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Film and Television Actress Kerry Washington
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Born in New York City on January 31, 1977, actress Kerry Washington started performing during her school years. She earned a degree in performance studies from George Washington University. After making her film debut in 2000's Our Song, Washington starred in such films as Save the Last Dance and Bad Company. She earned wide acclaim for her work in Ray (2004) and The Last King of Scotland. In 2012, she began her run on the TV drama Scandal.

The daughter of a real estate broker and an education professor, actress Kerry Washington was born in New York City on January 31, 1977, and grew up in the South Bronx. She started out with ballet lessons as a young child, but her first career ambition involved a certain large mammal. "I wanted to work with Shamu at Sea World," Washington told Giant. "I thought that was the best job in the world, to care for and feed dancing whales."

Washington attended the Spence School in Manhattan, a prestigious private school. In addition to appearing in school productions, she was a member of a theater group that tackled social issues. Washington soon won a theater scholarship to George Washington University, where she earned a degree in performance studies.

While she made her film debut in Our Song in 2000, Washington had one of her first career breakthroughs the following year. She won over audiences with her role in Save the Last Dance (2001), starring Julia Stiles. Soon after the release of this popular teen drama, Washington moved on to comedy. She appeared in the humorous action film Bad Company (2004), starring Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins.

Washington's career really took flight in 2004; she took on several major movie roles that year, including Della Rae Robinson, the wife of blind singer and musician Ray Charles, in the biopic Ray. Washington received strong reviews for her performance, and her co-star, Jamie Foxx, won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Charles. That same year, she starred opposite Anthony Mackie in Spike Lee's dramatic comedy She Hate Me.

The versatile actress tried her hand at the comic book action genre with 2005's Fantastic Four, starring Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis. The following year, Washington once again showed off her skills as a dramatic actress in The Last King of Scotland. She won raves for her nuanced turn as the wife of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin—played by Forrest Whitaker—in the film. Around this time, Washington also had a recurring role on the hit television series Boston Legal.

In 2007, Washington reteamed with Chris Rock for I Think I Love My Wife. She played a vixen who gets involved with a married man (Rock) in the film. The part gave Washington the opportunity to branch out from the many devoted wife roles she had tackled in the past. She went on to explore interracial relationships with Lakeview Terrace (2008), in which she plays an African-American woman married to a white man (Patrick Wilson). The couple is harassed by an African-American cop (Samuel L. Jackson) in this thriller.

With For Colored Girls (2010), Washington worked with an impressive ensemble of actresses, including Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Janet Jackson and Thandie Newton. The film, directed and written by Tyler Perry, was an adaptation of a play by Ntozake Shange. In 2012, Washington moved to the small screen to star on the dramatic political series Scandal. She plays a "fixer," a person who cleans up scandals and other messes for her clients, on the show.

That same year, Washington reunited with Ray co-star Jamie Foxx for Quentin Tarantino's western Django Unchained (2012). She plays Broomhilda von Shaft, a slave married to Foxx's character, Django. In the film, the pair is separated, and Django teams up with a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to find her.

Source: Biography.com


The Best that Never Was, Marcus Dupree Tags: the best never was marcus dupree 30 of 30 football legend word life production

In 1981, college athletic recruiting changed forever as a dozen big-time football programs sat waiting for the decision by a physically powerful and lightning-quick high school running back named Marcus Dupree.

On his way to eclipsing Herschel Walker's record for the most touchdowns in high school history, Dupree attracted recruiters from schools in every major conference to his hometown of Philadelphia, Miss.More than a decade removed from being a flashpoint in the civil-rights struggle, Philadelphia was once again thrust back into the national spotlight.

Dupree took the attention in stride, and committed to Oklahoma. What followed, though, was a forgettable college career littered with conflict, injury and oversized expectations. Eight-time Emmy Award winner Jonathan Hock examined why this star burned out so young and how he ultimately used football to redeem himself.

Director's Take

When ESPN invited me to be one of the select directors for its ambitious 30-for-30 project, I accepted without hesitation. This is a story I've been wanting to put on film for years, a story that embodies both what's right and what's wrong about sports in America, and since it plays out over the course of the last thirty years, I thought it would be perfect for this project. It's the story of Marcus Dupree, who was one of the most famously recruited high school football players of his generation. Today, Marcus is a 46-year-old part-time truck driver, struggling to get by, remembered by those who watched him as "the best that never was." The lure of fast money; the brutality of his sport; and above all, a young man's lack of understanding of what the big-time college football world demanded of him and how fast it could turn on him; all these led to Marcus's downfall as an athlete.

Philadelphia, Miss., was the site of one of the most notorious acts of terrorism during the Civil Rights Era in the 1960s: the murders of three young men helping to register black voters who had come to Philadelphia in 1964 to investigate the burning of a church that supported civil-rights activities. Marcus was born a month before the killings, and eventually would join the first class to go through integrated public schools in the state. When Marcus was establishing himself as the best high school running back in the nation, Philadelphians -- white and black -- took pride in him, and in the fully integrated team that he led. He was the town's first shared joy.

It would be naive to believe that Marcus singlehandedly gave rise to a "New South." But it would be cynical to disbelieve that he did help change the lives of the people of a small town with a horrible past. It is here that the best of sport still resides -- in its ability to tear down the isolation and separateness that permeate everyday life in America and to give people something bigger than themselves to share, a way to transcend the distinctions that otherwise keep them apart. For this experience, Marcus feels blessed beyond any measure of wealth or fame that might have come his way had things played out differently. "The Best That Never Was" is a story infused with sadness and loss. But its hero is a man who is at peace with it all.

Source: ESPN

SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SEATTLE WASHINGTON’S HIP HOP SCENE Tags: bryce bowden underground hip hop artist seattle washington word life production

Bryce Bowden is ushering in a new era of hip-hop. Its old school meets new school, east meets west, underground meets mainstream. You be the judge!!!

Biography: "In 1989 a star was born." These are the first words shouted out of the mouth of a 21 yr. old Seattle native, during the last song performed inside of a dark Hip-Hop venue on Seattle's Westside. Bryce "B-Heezy" Bowden has captured the hearts of the town locals.. Again. Growing up on the greater eastside, the M.C. has never had a problem getting people’s attention. For years the white rapper has entertained audiences’ across Washington with his silky smooth style, and hard-hitting punch lines with metaphors relating to the average person’s struggle with money, relationships, and the long windy road to success a lot of people are still traveling. For Bryce Bowden it might seem like that road is not too much further away..

Bryce Bowden Bryce Bowden is a 22 year old artist from Kingsgate, Washington which is a suburb on the Eastside of Seattle. Since the tender age of 6, Bryce has been writing poetry and rhymes. He even attended local hip-hop shows and was heavily influenced by the scene. He developed a thirst for the hip hop style of music. The decision to tell his story through his music was simple. Through that outlet, he gained respect from the hip-hop community that surrounded him. Bryce Bowden is very proud to announce the release of his debut CD titled “Rapper 4 Hire”. The single “Hands Up” lead the way is a calling to a new age of hip-hop music and Bryce seems to have that cornered. This song was written with local fans in mind. He wanted this song to celebrate this new breed, thus the title of the song. This song is a gospel of sort. It delivers self-confidence, pride and a voice. As Bryce states, “Straight up if you’re feeling the new breed of hip-hop, put your ‘hands up’”. This song has an outstanding old style R & B rhythm with a rap that you can feel right from the start. The beat is extraordinary and you just can’t stop hearing this song in your head. The sound is there, it’s unforgettable and truly catchy. Bryce states that it is representative of the entire CD as it showcases his flow and rhymes and above all, introduces audiences to a new fresh hip-hop sound. This is one common thread that runs through all his songs. Bryce Bowden is unique, true to his sound, true to who he is. You just feel the artist shine through – raw and untouched by others around him. “Rapper 4 Hire” is available at most digital storefronts including but not limited to www.itunes.com. Physical CD’s are available at live concerts. Prior to this CD, Bryce released two mix tapes in this past year along. One was “Quality Over Quantity” which was released in March, 2011 and “My Road To Success” which was released in September, 2011. He has already begun working on his second CD titled “Great White Hype” where there will be single out in the spring of 2012 giving us a taste of what’s to come. The CD is due out in early summer 2012. Recently Bryce has accepted an invitation from Dynamic Producers to play at South by South West in Austin, Texas. He also has received very good reviews from Seattle radio personality DJ Dirty Harry from KUBE 93.3fm. Bryce has also received great reviews and regular spins from DJ Nanino from Everett, Washington who hosted Boom Box KSER 90.7fm. He is also registered as a BMI member. Bryce will be playing in Austin, Texas on March 17th, 2012. Additional information is not available at this time. He is looking forward to touring a bit through the country and focusing on college campuses. You can listen to and/or purchase music from this current CD or past mix tapes by logging onto the following websites: www.206ent.com www.facebook.com/rapper4hire www.twitter.com/rapper4hire www.brycebowden.bandcamp.com www.youtube.com/206entertainment www.promofm.com (Search: Bryce Bowden) 



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