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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Jeanine Daniels

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It was early in life when Jeanine figured out that she had a knack for telling stories. This was evident when she wrote and self-published her first book in the 3rd grade. In elementary school her precocious talent for writing, comedy and expressive arts were apparent and Jeanine excelled in the creative arts.

Throughout her young life, her music industry father constantly exposed her to a diverse collection of musical genres, from African drum to Zydeco, from Celtic to Riverdance, and everything in between. Her ear and love for music developed right alongside her love for writing.

As Jeanine’s school years proceeded, she participated in many writing and acting workshops. She attended Hamilton High School in Los Angeles where she was enrolled in the Communications Arts Academy. It was there she was asked by her A.P English teacher to participate in “Write Girl,” a mentoring program that allows high school girls to team up with professional women writers in the entertainment industry. Jeanine’s work can be seen in three of the Write Girl’s published anthologies. Jeanine remains an active alumni member of Write Girls and is often asked to speak at events on behalf of the organization.

While still a senior in high school, Jeanine became an intern in the TV/Literary Department at Edmunds Entertainment. Soon afterwards she was accepted into Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. However, she decided to continue her internship well into her freshman year.

In 2007 Jeanine attended the University of Peking (also, known as Beijing University) for a semester of classes in her chosen discipline, Media Studies.  She was among a select group of Pitzer students chosen for this invaluable immersion in Chinese culture. She quickly picked up the Mandarin language and became quite adept at speaking at a conversational level.

After graduating from Pitzer with a B.S in Media Studies in 2008, Jeanine began working at Los Angeles based KCET, a PBS affiliate where she was Assistant to the Vice President of Program Planning and Development. Here she began to hone a variety of useful skills in the area of production, pitch meetings and development. Her ability to learn quickly and a strong desire to succeed became evident and she was offered a full time position, one in which she declined because of her personal goals, which were yet to be achieved.

While working at KCET, she met and began working with Dennis Dortch (A Good Day to be Black and Sexy) as a Production Assistant, producer and writer. She would later team up with Numa Pierre and Brian Ali to shape and provide creative energy to what eventually became Black&Sexy TV.

After spending a brief amount of time at the Osbrink Talent Agency and ABC in 2009, Jeanine was soon in her element in early 2010 as the Animation Coordinator for Mad at Warner Bros. studios.  Jeanine found herself spending as much time as possible in the writers room where she honed her skills at joke writing, comedic timing, script formation, and editing. Under the tutelage and direction of creator and producer Kevin Schinick, . she gained valuable experience in all aspects of animation production, creation and design.

After a year at WB she began working in earnest with the Black&Sexy TV team taking on several jobs, among them content producer and writer. Continuing to seek work as independent animation producer Jeanine  was able to acquire a number of valuable skills by accepting short assignments. One such assignment landed her a position in the Disney Animation department where she worked with creator and producer Tom Ruegger (Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures).

Since 2008 Jeanine has been a part of the brain trust that created Black&Sexy TV.  Her creative influence on the organization can be seen in the characters she has created and her diverse approach to the production process.

Basing the storyline and characters from her life, Jeanine created a series called “The Couple”.  Crafted and directed by Dennis Dortch, the series is now in development with HBO. In addition, Jeanine created the web series “That Guy” and co-created the talk show “Minute Man”.

The songs and artists featured on That Guy have grown in popularity right along with the series. Near the end of season two Jeanine spearheaded and collaborated with various musicians to create two different mix tapes from the songs that were featured on the web series. Filming is also underway on a documentary about a group of these underground artists.

On Christmas Day, 2014, Black & Sexy TV released Jeanine’s first feature film, “That Guy Movie,” based on the popular web series she created.  Distributed on the VHX pay-per-view platform, the film has garnered rave reviews and thousands of paid views, leading fans of the film and the series to launch an online petition to bring the beloved characters back for a third season.

As she did with the season-ending finale for the first two seasons of the ‘That Guy’ web series, Jeanine capped off the “That Guy Movie” release with a free downloadable soundtrack mixtape featuring some of LA’s hottest underground artists.  She will continue to focus on music and the art of storytelling through her production company, nine27 Entertainment.

 

Tracey Cherelle Jones(Fine Sistas from the 90’s)

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Actress, writer, artist, designer, and TV personality, Tracey Cherelle Jones is the epitome of a contemporary renaissance woman. Tracey began acting at the tender age of 8 years old after nailing her very first audition, a national McDonald’s commercial. This inspired her, and she went on to do several more commercials and print work. Working as a child instilled in her a supreme confidence that has carried into adulthood.

After graduating from college with a degree in Pan African Studies, Tracey landed the leading female role in the smash hit “Don’t be a Menace to Society While Drinking Your Gin and Juice in the Hood”, also starring Shawn and Marlon Wayan’s, directed by Paris Barclay. Following the success of Don’t be a Menace…”, Tracey also starred in “The Players Club”, directed by Ice Cube, “Baby Boy”, directed by John Singleton, and several other studio films. Her TV credits include the series regular role of Cassie Coleman on “Good News”, a recurring role on “Men, Women, and Dogs”, and countless guest starring roles on hit shows such as “Family Matters”, “The Wayan’s Bros.”, and “The Jaime Foxx Show”.


After studying with some of the best in the business, and feeling a lack of opportunity for diverse roles for minority actors, Tracey decided to write the stories and create the characters she would like to see on the big and small screen. She has penned two pilots and a feature length film. She also produced and hosted a pilot titled “Living Large”, which is a contemporary, urban version of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”.

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Tracey has always been a student of art, and has a passion for Design and all things beautiful. She started Designing spaces and dressing rooms for friends in the entertainment industry for fun. After years of Designing as a hobby, she wanted to become a professional Designer which lead to her current enrollment in Grad school studying for a second Bachelors Degree in Interior Design. She has designed homes, offices, and even a school for her many celebrity friends, family and referrals. She is in the process of forming a non profit company that will address “Aging Design” for the “Baby Boomer” generation who may have fallen on hard times, and can’t afford to have their residences upgraded to accommodate their various health concerns. Tracey has a soft place in her heart for the disabled, aging and elderly, and has made it a goal to beautify and make their spaces comfortable.

Tracey’s drive, tenacity, and strong work ethic has allowed her to become a power house in all that she does. Through her creativity, education, and experience she continues to make her goals a reality. She is an inspiration and a true renaissance woman!

Jamila

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No this is not a supermodel.lol This is actually Jamila,a fellow blogger. She lives way out in Paris. And takes great photos of nature.She really has a great way with words. She writes some amazing poems on her blog. Many of them are very touching and really moves your spirit. It’s always nice to chat with her. This is from her bio:
“At this point in my life I am experiencing a rapid spiritual awakening that is involving a merger between my Masculine and Feminine Divine energies. These potent written words are Divine channels from Divine Source meant to aid in my awakening process. I want to share them with you in the knowing that my experience may be relatable and/or inspiring to the hearts of those that read. The words can be use to trigger, meditate upon, or simply enjoy with lightheartedness. A small gift that I am called to give in these rapid times of unfolding and beautiful evolution are these sacred words from the realms of Light. Please enjoy!”

Be sure to check out her blog. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
http://puritywaves.wordpress.com/page/2/

Sunny Delyte

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This is the beautiful Sunny Delyte. She’s a real cool sista with a great sense of humor. She has funny topics on her blog but also deals with serious issues too. This is from her bio:
Let me welcome and thank you for even gracing my site with your presence. Everyone calls me Sunny D.
I’m a poet/writer/blogger. I started writing in my 9th grade year of high school to help deal with anger issues. I enjoy writing or reading all kinds of different things. I write poetry mainly but writing period gives me joy.
I was told a blog would be a good thing for me to release all these crazy thoughts in my head. I mean maybe I’m not the only person that thinks like me. I love being able to express my thoughts about life issue. People say when I write poetry you can feel. Meaning you can feel my emotions in my words. I guess that’s a good thing. LOL.
I hope you can appreciate the things that I write. I look forward to your feedback. So please don’t be shy. Thank you for taking the time out to get to know a little about me.
Be sure to check out her blog: http://sunnydelyte21.wordpress.com/