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Few are Meant for Greatness…

As black History month comes closer to ending, I would like to acknowledge a man who paved the way for black people in film…Sidney Poitier.

Many of you know who Sidney is but very few Know about his remarkable story. He was born in Miami 3 months Prematurely and wasn’t suppose to make it. His parents nursed him to health and then moved him to the Bahamas, where they were from. He was raised on Cat Island till he 15, then moved back to Miami to live with his brother. Poitier moved to New York at the age of 17, where he worked a bunch of low-level jobs so that he could get by. Poitier Then after joined the Army and worked as a dishwasher until he made it into the American Negro Theater. After joining the theater, audiences rejected Sidney because he couldn’t sing and his strong Bahamian accent. He took 6 months to sharpen his acting skills, went on to Broadway and took a leading role in the production Lysistrata. In 1949 he moved on from the stage, to film. His first Movie role was as a doctor treating a racist white man, in No Way Out. Poitier’s breakout role came in the Movie Blackboard Jungle, which moved him on to more and more prominent roles that other black actors were not offered during that time (The Defiant Ones, A Raisin in the Sun, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; To Sir, with Love…In the Heat of the Night…many more). He was the first black actor to be nominated for an Academy Award (for The Defiant Ones, 1958). And in 1964 he Sidney Poitier was the first black actor to win an Academy Award for best actor in a leading role (for Lilies of the Field in 1963). Mr. Poitier, I know there are many who have thanked you in the past but I just want to give you my gratitude for all of your strength and perseverance. You are one of the reasons we have black history month.

Poitier’s IMDB


Sunday Interlude….

Another Sunday Interlude….

I am all about random, fun ways to make art. My boy Kenn Laws has been making videos of models, with his phone or what ever camera he can get a hold of and editing them together to make an alternative music video or just invade the privacy of someone else’s life. What he does is really interesting. Here’s one of my favorites in his collection, of two beautiful people running around New York.

Kenn Law Youtube
The Look By Law

Sunday Interlude…

Tonight I am going to Attempt to watch a full Grammy Awards show. This is mainly a test to my attention span and I am determined to do this. I have never watch an award show all the way through before so this will be a challenge…wish me luck.  Congrats to all of the winners and nominees, it is a great accomplishment.  Tomorrow I will post a fresh new feature so stay tuned and Stay blessed.

To Be, or Not to Be Urkel

Jaleel White as himself
True Fans have the Doll

Many actors in LA claim that they want to do it for the art and they don’t want to sell out…it made me think of Jaleel White. I’m sure he had high hopes of playing the hero, the love interest or even a serial killer in a huge film. I don’t think he realized when he was imagining the life of Urkel for a small recurring roll on Family Matters, it would be such a huge phenomenon. Did he sell out? Now here comes the rub…after Family Matters, Jaleel never really had to work again but was then after known as “URKEL”. I’ve personally scene him driving a Porche, decked out in the latest of fashion…shoot, the show is still on and I’m sure he still gets huge residuals from it. But I wonder if he ever sat back and asked himself, “I wonder what would have happened, if I didn’t except the role Urkel?”. He’s rich, still relatively famous, doesn’t need to work but will always be known as his character. So this question is for those struggling actors, artist, music…etc. Would you have signed that contract? Would you have been the Urkel in your chosen field? I don’t know if I would have but I still have to admit that Jaleel White made me a life Long Urkel fan.

Career Builders…

Trying to make a career in acting and modeling is probably the hardest thing anyone can do. People come from all over the world come to Hollywood, thinking that someone is going to hand them a contract as soon as they get off the plane.  Shoot, when I was 19 and drove from Seal Beach to LA and thought I would have a TV show given to me when I stepped out of my Toyota Paseo.  The harsh Reality is that if it was really that easy, then everyone would be doing it. What I’m getting at is without guidance, a reality check from time to time and the confidence you need to compete with a lot of these beasts out here, you will have nothing. That’s where Michael Maddox comes in, he tells it how it is.  Michael is a Celebrity Fashion Show Producer, Runway Instructor and Model Scout.

I was introduced to Michael through my friend Yonas and with in the first 5 minutes of conversation, he told me that I was beautiful but I need to love myself. I’ve heard this before but for some reason it sounded different coming from him.  After that, he would always check in on me.  I met with him a couple more times and showed him some of my casting director reads.  He said he liked them and immediately sent them off to the management company that represents me today.  He didn’t have to do that but that’s the type of person he is.  Michael genuinely likes to help people.  He extends his guidance through seminars, his blog, facebook and websites. He is a great man who can show you the door to success.

Michael Blog
Dear Michael Maddox
Michael Maddox Runway
Michael’s Facebook
Michael’s Twitter