Joseline Hernandez

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Joseline Hernandez

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Joseline Hernandez
Born November 3, 1986 (age 30)[1]
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Residence Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Other names Ms Joseline
Shenellica Bettencourt
The Puerto Rican Princess
The Baddest Bitch
The Baddest Puta
Occupation
Years active 2012–present
Home town Miami, Florida, U.S.
Partner(s)
Stevie J (2013–16)
Relatives Kermit Silva (brother)
Bonnie Bella (daughter)

Joseline Hernandez (born November 3, 1986),[1] also known as “The Puerto Rican Princess”,[2] is an actress and reality television personality, best known for her appearances in the VH1 reality shows Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta and Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood.

Early life[edit]

Hernandez was born in 1986 and endured a rough childhood within the public housing system of Puerto Rico.[1] Her biological father died from a drug overdose. She moved to Florida at the age of 10, along with her mother, stepfather and five brothers and sisters. From the age of 16, she began stripping in order to provide for her family.[1] During this time, she was arrested in 2003 and 2007 under the name Shenellica Bettencourt, for lewd and lascivious behavior.[3] She also filmed a failed television pilot for Showtime, centred around a group of strippers working at the Diamond Caberet in Miami.[4]

Career[edit]

Hernandez was discovered by Grammy Award-winning record producer Stevie J while performing as a stripper at the Onyx Club in Atlanta.[1] In 2012, she became part of the original cast of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, appearing as Stevie J’s new artist, an aspiring rapper, singer and actress. It is later revealed that the two are romantically and sexually involved, much to the anger of his girlfriend, Mimi Faust. The trio’s love triangle became Love & Hip Hop: Atlantas leading storyline and Hernandez has continued as a main cast member for all five seasons. It is the highest rated show of the Love & Hip Hop franchise and is one of the highest rating shows on VH1 overall, averaging 3.5 million viewers per episode.[5][6]

The show’s success and notoriety catupulted Hernandez to stardom, leading to a co-host gig at the 2013 AVN Awards as well as appearances at the 2013 and 2015 BET Awards and guest spots on This Is Hot 97, K. Michelle: My Life and The Wendy Williams Show. She also made several cameo appearances with Stevie in various hip hop and R&B videos, including the music videos for Trey Songz‘s “Hail Mary“, The Game‘s “I Remember“, Ciara‘s “Body Party” and Faith Evans‘ “I Deserve It“.

During the course of the show, Joseline released a series of reggaeton and dancehall-influenced singles and music videos, many of which are sung and spoken in Spanish, her native tongue. She performed her songs “Church” and “Stingy With My Kutty Katt” live at Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’s fourth season reunion. She also appeared on Rocko‘s mixtape Wordplay 2 on the track “Girls Gone Wild” (with Young Dro).

In 2016, Joseline starred with Stevie in the spin-off show Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood, which premiered to 2.6 million viewers.[7] She will also have her own television special on VH1 in 2017, Joseline’s Special Delivery, documenting the birth of her child.[8]

On June 5, 2016, Joseline revealed that she had filmed an acting role on Lee Daniels‘ television series Star, set to air December 14, 2016 on Fox.[9] She appeared in the pilot episode as Michelle, a stripper.

Personal life[edit]

Hernandez is openly bisexual.[10]

She and Stevie initially claimed to have married in 2013.[11] However, Stevie J admitted in 2016 that the marriage was faked for publicity [12] and in court documents released later that year, Joseline confirmed they were in a long term relationship and never legally married.[13] The couple’s break up was documented in Love & Hip Hop: Atlantas fifth season.

During filming of Love & Hip Hop: Atlantas fifth season reunion, Hernandez revealed she was pregnant with Stevie’s sixth child. She gave birth to a daughter, Bonnie Bella Jordan, on December 28, 2016. [14]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single
2012 “Bailar”
2013 “Micolta”
2013 “Shotz”
2014 “Been Getting Money” (feat. Cap 1)
2014 “La Negra”
2015 “Stingy With My Kutty Katt” (feat. Stevie J)
2016 “Church”

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Artist Song Album
2016 Rocko “Girls Gone Wild” (feat. Joseline Hernandez & Young Dro) Wordplay 2

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Series Role Notes
2012–present Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta Herself 87 episodes
2013 AVN Awards Show 2013 Herself
2013 BET Hip Hop Awards 2013 Herself
2014 This Is Hot 97 Herself 1 episode
2014, 2016 K. Michelle: My Life Herself 2 episodes
2015 Love & Hip Hop Live: The Wedding Herself
2015 Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: After Party Live Herself 1 episode
2015 BET Awards 2015 Herself
2016 Stevie J & Joseline: Go Hollywood Herself 8 episodes
2016 The Wendy Williams Show Herself 1 episode
2016 Star Michelle 1 episode
2017 Joseline’s Special Delivery Herself 1 episode
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Tika Sumpter

 

Tika Sumpter

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Tika Sumpter
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Born Euphemia L. Sumpter
(1980-06-20) June 20, 1980 (age 36)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Marymount Manhattan College
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
  • singer
Years active 2004–present
Children 1
Website tikasumpter.com

Tika Sumpter (born Euphemia L. Sumpter; June 20, 1980[1]) is an American actress, producer, television host, and model. Sumpter began her career as host of the N network reality series, Best Friend’s Date (2004—2005), and in 2005 landed the role of Layla Williamson in the ABC daytime soap opera, One Life to Live where she starred regularly through 2010. In the same year, Sumpter made her movie debut in her leading female role in the musical drama Stomp the Yard: Homecoming. She later had recurring roles as Raina Thorpe in The CW teen drama Gossip Girl, and as Jenna Rice in the BET sitcom The Game.[2]

Sumpter was later featured in supporting roles for What’s Your Number? (2011) and Think Like a Man (2012), before starring in Sparkle (2012) and A Madea Christmas (2013). In 2013, Sumpter began her role as Candace Young, the leading character on the Oprah Winfrey Network primetime soap opera, The Haves and the Have Nots. Sumpter later played Angela Payton in the comedy films Ride Along (2014) and Ride Along 2 (2016), Yvonne Fair in the biopic Get On Up (2014), and Michelle Robinson Obama in the romantic comedy-drama Southside with You (2016).

Early life[edit]

Sumpter was born in Queens, New York City.[1] She was a cheerleader at her high school. She graduated from Longwood Senior High School in Middle Island, New York and studied at Marymount Manhattan College where she majored in communications.[1]

Career[edit]

2004—2011[edit]

Sumpter began her modeling career and appeared in commercials for Hewlett-Packard and Liz Claiborne‘s Curve fragrances. She also worked as a waitress before acting.[1] In 2004, she served as the co-host for the N network series Best Friend’s Date. The following year she landed the role of Layla Williamson in the ABC daytime soopera, One Life to Live. For her portrayal of Layla, Sumpter was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Daytime Drama Series in 2008. She first appeared on-screen on July 15, 2005,[3] playing the role regularly through September 14, 2010. Sumpter reappeared in the role on November 9–10, 2010, and January 21 and 24, 2011.[4][5]

In 2010, Sumpter made her film debut in Stomp the Yard: Homecoming on the female lead role, and in the same year appeared in Salt. From January to May 2011, Sumpter appeared in The CW teen drama series, Gossip Girl as Raina Thorpe, the daughter of Russell Thorpe and Chuck Bass/Nate’ former love interest.[6] She played singer Jason Derülo‘s girlfriend in the video for his song “It Girl“.[7] In 2011, she appeared as lead character friend in the romantic comedy film What’s Your Number?. From 2011 to 2012 she also had a recurring role as Jenna Rice in the BET comedy series, The Game.

2012–2015[edit]

On September 13, 2011, it was announced that Sumpter would be playing one of the sisters, Deloris, in the music-themed film Sparkle alongside Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke and Carmen Ejogo. Sparkle is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name inspired by the story of The Supremes. The remake was set in 1968 Detroit, during the rise of Motown. The story focused on the youngest sister, a music prodigy named Sparkle Williams (Jordin Sparks), and her struggle to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart.[8][9] R&B singer Aaliyah was originally planned to star as Sparkle; however following her death in a 2001 plane crash, production on the film stopped. Production would have begun in 2002.[10][11][12] Sparkle was filmed in the fall of 2011 over a two-month period.[13] The film, which co-stars Sumpter, was released in the United States on August 17, 2012. On May 21, 2012, “Celebrate“, the last song Whitney Houston recorded with Sparks, premiered at RyanSeacrest.com. The song is the first official single featured on the Sparkle: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album which Sumpter is a part of.[14] The accompanying music video for Celebrate was filmed on May 30, 2012 and the video featured herself and the rest of her Sparkle cast mates .[15]

After Sparkle, Sumpter starred in the independent comedy film My Man Is a Loser written and directed by comedian Mike Young.[16] Filmed in 2012, My Man Is a Loser received release on July 25, 2014, by Lionsgate.[17] In 2013 she appeared in the Christmas comedy-drama film A Madea Christmas by Tyler Perry.[18] In same year, Sumpter began starring as Candace Young, a lead villainess, in the Oprah Winfrey Network soapy drama series The Haves and the Have Nots, also created by Tyler Perry.[19][20] The series received negative reviews from critics, like other of Perry’s works, but was the biggest hit in ratings for Oprah Winfrey Network, to date.[21][22][23]

Sumpter played the female lead in Ride Along, the 2014 action comedy film directed by Tim Story, opposite Kevin Hart and Ice Cube.[24][25] She returned to the role in its sequel Ride Along 2, released on January 15, 2016. She played Yvonne Fair in Get On Up, the biographical drama film about James Brown.[26][27] In same year she co-starred opposite Queen Latifah, Mo’Nique, and Khandi Alexander in the HBO biographical film Bessie about the iconic blues singer Bessie Smith.[28][29]

2016–present[edit]

Sumpter played young Michelle Obama in the romantic comedy-drama film Southside with You, a biopic about the early romance between Barack and Michelle Obama.[30][31] The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and received positive reviews from critics.[32] Sumpter also co-produced the film. She received positive reviews for her performance. Variety placed her in its list of one of the “Biggest Breakthrough Performances” at Sundance, writing in its review, “It’s a tall order to bring a living, breathing icon to life. But that’s just what Sumpter does, checking in with America’s First Lady before she ever landed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Playing Michelle Robinson when she was just an up-and-coming corporate lawyer, Sumpter slowly lets her guard down, allowing an idealistic Barack Obama to charm her into going to an art show, a community gathering and a Spike Lee film. The rest, as they say, is history.”[33]

Sumpter is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She was inducted into the organization on July 10, 2016, at the 67th annual Boule, in Atlanta, Georgia. [34]

On October 7, 2016, it was announced that Sumpter would be playing a leading role and co-executive produce political drama The 313 for CBS. She will play Mayor of Detroit in show.[35][36] She also will star alongside Taraji P. Henson in Tyler Perry’s comedy-drama film Acrimony.[37]

Personal life[edit]

On October 8, 2016, Sumpter gave birth to a girl.[38]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Brooklyn’s Finest Neighborhood girl Uncredited
2010 Stomp the Yard: Homecoming Nikki
2010 Salt Front deskwoman
2011 Whisper Me a Lullaby Emma
2011 What’s Your Number? Jamie
2012 Think Like a Man Dominic’s ex-girlfriend
2012 Sparkle Delores “Dee” Anderson
2013 Madea Christmas, AA Madea Christmas Lacey
2014 Ride Along Angela Payton
2014 My Man Is a Loser Clarissa
2014 Get On Up Yvonne Fair Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
2015 You Never Left Euphemia Short film
2016 Ride Along 2 Angela Payton-Barber
2016 Southside with You Michelle Robinson Obama[39] Also producer
Pending — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
2017 Acrimony Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004–2005 Best Friend’s Date Herself Host
2005–2011 One Life to Live Layla Williamson Series regular, 234 episodes
Role held: July 15, 2005 – January 24, 2011
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (2008)
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Vegas Episode: “Class
2011 Gossip Girl Raina Thorpe Recurring role, 11 episodes
2011–2012 Game, TheThe Game Jenna Rice Recurring role, 10 episodes
2013 Being Mary Jane Tonya Episode: “Pilot”
2013–present Haves and the Have Nots, TheThe Haves and the Have Nots Candace Young Series regular
2015 Bessie Lucille Television film

Sasha Lane

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Sasha Lane

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Lane in Toronto, 2016
Born Sasha Bianca Lane
(1995-09-29) September 29, 1995 (age 21)
Dallas, Texas
Occupation Actress
Years active 2016–present

Sasha Bianca Lane (born September 29, 1995)[1][2] is an American actress. She made her film debut in American Honey (2016) directed by Andrea Arnold.

Early life[edit]

Lane was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in Dallas, Texas. She is of mixed black and Rangi Tribe of New Zealand Maori. Her Grandfather being from Rangi and Grandmother ancestors hailing from Tiko Tribe.[2] Prior to becoming an actress, Lane worked as a waitress at a restaurant in Frisco, Texas[3] and was also a stand-out athlete on basketball, track, and field teams.[3] She attended Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, but left.[2][4]

Career[edit]

Lane made her film debut in American Honey, a film about magazine crews, written and directed by Andrea Arnold, starring opposite Shia LaBeouf and Riley Keough.[5] Arnold spotted Lane sunbathing on a beach while on spring break. Lane felt Arnold’s vibe and decided to trust Arnold for an audition.[6][7][8] The film had its world premiere on May 15, 2016 at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Prix du Jury. [9] The film was released in a limited release on September 30, 2016, by A24.[10][11] Lane will next be seen in Born in the Maelstrom, a short film directed by Meryam Joobeur.[12] and The Miseducation of Cameron Post directed by Desiree Akhavan.[13]

Lane is attached to star in Hunting Lila to be directed by Paul J. Franklin.[14] and Shoplifters of The World Unite directed by Stephen Kijak.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Lane at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival premiere of American Honey with the cast and crew

Year Title Role Notes
2016 American Honey Star
2017 Born in the Maelstrom Rebecca Short film, In post-production
2017 The Miseducation of Cameron Post In post-production

Accolades[edit]

Film Award Category Result Ref(s)
American Honey Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor Nominated [16]
British Independent Film Awards Best Actress Won [17][18]
Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Pending [19]
Indiana Film Journalist Association Awards Best Actress Pending
Breakout of the Year Pending

Janelle Monáe

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Janelle Monáe

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Janelle Monáe
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Janelle Monáe at the premiere of Hidden Figures, December 2016
Born Janelle Monáe Robinson
(1985-12-01) December 1, 1985 (age 31)
Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
Residence Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • music producer
  • actress
  • model
Years active 2003–present
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar[4]
Labels
Associated acts
Website jmonae.com

Janelle Monáe Robinson (born December 1, 1985),[9] known professionally as Janelle Monáe (/əˈnɛl mˈn/),[10] is an American singer, songwriter, actress and model signed to her own imprint, Wondaland Arts Society, and Atlantic Records. After making a mark with her first unofficial studio album, The Audition, she publicly debuted with a conceptual EP titled Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase), which peaked at number 115 on the Billboard 200 in the United States.[11]

In 2010, Monáe released her first full-length studio album, The ArchAndroid, a concept album sequel to her first EP; it was released by Bad Boy Records. The album received critical acclaim and garnered a Best Contemporary R&B Album nomination at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. The song “Tightrope” was also nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance at the same ceremony. With this industry recognition, the album has also been more successful commercially, officially reaching the number 17 spot on the Billboard 200.[12][13]

Monáe’s music has garnered her six Grammy Award nominations. In March 2012, “We Are Young” by Fun., on which Monáe appears as a guest vocalist, reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, her first appearance in the US Top 10. In August 2012, Monáe became a CoverGirl spokeswoman. On September 10, 2013, she released her second studio album, The Electric Lady, to critical acclaim. Boston City Council named October 16, 2013 “Janelle Monáe Day” in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, in recognition of her artistry and social leadership. In 2016, she had major roles in two feature films, Hidden Figures and Moonlight.

Early life[edit]

“There was a lot of confusion and nonsense where I grew up, so I reacted by creating my own little world. […] I began to see how music could change lives, and I began to dream about a world where every day was like anime and Broadway, where music fell from the sky and anything could happen.”

– Monae, on her childhood musical inspiration[14]

Monáe was born in Kansas City, Kansas, where she spent her early years. She is the daughter of a janitor mother and a truck driver father, Michael Robinson Summers.[15] She has stated that the fictional character of Dorothy Gale from the film The Wizard of Oz has been one of her “musical influences”. She dreamed of being a singer and a performer from a very young age.[14] She moved to New York City to study drama at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, attending a performing arts camp called Freedom Theatre, which is the oldest African-American theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[clarification needed][when?] After moving to Atlanta, Georgia in 2001, she met OutKast‘s Big Boi, and then founded the Wondaland Arts Society with some like-minded young artists, releasing her first EP The Audition in 2003. Although it did not place highly on the Billboard charts – reportedly only 400 physical copies were pressed – it did showcase her impressive vocal abilities and unique Metropolis concept that would also figure in her future releases. The CD album itself is extremely rare in its original compact disc format, and as such is a valuable collector’s item.

Monáe later appeared on OutKast’s Idlewild release, where she is featured on the songs “Call the Law” and “In Your Dreams.” Big Boi told his friend Sean Combs about Monáe, whom at the time Combs had not yet heard. Combs soon visited Monáe’s MySpace page and according to a HitQuarters interview with Bad Boy Records’ A&R person Daniel ‘Skid’ Mitchell, Combs loved it straight away: “[He] loved her look, loved that you couldn’t see her body, loved the way she was dancing, and just loved the vibe. He felt like she has something that was different – something new and fresh.”[16] Monáe signed to Bad Boy in 2006. The label’s chief role was in facilitating her exposure on a much broader scale rather than developing the artist and her music, because in the words of Mitchell, “She was already moving, she already had her records – she had a self-contained movement.” Combs and Big Boi wanted to take their time and build her profile organically and allow the music to grow rather than put out “A hot single which everyone jumps on, and then they fade because it’s just something of the moment.”[16]

Career[edit]

2007–11: Beginnings and The ArchAndroid[edit]

Monáe performing at the Austin Music Hall in 2009

In 2007, Monáe released her first solo work, titled Metropolis. It was originally conceived as a concept album in four parts, or “suites,” which were to be released through her website and mp3 download sites. After the release of the first part of the series, Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase) in mid-2007, these plans were altered following her signing with Sean Combs‘s label, Bad Boy Records, later in the year. The label gave an official and physical release to the first suite in August 2008, which was retitled Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition) and included two new tracks. The EP was critically acclaimed, garnering Monáe a 51st Annual Grammy Awards Grammy nomination for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for her single “Many Moons“,[17] festival appearances and opening slots for indie pop band of Montreal. Monáe also toured as the opening act for band No Doubt on their summer 2009 tour.[18] Her single “Open Happiness” was featured in the 2009 season finale of American Idol.[19] Monáe told MTV about her concept for her new album and also discussed her alter-ego named Cindi Mayweather, she said:

“Cindi is an android and I love speaking about the android because they are the new “other”. People are afraid of the other and I believe we’re going to live in a world with androids because of technology and the way it advances. The first album she was running because she had fallen in love with a human and she was being disassembled for that.”[20]

In a November 2009 interview, Monáe revealed the title and concept behind her album, The ArchAndroid. The album was released on May 18, 2010. The second and third suites of Metropolis are combined into this full-length release, in which Monáe’s alter-ego, Cindi Mayweather—also the protagonist of Metropolis: The Chase Suite— becomes a messianic figure to the android community of Metropolis.[21] Monáe noted that she plans to shoot a video for each song on The ArchAndroid and create a film, graphic novel and a touring Broadway musical based on the album.[22] The Metropolis concept series draws inspiration from a wide range of musical, cinematic and other sources, ranging from Alfred Hitchcock to Debussy to Philip K. Dick. However, the series puts Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent film Metropolis, which Monáe referred to as “the godfather of science-fiction movies,” in special regard.[23][24] Aside from sharing a name, they also share visual styles (the cover for The ArchAndroid is inspired by the iconic poster for Metropolis), conceptual themes and political goals, using expressionistic future scenarios to examine and explore contemporary ideas of prejudice and class. Both also include a performing female android, though to very different effect. Where Metropolis android Maria is the evil, havoc-sowing double of the messianic figure to the city’s strictly segregated working class, Monáe’s messianic android muse Cindi Mayweather represents an interpretation of androids as that segregated minority, which Monáe describes as “… the Other. And I feel like all of us, whether in the majority or the minority, felt like the Other at some point.”[23][25]

Monáe received the Vanguard Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers at the Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in 2010.[26] Monáe covered Charlie Chaplin‘s Smile on Billboard.com in June 2010. In an NPR interview in September 2010, Monae stated that she is a believer in, and a proponent of time travel.[citation needed] Monáe performed “Tightrope” during the second elimination episode of the 11th Season of Dancing with the Stars on September 28, 2010.[27] Monáe performed at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards in 2011 alongside artists Bruno Mars and B.o.B; Monáe performed the synth section of B.o.B’s song “Nothin’ on You” and she then performed her track “Cold War” with B.o.B on the guitar and Mars on the drums. Their performance received a standing ovation.[28]

Her single “Tightrope” was featured on the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2011, performed by Pia Toscano, Haley Reinhart, Naima Adedapo, and Thia Megia.

Monáe was featured in fun.‘s hit single, “We Are Young” and also performed an acoustic version of the song with lead singer Nate Ruess, and the band.

2012–14: The Electric Lady and other projects[edit]

Monáe was also featured on “Do My Thing” for Estelle‘s sophomore studio album, All of Me. In June 2012, Monáe performed two new songs, “Electric Lady” and “Dorothy Dandridge Eyes”—from her then-upcoming sophomore studio album, The Electric Lady—at the Toronto Jazz Festival.[29][30] In July 2012, for the second year in a row, she appeared at the renowned North Sea Jazz Festival in Europe as well as in the 46th edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on the 14th.

In August 2012, Monáe was chosen as CoverGirl‘s newest spokeswoman.[31] In September 2012, Monáe performed at CarolinaFest in support of President Obama, just before the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.[32] In October 2012, Monáe starred in a commercial for the Sonos Wireless HiFi home audio system, and appeared in a Sonos commercial in 2012 with Deep Cotton.

Monáe’s first single from The Electric Lady, “Q.U.E.E.N.“, featuring Erykah Badu, premiered on SoundCloud and made available for download purchase at the iTunes Store on April 23, 2013.[33] “Q.U.E.E.N.” garnered 31,000 digital sales according to Nielsen Soundscan with the accompanying music video gaining four million YouTube views within its first week of release. Thematically, The Electric Lady continues the utopian cyborg concepts of its predecessors, while presenting itself in more plainspoken, introspective territory in addition to experimenting with genres beyond conventional funk and soul such as jazz (“Dorothy Dandridge Eyes”), pop-punk (“Dance Apocalyptic“), gospel (“Victory”) and woozy, sensual vocal ballads (“PrimeTime“, featuring Miguel). The album features guest appearances by Prince, Solange Knowles, aforementioned Miguel and Esperanza Spalding[34] with production from previous collaborator Deep Cotton (a psychedelic punk act) and Roman GianArthur (a soul music composer), and was released to critical acclaim on September 10, 2013.[35]

On September 14, 2013, Monáe performed along with Chic at the iTunes Festival in London.[36] On September 28, 2013, Monáe performed at the Global Citizens Festival in Central Park alongside Stevie Wonder. Monáe performed as the featured musical guest on Saturday Night Live October 26 with host Edward Norton.[37]

Janelle Monáe performing at Way Out West in Gothenburg, Sweden on August 8, 2014

Her voice is heard as veterinarian Dr. Monáe in the movie Rio 2, released in the U.S. on April 11, 2014, and her song “What Is Love” was featured on the soundtrack.[38][39][40] In April 2014, Monáe was invited to perform along with Tessanne Chin, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, Ariana Grande, and Melissa Etheridge at the White House as a part of their PBS-broadcast “Women of Soul” event, which celebrated American women artists whose work has left an indelible and profound impact on American national musical culture. She performed “Goldfinger“, “Tightrope”, and joined in on the all inclusive performance of “Proud Mary“.[41]

On April 14, 2014, Monáe was the recipient of the inaugural Harvard College Women’s Center Award for Achievement in Arts and Media for her achievements as an artist, advocate and feminist.[42][43] She tweeted earlier that day, “Headed to #Harvard to meet the beautiful ladies in the Women’s Center. Can’t believe I’m the honoree today. Just So thankful”.[44] She was also recognized as the 2014 Woman of the Year by the Harvard College Black Men’s Forum at their annual Celebration of Black Women gala.[45]

In mid-2014, Monáe had an interview with Fuse where she teased a follow up to The Electric Lady. “I’m working on a new, cool creative project called ‘Eephus’,” she said. “It’s a big concept and you’re not going to see it coming. It’ll just land.”[46]

Later in 2014, Monáe was featured on Sérgio Mendes‘ latest album, Magic. She sings on the track titled “Visions of You”.[47]

2015–present: New deal with Epic Records, The Eephus, Moonlight and Hidden Figures[edit]

In February 2015, Monáe[48] along with Epic Records[49] and its CEO and chairman L.A. Reid[50] announced that Monáe’s independent label Wondaland Arts Society has signed a “landmark joint venture partnership” to revamp the label, now known as Wondaland Records, and to promote the artists on the label.[51] Jem Aswad of Billboard called Monáe a “mini-mogul” because of the deal and revealed that “the partnership will bow in May with a 5-song compilation EP called The Eephus, including tracks from rapper Jidenna […], Roman, St. Beauty, Deep Cotton and Monáe herself.”[52] With this move, Monáe has become one of the few black women who run their own independent record label in conjunction with a major record label.

In late March 2015, Monáe released the single “Yoga” off of The Eephus.[53]

In mid-2015 Monáe attended various fashion events including London Fashion Week[54] and the 2015 Met Gala.[55] She began collaborating with Nile Rodgers[56] for a new Chic album and Duran Duran[57] for the album Paper Gods, their first album in over five years, and their single called Pressure Off.

By March 15, 2016, First Lady Michelle Obama proclaimed that she had assembled a collaborative track featuring vocals from Monáe, Kelly Clarkson, Zendaya and Missy Elliott, alongside production credit from pop songwriter Diane Warren and Elliott, titled “This Is for My Girls”.[58] The iTunes-exclusive record will be used to both coincide with Obama’s Texan SXSW speech and to promote the First Lady’s third-world educational initiative “Let Girls Learn”.[58]

In October 2016, Monáe made her big screen acting debut in the critically acclaimed film Moonlight, alongside Naomie Harris, André Holland, and Mahershala Ali.[59][60] Monáe will also star in the upcoming film Hidden Figures, alongside actresses Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer; the film is scheduled for December 2016.[61]

Artistry[edit]

Musical styles and influences[edit]

The Telegraph published an interview with Monáe, talking about her first studio album, in which the journalist Bernadette McNulty said, “I begin to worry for a moment that Monáe may not just be a humourless science-fiction nerd, but actually an android herself, created in a laboratory as a super-musical cross between James Brown, Judy Garland, André 3000 and Steve Jobs, invented to test the desperate incredulity of music journalists.” She also compared Monáe to artists such as Annie Lennox, Lauryn Hill, and Corinne Bailey Rae.[62] Her musical styles have been described as “a soaring orchestral trip enlivened with blockbuster vocals, mysterious imagery and notes of Sixties pop and jazz.”[63] The Guardian has noted some of her influences as: Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Prince, Outkast, Erykah Badu, James Brown, Grace Jones, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Bernard Herrmann, Funkadelic and the Incredible String Band.[64] In an opinion piece for The Quietus,[65] John Calvert places Janelle Monáe within the Afrofuturism movement, pointing out her similarities to Sun Ra and George Clinton. He asserts that Janelle Monáe is innovating the genre. Monáe has stated that she has an alter-ego named Cindi Mayweather who according to Monáe is from the year 2719.[66] In her first EP she gave her alter-ego a back-story stating that she was on the run after breaking the law in her home town of Metropolis by falling in love with a human named Anthony Greendown. Monáe explained about Cindi, saying “The Archandroid, Cindi, is the mediator, between the mind and the hand. She’s the mediator between the haves and the have-nots, the oppressed and the oppressor. She’s like the Archangel in the Bible, and what Neo represents to the Matrix.”[67] Chris Champion of The Observer described Metropolis and The ArchAndroid as “psychedelic soul with a sci-fi twist”.[68]

Monáe’s roots in Kansas City, Kansas, where she was born and raised, are evident in her lyrics and style. According to Carrie Battan’s Pitchfork feature on Monáe, the song “Ghetto Woman” directly addresses Monáe’s working-class K.C., Kansas mother—as well as the portrayal of working-class black women in U.S. culture—with the line “Carry on, ghetto woman, even when the news portrays you less than you could be.”[2] Monáe also told the London Evening Standard that she has internalized her KCK (K.C., KS) roots by wearing the working-class uniform of her parents and expressing concern that she cannot let “her community down.”[69] On her album The ArchAndroid, especially in songs like “Cold War” or “BabopbyeYa,” Monáe relates “the dystopian cityscapes depicted in Metropolis to the boarded-up projects of poverty-wracked Kansas.”[70] Kansas City, therefore, represents not only Monáe’s physical roots within her hometown, but also serves as an important influence on her lyrics and science-fictional setting.

Public image[edit]

“I feel like I have a responsibility to my community and other young girls to help redefine what it looks like to be a woman. I don’t believe in men’s wear or women’s wear, I just like what I like. And I think we should just be respected for being an individual…. I’ve been in Vogue, now, and different publications, which is cool, because I think that it just shows a different perspective of how women can dress.”

—Monáe, on her image and artistic freedom[67]

Monáe has gained a signature clothing style of wearing a tuxedo wardrobe and she said on the matter to Honey Magazine “I bathe in it, I swim in it, and I could be buried in it. A tux is such a standard uniform, it’s so classy and it’s a lifestyle I enjoy. The tux keeps me balanced. I look at myself as a canvas. I don’t want to cloud myself with too many colors or I’ll go crazy. It’s an experiment I’m doing. I think I want to be in the Guinness Book of World Records.”[71] Monáe’s signature look harkens back to dandyism.[72] Citing Grace Jones and Josephine Baker as role models, Monáe takes the classical 18th century look in the classical white and black pattern.[73] Monáe’s signature look can also be attributed to the early days in her career when she was employed as a maid as she revealed in her 2012 Black Girls Rock! Young, Gifted, and Black award acceptance speech.[74] In Monáe’s concerts she has been noted to hand out her Ten Droid Commandments which encourages her fans to be individuals.[67] The Telegraph also commented on her image as an artist saying “Sitting in a grey, airless record company office, this slight, stiff young woman delivers her speech in slow, deliberate tones, utterly expressionless. Dressed in her trademark starched shirt and tuxedo, hair immaculately coiffed, Monáe’s face is an opaque mask of perfection: all silken smooth skin, button nose and glassy brown eyes.”[62] She has described her tuxedos as being a uniform for her career and she has stated that she wears them when she is working.[67] She also featured in the “Style 100” of InStyle magazine.[75]

Personal life[edit]

Although Monáe has never personally addressed the rumors of her sexuality in public, during a 2011 interview with London Evening Standard she said that when it comes to her sexuality, she “only dates androids,” a reference to her musical alter-ego found in many of her songs. She has also said, “I speak about androids because I think the android represents the new ‘Other.’ You can compare it to being a lesbian or being a gay man or being a black woman… What I want is for people who feel oppressed or feel like the ‘Other’ to connect with the music and to feel like, ‘She represents who I am’,” adding that she would talk about her sexual orientation “in due time.”[76] In 2013, Monáe stated that she wants both men and women to “still be attracted to [her]”; and she went on to express her support for the LGBT community.[77]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Note
2014 Rio 2 Dr. Monae Voice role, recorded soundtrack
2016 Moonlight Teresa
Hidden Figures Mary Jackson

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Note
2009 Stargate Universe Herself Performed “unknown”
2010 Dancing with the Stars Herself Performed “Tightrope
2013 American Dad! Stan Smith (in transformation) Voice role
Saturday Night Live Herself Performed with Edward Norton

Discography[edit]

Tours[edit]

Headlined[edit]

As a supporting act[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations received by Janelle Monáe

Auli’i Cravalho

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Auli’i Cravalho

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Cravalho at Moana premiere in Samoa, December 2016
Born (2000-11-22) November 22, 2000 (age 16)[1]
Kohala, Hawaii, U.S.[1]
Nationality American
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 2016–present

Auli’i Cravalho (/ˈl.i krəˈvɑːlh/; born November 22, 2000)[1] is an American actress and singer. She made her voice acting debut as the title character in the 2016 Disney film Moana.[2][3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Cravalho was born in Kohala, Hawaii.[1] She is of Chinese, Irish, Native Hawaiian, Portuguese, and Puerto Rican descent; her surname is most likely a derivative of the common Portuguese surname Carvalho.[6] At the time she made her breakthrough, she was living in Mililani, Hawaii with her mother, and was in her freshman year of high school at Kamehameha SchoolsKapālama campus.

Career[edit]

Cravalho has stated that she was initially not going to audition for Moana because “there were already so many great submissions over YouTube“.[7] However, a talent agent from Oahu discovered her at a charity competition and encouraged her to audition for the role.[7] The Walt Disney Company has stated that Cravalho was the last person to audition out of hundreds of actresses.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Alison Sudol

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Alison Sudol

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Born Alison Loren Sudol
(1984-12-23) December 23, 1984 (age 32)
Seattle, Washington, United States
Other names
  • A Fine Frenzy
  • Alison Monro
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • writer
Years active 1997–present
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Labels Virgin

Alison Loren Sudol (born December 23, 1984) is an American actress, singer, songwriter and writer.

Early life[edit]

Born in Seattle, Washington to two dramatic arts teachers, Sudol and both parents moved to Los Angeles after their divorce, when she was five years old. She is the daughter of Sondra (Fraser) West-Moore and acting coach John Sudol.[1] Sudol grew up listening to a wide range of music, including Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, and swing.[2]

She graduated from high school at the age of 16, and considered herself “nerdy and quiet”. Sudol did not “drink or smoke or do anything like that”. She stated in an interview “I was so nervous about going into college like that and super young. I figured I would take two years and try to find out what I was doing with music. And when I was 18, I was just so deep into it that I didn’t want to stop.”[2]

Sudol had a passion for literature, and immersed herself in the works of C. S. Lewis, E. B. White, Lewis Carroll, Anthony Trollope, and Charles Dickens. Her band’s name, “A Fine Frenzy”, is taken from a verse in William Shakespeare‘s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: “The poet’s eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven” (Act 5, Scene 1). After teaching herself to play the piano, she began putting her creative energy into writing songs.

A short demo she sent out received attention from EMI‘s Jason Flom, who signed her after visiting her house and “listening to her play”.[3]

Career[edit]

1997–2013: Music releases[edit]

Sudol playing the piano, Salt Lake City, 2008

In her music career, Sudol used the moniker A Fine Frenzy, taken from the phrase “in a fine frenzy rolling” (i.e., rolling in the ecstasy of inspiration), in William Shakespeare‘s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act V, Scene 1.[4][5][6] Her debut album, One Cell in the Sea, was released in 2007, followed in 2009 by Bomb in a Birdcage. Her music has also been featured on numerous television shows and featured in several major motion pictures. Sudol’s latest album, Pines, was released on October 9, 2012. After, Sudol stated that she will no longer perform as A Fine Frenzy, although she continues to write songs: “I put A Fine Frenzy to bed”.[7]In March 2007, Sudol appeared at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference, opening for The Stooges. Shortly after, her debut album, One Cell in the Sea, was released to generally positive reviews.[8] The first single, Almost Lover, peaked at number 25 on Billboard’s Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. In mid-2007, she secured another opening spot, this time for Rufus Wainwright on his tour. In March and April 2008, Sudol headlined her own tour in the US and Canada, and in April she toured France, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. In September 2008, she was the star act on the opening night of the New Pop Festival organized by the German broadcaster SWR3. She returned to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on a headline tour in November 2008 and played in the Super Bock em Stock festival in Portugal in December 2008.

Her song “You Picked Me” was featured on iTunes as the “Free Single of the Week” for August 14, 2007, and VH1 featured her as one of their “You Oughta Know” artists.[9] Additionally, in October 2008, “You Picked Me” was chosen as network theme by SIC, a Portuguese television network. One Cell in the Sea has sold 300,000 copies. In 2008 it was released in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Poland. In each of those countries, the album peaked within the top 30, with the first single, “Almost Lover,” reaching number eight in Germany, number ten on the Swiss Charts and number five in Austria.[10] Sudol’s second album, Bomb in a Birdcage, was released September 8, 2009.[11] The first single, “Blow Away,” was released on July 17, 2009, followed by two more singles, “Happier” and “Electric Twist”.[12] On November 23, 2009, a live album and concert film recorded in 2007, A Fine Frenzy Live at the House of Blues Chicago, was released on iTunes.

On October 31, 2011, Sudol stated via Twitter that the band was mastering their new record.[citation needed] Several song titles, including “Avalanches” and “Riversong”, were confirmed during Sudol’s appearance at the Sundance Film Festival. In the March 2012 issue of Lucky magazine, Sudol revealed the third album’s title as being Pines.[13] Previously scheduled for release in September 2012, the album’s release date was pushed back to October 9. Along with Pines, Sudol released an animated short film and a companion book illustrated by Jen Lobo.[14] In September 2012, A Fine Frenzy was featured in a campaign called “30 Songs / 30 Days” to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book.[15] Afterwards, Sudol stated that she will no longer perform as A Fine Frenzy, although she continues to write songs: “I put A Fine Frenzy to bed”.[7]

2014–present: Acting[edit]

Sudol, San Diego, 2016

In 2014, Sudol focused on acting career and starring as Kaya in the recurring cast of first season of Amazon Video series Transparent. The role was a singer and love interest of Jay Duplass‘ character Josh.[16][17][18] She also starring in the main cast of the television series Dig, as the archeologist Emma Wilson.[16] Elle (magazine) named Sudol one of “The 7 Most Exciting Newcomers on TV this Season” in January 2015.[19] In 2015, Sudol was cast in the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first in a series of five Harry Potter prequel films written by J.K. Rowling. Sudol plays Queenie Goldstein, the attractive younger sister of Tina (Katherine Waterston), alongside Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). The film is set in New York approximately seventy years before Harry Potter’s story starts. The film is based on the Hogwarts textbook of the same name and follows the adventures of its author, “magizoologist” Newt Scamander. The film was released in November of 2016.[20]

Literature and writing[edit]

Sudol has often referred to the literary influences on her music. Recently she disclosed that she is also pursuing a secondary career as a writer. In an interview, Sudol said she is working a children’s story in the “Narnia” tradition, a fantasy featuring animals.[21] In a later interview with Ladygunn magazine, Sudol revealed the title of her fantasy adventure book to be Three Sails and the Family Moss.[22]

Charities and conservation[edit]

Since 2011, Sudol has been a part of International Union for Conservation of Nature, becoming a goodwill ambassador in an effort to encourage others to participate in nature and conservation.[23] She designed three tee shirts for Alternative Apparel in support for IUCN.[24]

Filmography[edit]

Films
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Here Dies Another Day Girl #1
2002 The Gray in Between 21 Yr. Old
2004 Little Black Boot Singer Short film
2012 The Story of Pines Pines Short film
2015 Other People’s Children Winter
2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Queenie Goldstein
2017 Between Us Nadia
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2007 CSI:NY Nova Kent “Can You Hear Me Now?” (Season 4, episode 1)
2014 Transparent Kaya Recurring role (Season 1)
2015 Dig Emma Wilson Main role

Discography[edit]

Keri Hilson

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Keri Hilson

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Keri Hilson
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Keri Hilson performing at Supafest in Australia, April 2011
Born Keri Lynn Hilson
(1982-12-05) December 5, 1982 (age 34)
Decatur, Georgia, U.S.
Residence Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation
Years active 2004–present
Website kerihilson.com
Musical career
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Keri Lynn Hilson (born December 5, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and record producer. She was born and raised in Decatur, Georgia, and spent most of her youth working with producer Anthony Dent, as a songwriter and background vocalist for several R&B and hip hop artists. By the age of 14, Hilson had secured a record deal with the girl group D’Signe, who later disbanded. She attended Oxford College of Emory University and Emory University in Atlanta, while she continued writing songs for artists, including Britney Spears, The Pussycat Dolls, and Mary J. Blige, with the production and songwriting team, The Clutch. In 2006, Hilson signed with American rapper and producer Timbaland‘s record label, Mosley Music. Her breakthrough came the following year after appearing on Timbaland’s single “The Way I Are“, which topped charts around the world.

Hilson’s music style is generally R&B, hip hop and pop; womanhood, sexual intimacy and love are typical themes. Her musical influences come from her father’s side of the family. Hilson’s debut studio album, In a Perfect World…, was released in 2009, and debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, eventually being certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album spawned the hit singles, “Knock You Down“, “Turnin Me On” and “I Like“. It also earned Hilson two Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Knock You Down”. Her second studio album, No Boys Allowed, was released in 2010 and was considerably less successful than its predecessor; however, it included the platinum single, “Pretty Girl Rock“.

Besides her music career, Hilson has also contributed to various charities and pursued a career in acting, but she continues to record and perform music. She has contributed in the fight against HIV and AIDS, helped various relief efforts for natural disasters, and become involved with several educational organizations. In 2012, Hilson made her acting debut in the romantic comedy film, Think Like a Man. Her achievements include a BET Award, MOBO Award, NAACP Image Award and two Soul Train Music Awards.

Life and career[edit]

1982–2007: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Keri Lynn Hilson was born on December 5, 1982, in Decatur, Georgia.[1][2] Hilson’s mother owns and runs a day care center and her father is a developer who served in the army.[3][4][5] She was raised in an African-American neighborhood and came from a middle class family.[6] Her brother is Kip and her sisters are Kelsee, Kye and Kaycee.[7] Hilson and her siblings did not attend a school within the neighborhood, stating that “they shipped us off for an hour to get to school every day. It was just that important for us to maintain the life that they had created”.[6] From the age of 12, Hilson wanted to pursue a musical career, after watching television talent shows, Star Search and Showtime at the Apollo.[1] Her mother then hired a piano teacher to give her piano lessons; however, Hilson wanted to become a singer and therefore “converted those sessions into vocal lessons, accompanying the teacher on piano”.[1] By the age of 14, Hilson had secured a record deal with the girl group D’Signe, who later disbanded.[1][8]

Hilson spent most of her teenage years working with producer Anthony Dent, as a songwriter and background vocalist for the likes of Usher, Ludacris, Kelly Rowland, Toni Braxton, Ciara and Polow da Don.[1] After graduating from high school, Hilson attended Oxford College of Emory University and Emory University in Atlanta for three years and studied a course in theater.[6] She continued working as a songwriter and background vocalist during her schooling years.[1] Hilson eventually stopped working with Dent, and began working more with Polow da Don.[1] She also became a member of the songwriting and production team, The Clutch.[1] Together, they wrote Mary J. Blige‘s “Take Me as I Am” (2006), Omarion‘s “Ice Box” (2006), Ciara’s “Like a Boy” (2006), The Pussycat Dolls‘ “Wait a Minute” (2007) and Britney Spears‘ “Gimme More” (2007).[1][8] In 2006, Polow introduced Hilson to American rapper and producer Timbaland, who then signed her to his record label, Mosley Music Group.[1] In November 2006, Hilson was featured on American rapper Lloyd Banks‘ single, “Help”, for his album Rotten Apple (2006).[9]

The following year, Hilson was featured on three singles; in June, on Timbaland’s song “The Way I Are“, the second single from his album Shock Value (2007); on Rich Boy‘s “Good Things” with Polow da Don; and thereafter, in December, on Timbaland’s song “Scream” with Nicole Scherzinger, the fifth single from Shock Value.[10] Out of the three singles, “The Way I Are” achieved the most success, topping nine charts around the world.[11][12][13][14][15]

2008–2009: In a Perfect World…[edit]

Hilson in April 2009

In 2008, Hilson appeared in the music videos for Usher’s single, “Love in This Club“, and Ne-Yo‘s single, “Miss Independent“.[16][17] Her debut studio album, In a Perfect World…, was released on March 24, 2009.[18] The album contained pop-oriented R&B songs.[19] It was initially planned to be released the previous year; however, the album was delayed several times because Hilson wanted to make sure it came out to her liking, stating “I’m just a perfectionist. I have had many [release dates], but it’s all for a good cause. The label wants to make sure the album has its proper release, and I’m thankful for that. Very grateful, even though fans look at it like it’s a bad thing.”[20] In the United States, In a Perfect World… debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart, and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, with first-week sales of 94,000 copies.[21][22] By October 2009, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[23] Its first single, “Energy“, released in May 2008, peaked at number 78 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 21 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[24] It reached the top fifty in the United Kingdom, and peaked the highest in New Zealand at number seven, and was certified gold in that country.[14][25][26] Hilson also featured on three singles in 2008; in June, on rapper Nas‘ song “Hero“; in September, on Kardinal Offishall‘s “Numba 1 (Tide Is High)“; and thereafter, in October, on Chris Brown‘s song “Superhuman“.[10][27][28]

Return the Favor“, featuring Timbaland, served as the second international single from Hilson’s In a Perfect World… album, while “Turnin Me On” featuring Lil Wayne, was released as the second US single. The latter achieved commercial success, reaching number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, eventually being certified platinum in the United States.[23][24] “Turnin Me On” spent 10 weeks on the Hot 100.[29] Hilson and Lil Wayne performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on March 27, 2009.[30] The next single, “Knock You Down” featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo, achieved more success, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, eventually being certified two times platinum.[23][24] The song spent 31 weeks on the Hot 100 and 30 weeks on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[29][31] It also reached the top ten in Canada, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.[14][24][25][32] Hilson and West performed “Knock You Down” on the Late Show with David Letterman on May 4, 2009.[33]Make Love“, “Slow Dance“, and “Change Me” featuring Akon, were released as the album’s fourth, fifth and sixth US singles, respectively. Hilson performed “Slow Dance” with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on September 18, 2009.[34]

Hilson, along with Gym Class Heroes, Gorilla Zoe and T-Pain, were supporting acts on Lil Wayne’s I Am Music Tour in North America.[35] At the 2009 BET Awards, she was nominated in four categories, including Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Artist, as well as Viewer’s Choice and Best Collaboration for “Turnin Me On” with Lil Wayne.[36] She eventually won the Best New Artist category.[37] In 2009, Hilson was featured on five singles; “Number One” with R. Kelly, “She Don’t Wanna” with Asher Roth, “Everything, Everyday, Everywhere” with Fabolous, “Medicine” with Plies, and on the remix of Sean Paul‘s song, “Hold My Hand“.[10][38] Hilson was nominated for Breakthrough Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist at the 2009 American Music Awards, but lost to Beyoncé Knowles.[39] The re-released edition of In a Perfect World…, in January 2010, included the single “I Like“, which reached number one in Germany, Poland and Slovakia, and peaked within the top ten in Austria, Norway and Switzerland.[40][41][42][43] At the 52nd Grammy Awards, Hilson was nominated for Best New Artist and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Knock You Down” with Kanye West and Ne-Yo.[44]

2010–2014: No Boys Allowed and acting debut[edit]

Hilson performing at the 2010 VH1 Divas Salute the Troops concert

During the first half of 2010, Hilson guest featured on rapper Trina‘s single, “Million Dollar Girl”, and on T.I.‘s single, “Got Your Back“.[10] In April 2010, it was made known that she had replaced Jennifer Hudson as the new face of the cosmetics and personal care products company, Avon.[45]Breaking Point” was released as the first single from Hilson’s second studio album, No Boys Allowed, in September 2010; it only appeared on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart at number 44, and spent two weeks on the chart.[24][31] On December 2, 2010, Hilson was among one of the many female artists who performed at the VH1 Divas Salute the Troops concert, where she sang “Turnin Me On”, “Knock You Down”, “Pretty Girl Rock“, and a duet with American country music duo, Sugarland, on the Aretha Franklin song, “Think“.[46] No Boys Allowed was released on December 21, 2010.[47] Described as a “girl power album”, No Boys Allowed was primarily of the R&B and pop genres.[48][49] Despite the album’s title, Hilson stated “it’s not about excluding men. It’s more about women understanding that there comes a time in your life when you want a man. A real man. A grown up. Not a boy. And that’s not a bad thing.”[50] Speaking of the songs on the album, she explained “I write from a female perspective, but I’m also telling men what women are really thinking and feeling about them”.[50] In the United States, No Boys Allowed debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200, and number seven on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, with first-week sales of 102,000 copies.[51][52] Although the album sold 8,000 copies more than Hilson’s debut album In a Perfect World…, it failed to match that album’s debut chart position of number four on the Billboard 200, due to No Boys Allowed being released during the festive season with several Christmas albums debuting inside the top-ten.[51] As of February 2011, the album has sold 205,500 copies in the United States.[53]

Hilson achieved success with the album’s second single, “Pretty Girl Rock”, which reached number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart, eventually being certified platinum.[23][24] The song spent 14 weeks on the Hot 100 and four weeks on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart.[29][31] It reached the top twenty in Germany and New Zealand, and top thirty in Austria and Slovakia.[25][54][55][56] Hilson promoted “Pretty Girl Rock” with live performances on televised shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Late Show with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[57][58][59]One Night Stand” featuring Chris Brown, and “Lose Control (Let Me Down)” featuring Nelly, were released as the album’s third and fourth singles, respectively. In 2011, she was featured on British rapper Chipmunk‘s single “In the Air“, for his album Transition (2011).[60] In April 2011, Hilson, along with many other R&B and hip hop acts, traveled to Australia to be part of its biggest urban music festival, Supafest.[61] At the 2011 BET Awards, Hilson was nominated for Best Female R&B Artist and Video of the Year for “Pretty Girl Rock”.[62] In July 2011, she was a supporting act on the second leg of Lil Wayne’s I Am Still Music Tour in North America, before embarking on her first headlining European tour in October.[63][64] Hilson made her acting debut in the romantic comedy film, Think Like a Man, released on April 20, 2012.[65][66] She also appeared alongside Vin Diesel in the sci-fi action film, Riddick (2013), in a brief role as a prisoner allowed to escape to make room for Riddick.[67]

2015–present: Return to music and L.I.A.R.[edit]

During an interview on 106 & Park on October 25, 2011, Hilson revealed that she has already begun recording her third studio album.[68] She explained, “There’s some people in the world that aren’t gon’ like this album coming from me. As I was experiencing the world, there were things that I was also experiencing on a personal front, and in my music it’s coming out. There’s a specific few people who ain’t gon’ like to listen to this album. Very emotional, I’ll say that.”[68] She further explained in an interview with The Boombox that she’s working on a new sound for the album, and described it as a mixture of her first two albums with some surprising elements thrown in.[69] Hilson also said a release date had not been confirmed yet, saying “I just write about my experiences and keep the release dates far, far from me. When I feel that I have [good material] is when I will give it to the label. But I’m not quite there yet. I’m still working.”[69] After a five-year musical hiatus for Hilson, it was announced on March 14, 2016 via Rap-Up that the album is to be named L.I.A.R. (an acronym for Love Is a Religion). L.I.A.R. will have contributions from Chris Brown, Danja, Timbaland and Polow Da Don.[70]

Artistry[edit]

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Hilson’s music is generally R&B, hip hop and pop. Her debut album, In a Perfect World…, consists of a pop/R&B style, with elements of electro music.[19][71] Many of the album’s themes deal with relationships, physical attraction and lovemaking.[72] Hilson said, “lyrically it’s a very vulnerable album. You know, I definitely didn’t want to paint myself as perfect on this project. Instead, I wanted it to be something that was very relatable, especially to women”.[5]

Her second album, No Boys Allowed, displays a wide variety of styles, including pop, R&B, hip hop, soul, acoustic, electronic and reggae.[49][73][74][75] Hilson describes the album as “more self assured. It’s a lot more aggressive”.[76] Kristin Macfarlane of The Daily Post noted that the album is “pure girl power and about being sexually confident, and confident as a woman; not putting up with crap relationships and getting your way”.[77]

Hilson sings with “smooth vocals”.[78] Following the release of her debut album, Sophie Bruce of BBC Music expressed that, “there’s no denying Hilson has a great voice, but it lacks the feisty edge of [Nicole] Scherzinger, [Mary J.] Blige or [Beyoncé] Knowles”.[79] Mark Nero of About.com commented, “Keri’s voice, while strong, isn’t particularly distinctive or memorable”.[80] Hilson has stated that her musical influences come from her father’s side of the family. “My grandmother would sing in the choir; while my dad—while he was in college—sang and recorded with a quartet. … it was definitely my dad’s Southern side that impacted on me musically”. Hilson’s father also introduced her to artists, including Sade Adu, Anita Baker, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Lisa Stansfield, Take 6 and Stevie Wonder.[5] In addition, she cites Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill and late singer Aaliyah as inspirations.[81][82]

Philanthropy[edit]

Besides her career in music, Hilson has also been involved with several charities. In January 2010, she teamed up with Akon on the charity single, “Oh Africa“.[83] All proceeds of the single benefited underprivileged African youth.[83] The following month, Hilson joined the extended list of artists during the recording session of the single, “We Are the World 25 for Haiti“, to benefit victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[84] On May 25, 2010, she performed at the Virginia Stand Up! A Call to Action benefit concert, organized by Chris Brown to help with continued relief efforts in Haiti.[85] On October 21, 2010, Hilson attended Collins Academy High School in Chicago as part of the Get Schooled National Challenge and Tour, a “program aimed at increasing high school and college graduation rates and promoting the importance of education”.[86][87] A year later, she received a Get Schooled Award for her involvement with the program.[88] In 2011, Hilson contributed in the fight against AIDS by posing in retail-clothing company H&M‘s celebrity-driven collection for Fashion Against AIDS.[89] 25% of all sales from the collection were donated to the Designers Against Aids charity.[89] Hilson contributed to the It Gets Better Project, a project which aims to prevent suicide among LGBT youth.[90][91]

In June 2011, Hilson became an ambassador for MTV Staying Alive, a foundation which raises awareness and prevention of HIV and AIDS.[92] In September 2011, she lent her support to US First Lady Michelle Obama‘s Let’s Move! campaign, which aims to combat childhood obesity.[93] She made T-shirts for the campaign that read “Pretty Girls Sweat”, and exercised with the young women at The Educational Alliance‘s Sirovich Senior Center in New York City on September 24.[93] During Hilson’s visit in Africa in November 2011, she stopped by an orphanage to visit her young fans who had lost their families during the 2010–2011 Ivorian crisis.[94] She gave each orphan a “care” package, which consisted of bookbags, T-shirts, sunglasses, notebooks and an electric keyboard.[94] In April 2012, Hilson worked with DoSomething.org to encourage young people to take part in the nationwide Epic Book Drive by bringing books to local people in need.[95] In a press release, she stated: “Joining DoSomething.org’s newest effort to provide for people in need with Epic Book Drive was the easiest decision ever!. I truly believe providing access to those who want to learn is the key to bettering lives around the country. And helping kids find healthy outlets, such as books, has always been a passion of mine. So my involvement here is a natural fit.”[95]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Think Like a Man Heather
2013 Riddick Santana’s Prisoner
2016 Almost Christmas Jasmine
2017 The 10th Date[96][97][98] Billie Main role; Television film

Tours[edit]

Headlining

  • European Tour (2011)

Supporting

  • I Am Music Tour (2009) (with Lil Wayne)
  • I Am Still Music Tour (2011) (with Lil Wayne)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2007 “The Way I Are” (Timbaland featuring D.O.E. and Keri Hilson) MTV Video Music Award for Monster Single of the Year[99] Nominated
2009 Herself American Music Award for Favorite Female R&B/Soul Artist[39] Nominated
American Music Award for Breakthrough Artist[39] Nominated
BET Award for Best New Artist[37] Won
BET Award for Best Female R&B Artist[36] Nominated
“Turnin Me On” (with Lil Wayne) BET Award for Viewer’s Choice[36] Nominated
BET Award for Best Collaboration[36] Nominated
In a Perfect World… Urban Music Award for Best Album[100] Nominated
Herself Urban Music Award for Best Female Act[100] Nominated
MOBO Award for Best International Act[101] Nominated
MOBO Award for Best R&B/Soul Act[101] Won
Soul Train Music Award for Best New Artist[102] Won
“Turnin Me On” (with Lil Wayne) Soul Train Music Award for Song of the Year[102] Nominated
“Knock You Down” (with Kanye West and Ne-Yo) Soul Train Music Award for Best Collaboration[102] Won
Soul Train Music Award for Record of the Year[102] Nominated
2010 Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration[44] Nominated
Herself Grammy Award for Best New Artist[44] Nominated
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist[103] Won
“Got Your Back” (T.I. featuring Keri Hilson) Soul Train Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Song[104] Nominated
2011 “Pretty Girl Rock” BET Award for Video of the Year[62] Nominated
Herself BET Award for Best Female R&B Artist[62] Nominated
Get Schooled Award[88] Won
“Pretty Girl Rock” Soul Train Music Award for Best Dance Performance[105] Nominat

JENNY McCARTHY

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Jenny McCarthy
McCarthy smiling and wearing a headset microphone

McCarthy in May 2006
Born Jennifer Ann McCarthy
(1972-11-01) November 1, 1972 (age 44)
Evergreen Park, Illinois U.S.[1]
Other names Jenny Wahlberg[2]
Alma mater Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School
Occupation Actress, model, television host, comedian, author, activist, screenwriter
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s)
Partner(s) Jim Carrey (2005–10)
Children 1
Relatives

Jennifer AnnJennyWahlberg[2] (née McCarthy; born November 1, 1972)[1][3] is an American actress, model, television host, comedian, author, screenwriter, and anti-vaccine activist. She began her career in 1993 as a nude model for Playboy magazine and was later named their Playmate of the Year. McCarthy then parlayed her Playboy fame into a television and film acting career. She is a former co-host of the ABC talk show The View.

McCarthy has written books about parenting and has become an activist promoting research into environmental causes and alternative medical treatments for autism. She has promoted the idea that vaccines cause autism[4] and that chelation therapy helped cure her son of autism.[5][6] Both claims are unsupported by medical consensus, and her son’s autism diagnosis has been questioned.[6][7] McCarthy has been described as “the nation’s most prominent purveyor of anti-vaxxer ideology”,[8] but she has denied the charge, stating: “I am not anti-vaccine”.[8]

Early life[edit]

McCarthy grew up in Evergreen Park, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) and South West Chicago.[9] She was born to a working-class Catholic family, and has Irish, German, and Polish ancestry.[10][11] She lived in the West Elsdon neighborhood of Chicago.[12][not in citation given] She is the second of four daughters; her sisters are named Lynette, Joanne, and Amy. Actress Melissa McCarthy is her cousin.[13][14] McCarthy’s mother, Linda, was a housewife and courtroom custodian, and her father, Dan McCarthy, was a steel mill foreman.[15][16]

As a teenager, McCarthy attended Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School (whose school sweater she donned in the pages of Playboy) and was a cheerleader at both Brother Rice High School and St. Laurence High School,[17] although she has referred to herself as an “outcast” at her school[18] and has stated she was repeatedly bullied by classmates.[19] She spent two years at Southern Illinois University.[15]

Career[edit]

Modeling and acting[edit]

Jenny McCarthy
Playboy centerfold appearance
October 1993
Preceded by Carrie Westcott
Succeeded by Julianna Young
Playboy Playmate of the Year
1994
Preceded by Anna Nicole Smith
Succeeded by Julie Lynn Cialini
Personal details
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Weight 120 lb (54 kg)[1]

In 1993, Playboy magazine offered McCarthy $20,000 to pose for its October issue. McCarthy became the Playmate of the Month for October 1993. Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner cites McCarthy’s “wholesome Catholic girl” persona as the unique quality for which she was selected out of 10,000 applicants.[20][21] Her layout emphasized her Catholic upbringing with a schoolgirl theme. According to McCarthy, the pictorial caused an uproar in her Catholic neighborhood, and resulted in her house being pelted with eggs, her sisters being taunted at school, and McCarthy, who counted Catholic nuns among her aunts, being lectured about her future damnation by those close to her.[20] McCarthy was later made the Playmate of the Year, and was paid a $100,000 salary.[20][21] In 1994, because of her newfound public attention, McCarthy moved to Los Angeles and, for a time, hosted Hot Rocks, a Playboy TV show featuring uncensored music videos.

In 1995, when MTV chose McCarthy to cohost a new dating show called Singled Out, she left Hot Rocks. Her job as a host was a success, and Playboy wanted her to do more modeling. That same year, she also appeared at World Wrestling Federation (WWF) pay-per-view event WrestleMania XI as a guest valet for villain Shawn Michaels, who faced heroic WWF Champion, Diesel. She left after the match with the victor, Diesel. McCarthy returned to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE, formerly the WWF) on the edition of August 2, 2008 of Saturday Night’s Main Event to thank the fans for supporting Generation Rescue, an autism advocacy organization. In 1996, she landed a small part in the comedy The Stupids. In 1997, McCarthy launched two shows. The first one was an MTV sketch comedy show The Jenny McCarthy Show, which was sufficiently popular for NBC to sign her for an eponymous sitcom later that year, Jenny. Also in 1997, she appeared on one of two covers for the September issue of Playboy (the other cover featured Pamela Anderson). McCarthy also released an autobiography: Jen-X: Jenny McCarthy’s Open Book.[22]

In 1998, McCarthy’s first major movie role was alongside Trey Parker and Matt Stone in the comedy BASEketball. The following year, she starred in Diamonds. In 2000, she had a role in the horror movie Scream 3, and three years later she parodied that role in horror film spoof Scary Movie 3 along with fellow Playmate and actress Pamela Anderson. In 2005, McCarthy produced, wrote, and starred in the movie Dirty Love, which was directed by her husband at the time, John Asher. In March 2006, she was given Razzie Awards for “Worst Actress”, “Worst Screenplay”, and “Worst Picture” for her work on Dirty Love, which also earned Asher a Razzie for “Worst Director.”[23]

In addition to her early TV fame on MTV and her short-lived, self-titled NBC sitcom, McCarthy has guest starred in a variety of other television shows including Stacked, Charmed, The Drew Carey Show, Wings, Fastlane, Two and a Half Men and Just Shoot Me!.[citation needed] She was the voice of Six in the third season of Canadian computer-animated science fiction cartoon Tripping the Rift. In 2005, McCarthy hosted a show on E! called Party at the Palms. The reality show, which was filmed at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, featured hotel guests, party goers, and celebrities.[24]

McCarthy has continued her work with Playboy over the years, both as a model and in other capacities. She appeared on the cover of the magazine’s January 2005 issue wearing a leopard skin version of the company’s iconic “bunny suit” and was featured in a pictorial shot at Elvis Presley‘s Graceland mansion in that same issue. She was the second woman (following Carmen Electra) and first former Playmate to become a celebrity photographer for the Playboy Cyber Club, where she photographed model Jennifer Madden.[citation needed]

Her younger sister, Amy McCarthy, has also posed for Playboy. She was Cyber Girl of the Week for September 27, 2004, and Cyber Girl of the Month for January 2005.[25]

In 2007, McCarthy starred in a five-episode online series, called In the Motherhood, along with Chelsea Handler and Leah Remini.[26] The show aired on MSN and was based on being a mother where users could submit their stories to have it made into real webisodes.

She has also appeared in two video games: playing the role of Agent Tanya in the video game Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3, replacing Kari Wührer, and the fitness video game Your Shape Featuring Jenny McCarthy.[27]

On December 31, 2010, McCarthy was a correspondent in Times Square for ABC‘s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.[28] She also appeared in the 40th anniversary of ABC’s New Year celebration where she kissed a nearby New York City cop.[29] She appeared in the edition of December 31, 2012 of New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and kissed a midshipman of the United States Merchant Marine Academy.[30]

She was the host of season 2 of Love in the Wild, which aired in the summer of 2012.[31]

She was on the cover of Playboy in the August 2012 issue after saying she wanted to pose for it again before her 40th birthday.[32]

After 17 guest appearances, in July 2013 McCarthy was announced as a new co-host on ABC‘s The View, replacing former co-host Joy Behar. Barbara Walters praised McCarthy’s intelligence, warmth, humor and fresh point of view, and calling her a great addition to the show.[33][34] She debuted as a co-host on September 9, 2013. The departures of McCarthy and co-host Sherri Shepherd from The View were announced in June 2014.[35] The Wrap reported that ABC had decided not to renew McCarthy’s contract.[36] In an interview with Access Hollywood, McCarthy denied being fired from the show.[37]

McCarthy became a SiriusXM series host of a show called Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy on July 16.[38]

Public persona[edit]

McCarthy in April 2005

McCarthy once modeled for Candie’s, a shoe company. In one magazine ad, McCarthy posed on a toilet seat with her underwear near her ankles. Cultural scholar Collin Gifford Brooke wrote that the ad’s “taboo nature” brought it attention, while noting that the ad itself helped to weaken that taboo.[39] Another Candie’s ad depicted McCarthy “passing wind” in a crowded elevator.[40][41]

Personal life[edit]

McCarthy dated manager Ray Manzella from 1994 until 1998 and began dating actor/director John Mallory Asher late in 1998.[42] The couple became engaged in January 1999 and married on September 11 of that year. They have a son, Evan Joseph Asher, born on May 18, 2002, who was diagnosed with autism on May 10, 2005.[6][43] McCarthy and Asher divorced in September 2005.[44]

In December 2005, McCarthy began dating actor Jim Carrey. They did not make their relationship public until June 2006. She announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 2, 2008 that she and Carrey were living together but had no plans to marry, as they did not need a “piece of paper”.[45] Carrey almost made a mock proposal to McCarthy as a promotion to the film Yes Man (2008) for Ellen’s Twelve Days of Holidays. In April 2010, McCarthy and Carrey announced that they had split up.[46]

In July 2013, McCarthy stated that she was dating Donnie Wahlberg.[47] On April 16, 2014 McCarthy announced live on The View that she and Wahlberg were engaged,[48] and they wed on August 31, 2014.[49][50][51]

Activism[edit]

Autism activism and views on vaccines[edit]

McCarthy speaking at the 2008 Ante Up For Autism benefit

In May 2007, McCarthy announced that her son Evan was diagnosed with autism in 2005. Before claiming that her son’s autism was caused by vaccination, McCarthy wrote that he was gifted, a “crystal child”, and she an “indigo mom“.[52] Evan’s disorder began with seizures and his improvement occurred after the seizures were treated, symptoms experts have noted are more consistent with Landau–Kleffner syndrome, often misdiagnosed as autism.[6][7] She has denied that her son was misdiagnosed.[53][54] In a 2014 Daily Beast article, she says her son is now 12 and doing okay: “Evan’s amazing,… He doesn’t meet the diagnostic characteristics for autism. He definitely has quirks and issues from the seizures. He has a little bit of brain damage due to his seizures. He doesn’t qualify for any more services, but he does have issues in his school.”[8] McCarthy served as a spokesperson for Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) from June 2007 until October 2008.[55] She participated in fundraisers, online chats, and other activities for the non-profit organization to help families affected by autism spectrum disorders. Her first fundraiser for TACA, Ante Up for Autism,[56] was held on October 20, 2007, in Irvine, California. She is a prominent spokesperson and activist for the Generation Rescue foundation,[57] and serves on its Board of Directors as of January 2011.[58]

McCarthy’s book dealing with autism, Louder than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism, was published September 17, 2007. She stated both in her book and during her appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show that her husband was unable to deal with their son’s autism, which led to their divorce. In 2008, she appeared on a Larry King Live special dedicated to the subject and argued that vaccines can trigger autism.[59][60] In an April 27, 2010 PBS Frontline documentary, she was interviewed about the controversy between vaccine opponents and public health experts.[61][62]

In addition to conventional, intensive Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy, McCarthy tried for her son a gluten-free and casein-free diet, hyperbaric oxygen chambers, chelation, aromatherapies, electromagnetics, spoons rubbed on his body, multivitamin therapy, B-12 shots, and numerous prescription drugs. “Try everything”, she advises parents. “It was amazing to watch, over the course of doing this, how certain therapies work for certain kids and they completely don’t work for others…. When something didn’t work for Evan, I didn’t stop. I stopped that treatment, but I didn’t stop.”[6] McCarthy has stated on talk shows and at rallies that chelation therapy helped her son recover from autism.[5] The underlying rationale for chelation, the speculation that mercury in vaccines causes autism, has been roundly rejected by scientific studies, with the National Institute of Mental Health concluding that children with autism are unlikely to receive any benefit to balance the risks of heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest posed by the chelating agents used in the treatment.[63]

McCarthy’s public presence and vocal activism on the vaccination-autism controversy, led, in 2008, to her being awarded the James Randi Educational Foundation’s Pigasus Award, which is a tongue-in-cheek award granted for contributions to pseudoscience, for the “Performer Who Has Fooled the Greatest Number of People with the Least Amount of Effort”. Randi stated in a video on the JREF’s website that he did sympathize with the plight of McCarthy and her child, but admonished her for using her public presence in a way that may discourage parents from having their own children vaccinated.[64]

McCarthy’s claims that vaccines cause autism are not supported by any medical evidence, and the original paper by Andrew Wakefield that formed the basis for the claims (and for whose book McCarthy wrote a foreword)[65] has been shown to be based on manipulated data and fraudulent research.[66][67][68][69] The BMJ published a 2011 article by journalist Brian Deer, based on information uncovered by Freedom of Information legislation after the British General Medical Council (GMC) inquiry into allegations of misconduct against Wakefield that led to him being struck off from the medical register (unable to practice medicine in the UK) and his articles retracted, stating that Wakefield had planned a venture to profit from the MMR vaccine scare.[70][71][72][73]

Generation Rescue issued a statement that the “media circus” following the revelation of Wakefield’s fraud and manipulation of data was “much ado about nothing”,[74] which led USA Today to report that McCarthy had “taken a beating on Twitter”.[75] Mary Elizabeth Williams responded to Generation Rescue’s statement:

It’s high time the woman who once said that “I do believe sadly it’s going to take some diseases coming back to realize that we need to change and develop vaccines that are safe” took a step back and reconsidered the merits of that increasingly crackpot stance. And it’s time she acknowledged that clinging to research that’s been deemed patently fraudulent does not make one a “mother warrior.” It makes her a menace.[76]

In January 2011, McCarthy defended Wakefield, saying that he had listened to parents, reported what they said, and recommended further investigation:

Since when is repeating the words of parents and recommending further investigation a crime? As I’ve learned, the answer is whenever someone questions the safety of any vaccines. For some reason, parents aren’t being told that this “new” information about Dr. Wakefield isn’t a medical report, but merely the allegations of a single British journalist named Brian Deer.[77]

Having written three books on the subject after McCarthy’s son was diagnosed with the syndrome, “by dint of sheer energy and celebrity, she became the nation’s most prominent purveyor of anti-vaxxer ideology”,[8] and has reiterated that she is not against vaccines. In an earlier October 2013 interview for TV Guide, McCarthy is quoted as saying:

It’s been three years now since I’ve even talked about autism or vaccines — I was taken aback when people freaked out that I was going to come on The View and preach…. I will clarify my stance, which is still the same: That parents are in charge. Space it out, slow it down and do your homework. But I am not at all against vaccines.[78]

Jeffrey Kluger, senior writer at Time Magazine, has criticized McCarthy several times. In an open letter article referring to their past conflicts, he chided her and did not accept her denials:

Jenny, as outbreaks of measles, mumps and whooping cough continue to appear in the U.S.—most the result of parents refusing to vaccinate their children because of the scare stories passed around by anti-vaxxers like you—it’s just too late to play cute with the things you’ve said. You are either floridly, loudly, uninformedly antivaccine or you are the most grievously misunderstood celebrity of the modern era. Science almost always prefers the simple answer, because that’s the one that’s usually correct. Your quote trail is far too long—and you have been far too wrong—for the truth not to be obvious.[79]

One month later in May 2014, McCarthy published an opinion-editorial addressing her position on vaccines, which specifically mentions Kluger:

I am not “anti-vaccine.” This is not a change in my stance nor is it a new position that I have recently adopted. For years, I have repeatedly stated that I am, in fact, “pro-vaccine” and for years I have been wrongly branded as “anti-vaccine.” […] Blatantly inaccurate blog posts about my position have been accepted as truth by the public at large as well as media outlets (legitimate and otherwise), who have taken those false stories and repeatedly turned them into headlines.[80]

During a subsequent Daily Beast interview she stated:

I am not anti-vaccine,… I’m in this gray zone of, I think everyone should be aware and educate yourself and ask questions. And if your kid is having a problem, ask your doctor for an alternative way of doing the shots…. The ironic thing is my position has always remained the same. People just never listened to it.[8]

In a 2015 Medscape article about celebrities who “speak out about illness”, Jeffrey A. Lieberman criticized McCarthy and her views on vaccines, thimerosal, and autism. He had this to say about her influence: “She has no idea what she is talking about. What she said is misleading and harmful, and the measles outbreak is a clear indication of the response to the spread of such pseudoscientific myths.”[81]

Objections to appointment on The View[edit]

McCarthy’s appointment to The View called forth many protests. Amy Pisani of Every Child By Two stated of McCarthy’s anti-vaccination stance, in a letter to The View’s Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie, that McCarthy’s “unfounded claims that vaccines cause autism have been one of the greatest impediments to public health in recent decades”, and that McCarthy’s assertions “[have] spread fear among young parents, which has led to an increased number of children who have not received life-saving vaccines.”[82]

James Poniewozik, a television critic for Time magazine, criticized McCarthy’s addition to the series and Walters’ endorsement of McCarthy, arguing that The View is largely aimed at parents, on whom the public health system is dependent, and that the credibility that McCarthy’s hiring will give her will endanger the public. Poniewozik argued that McCarthy’s views, which might be brought up in discussions with the other hosts, would have the effect of framing the issue of whether vaccines cause autism as a matter of opinion, rather than a firmly refuted idea.[83]

David Freeman, senior science editor for The Huffington Post, wrote about the concerns of Bill Nye, who stated: “I believe Ms. McCarthy’s views will be discredited.”[84]

Alex Pareene also protested and published a letter to ABC in Salon Magazine, entitled “Anti-vaccine conspiracist and ‘View’ co-host Jenny McCarthy isn’t just quirky—she spreads lies that hurt people.”[85]

Michael Specter, writing in The New Yorker, stated:

Jenny McCarthy… will be the show’s first co-host whose dangerous views on childhood vaccination may—if only indirectly—have contributed to the sickness and death of people throughout the Western world. McCarthy, who is savvy, telegenic, and pulchritudinous, is also the person most visibly associated with the deadly and authoritatively discredited anti-vaccine movement in the United States.[86]

Brendan Nyhan, writing in Columbia Journalism Review, commented: “ABC’s announcement yesterday that actress/comedian Jenny McCarthy will become a co-host of The View brought forth a torrent of condemnation from doctors, science journalists, opinion writers, and even entertainment commentators who oppose giving the anti-vaccine activist a high-profile platform to spread misinformation.” After an extensive review of news coverage of the hiring, Nyhan concluded that “[t]here is no perfect way to cover McCarthy’s hiring, of course, but giving ‘balanced’ coverage to fringe beliefs is the worst approach to covering misinformation.”[87]

Toronto Public Health officially denounced the appointment and “launched a Twitter campaign to get … McCarthy fired from the ABC show The View“, tweeting “Jenny McCarthy’s anti-vaccine views = misinformation. Please ask The View to change their mind”, and “Jenny McCarthy cites fraudulent research on vaccines & it’s irresponsible to provide her with The View platform.”[88]

Katrina vanden Heuvel, member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Editor of The Nation, objected to the appointment and wrote about “Jenny McCarthy’s Vaccination Fear-Mongering and the Cult of False Equivalence”:

One of the most prominent promoters of this falsehood [that vaccines cause autism] is actress Jenny McCarthy, who was recently named as Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s replacement on ABC’s hit daytime talk-show, The View. Once she’s on air, it will be difficult to prevent her from advocating for the anti-vaccine movement. And the mere act of hiring her would seem to credit her as a reliable source….By giving science deniers a public forum, media outlets implicitly condone their claims as legitimate….False equivalency is one of journalism’s great pitfalls, and in an effort to achieve “balance”, reporters often obscure the truth. What’s the merit in “he said, she said” reporting when he says the world is round and she insists it is flat. Indeed, there is an enormous cost to society when the truth could save lives.[89]

McCarthy responded to the criticism during her media tour to promote The View. Appearing on The Howard Stern Show, where Stern praised her for landing such a “legitimate job”, McCarthy explained that she is not anti-vaccine, but rather she opposes too many vaccines in one sitting because that, she said, causes immune dysregulation, which she said can cause autism.[90]

Publications[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead Blonde Nurse
1996 The Stupids Glamorous Actress
1998 BASEketball Yvette Denslow
1999 Diamonds Sugar
2000 Scream 3 Sarah Darling Candy Brooks
Python Francesca Garibaldi made for TV
2001 Thank Heaven Julia
2002 Crazy Little Thing Whitney Ann Barnsley
2003 Scary Movie 3 Katie Embry
2005 Dirty Love Rebecca Sommers
2006 Lingerie Bowl made for TV
John Tucker Must Die Lori Spencer
Santa Baby Mary Class/Mary Claus made for TV
2008 Wieners Ms. Isaac
Witless Protection Connie
2009 Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe Mary Class/Mary Claus made for TV
2011 A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures Shelly voice
2015 Tooken

Television work[edit]

Year Title Notes
1995 Mr. Show
1995–1997 Singled Out Host
1996 Wings Dani
1996 Baywatch “Freefall” as April Morelli
“Beachblast” as Herself
1997 The Jenny McCarthy Show
1997–1998 Jenny Lead role
1998 The Big Breakfast
1999 Home Improvement “Young at Heart” as Alex
2000 Just Shoot Me!
2001 Honey Vicarro Unsold pilot
2003 Untitled Jenny McCarthy Project Unsold pilot
Charmed
Fastlane Gretchen Bix episode “Popdukes”
Less than Perfect
2003–2004 One on One
2004 Hope & Faith
2004 Wild Card 2 episodes as Candy LaRue in “Queen Bea” and “Candy Land”
2005 Stacked
What I Like About You
The Bad Girl’s Guide Canceled after 6 episodes
2005–2006 Party @ the Palms
2006 My Name Is Earl
2006–2007 Tripping the Rift Voice of Six
2007–2008, 2010, 2011 Two and a Half Men Courtney, Charlie’s On-and-Off Girlfriend
2008 Saturday Night’s Main Event Saturday Night’s Main Event XXXVI
2009 Chuck Episode “Chuck vs. the Suburbs”
2010–present Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Times Square correspondent
2012 The Price Is Right
Windy City Live
Love in the Wild
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Surprise with Jenny McCarthy
2013 The Jenny McCarthy Show Talk show
The View Talk show
2014–present Wahlburgers As herself
2015–present Donnie Loves Jenny As herself

Video game work[edit]

Izabella Miko

 

Izabella Miko

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Izabella Miko
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Izabella Miko, West Hollywood, California on 2 April 2013
Born Izabella Anna Mikołajczak
(1981-01-21) January 21, 1981 (age 35)
Łódź, Poland
Occupation Actress, dancer, producer
Years active 1988–present
Website www.izabellamiko.com

Izabella Anna Mikołajczak (born January 21, 1981), better known as Izabella Miko, is a Polish actress, dancer, producer, and environmental activist. While a dance student in Poland, Miko was recruited to study at the New York City Ballet at age fifteen, and later studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute. She made her American film debut in Coyote Ugly (2000), followed by a starring part in the vampire thriller The Forsaken (2001).

She has also had recurring roles on the television series Deadwood, The Cape, and Chicago Fire, in addition to roles in dance films such as Save the Last Dance 2 (2006), Make Your Move (2013), and Step Up: All In (2014). She made her debut as a film producer on the British biographical drama Desert Dancer in 2014.

Early life[edit]

Miko was born Izabella Anna Mikołajczak in Łódź, Poland, the daughter of actors Grażyna Dyląg and Aleksander Mikołajczak. She grew up in Warsaw, where she studied to be a ballerina at the Chopin Music School. An American choreographer invited her to study in New York City on a scholarship with the School of American Ballet, and she later enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Institute to study acting.[1] After sustaining a back injury, Miko left New York City and returned to Poland.[1]

Career[edit]

In the late 1990s, Miko returned to the United States, and landed a role in the film Coyote Ugly in 2000. This was followed with a lead role in the 2001 vampire horror film The Forsaken, playing a young woman infected by a vampiric virus. In 2005, Miko appeared in a multi-episode story arc on the critically acclaimed HBO series Deadwood; the same year, she appeared in the music video for “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers (she would again collaborate with the band for the video of their 2012 single “Miss Atomic Bomb“, breaking her foot during filming).[2] In 2006, she had a lead role in Save the Last Dance 2, reprising the role of Julia Stiles in the original film.

Miko would appear in several independent films in the late 2000s, including Park (2007) opposite Melanie Lynskey, and the comedy Flakes (2007), opposite Aaron Stanford and Zooey Deschanel, the latter of which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival.[3] The following year, she appeared as a seductive nightclub singer in Dark Streets (2008), an adaptation of the play of the same name by Glenn M. Stewart. She also appeared in the crime thriller Double Identity (2009) in a lead role opposite Val Kilmer, and in the big-budget remake Clash of the Titans (2010) as Athena. She was also in a supporting role as an acrobat named Raia in the short lived television series The Cape, followed by a supporting role as a spy in the British war thriller Age of Heroes, based on the formation of Ian Fleming‘s No. 30 Commando during World War II.

In 2012, she appeared opposite Danny Huston and Sienna Miller in the period drama Two Jacks, directed by Bernard Rose, and in the South Korean dance film Make Your Move in 2013. Miko appeared in Billy Idol‘s music video for “Can’t Break Me Down”, and also had a supporting role in Step Up: All In, both in 2014. Also in 2014, she had a small role in the TV show Supernatural, episode “Ask Jeeves” of season 10, where she portrays a shape shifter working for a rich heiress who has died In 2015, Miko co-produced the autobiographical film Desert Dancer, which tells the story of Iranian choreographer Afshin Ghaffarian. The same year, she had guest appearances in the television series Blue Bloods, and Scorpion, as well as a recurring role in the NBC action-drama series Chicago Fire.

Personal life[edit]

Miko supports green politics and keeps a video blog titled Eko Miko to talk about her current concerns.[4] She has supported Global Green USA, an environmentalist group and organization that constitutes the American branch of Green Cross International.[5][6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Pan Kleks w Kosmosie The Girl with the Matches
1991 Niech zyje milosc Kuba’s Daughter
2000 Coyote Ugly Cammie
2001 Forsaken, TheThe Forsaken Megan
2002 Minimal Knowledge Renee
2005 Bye Bye Blackbird Alice
Shore, TheThe Shore Kaliope
2006 Park Krysta
House of Usher, TheThe House of Usher Jill Michaelson
Save the Last Dance 2 Sara Johnson Video
2007 Crashing Kristen
Flakes Strawberry
Waiting Young Woman Short film
2008 Dark Streets Madelaine
2009 Love and Dance Hania
Double Identity Katrine
2010 Clash of the Titans Athena
Repo Timmy
2011 Mother Nature: First MILF Mother Nature Video short
Age of Heroes Jensen
2012 Two Jacks Dana
2013 Make Your Move Tatianna
2014 Mundane Goddess, TheThe Mundane Goddess Aphrodite Short film
Step Up: All In Alexxa Brava
Desert Dancer Producer
2015 The Frontier Gloria
2016 Rake, TheThe Rake Cassie

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Kuchnia polska Zuzia Szymanko TV miniseries
2004 Gramercy Park Sophie Mansour TV film
2005 Deadwood Carrie “Requiem for a Gleet”, “Complications”, “Something Very Expensive”
2008 Skip Tracer Ludmila TV film
2011 Cape, TheThe Cape Raia Recurring role
Chaos Greta “Deep Cover Band”
Love Bites Audrey “Boys to Men”
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lena “Russian Brides”
2014 Starving in Suburbia Teagan / ButterflyAna TV film
Supernatural Olivia “Ask Jeeves”
Anger Management Mary Kathleen “Charlie Gets Tied Up with a Catholic Girl”
Sensitive Men Jenn TV film
2015 Blue Bloods Milena Payback[7]
Scorpion Sonia Balasevic “Cuba Libre”
Chicago Fire Katya Recurring role
2016 Paradise Pictures Norma Jean TV film

2016  sHOOTER (TV SERIES) KARLENA ORDENKO

2016 THE RAKE CASSIE

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Mr. Brightside” (The Killers)
2012 Miss Atomic Bomb” (The Killers) Miss Atomic Bomb
2014 Can’t Break Me Down” (Billy Idol)

Rochelle Aytes

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Rochelle Aytes

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Rochelle Aytes
Born (1976-05-17) May 17, 1976 (age 40)[1]
Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
State University of New York at Purchase
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) CJ Lindsey (m. 2016 – present)

Rochelle Aytes (born May 17, 1976) is an American actress and model. She is best known for her role as April Malloy on ABC drama series Mistresses since its premiere in 2013. Aytes also starred in the auto-biography story film of TLC such as CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story as Perri “Pebbles” Reid, short-lived series Drive, The Forgotten (2009–10) and Work It. In film, Aytes has appeared in White Chicks, Madea’s Family Reunion and Trick ‘r Treat.

Early life[edit]

Aytes was born in Harlem, New York[2]and attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from State University of New York at Purchase college.[3][4] She began her career as model and has appeared in commercials for McDonald’s, L’Oreal, Coca-Cola and Mercedes-Benz.[4]

Career[edit]

Aytes made her film debut in the 2004 comedy White Chicks as Denise Porter,[5] She is most remembered for playing Lisa Breaux in Tyler Perry‘s Madea’s Family Reunion, where Aytes plays a woman who is caught in a relationship in which her fiancé (Blair Underwood) beats and threatens her.[6] In 2006, she played Nicole Jamieson in the test pilot episodes of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. She also provides the voice for Rochelle in Left 4 Dead 2. In 2007, Aytes guest starred in the Fox series Bones as Felicia Saroyan, the sister of Lab Supervisor, Cam. She starred in the independent film Trick ‘r Treat She played role Leigh Barnthouse in the 2007 Fox series Drive. She also played Tara Kole in the TV show NCIS from CBS. Aytes also appeared in the TNT drama series Dark Blue in 2010.

Aytes was a regular cast member in the ABC drama series The Forgotten from 2009 to 2010, playing Detective Grace Russell who teams up with a volunteer group, including former Chicago police detective, Christian Slater, to solve cases of missing or unidentified homicide victims.[7] From 2010 to 2011, she had a recurring role in the ABC series Detroit 1-8-7 as prosecutor Alice Williams, until her character was murdered in the episode “Key to the City”, which aired on January 11, 2011.[8] In 2011, Aytes guest starred in three episodes as Amber James, the former girlfriend of Keith Watson, in the seventh season of ABC comedy-drama Desperate Housewives.[8] She is represented by Ryan Daly of Zero Gravity Management.[9][10] She also starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom Work It in 2012.[11]

In 2012, Aytes was cast as one of the four leads, along with Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim and Jes Macallan, in the ABC drama series Mistresses about the lives of four female friends and their involvement in an array of illicit and complex relationships.[12][13] The series premiered on June 3, 2013. Aytes played the role of Perri “Pebbles” Reid in the 2013 biographical film CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story about the R&B and hip hop musical trio TLC.[14][15] In 2013, she also began appearing as Savannah Hayes, Shemar Moore‘ character, Derek Morgan’s girlfriend on the CBS series, Criminal Minds.

Personal life[edit]

In July 2015, Aytes became engaged to her boyfriend, CJ Lindsey.[16] On Aug 28 2016 Aytes married CJ Lindsey.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 White Chicks Denise Porter
2006 Madea’s Family Reunion Lisa
2007 Trick ‘r Treat Maria
2011 Inheritance, TheThe Inheritance Lily
2014 Butterfly Chasers, TheThe Butterfly Chasers Diana Lee
2015 My Favorite Five Hailey Colburn

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Outer Limits Breanna Episode: “Abduction”
2003 Sex and the City Hostess Episode: “Great Sexpectations”
2005 Jonny Zero Keisha Episode: “I Did It All for the Nooky”
2005 My Wife and Kids Nurse Episode: “The ‘V’ Story”
2006 13 Graves Karen TV pilot
2006 ER Tamara Episode: “Split Decisions”
2006 CSI: NY Sienna Episode: “Stuck on You”
2006 Half & Half Yolanda Episode: “The Big Who You Gonna Call Episode”
2007 Day Break Woman on Plane Episode: “What If He’s Free?”
2007 Drive Leigh Bartnhouse Series regular, 7 episodes
2007 Las Vegas Carley Episode: “When Life Gives You Lemon Bars”
2007 Bones Felicia Saroyan Episode: “Intern in the Incinerator”
2008 Dirt Jasmine Ford Episodes: “Ties That (Don’t) Bind” and “And the Winner Is”
2008 Shark Karla Ballantine Episode: “Leaving Las Vegas”
2009 Mistresses Ava TV pilot
2009 NCIS Tara Kole Episode: “Knockout”
2009–10 Forgotten, TheThe Forgotten Grace Russell Main role, 17 episodes
2010 Dark Blue Eva Episodes: “Shell Game” and “Home Sweet Home”
2010–11 Detroit 1-8-7 Alice Williams Recurring role, 5 episodes
2011 Desperate Housewives Amber James Recurring role, 3 episodes
2011 White Collar Isabelle Wilson Episode: “As You Were”
2012 Work It Vanessa Main role, 13 episodes
2013 CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story Perri “Pebbles” Reid Television film
2013–2016 Mistresses April Malloy Series Regular, 52 episodes
2013–2016 Criminal Minds Savannah Morgan Recurring role, 10 episodes
Video games
Year Title Voice role
2009 Left 4 Dead 2 Rochelle
2013 Resident Evil 6 Rochelle