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James Pickens, Jr.
Oba Babatunde
Reginald T. Dorsey
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Jenifer Lewis


JAMES PICKENS JR.,:is a Screen Actors Guild Award winning actor for Best Ensemble –Drama Series 2000-2009. He is best known for his starring role as Dr. Richard Webber on the ABC medical drama television series Grey's Anatomy

Pickens started his acting career at the Roundabout Theatre in New York City playing Walter Lee in A Raisin in the Sun. In 1981, Pickens performed in the Negro Ensemble Company's production of A Soldier's Play, starring alongside Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson.

In 1990, Pickens moved to the West Coast and began his Hollywood career playing Zack Edwards on the soap opera Another World from 1986 to 1990. He went on to have recurring roles on "X-Files" as Deputy Director Kersh, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The West Wing, Roseanne, Beverly Hills, 90210, JAG, and Six Feet Under. In 2005, Pickens was chosen to play Dr. Richard Webber on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy. He has has 25 films in his filmography, which includes How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Ghost of Mississippi, Sleepers, Dead Presidents, Traffic, Menace II Society, Nixon, Bulworth, Gridlock, Just Wright

In his spare time Pickens can be found riding horseback and roping cattle. He is a member of the United States Team Roping Championship and competes in roping events across the country. He owns an American Quarter Horse named Smokey.


OBBA BABATUNDÉ : is an American actor of stage and screen, known for his Emmy-nominated performance in the television movie Miss Evers' Boys, a NAACP Image Award-nominated performance in the TV movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, and a Tony Award-nominated role for his performance as C.C. White in the original cast of the 1981 Broadway musical Dreamgirls.

Babatundé was a protégé of Sammy Davis, Jr., who said of him, "This is the only cat who can do everything I can do." Babatundé does dance, sing, play instruments, execute impersonations, including his portrayal of Davis, aided by their similarity in energy, size and talent, tap dancing and performing on multiple instruments. In fall 2009, Babatundé played Davis in the title role of Sammy: Once in a Lifetime, a world premiere musical at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.

Early in 2000, Babatundé partnered with writer/producer Ruth Adkins Robinson for a series of TV projects including "TV in Black: The First 50 Years," "Oscar's Black Odyssey: From Hattie to Hallie" and "Dorothy Dandridge: An American Beauty

His TV roles have often portrayed authority figures, such as a recurring guest-starring role as a high school principal on Dawson's Creek, an appearance as a judge in a two-part episode of Any Day Now, and as the father of the main characters on Half & Half. Other TV shows he has had recurring roles on include The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, where portrayed famous record producer Gordy Berry, Chicago Hope, Rocket Power, Static Shock, and Karen Sisco. He also played the director in season 3 of Friends in an episode titled The One with All the Jealousy. In the 1998 miniseries, The Temptations, he also played the founder of Motown Records Berry Gordy.

He played a small but pivotal role as a doorman/bellhop in the film That Thing You Do! and also appeared in The Wild Thornberrys Movie as the voice of Boko. Other recent projects include a scene-stealing role in the New Line feature film After the Sunset in 2004, opposite Pierce Brosnan. He also played Harvard college Dean Cain in the movie How High, as well as the role of Willie Long in the movie Life, and co-starred as an attorney in Philadelphia and as a senator in the 2004 reprise of The Manchurian Candidate. Other roles include films such as Silence of The Lambs, The Celestine Prophecy, The Cherokee Kid, The Note Book, Black Dynamite and independent films.

The actor/producer is also an avid horseman and is a highly regarded rider and trainer in the Rodeo Circuit, including the annual Bill Pickett Rodeo.


REGINALD T. DORSEY: American Film and Television Actor/Filmmaker Reginald T. Dorsey was born and raised in Dallas, Texas until he was 10 years old. His family then moved to San Jose, California where he was an outstanding student and High School athlete, excelling in football and track. The quest for him to act proved to be more powerful though than his athletic dreams. After attending an open call with his mother back in Dallas for extra work in the film Book Of Numbers, filmmaker Raymond St. Jacques spotted the young 13 year old and wrote a lead part in the film for him. The rest is history as they say and at 16 years old he left home for Hollywood to pursue his calling as an actor and filmmaker. Now a veteran in the film and television industry his respect and passion for his craft is greater after many years of sacrifice and dedication. His credits are extensive, Miracle Of The Heart; A Boys Town Story, 21 Jump Street, Booker, Return To Lonesome Dove, Critically Acclaimed South Central, The Cherokee Kid And The Award Winning Kings Of The Evening, which he also produced are just a few from his body of work.

A true "Texas Cowboy" his whole life, Reginald's other passions are raising horses, competing in rodeos, most notably The Bill Pickett Invitational and others where he has won Championships in Team Roping and Team Penning. His work with children and touching peoples lives in a meaningful way continues to be a source of inspiration for him as an artist and as a man, giving all the glory to God for his many blessings.


Jenifer Lewis is one of Hollywood’s most familiar faces, with more than 300 appearances in film and television. Jenifer currently stars on the Emmy-nominated hit show “Black-ish,” where her hilarious portrayal of Ruby Johnson earned Jenifer a nomination for the 2018 Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a TV comedy series.
Jenifer’s bestselling memoir, The Mother of Black Hollywood, was named “2018 Book of the Year” at the National Book Club Conference and the audio version received the Earphones Award from AudioFile Magazine.
Jenifer has enjoyed a wide-ranging and varied career in music and theater. She has performed in four Broadway shows, including “Hairspray,” in the role of Motormouth Mabel. At Carnegie Hall she received an electrifying standing ovation singing with the New York Pops orchestra. All told, Jenifer has presented more than 200 concerts, performing in 48 states and five continents.

Jenifer’s accomplishments as an entertainer and community activist have been recognized by the NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award in Theatre, the American Black Film Festival Career Achievement Award, the Human Rights Campaign Ally Award, and an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Webster University in St. Louis.

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