From stage plays to the small screen sitcoms, there seems to be nothing the beautiful and talented Ms. Cynthia McWilliams can’t do. You may recognize her as Trina Shaw, Kevin Hart’s entertainment attorney on BET’s “The Real Husbands of Hollywood,” but what you may not know is that this talented actress has done a variety of voiceovers, stage plays, and award winning television shows all while giving back to the community and promoting causes important to her. In between tapings for season twoof BET’s hit show she had a moment to chat with us about it all. Check out what she had to say about working with Kevin Hart, her childhood, and much more.
The Haunted Hathaways is a new kids television show on Nickelodeon. The series follows a single mother and her two daughters who move into a New Orleans home, which she soon finds is also home to three ghosts, a single father and his two sons. The show can be considered the ghostly Brady Bunch. It stars Chico Benymon (from Half and Half fame), Amber Montana and Benjamin “Lil P-Nut” Flores. We got a change to talk with Chico Benymon [pictured far left] on his role, how he is an influence to the children on the show, and his other endeavors besides acting.
We have all witnessed what happens when Zane puts a pen to a piece of paper to create a phenomenal novel. Now, Cinemax has given us another opportunity to witness Zane’s work come to life on the small screen, every Friday evening in Zane’s The Jump Off. This is Zane’s second television series. Her first series, The Sex Chronicles, focused on the lives of a group of girlfriends. The Jump Off however, focuses on a group of five, 30-something frat brothers as they face various twists within their lives. We had the chance to speak with three of the actors from the show, Kinyumba Mutakabbir (pictured far left), Tanjareen Martin, and Amin Joseph (pictured center) as well as the show’s creator, Zane, to discuss the series and some things that we can expect when watching Zane’s The Jump Off on Friday nights. Kinyumba is a former college football star turned model and actor. You may recognize him from Calvin Klein ads, or from Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself. Tanjareen Martin, an Inglewood native, claims to have heard every possible joke about her name. She has a background in broadcasting and has produced episodes of The Judge Joe Brown Talk Radio Show, as well as Love For Sale, featuring singer Mya and herself. Amin Joseph is a Howard University Theatre Arts graduate who has recently starred in G.I. Joe: Retaliation and appeared on the show "Southland." Together, Zane and the members of the cast provided interesting perspectives on providing entertainment for an underserved demographic, as well as, insight to their respective characters and roles within the grand scheme of Zane’s The Jump Off.
Some of you may remember her character as Olivia (Imogene) Jones, and others may know her better as Merrick from the hit TV series Lie To Me. Or like me you saw her as the pretty girl who reminded you of R & B singer Tamia. Regardless of her many talents or how many times you’ve seen her face humble is the only way I could describe such an amazing actress. The naturally talented beauty Michole White had a few minutes to share with me to discuss her new project with an all-star cast in the moving story that is the movie, I Will Follow. Sharing a couple laughs and her views on life and the industry today was definitely a pleasure speaking with her.
Keith David is more than an actor. He is truly, a Jack-of-all-Trades. The 54-year-old performer has been doing so since his diaper days, as well as on-stage work, and voice-acting for a number of films and video games. His latest role is as the Circus-Ringleader and magician Max Milini, who plays mentor to lead role Vince Faraday in the NBC series The Cape. Debuting January 9th, The Cape will join the lengthy list of credits that David has on his résumé, which also includes singing, as he prepares to release a Jazz/Hip-Hop album this year. Parlé caught up with this man on a mission for a talk on the new show, his acting and music careers, and the representation of Blacks in today’s film industry…