first starring role in Love Jones. Although it did poorly at the box office, the film was nominated for a number of Image and Black Film awards including Best Actress for Long.

From Friday to the sleeper hit Soul Food, Long has proved herself a talented screen entity. More recently, she wrapped work on What’s It All About, Alfie? (2004) starring Jude Law, and In Too Deep (1999) and played a starring role in the romantic comedy Are We There Yet? (2004), opposite Ice Cube. She most recently starred in the comedy flick, The Best Man Holiday (2013).