2013 celeb interviews on "JBlair Presents..." (formerly Livin' the Dream! with J Blair Brown)

by jbfreelancewriter | created - 26 Dec 2012 | updated - 16 Oct 2013 | Public

1. Kearran Giovanni

Actress | Major Crimes

Kearran Giovanni is an actress, known for Major Crimes (2012), Designated Survivor (2016) and Beauty and the Beast (2012). She is married to Philip Ambrosino. They have two children.

What a great guest to start off our new year! Actress Kearran Giovanni discussed her hit TV show (Major Crimes), stage experience (opposite Hugh Jackman...does it get any better than that?), and the balancing act it takes to bring it all together. Love her!

Check out the show here: http://tinyurl.com/bxqzbwh

2. José Zúñiga

Actor | Alive

Born in Honduras, José moved to New York City at the age of 7. His first film was RIDING THE RAILS. Jose rode on freight trains and lived in homeless shelters during the 4 months of filming. When he returned to NYC his then agent secured him an audition for ALIVE directed by Frank Marshall.

What can I say about actor Jose Zuniga except WOW?! His story is a fascinating one, and he tells it well. Hopefully we can get him back on the show in the future...I could listen to his storytelling all day long.

Find out what I mean here: http://tinyurl.com/bgukasx

3. Fred Williamson

Actor | From Dusk Till Dawn

Former Oakland Raiders/Kansas City Chiefs football star who rose to prominence as one of the first African-American male action stars of the "blaxploitation" genre of the early 1970s, who has since gone on to a long and illustrious career as an actor, director, writer, and producer! Burly, yet ...

Two things you can say about Fred: (1) He's not shy; and (2)...He's REALLY NOT AT ALL SHY! We had a great time with Fred Williamson, hearing his stories about Richard Pryor, Jim Brown, Jim Kelley...and a whole lot more!

Find out what I mean: http://tinyurl.com/a6qnejh

4. Marco Martinez

Catch .44

Whether helping Harriet Korn find a key witness or escape gun wielding vigilantes in a courtroom on Harry's Law (2011), or attempting to prove his innocence on Castle (2009), Marco Martinez is on the rise as a versatile and accomplished actor.

While serving in the U.S. Army in Germany, Marco joined ...

Marco Martinez was a complete enjoyable experience! He's gracious but proud, intelligent but down-to-earth. His stories of Paris Hilton and Donald Sutherland are great...but his experience with Gregory Peck...now THAT is worth the price of admission.

Hear it all right here: http://tinyurl.com/app6c9k

5. Shnai Arias

Actress | Real Husbands of Hollywood

Shnai Arias is an actress, known for Real Husbands of Hollywood (2013).

This voluptuous beauty spoke with us on self-esteem, self-acceptance and the need to feel comfortable in one's own skin. She is the proud big, beautiful, full-figure model Shnai Arias, and we were privileged to feature her on our show.

Hear it here: http://tinyurl.com/b8ytl23

6. April Wade

Actress | Girls! Girls! Girls!

April Wade's first performance was at age 3 on her Grandma's front lawn; she was a Twinkie made out of butcher paper. As an actress and producer in Los Angeles, she continues to play make believe - this time professionally.

After attending Chapman University to obtain a BFA in Theatre/Film and ...

April Wade is one of the most creative filmmakers on the scene, as demonstrated by her recent film "Alice's Eyes," which streamed LIVE for several days and built the buzz among hundreds of thousands of viewers! Wade is THE QUEEN of digital media!

Check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/amj6ff4

7. Jack Cullison

Actor | Celebrity Sex Tape

Jack Cullison was born in San Bernardino, Ca. but grew up in Everett, Washington till the age of 14. Jack and his mother picked up and moved to Orange County,Ca. for a better living. After High School, Jack was an adventure seeker traveling to different parts of the world, working odd jobs to fund ...

Actor Jack Cullison and director Dimitri Morantus joined us (after standing us up initially!) in March...and it was well worth the wait. Hear all about their campaign here: http://tinyurl.com/c5sxusw

8. Clifton Powell

Actor | Ray

Clifton Powell was born on March 16, 1956 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Ray (2004), Deep Rising (1998) and Rush Hour (1998). He is married to Kimberly. They have two children.

What a treat to have THREE great actors on the show at once! We were privileged to have actors Clifton Powell, Crystal Lee Brown and Tiffany E Green. The trio discussed the workshop that they've developed (which I attended...it was GREAT!). Hear about the curriculum here: http://tinyurl.com/czytugt

9. Todd Anthony

Actor | Black in Blue

Todd Anthony is an American Actor. He is a native of Philadelphia, Pa. Anthony has been in several films, appeared on several TV shows and various commercials. He is also a writer and producer. Anthony's passion is to "change the world" through his artistry. Anthony wants to help change lives not ...

This one was a do-over...and it was well worth the wait! Todd visited us over a year ago, and my, my, my...how things have changed since then! But I digress. Todd actually visited us to discuss his upcoming film "24-Hour Love," and its all-star cast which includes Lynn Whitfield. You can hear all about this ensemble cast right here: http://tinyurl.com/dx4ybkm

10. Gary Anthony Sturgis

Actor | Virtuosity

Gary Anthony Sturgis is a New Orleans born actor/writer/director best-known for his portrayal of the villain in two of Tyler Perry's biggest hit films, "Diary of A Mad Black Woman" (as Jamison Jackson) and "Daddy's Little Girls" (as Joseph Woods). He also co-starred opposite Terrence Howard in "...

We had a great time with Gary Sturgis. The actor/writer/filmmaker discussed his workshop that will be held in several cities on both the east and west coasts. Listen to the whole thing here...and then register! http://tinyurl.com/bplsg2w

11. Tiffany E. Green

Actress | Silver Linings Playbook

Tiffany E. Green is known for her work on Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Mercy Street (2016) and Philadelphia: The Great Experiment (2011).

Yes, she's back for another great show. Tiffany E Green joined us on March 28th to discuss her latest feat: the cover issue of Urban Suburban Magazine! (www.urbansuburbanmagazine.com)

The cover is abuzz on social media and for good reason: Green is the quintessential "near" au natural of perfection. Editor and founder George Blackmon also appeared on the show. You can hear all about it here: http://tinyurl.com/btja594

12. Said Faraj

Actor | The American Failure

Award winning International Actor Said Faraj became infatuated with acting after watching the adaptation of the play Les Miserables. Fast forward to Oct 1983. Said (pronounced SA-EED) found himself in the United States after fleeing his native country with little more than the clothes on his back. ...

He's back for a do-over! It's been nine months since actor Said Faraj last visited us...and he had lots more to tell! You can hear his BIG NEWS (first revealed to our listeners) right here.


13. Chris Williams

Actor | Silicon Valley

An extremely versatile performer in film, television and on stage, Chris is no stranger to the entertainment arena both on and off camera in both comedy and drama.

Film credits include the "The World's Fastest Indian" playing Tina, a transvestite opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins "The Joneses" opposite ...

He is one hilarious guy! Chris Williams joined us in April and kept us in stitches. No wonder we just HAD to have him on the show - and we're all the better for it.

You can listen to the entire interview here: http://tinyurl.com/che6yfe

14. Mark Margolis

Actor | Pi

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1939 and attended Temple University briefly before moving to New York where he studied drama with Stella Adler and at Actors Studio.

We were as surprised as anyone when Mark Margolis' people responded with a 'YES'! Sorry to be so blunt, but...well, there it is. At any rate, we're just thrilled to have him on the show. Join us on Monday, April 22 at 7pm EST right here: http://tinyurl.com/cos9ppk

15. Jordon Hodges

Actor | The Shade Shepherd

Actor Jordon Hodges, best-known for playing Noah Daly in the award-winning Sand Castles (2014), was born in Goshen, Indiana on March 2, 1987.

Jordon's interest in acting came while studying Fine Arts at Indiana University of South Bend (IUSB). During his sophomore year he enrolled in 'Acting I: ...

Jordon joined us for the second time (the first in 2011) to discuss his upcoming film "Sand Castles." The interview showed his level of maturity since the first visit (not that the first was bad at all), his added insight into the industry, and his appreciation for all things cinematic. Hear it here: http://tinyurl.com/l8o5cld

16. Nikki Giovanni

Actress | Brooks People

Nikki Giovanni was born on June 7, 1943 in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA as Yolande Cornelia Giovanni Jr. She is an actress, known for Brooks People (2017), The Poets' Cafe (1995) and Soul! (1968).

What an honor this was! The renowned poet and educator gave further credence to why she was referred to as the Princess of Black Poetry. There are so many layers to this woman, and it was our pleasure to unveil just a few. You can learn a lot by listening to Ms. Nikki Giovanni. Enjoy! http://tinyurl.com/mmolg8n

17. Cylk Cozart

Actor | Conspiracy Theory

With 30 films and more than 20 television shows to his credit, over 75 million viewers in the United States alone have seen Cylk Cozart's work. But, for Cozart, it is his love of children and helping others less fortunate that led him to Hollywood and what continues to underscore his reason for ...

What can be said about Cylk? He's one of the most gracious and beloved actors on the planet (as indicated by these two YouTube videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFg5cAYLFV0 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiXWsby4hKg). Find out much, more more about the actor, advocate and motivational speaker right here: http://tinyurl.com/mrawk36

18. Marcuis Harris

Actor | The Stepfather

Marcuis Harris is an actor, known for The Stepfather (2009), Prom Night (2008) and Krews (2010).

The interview we had with Actor Marcuis Harris was a real eye-opener into the insight of a man filled with passion. And his shout-out to actress Kathy Bates was heartfelt and greatly appreciated. Love this guy! Find out why by listening to the full interview: http://tinyurl.com/m5hfso9

19. Christopher Mann

Actor | Creed II

Christopher Mann was born on June 17, 1964 in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Creed II (2018), Loving (2016) and Mindhunter (2017). He has been married to Marcia Mann since December 30, 2000. They have four children.

Philadelphia's own Christopher Mann talked about working with some of the biggest stars on the scene today, including George Clooney. It was a pleasure listening to a man who has his feet firmly planted on the ground. You can find out more about Mr. Mann here: http://tinyurl.com/ms22nzp

20. Danny Simmons

Producer | ReVerso

Danny Simmons is an actor and producer, known for ReVerso, Def Poetry (2002) and Red Bone Guerillas (2003).

The eldest of the Simmons brothers, Danny gave us a glimpse of what it's like to be raised in a close-knit family, and alongside brothers Russell and Rev Run. He keeps it real in this very candid interview: http://tinyurl.com/mgq4o6m

21. Michael McCallum

Writer | Buffalo

Michael McCallum is an award winning director/writer/actor/producer/editor who was born in Lansing, MI where he currently resides. He started acting in 1997 and started his film company, Rebel Pictures, in 1999.

His first three feature films, Fairview St., Handlebar, Lucky, all screened at ...

It was Michael's second interview with us. He shared some exciting news about his latest project - and we were privileged to air all about it. You can find out about his big news at http://tinyurl.com/mq8jzrx.

22. Darrin Dewitt Henson

Actor | Tekken

Biography April 2019

Darrin Henson is a three - time award nominated actor , one time award nominated author and MTV choreography award Winner. Henson won the coveted MTV choreography award for NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye."

Henson can be seen in such films as "THE EXPRESS" in the role of "Jim Brown" TEKKEN ...

Who can forget this intense (and very talented) performer in the hit "Stomp the Yard"? Henson's award-winning skills are second to none, and we're all the better for this very candid interview with him. Hear it in full right here: http://tinyurl.com/lmbpohc

23. Cocoa Brown

Actress | Ted 2

COCOA BROWN is undeniably one of the most talented performers of this era. The Newport News, Virginia native, born Farah Brown, assails her craft with such passion and soul searching veracity, when she claims the stage the ensuing act is nothing short of a force of nature. COCOA BROWN audaciously ...

Never one to mince words, Ms. Cocoa Brown (no relation) kept us on our toes as she discussed the realities of the business. We laughed, she hung up on us (unintentionally of course), but all-in-all, we had a BLAST! http://tinyurl.com/l9jbmwz

24. Robert X. Golphin

Actor | The Great Debaters

Robert X. Golphin is an American award-nominated actor and award-winning filmmaker/screenwriter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is best known for his portrayal of Dunbar Reed in The Great Debaters (2007).

A member of SAG/AFTRA, Robert also holds an MFA in Screenwriting (Spalding University), B.A...

We had a double portion of greatness in this duo interview with Golphin and singer/songwriter Victor Brooks! The two discussed their brand new documentary, "The Other Side of Hollywood: Do or Die," which features some real heavy-hitters. Hear all about this necessary documentary at this link: http://tinyurl.com/l5kyobz

25. Victor Brooks II

Music_department | The Counterparts

Victor (Series Executive Producer/Co-Showrunner) will make his co-directorial debut with the upcoming documentary production "The Other Side of Hollywood: Do Or Die", which is a no holds barred exploration of the realities of surviving and succeeding in Hollywood.

Victor is also in development on ...

(See above.) An interview with actor Robert X. Golphin to discuss the documentary "The Other Side of Hollywood: Do or Die." http://tinyurl.com/l5kyobz

26. Oscar Sanders

Producer | Why Hire a Killer?

Oscar Sanders is a producer and director, known for Why Hire a Killer? (2009), Billy Bang: Long Over Due (2012) and Splitting Hairs 2.0: Case Cold (2007).

Filmmaker Oscar Sanders was on his way to yet another film festival to screen the documentary "Billy Bang - Long Over Do" about the legendary jazz musician. The acclaimed piece has already won awards and shows no signs of stopping. Here is the interview in its entirety: http://tinyurl.com/lnhq7jj

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