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12 Black Actors With Caribbean Roots


Meagan Good’s Roots Stretch To Barbados And Puerto Rico

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY: You may have seen her in the highly successful film version of ‘Think Like a Man,’ where she played Joanna Locasto, the lead character on the NBC drama series ‘Deception.’ She is Meagan Monique Good who was born in Panorama City, Los Angeles, California but who roots stretch to Puerto Rico and Barbados, thanks to her dad, Leondis "Leon" Good. Mr. Good’s mother was Puerto Rican his father was from Barbados. Good began her career at the age of four, appearing in numerous commercials, television shows, feature films, and music videos. In the early stages of her career, Good started out doing work as an extra on television shows such as Doogie Howser, M.D. and Amen. When she was thirteen, Good was cast in her first film, the 1995 hit Friday. Good first began to gain recognition for her performance as troubled teen Cisely Batiste in Kasi Lemmons' critically acclaimed 1997 film Eve's Bayou, which earned Good two award nominations, including her first NAACP Image Award nomination. Good has also made appearances in many music videos, by artists such as 50 Cent, Imajin, Isyss (of which Good's sister La'Myia Good is a member), Lil' Johnny, Memphis Bleek, Tyrese, and Will Smith. She has also started her own production company, Freedom Bridge Entertainment, with Marlon Olivera, and fellow actors Tamara Bass and Ty Hodges. Good is now heading for Babylon Fields.The Deception alum has been tapped to star in NBC's regeneration drama pilot, which centers on the dead rising again in Babylon, N.Y.

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Cuba Gooding, Jr.’s Heritage Runs Back To Barbados News Americas, NEW YORK, NY: Bronxborn, Cuba Gooding, Jr. is known globally for his acting roles such as A Few Good Men (1992), Lightning Jack (1994) and Outbreak (1995) but did you know Acaademy Awardwinning actor Gooding, Jr. has roots to Barbados? That’s right. Gooding’s paternal grandfather was Afro-Bajan. Cuba’s paternal grandparents were Dudley MacDonald Gooding and Addie Pearl Alston (the daughter of Robert Alston and Mattie May Edwards). Dudley was born in Barbados. His father, Cuba Gooding, was the lead vocalist for the R&B group The Main Ingredient, which had a hit with the song "Everybody Plays The Fool.” His mother, Shirley, was a backup singer for The Sweethearts. His father moved the family to Los Angeles in 1972, only to leave them a few years later. In 1996, Cuba was cast as an arrogant but loyal football player in the Tom CruiseCameron Crowe film Jerry Maguire (1996). The film became a huge box office smash and earned Cuba an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His "Show Me The Money" line in the movie became a nationwide catchphrase. The role elevated him to superstar status, as many of Hollywood's top producers began to "show him the money" to appear in their films. In 2002, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2003 he won critical support for his portrayal of a mentally handicapped man in the heartwarming film Radio (2003), another movie about football.

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Lorraine Toussaint – A Trini To The Bone News Americas, NEW YORK, NY: She is best known for starring alongside Annie Potts in Any Day Now but did actress Lorraine Toussaint can proudly boost of the twin-island that’s given the world steel-pan and soca music. Toussaint was born in Trinidad on born April 4, 1960 but moved to Brooklyn with her mother at the age of 10. She graduated from Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts in 1978 and went to attend the Juilliard School's drama division as a member of Group 11 (1978– 1982). She was a featured recurring guest-star in the first few seasons of the legal drama Law & Order as defense lawyer Shambala Green and has also appeared on fims such as Breaking In, Hudson Hawk, Dangerous Minds and Soloist, TheThe Soloist. In 1993, Toussaint appeared in Point Of No Return, starring Bridget Fonda. From 2007 to 2010, Toussaint starred as Captain Kate Perry in Saving Grace, which aired on TNT. She has also appeared on the several other television series, such as Crossing Jordan, Frasier, The Closer, Ugly Betty, Friday Night Lights, NCIS, Grey's Anatomy, and Scandal. In 2012 Toussaint was nominated on Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for performance of Middle of Nowhere. In 2013 she had recurring roles on season 3 of Dana Delany's Body of Proof as Angela Martin, new police chief., and on ABC Family's The Fosters, as Sherri Saum's mother. Toussaint also was cast for second season of Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black. Toussaint is also now in the mix as former drug runner Vee. Daily News At - Newsamericasnow.com

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St. Lucia’s Joseph Marcell News Americas, NEW YORK: He is an actor, known for The Fresh Prince of BelAir (1990). Joseph Marcell was born on August 18, 1948 in St. Lucia. He grew up in London, in Peckham and Bermondsey. His parents came from St Lucia to the UK to give their children a better future, and were not impressed when he decided to give up his engineering studies to be an actor. Marcell was best known for his role as Geoffrey the English butler on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He has also starred in A Beautiful Life (2004) and Empire Road (1978). He currently resides in Southall, Ealing in London. Marcell recently told the Salibury Journal he is happiest on the stage or in his garden, and is a little taken aback at the reaction he still gets to a role he played 20 years ago in the show that proved a platform into superstardom for Will Smith, currently the most bankable movie star in the world. He says he still keeps in touch with his costars, although their last reunion was sadly at the memorial service for James Avery, the actor who played Uncle Phil and who died in December, according to the Salisbury Journal.

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY: Anna Maria Horsford is perhaps best known for her roles as Thelma Frye on the NBC sitcom Amen, as Dee Baxter on the WB sitcom The Wayans Bros., and as Craig Jones' mother Betty in the comedy films Friday and Friday After Next.

Horsford made guest appearances on such sitcoms as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sparks, Moesha, The Bernie Mac Show, The Shield, Girlfriends, and Everybody Hates Chris.

Horsford was born in Harlem, New York, the daughter of Lillian and Victor A. Horsford, an investment real estate broker. Her parents are from Antigua and the Dominican Republic.

She had a prominent role on the sitcom The Wayans Bros. as "Dee Baxter" and also appeared on the drama Judging Amy. More recently, she was seen in the first season of Grey's Anatomy.

She attended Manhattan's School of Performing Arts, where she studied and perfected her acting abilities.

Horsford returned to the big screen in the 2013 film A Madea Christmas, from Tyler Perry, playing Madea's relative.

Though she is known today for her work in front of the cameras, her first major role in television was as a producer for the PBS show, Soul!, hosted by Ellis Haizlip, which aired between 1967 and 1973.

She recently hosted the 25th Anniversary of the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta Georgia. The program saluted Pam Grier, Carmen DeLavendar, Woodie King, Cat Coore of third world and Faith Reigold.

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Romany Malco – A Trini-American News Americas, NEW YORK, NY: Romany Malco has been nominated for several awards, including an NAACP Image Award, MTV Movie Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award. Malco portrayed Conrad Shepard on the Showtime series Weeds. He most recently played George St. Cloud on the ABC primetime onehour drama No Ordinary Family. Malco was born in Brooklyn, New York but his family is from Trinidad, with extended relatives in Venezuela. As a teen, he moved to Texas and attended Ross S Sterling High School. After graduation, he formed the rap group R.M.G., and upon relocating to Los Angeles, the crew signed a deal with Virgin Records. The group's name was changed to College Boyz and "Victim of the Ghetto” off their album Radio Fusion Radio went to #2 on the rap charts. Malco was working as a music producer on The Pest when John Leguizamo, impressed by his dynamic personality, encouraged Romany to pursue acting. He went on to perform in roles as Jay in Judd Apatow’s 2005 film The 40 Year Old Virgin and as Conrad Shepard in the Showtime television series Weeds. He played supporting roles in films such as Blades of Glory, The Love Guru, and Baby Mama. He appeared in 2011's A Little Bit Of Heaven and the Gulliver's Travels adaptation. In the fall of 2010, Malco appeared as a member of the ABC primetime one-hour drama No Ordinary Family. Malco was recently tapped to star in the semiautobiographical comedy based on Kevin Hart's life and stand-up act, lifting the cast contingency on the pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Daily News At - Newsamericasnow.com

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BIM Heritage = Stacey Dash News Americas, NEW YORK, NY: Stacey Lauretta Dash became known for starring in the 1995 feature film Clueless and the television spinoff of the same name. She was born in the Bronx to a Bajan father and a Mexican and Native American mother. Her brother is Darien Dash, the CEO of DME Interactive Holdings, and her first cousin is Damon Dash, the former CEO and co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records. She has also appeared in films such as Moving, Mo' Money, Renaissance Man and View from the Top while her television work has included appearances in series such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Single Ladies and the reality television show Celebrity Circus. She has also appeared in music videos for Carl Thomas' "Emotional" and Kanye West's "All Falls Down.“ Dash made her first TV appearance in Farrell for the People starring Valerie Harper and a yet-unknown Ed O'Neill in 1982, which did not make it past its pilot episode. Her first notable appearance was as 'Michelle' in the 1985 The Cosby Show episode "Denise's Friend" alongside Lisa Bonet, and in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Dash's first substantial television role was in the 1988 television series TV 101, which also featured Matt LeBlanc and Sam Robards. The series was canceled after 13 episodes. Dash is now in VH1’ “Single Ladies,” a new comedic drama series that asks the question: What do women really want in a relationship? She plays Val one of three best friends with different philosophies on sex and relationships.

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Meet Jamaica’s Roxanne Beckford News Americas, NEW YORK, NY: Actress Roxanne Beckford made her big film debut with a role in Father of the Bride Part II (1995). She was born in Kingston Jamaica in 1969 before moving to the U.S. after her parents divorced in 1976. Beckford also appeared in Something's Gotta Give (2003) and Bewitched (2005). Her television credits include appearances in Dexter, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Hannah Montana, Bewitched, and The Bernie Mac show, among many others. Her husband is Bob Hoge who is also an actor. Beckford and Hoge married in 2001. They have four children, two of whom are girl twins April Christene and Georgia Alice who were on episode 1 of TLC's Bringing Home Baby in 2005 their two older children named Cameron and Lila.

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Trini Roots Run Deep For "Jackée" Harry Of Sister Sister News Americas, NEW YORK, NY: Jacqueline Yvonne "Jackée" Harry, best known for her roles as Sandra Clark, the sexy neighbor on the TV series 227, and as Lisa Landry, on the sitcom, ‘Sister, Sister,’ was born to a Trinidadian mother in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and raised in Harlem, New York. She is noted for being the first African American to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Harry began studying acting at the Herpolscheimer School of the Performing Arts on the Lower East Side in New York City. She was an American History teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School before beginning a career on the New York stage. She made her Broadway debut in A Broadway Musical, playing a chorine. Throughout the 1980s she starred in numerous productions both on and off Broadway, and in national touring productions. In 1994, Harry made her return to the theater by starring as Billie Holiday in the play Lady Day at Emersons Bar and Grill. Following that stage production, she fulfilled the role of "madam who runs a bordello" in the Broadway musical The Boys from Syracuse, a play based on William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors. In the mid-2000s, she appeared in stage productions of The Sunshine Boys, Damn Yankees, and A Christmas Carol. She also toured nationally in JD Lawrence's The Clean Up Woman.

In 1983, she made her acting debut in Another World as Lily Mason, a role she continued until 1986. In 2003, she was a surprise guest on the Another World Reunion that SOAPnet coordinated and aired. In 1985, Harry began a co-starring role opposite Marla Gibbs as the apartment building vamp, "Sandra Clark," on the NBC sitcom 227. Her mother, Flossie, celebrated her getting the part but died before the show aired. The former 227 star and her adopted son Frank appears on Oprah Where Are They Now tonight, Friday, Feb. 21st at 9 p.m. on OWN. Read more at Daily News At - Newsamericasnow.com 718-476-3616

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"A Different World’s” Dawnn Lewis Is Guyanese-American News Americas, NEW YORK, NY: Dawnn Lewis is best known for her roles on sitcoms such as "A Different World" and "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper.“ She was born to Guyanese parents, Carl and Joyce Lewis. Lewis has also appeared as Dr. Knapp on Days of our Lives and on other numerous TV series (including Futurama and LaBarbara) and portrayed Deloris Van Cartier in Peter Schneider's Sister Act the Musical, which opened at the Pasadena Playhouse on October 24, 2006 and was in Melba Early in the film adaptation of Dreamgirls. She also voiced Granny Grim on The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, voiced the female Shokan (Sheeva) in Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, and co-starred as Gail DeBarge in the Disney Channel Original Movie Let It Shine. But her musical career has also taken off. She co-wrote the theme song to "A Different World." In 2006, Lewis released her debut CD, entitled Worth Waiting For. Lewis recently attended the 13th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards Gala. Lewis is part of Don B. Welch’s stage play production of “The Divorce” that was released on Feb. 4 on DVD. Lewis plays a successful TV anchorwoman celebrating her recent divorce by throwing herself a divorce party with her closest sorority girlfriends. Daily News At - Newsamericasnow.com

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Tia & Tamara Mowry Trace Their Roots To The Bahamas

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY: Tia Mowry and her identical twin sister Tamera Mowry first gained for their teen roles on the ABC/WB sitcom ‘Sister, Sister.’ The two were born to Darlene Renee Mowry (née Flowers), who was born in the Bahamas. She managed her children's careers even when they were in the group Voices. Tamera Darvette Mowry-Housley starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Twitches and its sequel, Twitches Too. She has also made a break into dramatic television, and is also known for her role as Dr. Kayla Thornton on the medical drama Strong Medicine. Beginning August 2011, the Style Network began airing Tia & Tamera. She is one of the hosts of The Real talk show along with Tamar Braxton, Jeannie Mai, Adrienne Bailon, and Loni Love, which premiered on July 15, 2013. Daily News At - Newsamericasnow.com

Tia Dashon Mowry-Hardrict portrayed medical student Melanie Barnett Davis on the CW/BET comedy-drama series The Game from 2006 until 2012, she portrayed medical student Melanie Barnett Davis on the CW/BET comedy-drama series The Game. She is also notable for starring in the television movie Twitches and its sequel Twitches Too. In 2013, Mowry became the main subject of the Nickelodeon's Nick at Nite show Instant Mom. Tia and Tamera recently cancelled participating in the reality television show business. The 35-year-old twin actresses had starred in the Style Network television series for before the network was dismantled last year. While some of the network's shows were moved to other channels, the Mowry twins recently revealed that the series about their sisterhood, families and careers would not return for a fourth season. While Mowry-Housely will return to "The Real" talk show as a co-host on the panel of five women, Mowry-Hardrict is producing and acting in the Nickelodeon show, "Instant Mom." 718-476-3616

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Grenada’s Own George Harris

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY: He is an actor and producer, known for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) and Layer Cake (2004). George Harris was born on October 20, 1949 in Grenada, West Indies and has worked with the likes of Lord Olivier, who was an early mentor, Harold Pinter and film directors Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg. He played Britain's first-ever black TV detective in the ITV series Wolcott in 1981. His notable roles include Kingsley Shacklebolt in the Harry Potter film series, Captain Simon Katanga in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Clive King in popular medical drama Casualty, where he was one of the original cast members. He also played real-life Somali warlord Osman Ali Atto in the 2001 film Black Hawk Down. In 2013, he played the Abbot of the Black Friars in a BBC radio adaptation of Neil Gaiman's London fantasy Neverwhere.

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