Ashleigh Murray

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Ashleigh Murray was born January 18,1996. Murray will be portraying Josie McCoy in the CW’s new teen drama Riverdale. Ashleigh was born in Kansas City, MO. In the 5th grade, she went to Oakland, California, to live with her aunt for 2 years, where Murray enjoyed studying piano, jazz and hip-hop. After graduating high school back in Kansas City, Missouri, she moved to New York city where she studied at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, graduating in 2009.

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Previously, while studying at NYCDA, she starred in an off-Broadway production of “Child of the Movement,” based on a true story, on that of Claudette Colvin, a 15-year-old girl from Montgomery, one who preceded Rosa Park’s involvement with the NAACP, was in a Coke commercial with Diggy Simmons which debuted during the 2013 BET Awards, as well as Lady Gaga’s MTV VMA 2013 promo video. Murray worked on the WB’s The Following, appeared in two episodes of TVLand’s Younger and recently wrapped a Netflix Original Movie “Deidra & Laney Rob a Train” (starring Rachel Crow, David Sullivan, Tim Blake Nelson, Danielle Nicolet, Sasheer Zamata and Arturo Castro).

Gay Struggle is not the Black Struggle

This is a lecture that Umar Johnson recently had in Kansas City. During the Q&A he is confronted by a black woman from the LGBT community. She begins to question him on his stance against homosexuality. The woman looks like a biracial woman. I’m a little concerned about this because it seems sometimes biracial people have divided loyalties. You never know what side of the fence they will be on. The debate gets pretty heated at one point. The woman challenges him on hate speech,mental illness,homophobia and racism.But in the end Umar puts her in check! He answers all her questions. I think this woman is an agent. Most likely a plant sent to disrupt his lecture. This looks like Cointelpro all over again. Just my personal opinion. I actually enjoyed the back and forth. He explains to her that the gay struggle is not the same as the black struggle. He makes it plain and simple. Check out the video and let me know what you think. Who do you agree with? Umar or the woman?