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Portraits is BHL's flagship interview style series. Episodes deliver in-depth interviews with legendary entertainers in the African American community. The most respected actors, producers, directors, hosts, etc. discuss their journeys in this business. It's a rare opportunity to gleam into not only their histories, but Hollywood history as well.

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Portraits is BHL's flagship interview style series. Episodes deliver in-depth interviews with legendary entertainers in the African American community. The most respected actors, producers, directors, hosts, etc. discuss their journeys in this business. It's a rare opportunity to gleam into not only their histories, but Hollywood history as well.

    Interviewing Kym Whitley | BHL’s Portraits

    Interviewing Kym Whitley | BHL’s Portraits

    BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts  interview special guest Kym Whitley.



    (born June 7, 1961) is an comedian and actress. She is best known for her roles on television sitcoms, such as "The Boondocks (TV series)" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boondocks_(TV_series)">The Boondocks,Young & Hungry, and The Parkers. Whitley was nominated for a 2004 BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Box Office Movie for her role as Ormandy in the 2003 comedy film Deliver Us From Eva.

    • 54 min
    Interviewing Jenifer Lewis | BHL’s Portraits

    Interviewing Jenifer Lewis | BHL’s Portraits

    BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts DJ Jesse Janedy and Courtney Stewart interview special guest Jenifer Lewis.



    In 1987, Lewis was hired as the Pre-Show announcer on the Star Tours ride at Disneyland. In 1988, Lewis relocated to Los Angeles. In 1992, she was cast as one of the back-up singers to Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act. Goldberg sponsored several performances of The Diva Is Dismissed as a possible HBO series. In 1992 to 1993, she played Dean Davenport in the sixth and final season of A Different World. She also had a recurring role as Will Smith's Aunt Helen on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as well as stints on a few episodes of In Living Color, reprising several of her characters from her nightclub act. Also in 1993, she played the mother of Tupac Shakur's character in Poetic Justice.



    In 1993, she played the role of Tina Turner’s mother in the biopic What's Love Got to Do With It. In 1994, she followed with other supporting role

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Interviewing Jermaine Dupri | BHL’s Portraits

    Interviewing Jermaine Dupri | BHL’s Portraits

    BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts DJ Jesse Janedy and Courtney Stewart interview special guest Jermaine Dupri.



    Dupri got his start as a dancer for the hip hop group Whodini when he was twelve. He made an appearance in their music video for the song "Freaks Come Out At Night". In 1990, he produced his first act- the female hip hop trio Silk Tymes Leather. He later formed the teen duo Kris Kross (Chris Kelly and Chris Smith) after meeting the boys at a local mall in 1991. The group's first album, Totally Krossed Out, was released in 1992 and went multi-platinum due to their singles "Jump" and "It's a Shame". He established his own record label called So So Def Recordings in 1993. Shortly after, he discovered female R&B group Xscape at a festival in Atlanta and signed them to the label. Their first album,Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha, went platinum. During the same year, on Yo! MTV Raps he met Da Brat through Kris Kross, signed her to his label So So Def

    • 43 min
    Interviewing Robert Ri’chard | BHL’s Portraits

    Interviewing Robert Ri’chard | BHL’s Portraits

    BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts Derrial Christon and Courtney Stewart interview special guest Robert Richard.



    Robert Ri'chard was born on January 7, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Robert Andrew Richard. He is an actor and producer, known for Coach Carter (2005), One on One (2001) and House of Wax (2005).

    • 50 min
    Interviewing William Stanford Davis | BHL’s Portraits

    Interviewing William Stanford Davis | BHL’s Portraits

    BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts Derrial Christon, Courtney Stewart, and DJ Jesse Janedy interview special guest William Stanford Davis.



    William Stanford Davis, born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, is no stranger to the stage. He got his start in an R&B band as a youngster and remained the front man throughout his college years. Soon to be bitten by the comedy bug, he spent the next few years working at many of the comedy clubs across the country." It was only then, he discovered his true passion Acting. "I love music and making people laugh but nothing feeds my soul like acting," he says.

    • 44 min
    Interviewing Salli Richardson-­Whitfield | BHL’s Portraits

    Interviewing Salli Richardson-­Whitfield | BHL’s Portraits

    BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts Derrial Christon, Courtney Stewart, and DJ Jesse Janedy interview special guest Salli Richardson-Whitfield.



    Classy, graceful, & intelligent, Salli Elise Richardson is an American television and film actress.



    She was born November 23, 1967, in Chicago, Illinois. Salli's acting career was first nurtured in



    the theater and, ever since, she has been on a non­stop journey to success. Her first feature



    performance was in 1991 as "Denise" in Up Against the Wall (1991). However, her breakthrough



    role was in 1993's How U Like Me Now (1992), which received favorable reviews. Today, Salli is



    widely­known as the voice of "Elisa" in the cartoon series Gargoyles (1994). So, be sure to look



    out for Salli in a variety of upcoming roles, because her presence & star quality will continue to



    shine beyond Eureka (2006).

    • 44 min

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