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.

DeWanda Wise

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Critically acclaimed artist DeWanda Wise is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, training primarily at the Atlantic Theatre Company Acting School. While training at Tisch, DeWanda began her professional career with roles in many award-winning shorts and independent features including “Spinning into Butter,” and “Precious” among others.

Adept in theater and film, acting, writing, and producing, DeWanda is an artist with some serious promise. She stars in Fox event series “Shots Fired,” alongside Sanaa Lathan, Helen Hunt, and Richard Dreyfuss. Additionally, her first pass at screenwriting “Where You Go,” premieres at Cannes in the Short Film Corner. DeWanda also stars as Rochelle Marseilles in the Sundance hit “How To Tell You’re a Douchebag”, a romantic comedy she executive produced. Indiewire described her performance in Tahir Jetter’s debut as, “Sensational, commanding, profound, and dope.”

Previous credits include a host of theater roles, notably originating the role of Nina in acclaimed playwright Dominique Morisseau’s “Sunset Baby.” Ben Brantley of The New York Times stated,”…it’s the woman who’s the toughest of them all. Ms. Wise, a beauty, makes us see and feel just how ugly Nina is…she also insists we understand why.” The Village Voice called her Nina, “commanding and severe,” while The New Yorker described her performance as “Brutal and riveting.” Other praised performances include her work as Susan in the west coast premiere of David Mamet’s “Race” with Center Theater Group, Mercy in “Flight,” at City Theatre, and Abigail, a Zimbabwean wife grappling with an HIV diagnosis, in Danai Gurira’s heartbreaking first play, “In the Continuum” at Playmakers, Chapel Hill.

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Other TV credits including staring as Terry in movie of the week “Firelight,” with Cuba Gooding Jr. where critics called her “touching,” “exceptional,” and, “the heart of the film.” Additional guest turns include “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Good Wife,” “The Mentalist,” and the Law and Order franchise.

DeWanda graduated with honors with a dual degree in Drama and Urban Social and Cultural Analysis with a minor in Community-based Theater and Performance. Ms. Wise is a Tisch Scholar Award recipient, the Atlantic Achievement in Studio Award recipient, and the BFA Representative of her graduating class of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, DeWanda currently resides in California with her husband actor/producer, Alano Miller.