Presenters

 

Comedian Jonathan Slocumb

 

Vanessa Williams, Days of Our Lives & Famous in Love

 

Janet Dubois, Good Times

 

Pooch Hall

 

Pooch Hall is best known for his portrayal of Derwin Davis, a new and eager wide receiver

for the San Diego Sabers, on the BET comedy series “The Game.” He starred on the hit

series for seven seasons and appeared in almost 100 episodes. Pooch is a trained boxer who

won the Southern New England Golden Gloves in 1994. He also played football in high

school and college. In an effort to try something new, he participated in a stage production

in college and discovered that acting was something he truly enjoyed.

Pooch will return for the fifth season of Showtime’s critically acclaimed drama series “Ray

Donovan” this summer alongside Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight.  Pooch plays “Daryll,”

Mickey’s (Voight) illegitimate son and Ray’s half-brother. The hit series continues to follow

Ray Donovan’s dirty work through the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous in Los

Angeles.

Pooch recently co-starred in the American biographical sports drama “Chuck,” which he

appeared in alongside Liev Schreiber. Pooch plays Muhammad Ali. The film recounts the

story of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner (Schreiber) who challenged the heavyweight

champion, Muhammad Ali, for the world's Heavyweight title in 1975. Directed by Philippe

Falardeau and written by Jeff Feuerzeig and Jerry Stahl, the film also stars Naomi

Watts, Elisabeth Moss, Jim Gaffigan, Michael Rapaport, Morgan Spector, Ron Perlman and

Kelvin Hale.

Pooch was seen in 2017 as one of the stars in Dreamwork’s film “A Dog’s Purpose.” Based

on the best-selling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, the film tracks a dog’s experience through

several reincarnations as he looks through his purpose through each life, while interacting

with different human companions. Pooch plays a young man who meets the love of his life

thanks to the dog’s machinations. Josh Gad stars as the voice of the dog, with Dennis

Quaid, Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, Juliet Rylance, John Ortiz and Peggy Lipton. Lasse

Hallstrom is directing from Audrey Wells’ script, with Gavin Polone producing.

 

In 2009 and 2010, Pooch starred on the small screen alongside Jenna Elfman on the CBS

primetime series “Accidentally On Purpose” and had recurring roles on the hit drama

“Suits” for USA and “Warehouse 13” for Syfy.

Pooch began his professional acting career in New York, when he landed a small role in the

independent feature film “Lift,” opposite Kerry Washington in 2001. He went on to starring

and supporting roles the independent films “Black Cloud” (2006) and “Blind Dating” (2006)

with Chris Pine for director James Keach in 2004; and larger studio films like “Stomp The

Yard 2: Homecoming” in 2010 and the hit film “Jumping The Broom” in 2011 with Angela

Bassett and Paula Patton.

Pooch resides in Los Angeles.

Trenyce, American Idol

Trenyce Cobbins a Vocalist, Actress, Dancer and Host who took a Top 5 “American Idol” finalist moment and turned it into a full-fledged career.

Since her stint on the former Fox reality competition show, Trenyce has become a darling of the theater world, working both in the United States and internationally headlining in some top Broadway musicals and plays.

This Memphis-native’s career in the theater kicked off with a starring turn in the stage adaptation of E. Lynn Harris’ New York Times Bestselling novel, “Not A Day Goes By” opposite Emmy-winning actress Jackée

Harry.

She then joined the cast of the musical production “Soul Kittens Cabaret” alongside “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” star Tatyana Ali and R&B superstars Faith Evans, Angie Stone and Syleena Johnson; before touring in the musical “Sweet Potato Pie” opposite Boris Kodjoe (“Real Husbands of Hollywood”) and Sherman Hemsley (“The Jeffersons”).

Trenyce took a turn in a Hollywood production of Eve Ensler’s famed production “The Vagina Monologues;”

and traveled the United States in a touring production of the Broadway classic, “Dreamgirls” where she starred as Deena Jones.

Famed playwright David E. Talbert then cast Trenyce as Portia in his touring musical “Love in the Nick of Tyme” opposite Morris Chestnut (“Rosewood”), R&B crooner Avant and Ellia English (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”). The production was released nationwide on DVD and was a top-seller, before airing as a TV special on BET.

Trenyce then reunited with her “American Idol” colleagues Ruben Studdard and Frenchie Davis for a sold-out 30-year anniversary tour of the Broadway musical “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” The cast album from the tour was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for a Broadway Show.

Following the run of “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” Trenyce made her debut on London’s West End in the Michael Jackson-themed musical, “Thriller Live.” She would star in the
British-based production for nearly five

years and sometimes traveled with the show for limited engagements in France, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Austria.

After a stellar run in “Thriller Live,” Trenyce was cast as the host in the provocative hit musical “Taboo” in Macau, China. She spent one year headlining the seductive production at the City of Dreams Casino.

In addition to creating her niche as an international theater diva, Trenyce followed up cameos in films like “Beauty Shop,” “Friends & Lovers” and “The Ski Trip: Part 2” by landing the role of Coach Cadell alongside Jim Carrey in Marvel’s “Kick-Ass 2” (Universal Pictures).

Rolonda Watts, Destiny Lingers

 

ROLONDA WATTS – Talk Show Host, Actor, Voice, Comic, Speaker, Producer, Author

Rolonda’s name, face, and now, even her distinctive voice, have been known by audiences of all ages everywhere, thanks to her many credits in television, film, radio, stage, and now even the book world, with the release of her first romance novel, Destiny Lingers, which was endorsed by Dr. Maya Angelou. Most know her by one name, Rolonda, under which she launched her own internationally-syndicated talk show, produced by her Watts Works Productions and King World. The talker ran four successful seasons,1994-1998, making Rolonda a leading brand and household name to this day.

A well-seasoned Emmy-nominated journalist, with a Master’s degree from Columbia
University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York, Rolonda anchored and investigated
for powerhouse news stations, WNBC-TV, WABC-TV before hosting LifetimeTV’s talk show, “Attitudes,” then serving as weekend anchor, producer, and senior correspondent for “Inside Edition,” before launching her own talk show, Rolonda. Today, you can catch episodes of Ro’s podcast, “Rolonda On Demand.”
Never straying too far from her talk show roots, Rolonda headed to Hollywood after her
show to tell stories in different ways, creating new careers for herself in acting, voiceovers,
film producing, stand up comedy, and writing her first novel, Destiny Lingers.
Audiences have enjoyed Ro’s work on shows and movies, like, “Sister Code,” Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Tough Love,” “Sister, Sister,” “House Party5,” “Girl 6.” She is currently starring in a Lifetime movie, called, “Lost Girls.”
As a voice artist, you hear Rolonda as the Announcer on “Divorce Court,” after years with “Judge Joe Brown.” She’s also the voice of Professor Wiseman on “Curious George” (PBS), Illaoi in the video game, “The League of Legends,” and she just launched a new animated series on Netflix, called “Kulipari.”
Catch Ro’s comedy set at Flapper’s Comedy Club and The World Famous Comedy Store.

GET SOCIAL WITH ROLONDA WATTS: Website: Rolonda.com
On Facebook: @RolondaWatts
On Twitter: @RolondaWattsOn Instagram: @RolondaWatts

On Instagram: @RolondaWatts

Judge Faith, Judge Faith Show

You may know Faith from her extensive legal analysis of the nation’s most high profile cases on Fox News, CNN, HLN & MSNBC.

Now Faith will bring her tough love, no-nonsense style approach, and analysis to her own courtroom, in her own show, Judge Faith.

Faith has traveled many walks of life, and fought adversity every step of the way. Born and raised in Louisiana, her first job out of law school was in New York City. As a litigator at Sidley Austin – one of the most prestigious law firms in the country – she helped represent numerous high-profile clients in a diverse array of complex, commercial litigation matters.

After five years as a Wall Street litigator, Faith joined the Manhattan District Attorney’s office as a criminal prosecutor. As a prosecutor, Faith worked on hundreds of criminal cases, including indicting and prosecuting a multitude of violent crimes. Faith became known among her colleagues, judges, jurors, and court staff as a tough, but fair trial attorney. After the Manhattan DA’s Office, Faith transitioned back into private practice with a New York litigation firm specializing in resolving business disputes, white-collar defense and government investigations, as well as other civil and criminal matters.

BACKGROUND & EDUCATION

Prior to moving to New York, Faith served as Miss Louisiana 2000. Faith went on to not only place first runner up to Miss America 2001 – she also made history. She remains the only contestant in the pageant’s history to be awarded all three of the following awards: swimsuit, talent (after singing Nancy Wilson’s classic “If I Could”), and the coveted “Quality of Life” national community service award for her volunteer work in literacy and education.

After placing 1st runner up at Miss America 2001, Faith gained a national presence and began traveling extensively addressing important issues facing her community and our nation. Faith has served as a positive role model for thousands of young people. During her year of service, she spoke to students in some of the most economically depressed areas of the nation extending her reach to young people in juvenile facilities and boot camps, motivating them to overcome life’s obstacles and pursue their dreams.

Faith remains active in the Miss America Organization and judges state preliminaries every year.

Faith graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Louisiana Tech University and a J.D. from Southern University’s law school in Baton Rouge, LA where she ranked #1 in her law class.

Mayor Aja Brown,

City of Compton

Compton Mayor Aja Brown made history as the City’s youngest elected Mayor at the age of 31. A national trailblazer, Mayor Brown’s ‘New Vision for Compton’ is a revitalization strategy centered on 12 key principles that focus on family values, quality of life, economic development and infrastructural growth.

Mayor Brown is focused on improving outcomes through policy reform, innovation and strategic partnerships. She proudly serves the Citizens of Compton by developing and implementing public policies that facilitate guided growth through the protection of community assets.

Since her June 2013 induction, Mayor Brown has launched several community initiatives and policy changes aimed at reducing crime by tackling tough issues such as gang intervention, and domestic human trafficking head on. The Mayor’s efforts to fortify the City have been instrumental in eliminating hourly motel rentals and condemning businesses that incubate human trafficking, and other illicit activity. In June 2014, Mayor Brown started Compton Empowered, a community based gang reduction and intervention initiative focused on empowering ex-gang members to take back their neighborhoods through peace treaties, unity activities and employment opportunities. The efforts of Mayor Brown and participating community members have resulted in a nearly 50% decrease in homicides from 2014 to 2015 and continues to be the leading agency of community driven safety reform throughout the City.

Mayor Brown has been successful in reducing the unemployment rate by 50 percent in Compton from 18 percent in July of 2013, to 9 percent in the month of December 2015, through the implementation of industry-specific vocational training programs, while successfully attracting new companies and employment to the City. The Mayor has executed policy that improves access to Compton City employment through the First Source Hiring Agreement, adopted in October 2013, which mandates 35 percent local hiring for city assisted and funded projects that often times yield neighborhood improvement.

Mayor Brown is the recipient of the esteemed 2016 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, she has received the Brave Ones Leadership Award by Leadercast in 2015 and was awarded the prestigious University of Southern California 2014 Young Alumni Merit Award. Mayor Brown served on the California State Delta Stewardship Council from late 2014 to 2016, a governing body created by legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. Mayor Brown has also led young women and girls empowerment efforts with her esteemed partnership with Girls Fly!, a global initiative geared at exposing young women and girls to careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Mayor Brown has received a lauded number of honors, including the National Action Network Martin Luther King Award, for her youth, women’s rights, and socio-economic equality work in advocacy. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, Urban Planning and Development, along with a Master’s degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in Economic Development from the University of Southern California. She is married to her best friend of 14 years, Van Brown.

 

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