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XAfter finding out his business manager ran off with all of his money, ex-NFL player, Darius Knight, opens up a comedy club in the backroom of his only remaining investment, Baltimore bar, Last Call. The bar regulars are then forced to share their favorite watering hole with a parade of comics while Darius climbs out of debt.
Charles Malik Whitfield - Darius Knight
Charles Malik Whitfield is currently a Series Regular on IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG (OWN), created by Tyler Perry, and is a Recurring Guest Star on the upcoming series CHAMBERS (NETFLIX). He can also be seen as a Recurring Guest Star on the most recent season of EMPIRE (FOX). Whitfield has starred in dozens of prime-time shows and feature films, but one of his proudest professional moments so far is his leading role in the Emmy-winning mini-series, "The Temptations." Nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his portrayal of Otis Williams, Whitfield says people still applaud his performance, years later. Despite his impressive body of work, as a native of the Bronx, New York, Whitfield could have easily ended up on a dramatically different path if it weren't for critical decisions he made as a teenager. A high school teacher introduced Whitfield to acting, which became an outlet for him to channel his energy and passion. Over the years, Whitfield has been a Series Regular on THE GUARDIAN (CBS) and recurred on many hit television shows including: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: MY ROANOAKE NIGHTMARE (FX), THE NIGHT SHIFT (NBC), SUPERNATURAL (CW), SOUTHLAND (TNT), and LAW & ORDER (NBC), along with numerous others.
Brély Evans - Joy BeaneBrély Evans is a sought after entertainer who brings professionalism and adaptability to every project and event she puts her hands on. She is an Oakland Native who has become the epitome of what the industry dubs a 360 Artist. As an Actress, Vocalist, Comedienne, Fashion Model and Voice Over talent, her versatility puts her in a class of her own as she transcends your entertainment experience; whether she’s making you cry in a drama, buckle over with laughter in a comedy or challenging your intellect a through thought provoking discussion as a talk show host and radio personality, or holding your attention with her social media content. Her versatility allows for her to be called upon to be Brand Ambassador/KeyNote speaker across the nation to brands such as Jenny Craig, Fashion Nova Curve and the American Heart Association. In television, Brély is mostly recognized for her recurring role as Nichelle Nicholas on BET’s hit series Being Mary Jane where she plays the role of Gabrielle Union’s best friend. Her reach continues to expand with her involvement in successful projects like TVOne’s For the Love Of Ruth, which premiered at number 1 reaching over 1.7 million viewers. Her audience continues to grow as she starred in Ms. Regina King’s directorial debut Let the Church say Amen. She also plays the lead opposite Lamann Rucker in the film adaptation of best selling author Carl Weber’s The Man In 3B. Then to add some musical spice to her resume, there’s the short film Black Rose where Brély stars as part of a love triangle with Tyrese Gibson and Oscar Award Winner Jennifer Hudson. Brély yet again does not disappoint as she delivers holiday cheer as the leading lady in TVOne’s You Cant Fight Christmas. Before obtaining a host of film, theater and commercial work under her belt, Brély’s break out role was opposite Oscar Award nominee Queen Latifah, as “Sabrina”, in the romantic comedy Just Wright. Ms. Evans role of “Sabrina” was expanded as a result of her comedic timing and ability to bring unexpected life to her characters. This same power packed persona afforded her an opportunity to work with the late Whitney Houston in her final film Sparkle, playing the role of Tune Ann, best friend to lead actress Jordin Sparks. Prior to starting her television and film career, this songbird was the sultry alto/tenor of R&B trio Emage, signed to Mercury/PolyGram Records by then A&R executive Lisa Cortes. Brély’s love for music, acting and live performance was combined in the gospel stage play Torn Between the Two where she played Shirley Murdock’s daughter. Brély’s talent has been commanding attention but its her faith, drive, and commitment to excellence that continues to reward her with career opportunities, both of her own making and because her multi-dimensional persona is constantly in high demand. If that’s not enough, she now coaches people in her series Get Your Act Together and Start Living Your Dreams with her company Water Walkers Worldwide Inc. personal one on ones and group sessions that travel national and internationally.
T.C Carson - Arthur Payne
TC Carson is a jazz vocalist, voiceover artist and actor best known for his portrayal of the debonair Kyle Barker on the hit sitcom “Living Single.” TC’s 5-year stint on the show earned him two NAACP Image award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. TC is also an accomplished voiceover artist serving as the voice of Kratos in the “God of War” video game series, one of the top selling video games of all time, as well as Mace Windu in the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” animated television series, and as the Shaman Tensi in “Far Cry Primal.” TC began his entertainment career on the stage appearing in numerous theatrical productions including “The Wiz,” “Hair,” “Dreamgirls” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”and recently the world premier of “The Golden Fruit” an African Urban adaptation if the Pied Piper written for TC. His movie credits include the military thriller “U-571,” and the fan favorites “Final Destination 2,” “Living Large” and “Gang Related.” TC’s jazz album “Live In Beverly Hills” as well as his one of a kind rendition of the jazz standard “My Funny Valentine” are both available now on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Spotify. His newest CD project TC Carson, “Love, Loss & Life” will be available this Fall. Currently he can also be seen in his recurring role in “Greenleaf” on the OWN Network and “Star” on Fox.
Carl Payne - Todd Wool
Carl is a successful director, Image People’s Anthony Choice Award-winner two-time actor, Award-winner, and producer. Payne was born on May 24, 1969 in the small town of Clinton, South Carolina. He began working towards his acting career at a young age by studying at the First All Children’s Theater, which was an off broadway repertory theater company. He later attended Fiorello H. laGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City. Payne continued his education and training at Howard university in Washington, DC. 16 TOP 50 BLACK P&E 2018 Payne is best known for his recurring roles as Theo Huxtable’s best friend “Cockroach” on the ever popular and classic NBC hit series, The Cosby Show and as “Cole Brown” on the FOX network TV series Martin. Payne stays on top of his career by not allowing himself to be stereotyped or pigeon-holed. He continues to display his versatility on screen by playing roles on projects such as “Detroiters” (Comedy Central), “Step Up” (YouTube Red), “One Crazy Christmas (BET). He is also in the uMC Network’s upcoming series, 5th Ward and Last Call on Bounce TV. He has directed and produced music videos, web series and short films, all while continuing to showcase his stand- up comedy in numerous cities across the country. Payne has remained relevant amongst his peers by his continued pursuit of excellence. Aside from being on the big screen, Payne’s commitment to community enrichment and charitable organizations is never ending. Payne has started planting seeds in his new city of Houston, TX and volunteers his time and talents to uplift the community he now calls home. His advice to young aspiring actors and professionals: “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”
Mishon Ratliff - Cary ThymeMishon Ratliff (born February 3, 1993), also known simply as Mishon, is an American singer, dancer and actor. Though he's been singing and performing on stage since the age of 6, he is best known for his portrayal of Taylor "Tay" Sutton on the ABC Family drama television series Lincoln Heights. Mishon, a Los Angeles native, has appeared in several film, television, music and theatre productions including Lincoln Heights (TV series), Note to Self, Downsized, To Love and To Cherish, and Frat Brothers where Mishon performed the leading role of Kyle, to name just a few. Mishon launched his career by singing since he was a small child. His interest in music impressed his parents enough to enroll him in a local performing group of talented children that performed gigs throughout Southern California. But it wasn't until the age of 9, where he handpicked the song "Lean On Me" to unexpectedly perform at his great grandfather’s funeral, that folks around him really took notice of the emotion he was able to wring from the song. "They asked if anybody had anything to say, and I stepped up to the microphone and started singing," Mishon explains. "And that's really what broke me out of my shell because I used to be a very shy child." Mishon’s incredible voice and acting abilities has continuously kept him on the stage as well as the big and small screens.
Erica Page - Rachel ScottErica Page is a bilingual Mexican/American actress born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Being the oldest of nine children gave her the motivation and ambition to be a leader and inspiration to those around her from a very young age. After graduating high school and enrolling in community college, she was undecided as to what she wanted to do for a career. She worked in several different work fields before finally discovering her passion for acting when she was 24 years old. Facing the difficult entertainment industry, she attended multiple acting classes and focused on mastering her craft. She completed the Meisner program at the Robert Mello Studio along with focused training in Viewpoints and Movement, Voice and Dialect, Improv and much more. After attending audition after audition and hearing several “no’s” she finally started hearing “yes”. As of date, you can catch Erica in the popular Netflix series “Ozark”, CBS’s “MacGyver”, ABC’s “The Resident” along with films such as "Bad Dad Rehab", "Lyfe's Journey", "Office Christmas Party" and much more. When Erica isn’t working you can find her working out, cooking and hosting dinners for her family and friends and catching up on her favorite shows.
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