15 names.

Jenifer Lewis

Jenifer Lewis is one of Hollywood's most familiar faces, with more than 300 appearances in film and television. Dubbed a "national treasure" by TV Guide.com, Jenifer stars on the hit show Black-ish (ABC), where her hilarious portrayal of "Ruby Johnson" earned her a nomination for the 2016 Critics Choice Award.

Jenifer's most recent movies include The Wedding Ringer, Think Like A Man, Think Like A Man Too and Baggage Claim. She delivered legendary performances as Tina Turner's mother in What's Love Got to Do With It and in The Preacher's Wife as the mother of Whitney Houston's character. Jenifer starred opposite Matt Damon in Clint Eastwood's Hereafter and for director Tyler Perry, Jenifer created unforgettable characters in Madea's Family Reunion and Meet the Browns. In the movie Castaway, Jenifer portrayed Tom Hanks' boss. In animated films, Jenifer's uniquely recognizable voice is adored by Disney fans worldwide in roles such as "Flo" in Cars and Cars 2 and as "Mama Odie" in The Princess and the Frog.

Jenifer's TV roles have ranged from regular appearances as "Aunt Helen" on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to guest star roles on Friends, Boston Legal and Girlfriends. For six seasons, Jenifer portrayed "Lana Hawkins" on Lifetime's hit series Strong Medicine.

Although best known for her Hollywood success, Jenifer has enjoyed a wide-ranging and varied career in music and theater. Jenifer has performed in four Broadway shows, including Hairspray in the role of "Motormouth Mable." In 2014, she received an electrifying standing ovation at Carnegie Hall when she sang with the New York Pops orchestra. All told, Jenifer has presented more than 200 concerts, performing in 49 states and on four continents.

Jenifer was born and raised in Kinloch, Missouri. Her accomplishments as an entertainer and community activist have been recognized with an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Webster University in St. Louis and by the American Black Film Festival's Career Achievement Award.

Jill Scott

Born in 1972 in North Philadelphia, Jill Scott grew up in the ghetto with her mother, Joyce, and grandmother. A deeply loved and gifted child, she learned to talk at only eight months and was reading by age four. Always the center of attention, her principal in elementary school described her as a little butterfly.

After running from Jill's abusive stepfather, mother and child moved in with Jill's grandmother, with whom she had a very close bond. After a rough but memorable childhood, Scott attended Temple University, studying secondary education. She was planning on becoming a high-school English teacher.

When she was placed at a school as a student-teacher, her fellow professors disapproved of her unique method of teaching the kids: she often incorporated singing and melody in order to help with memorization. Due to the negative comments she was receiving, she quit.

Shortly thereafter, a friend helped her in joining a local theater troop. After some hard work, she earned a spot on the Canadian cast of Rent, began to do poetry readings and befriended some big names in the Philly artistic community, included DJ Jazzy Jeff (DJ Jazzy Jeff). It was here that Scott's musical career took off.

Encouraged by Jazzy Jeff and Ahmir-Khalib Thompson (Ahmir "Questolove" Thompson) of the hip-hop group The Roots, Scott wrote several songs in only three days during the summer of 1999. One of them, entitled "You Got Me," was performed by Erykah Badu and The Roots, and won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance (Duo or Group). A few months later, after Jeff burned 100 demo CDs and marketed the soul singer, Jill Scott signed with the new label Hidden Beach. During this whole process and since then, she collaborated with Will Smith and Common, and worked on soundtracks for Down to Earth, Wild Wild West and In Too Deep

Amazingly, she made 50 songs for her debut album and had a lot of trouble trimming it down. Finally, after much deliberation, "Who Is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds, Vol. I" was released in July 2000. It featured music that was youthful enough for the younger generation and soulful enough for those above 40.

Accolades came pouring in for her unique contribution to hip-hop: "Who Is Jill Scott?" was certified platinum, and she received three Grammy nominations (including one for Best New Artist), three NAACP Image rewards and one Soul Train Award for Best Female R&B Album. Her fame carried her on stage as she performed on VH1's Divas Live with Aretha Franklin; speaking of Aretha, Jill Scott was the 2001 recipient of the Aretha Franklin Award as "Entertainer of the Year" at the Lady of Soul Awards.

Never limited to music, Jill Scott is a true multimedia brand across books, clothing, TV and film. Most recently, Jill starred in Get On Up: A James Brown Biopic, as DeeDee, the wife of James Brown. She also starred alongside Tyler Perry & Janet Jackson in the #1 national movie series Why Did I Get Married? (Pt. 1 and 2), Baggage Claim, Steel Magnolias and Sins of the Mother which aired on Lifetime and became the second-most watched premiere in the network's history. Jill was casted as the lead character in the HBO/BBC mini series filmed on location in Botswana, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, a Peabody Award-winning show directed by the late Oscar Award-winning director Anthony Minghella.

A consummate writer at heart, she penned The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours, a compilation of poems that instantly became a New York Times bestseller. Scott also developed an intimates line for Ashley Stewart and founded Blues Babe, a registered 501(c)3 foundation that has raised over hundreds of thousands dollars to support minority students pursuing college degrees.

Jill recently released her highly anticipated 5th studio album WOMAN on July 24, 2015 which opened on the music charts at #1 giving Jill her 2nd consecutive number one album. After a nationwide sold out tour in Summer 2015, Jill is working on Lionsgate's Coco and FX's Snowfall.

David E. Talbert

Heralded by the Los Angeles Times as "One of the most prolific theater makers in America" David E. Talbert's heartfelt depictions of life and love, mixed with his ability to infuse comedy in the midst of chaos, have captivated audiences across the country, creating a loyal fan base, earning him the title "The People's Playwright."

Since skyrocketing onto the national stage with his 1991 touring production of the outrageous comedy "Tellin' It Like It 'Tiz", Talbert's 14 touring stage productions have garnered record sold-out performances and an unprecedented 24 NAACP Theatre nominations, including the award for Best Playwright of the Year. In 1998, Talbert pioneered the medium of inspirational plays on DVD making his 7th play, Mr. Right Now, the first play ever available for retail. As a result of this recording, and the many that followed, his plays are now enjoyed worldwide in over 20 countries, spanning 4 continents.

While continuing his success as a top grossing and highly respected playwright, Talbert successfully expanded his brand to film, television and publishing.

In 2002, Talbert signed with Simon & Schuster to pen the National bestsellers "Baggage Claim" and "Love on the Dotted Line." The success of both spawned collaboration with hip hop icon Snoop Dogg for the novel "Love Don't Live Here No More."

In 2007, Talbert wrote and produced the critically-acclaimed NBC television special for Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, Unpredictable: A Musical Journey, which became the network's highest rated musical event of the year. Later that year, TV-One sought out Talbert to star in and create its first-ever reality competition series, Stage Black, where contestants were chosen to sing, act, scratch and claw their way to a chance to star in an upcoming Talbert production.

In 2008, Talbert made his feature directorial debut with the Sony Pictures comedy First Sunday, starring Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan, and enigmatic comedian Katt Williams - which opened as America's #1 Comedy.

His second film, Fox Searchlight's Baggage Claim, marked the first time an African American adapted and directed his own novel. Released in the fall of 2013, the Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, and Jill Scott starrer opened as the #1 Comedy in America.

Currently (2016), Talbert has teamed with Universal Pictures and hit making producer Will Packer for his 3rd studio feature Almost Christmas - set for a fall 2016 release and starring Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union, Mo'Nique, Omar Epps, JB Smoove, Kimberly Elise, and Romany Malco.

David E. Talbert is a graduate of Morgan State University and later attended New York University's accelerated film program. He and his beautiful wife and producing partner Lyn Talbert reside in Southern California with their son Elias.

Mr. Talbert is represented by The United Talent Agency and managed by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Trae Ireland

Chicago native Trae Ireland is an actor. His television career began on the award-winning sitcom "Moesha." Following his stint on Moesha, Trae landed roles on Emmy award-winning shows, "Once and Again" and "JAG," which led to being cast in the films, the award-winning "Coach Carter," "The Comebacks," and "Breaking All The Rules." On the set of "Breaking All The Rules," Trae met CEO Clint Culpepper of Sony Screen Gems, the film studio that produced "Death at a Funeral," "Takers," and "Think Like A Man."

Trae expressed to Mr. Culpepper his passion for film as an actor/producer. After three years under Screen Gems' tutelage, Trae co-produced the hit comedy, "First Sunday" directed by David E. Talbert and starring Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan, Loretta Devine, and Katt Williams.

As a producer, Trae has worked with some of the entertainment industry's elite, including but not limited to, Laurence Fishburne, Jamie Foxx, Martin Lawrence, Chris Rock, Jean Reno, Matt Dillion, and Zoe Saldana. Acting still plays a big role in Trae's career; he has a recurring role as Jason Campbell on the award-winning TV One show, "Love that Girl," executive produced by Martin Lawrence and created by Bentley Kyle Evans. He guest starred in the award-winning Fox TV show "Bones," and starred in the David E. Talbert's play, "A Fool and His Money," as Smith.

Trae starred in two of Director H.M. Coakley's feature films: Asylum Films' "Cleaver Family Reunion" and Rockstone Releasing's "Holla II." Cleaver is available on iTunes, Comcast, Netflix, and Time Warner VOD. He is also co-starred in David E. Talbert's production "Baggage Claim" and "About Last Night." Later in 2014, see Trae starring in several feature films: a Baron Jay Production "The Condo," a Jean Claude LaMarre Production, and in the Red Cardinal Film Production "Betrothed." In 2015, he will co-star in Kevin Hart's "Wedding Ringer." Trae played the lead in Director James Cullen Bressack's horror film, "13/13/13." Trae also completed the Stroud Entertainment Production, "Patterns of Attraction," in which he plays the lead, Shane Langston, co-starring Omar Gooding and Paula Jai Parker.

Trae will play in the Angel Terron Production "A.I.M.," in October 2014 at the Acme Theater in Hollywood. Other productions Trae co-starred in includes Director/Writer Renee Margary's stage play, "How to Love a Black Man," Director/Writer Peachanga DuBose's stage play, "The List," "Secrets," directed and written by Wallace Demarria, and Director/Writer Donald B. Welch's gospel stage play, "Walking by Faith."

Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni

Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni is an internationally recognized actress, painter, singer, song composer and writer. She was born on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Her unique family history spans countless cultures and countries, filled with an array of fascinating historic figures.

As a young child, she moved to Rome, Italy, where she spent many years. Coralina is the daughter of Maestro Walter Cataldi-Tassoni, a globally prominent opera director, and mezzo-soprano Velia Botti. Her grandfather, Maestro Corace Cataldi-Tassoni, studied under Mascagni and conducted for Giacomo Puccini.

She was an active member of her father's opera company since early childhood, singing her first role in Puccini's La Boheme at the age of three. Coralina continued performing on stage and assisting her father in theaters around the world until her late teens.

Her first starring role was in the romantic drama In Cerca D'Amore, a film commissioned by RAI (Italy's national TV network) for the primetime show Passione Mia, produced by acclaimed actress Monica Vitti. Cataldi-Tassoni's on-screen acting skills and undoubted charisma caught the attention of legendary film-maker Dario Argento, who cast her as Sally, the lead in his production of Lamberto Bava's Demons 2.

Her memorable performance in the movie prompted Argento to create the role of Giulia expressly for Coralina in his next movie,Opera. Coralina also co-hosted, alongside Dario Argento, a weekly segment on cinema and entertainment on RAI's primetime live TV show Giallo. Award winning director Luciano Odorisio cast Coralina in the historical drama La Monaca di Monza, and also directed her in the romantic movie Via Paradiso, in which Coralina captivates audiences with her whimsical and lively comedic performance.

Thanks to her strong dramatic skills,unique talent for comedy and innate professionalism, several directors(Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava, Mariano Baino, Pupi Avati, Luciano Odorisio, Andrea Manni, to name a few) have written roles specifically for Coralina and worked with her on more than one occasion.

Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni was offered a scholarship to the internationally recognized training center for comedy and improvisation Second City, in Chicago. This offer came as a true delight and honor.Eager for a new artistic venture, she returned to the United States.

While in Chicago, Coralina successfully performed on stage, acting in plays, comedies and musical theater where her powerful mezzo-soprano voice received many accolades.

Dario Argento cast Coralina once more in his re-imagining of Gaston Leroux's Phantom Of The Opera. She performed alongside Asia Argento and British actor Julian Sands, in the role of vivacious Honorine, a character invented exclusively for the film.

Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni's film roles have become iconic figures for fans all around the world.

Coralina's desire to explore her creativity has allowed her to blossom into a very successful painter. Her solo exhibits have gathered high praise within Manhattan's gallery scene.

Her art, which she simply signs "Coralina", has been displayed in the USA and Europe. This prolific artist's clientele includes many illustrious international film-makers and performers.

Coralina's body of work is an autobiographical walk through what she calls her "Magical Alternate Dimension", a spiritual journey interspersed with mystic characters from her past, present or future.

It could be a person she saw in a dream or a vision, but, ultimately,each painting becomes her through some form of transference. Each painting is a piece of the missing puzzle - a clue, a key to her true self.

"Everything and everyone has a sound, and every sound has an image. My memories, my voice, the voices of others, eyes, hands, situations,objects, cities,lips, streets, rain, moon, smiles, toys, pebbles.Everything. Everyone and everything are notes. Sounds. I feel them. I hear them. I am those sounds. My paintings are translations of those sounds."

Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni's love of music has not only translated itself into colors, but also fueled her to compose and produce her album Limbo Balloon, containing eclectic works which she likes to call "Arias",embodying an array of influences from Rock & Roll, New Wave, and Opera.

Coralina has performed her music in venues in the USA and Canada.

Lamberto Bava cast Coralina as Elizabeth in his supernatural thriller Ghost Son, shot in South Africa, where she performed alongside John Hannah (The Mummy), Laura Harring (Mulholland Drive), and Academy Award nominee Pete Postlethwaite.

Upon completion of this film, Dario Argento offered Coralina the pivotal role of Giselle in the final chapter of his long awaited "Three Mothers Trilogy" - The Mother of Tears. As with all their previous collaborations, the director created the role of Giselle specifically for her.

In 2008, Coralina received an award for Best Actress at Fright Nights Film Festival in Austria for The Dirt, a film directed by celebrated musician Claudio Simonetti (frontman of the band Goblin and composer of the soundtracks for numerous movies) along with his sister Simona Simonetti. The film also won a Special Award at Rome's Fantafestival 2008.

To accompany the launch of the book Coralina: Life is Art/Art is Life, edited by journalist Filippo Brunamonti, Coralina wrote and co-directed a highly cinematic short film, Coralina: Based on a True Life, along with renowned director Mariano Baino (Dark Waters, Never Ever After).

Cataldi-Tassoni and Baino's artistic collaboration has proven to be a very successful one:Hidden 3D, a stereoscopic movie based on an original story that Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni and Mariano Baino co-wrote, is due out in 2011.

Recently, Coralina was the leading lady in the romantic film Baggage Claim, written by award-winning writer Tim Lucas, and co-written and directed by Golden Globe winner Irene Miracle (Midnight Express).

Coralina lives in New York City.

Thomas Miles

Thomas "Nephew Tommy" Miles has built a career that encompasses radio, television, film and more. Thomas' role as co-host of the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show puts him in front of a live radio audience of more than 8 million listeners daily. Nephew Tommy provides a key role in the morning show, lighting it up with his own cast of colorful characters and zany humor. Thomas also has a loyal following as a stand-up comedian and has earned a reputation for wowing crowds. For three years, he served as the exclusive opening act on the Luther Vandross tour. And for the past four years Thomas has been the exclusive Mainstage host for the Essence Festival in New Orleans, which draws over 250,000 fans and features acts such as Beyonce, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Usher, and Kanye West. In October 2010, Thomas recorded his onehour special at the famed Motor City Casino in Detroit. He continues to keep the crowds laughing as he tours nationally to sold out crowds across the country.

He's a talented thespian, a Theater Major of Texas A&M University, who's worked in over a dozen stage plays and studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company of London. A number of independent films are on his resume, including 2011's "N-Secure" and "The Heart Specialist" with Zoe Saldana; "Think Like A Man" in 2012 from the best selling book by Steve Harvey; and premiering in September 2013, he makes a cameo appearance in Fox Searchlight's "Baggage Claim."

In 2011 Thomas traveled to over a dozen military bases in the Middle East with the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff USO Holiday Tour. In December 2013, Thomas will once again tour with the USO where he will share his humor, insight and wisdom to thousands of military men and women. This interaction with soldiers, both stateside and around the world, inspired Thomas to establish "Miles of Giving" a non-profit foundation created for the purpose of assisting wounded veterans.

Whether on the stage, big screen, television or radio, Thomas "Nephew Tommy" Miles continues to demonstrate his remarkable talent to the delight of audiences worldwide.

Pamela Finney

Pamela Finney was born in San Bernardino, CA, the third of five children. Her father was a Texan, her mother an Okie, and she is an Arkie. The hospital she was born in was condemned soon there after, but she insists it had nothing to do with her birth. She has been acting most of her life. It all started in the Ozarks of Arkansas in the first grade, when her teacher had her memorize and present a poem about a hillbilly because she was the best reader in the class. Well, she was hooked from that moment on.

Pamela has performed in numerous stage productions in high school (Paradise, CA), college (Simpson University in San Francisco, CA) and the community scene (Paradise, Sacramento, Rosamond). Her favorite role was as Yente, the Matchmaker, in Fiddler on the Roof. An interesting tidbit about her is that she has played a male role twice (including Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit) and even a turtle! Like most actors, she never has made enough at her craft to pay the bills. In order to keep a roof over her head over the years, she has been a restaurant manager, an airline baggage claim agent, a janitor, a courier, and a college professor, among others. She has lived in Alaska, Washington, New York, Arkansas, Arizona, and California.

Pamela got out of acting to raise her daughter, but when she returned to it in the '90s, she moved over to studying acting for the camera. She did a few projects, again had to get out of acting for a while because of family obligations, but she is on her own now and back with a vengeance. She is a cancer survivor, out to fulfill her dreams: no stops, no detours. Pamela resides in Sacramento at this time but hopes to pull off the move to the L.A. soon and make acting her full-time career.

Aliyah Conley

Aliyah has won Best Actress at the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival (LADFF) and Best Young Actress at the World Music & Independent Film Festival (WMIFF) for her portrayal of Young Layla in the Best Feature Film at NICE International Film Festival, "I Am Still Here".

An Actress, Host, and Model from Los Angeles CA continues to work on a number of projects, recently on stage acting and dancing in Shakespeare plays, Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth, with high school kids and young adults in Los Angeles CA. She has also modeled for the Cherokee Clothing Line for Target's Back To School clothes, and currently the "Num Noms" and "Georgie Dog" toy Demo Host.

Starting off at the age of seven, Aliyah was able memorize three pages of lines and landed her first feature film "Love Triangle" where she played the younger version of the leading role's flashback scenes. Since then, Aliyah has been in a number of films, commercials, and TV shows along with actors, like Paula Patton, in the movie "Baggage Claim" and Jack Black in "Meet Me at the Reck", a web series. Aliyah has become a very versatile talent at a young age, she has done commercials for Dominos, Boost Mobile, Chevy Colorado, Google, University of Phoenix and Gilroy Gardens.

Aliyah has also done professional photo shoots in both in the San Francisco and Los Angeles area creating some amazing still shots. She continues to further her craft by working the fashion run way for Old Navy and Music Video with Tamar Braxton "The One" on the Santa Monica Pier.

Aliyah's has even had the time to participate and won the Miss Los Angeles County Pre-Teen pageant in 2014.

As Aliyah continues to expand her skills and further her abilities she still loves to be a kid and rock climb and play at the arcades

Spencer Strong Smith

A Michigan-native studied Musical Theater at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and studied under Terry Schreiber. As a result of a booming film industry in Michigan, Spencer moved back to Michigan for a brief period. During his time in Michigan, he gained credits in big studio films, playing featured roles in Red Dawn and Real Steel, as well as booking principle roles in numerous national commercials. Feeling as though he was outgrowing the regional market, Spencer yet again packed his bags and headed west. After over 3 years in Los Angeles, he has appeared on several Television shows (Mistresses, Parks and Rec, 90210) and brief appearances in the films Saving Mr. Banks and Baggage Claim. He's also starred on stage at The Rockwell Table and Stage in Cruel Intentions the Musical, Clueless the Musical, Scream, Home Alone, Rocky Horror, and The Devil Wears Prada. Spencer is the Co-Creator of the indie television series "McMann & Bernstein".

Noelle Messier

Originally from the East Coast, Noelle Messier is an actress and writer living in Hollywood, California. She also has degrees in veterinary technology and television production but is most at home on stage or on screen inhabiting or writing colorful and entertaining characters.

Noelle starred as the truck stop prostitute, Heather in the dark and dramatic, independent film, Black Tar Road. She also played the supporting role of Mrs. Greasby, a middle school gym coach / drill sergeant in the indie comedy, Piehead and was featured in the Cher music video, Woman's World, and the Turbo Tax commercial, The Year Of The You. Noelle can be seen co-starring on television shows on NBC, FOX, ABC, CBS, The Family Channel, Comedy Central,and on the web. Noelle co-starred as the lesbian Russian hockey player,Tammy on an episode of Workaholics and as the A.D. on Law and Order Los Angeles. Noelle made it into the top 10 performers in the acting competition, reality show, Hellbent For Hollywood.

Noelle played the leading role of Olga in a world premier translation of Chekhov's Three Sisters called Three Sisters Or Perestroika, adapted and directed by Pavel Cerny. Some of Noelle's favorite stage performances include "Cod" in Slaughter City with the Son Of Semele Ensemble and "Mary" in Baggage Claim at The Hudson Guild Theatre, in Los Angeles; "Rita" in A Girl's Guide to Chaos at Nick's Comedy Stop and "Emilia" in Othello with The Mass Bay Theater, in Boston; "Sally" in Pack of Lies at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Massachusetts; "Ronnie" in Domino Courts with the New American Stage Company in NYC; and sketch/comedy/improvisation at Walt Disney World, in Florida and in The Miss Lesbian Princess Pageant at the ACME Comedy Theater in Los Angeles.

Noelle studied Meisner Technique at the William Esper Studio in NYC and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, and Actors Equity. Noelle is represented by Gary Reichman of Advanced Management in Los Angeles.

Noelle loves philosophical discussions on the meaning of life, yoga, hiking, horseback riding, weight lifting, long walks on the beach at sunset, and exploring life.

How it all began and the emergence of a screenwriter:

Noelle Messier was born in Hartford, Connecticut where she lived with her parents and brother and sister until age 10 when the family moved to Leominster, Massachusetts. As a kid, Noelle loved animals, camping, and horseback riding. In High School, Noelle got bit by the drama bug and immediately started playing leading roles in school and community plays and musicals. Graduating from High School with High Honors she had to choose between becoming a veterinarian, a brain surgeon, a foreign language interpreter, or an actress.

On the advice of her great uncle, John Mace, a legendary voice teacher in NYC, she attended The Boston Conservatory of Music for two years. Feeling unable to compete in the Musical Theater arena, Noelle transferred to Emerson College in Boston and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication with a concentration in Television Production.

After working several years as a camera, sound operator, and producer for Digital Equipment Corporation she returned to her stage roots and began performing in Boston with the Mass Bay Theater Company. Bit once again by the acting bug she began doing commercial, industrials, and theatre in Boston until she landed a contract at Walt Disney World in Florida. At Walt Disney World she performed sketch comedy and improvisation at MGM Studios and Epcot Center for the attractions, Screentest, Streetmosphere, and the Anacomical Players.

After leaving Florida, Noelle went to NYC to study voice with her great uncle John Mace and graduated from the Meisner acting training program at the William Esper Studio. While in NYC, Noelle did a play with The New American Stage Company and began writing to express her sexual identity. Her first short story, Virgin Lesbian Straight Up was published in The Lesbian News and a book called Inspiration For LGBT Students And Their Allies.

Looking for a change in scene and in the weather, the next stop was Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles Noelle continued building her acting resume with short and student films and published her second article in the Lesbian News, Stripping, She combined her two short stories into a script for a short film and got her first taste for screenwriting.

Frustrated by the ups and downs of living a creative life and trying find more stability, Noelle decided to explore her love for animals and got an Associates Degree from Pierce College in Veterinary Technology and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in the State of California. She worked full-time for about a year at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena taking care of frogs and mice in the lab animal department. Finding this to be too emotionally taxing and missing her creative roots she began writing again.

Noelle used her experience in the veterinary world to write a television drama pilot script about a lesbian veterinarian called, DVM that became a top finalist in two screenwriting contests and a horror feature script about escaped killer lab mice called, Mouse Revenge. Realizing that she was most fulfilled and happy when using her creative skills she quit the veterinary technician job and began re invigorating her acting career while continuing to write. Noelle has also written a romantic comedy feature about sexual identity and identity theft, called I.D., also a screenplay contest finalist, and a sexually suggestive, comedy, film noir pilot about a lesbian detective, Donna Manicotti, Dyke Detective, that has been optioned twice.

Noelle continues building her acting resume with television, feature film and theatre credits, writing, working as a catering event manager and buffet designer, and enjoying life.

Toni Bestard

Toni Bestard holds a degree from the Madrid Film and Media Arts School (TAI). He has been involved in media arts since 1999 as a director, screenwriter, and producer. He has had an extended career in short films, receiving over 150 Spanish and international awards for his work. Two of his short films, "Baggage Claim" (2006) and "The anonymous Charon" (2007), were both nominated for the Goya Awards for Best Short Film (Spanish Academy Awards). Also, "Foley Artist" (2013) was finalist at the Spanish Academy Awards. His first feature film was "The Perfect Stranger" (2012) starring Irish actor Colm Meaney, and has been selected in international festivals as Busan (South Korea), Seminci (Valladolid), Palm Springs (USA), Shanghai International Film Festival (China), among others. It won several awards, as the Best International First Feature Film at Galway Film Fleadh (Ireland). "I am your father" (2015), his second feature film, was nominated for Best Documentary Film at the 30 Goya Awards (Spain) and premiered at Sitges International Film Festival.

Aside his career in film, Toni Bestard teaches at several filmmaking schools in Mallorca (Spain).

Maya Molly

Maya Molly is multi-talented Actress, Singer, Dancer, Director and Producer.

Born and raised in Alberta, Canada this home grown talent has had a passion for the performing arts since childhood. Known for bringing honesty, depth and an emotional connection too each performance she brings to the stage and screen, Maya's magnetic personality and natural charm make you an immediate fan and leaves you wanting more.

Beginning her pre professional career in church plays, Maya continues to successfully build her resume in all facets of the industry. Selected stage credits include: Curtain Up (Featured Artist & Assistant to the Producer), Paradise (Abby), Happy Days (Joanie Cunnigham), Baggage Claim (Oma Goodness), Aftermath (Tamara) and Christmas Gift (Amanda). Selected screen credits include: Cut Bank, Burn Your Maps, Condolences, Hush, Breaking Spirits and Joy to the World.

In 2015 Maya continued to expand her talents to include both print and runway modeling where she was featured in Western Canada Fashion Week both in 2015 and 2016. She has walked the runway for prominent Canadian Fashion Designers Sneha Parvez (LA-Merr) and Pari Chehrehsa, as well as Kati Metso of Finland. Maya was featured in PUMP Magazine and Pinkberry Magazine in 2015.

Her musical prowess spans the spectrum from solos at school concerts, choir and singing in the TGP band. She has also had the esteemed honor to work alongside iconic international artists including Jeff Hyslop, Hector Johnson and Richard Margison, where she was the first recipient of the Richard Margison Scholarship for Vocal Achievement in 2015.

Kara Alberts

Kara Alberts is an Australian girl living in London. She grew up in Hong Kong and lived in the middle of the city until she was 2. Then she moved to New York City, USA and lived there until 3. Then she moved back to Hong Kong and left there at 5. She moved to Sydney, Australia and lived there for 3 years. She got a part in the movie Baggage Claim and was the Frosties girl in an American advert. She also got other small parts. She then moved to London, England and got into the world famous Sylvia Young Theatre School. She has lived there for 5 years now and has received parts in a Carbon Footprint ad and many voice overs and Language tapes. She is part of the Young'n's Agency.

Christina Estillore

Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Christina became a resident of Edmonton, Alberta in 1988. A professional Makeup Artist for over nearly 10 years, Christina has produced a wide range of looks and styles that have both captivated the eye and in many ways redefined beauty in western Canada. In 2007 Christina launched her own company Splashwalk where it has since garnered her recognition for her strong eye to detail and innate ability to transform and transcend beauty in a variety of areas including theatre, fashion, private and public events, weddings, photographic sessions, editorials, promotional marketing, newsprint and magazines, to name just a few.

Her creative work has given her the esteemed opportunity to work alongside prominent industry photographers including, but not limited to, Ernest Augustus, Joseph PD, Raymond Wong, Steve Eggerton, Heather Fryer, Bill Hatley and Vala Grenier, as well, working with Canadian Fashion Designer Sneha Parvez (LA-Merr). Christina's work has been featured at both the First Responders Charity Fashion Show (International) and the Night of Fear Fashion Show (Canada) all while lending her business skills as an administrator at Western Canada Fashion Week.

Christina's work has been published in prominent magazines and newsprint publications that include: PUMP Magazine (2016), Pinkberry Magazine (2015), and the Edmonton Journal (2015) among others.

Selected theatrical credits include: The World Premiere and Regional Tour of Curtain Up (featuring international guest artists Richard Margison, Jeff Hyslop and Hector Johnson), Paradise, Happy Days, Baggage Claim, Aftermath, and Christmas Gift.

Selected film/television credits include: Heartsong - The Series, Bagman (feature film) and The Shell Fighters (Web Series)

Christina continues to expand her talents in the industry to include producing, costume and prop design, and script writing for the live stage. She looks forward to making her mark in the motion picture industry beginning in 2017 all while continuing her efforts to make people and images that much more beautiful.

She has one daughter - Canadian Actress, Singer, Dancer, Producer and Director - Maya Molly with her husband of 7 years Producer, Choreographer, Designer and Actor - Arman Estillore.

Tyra Hughes

Tyra Hughes is a phenomenal American award winning actress, writer, poet, comedian, to name a few. She has a rare, vital, and important theatrical voice. With her strongly seasoned acting skills and remarkable resemblance to Eartha Kitt, Tyra made history in 2015 as Dillard University's first alum in the entire 80 year history of Dillard's theater program to return with her professional one woman show of the life and times of Eartha Kitt: UnAuthorized Confessions of a Sex Kitten.

This United States Air Force Veteran, who achieved 'Outstanding Airmen' as well as 'Distinguished Airmen' status, and New Orleans native, after several visits to Los Angeles, relocated with her 3 talented daughters to take their gifts and talents to the next level.

Tyra hit the ground running and over the years she was named one of Louisiana 'Gambit' weekly's '40 Under 40' Louisianians Worthy of Distinguish', Data News weekly's 'Trailblazer', and the United States 'Air Force' magazines 'Air Force Airman on the Rise' to name a few.

Tyra's original comedy has been featured on BET's hit series 'Comic View', she starred in Comedy Central's hit tv series 'Chocolate News' alongside 'David Allen Grier' as his wife Anita. She's graced the stage of the Famed 'Ha Ha' Comedy club in Hollywood, also Chicago's 'Second City Theater with her stand up comedy, as well as New York's Famous and most coveted stage at the 'Nuyurican Poet Cafe' with her powerful original award winning conscious spoken word poetry.

Tyra's voice has been heard across the nation on the syndicated radio show 'The Weekend Top 30 Countdown' (aka WT30) as the 'Celebrity Gossip' reporter in her own segment 'Tyra's Trash(Trash or Treats) which mostly reported ' good celebrity gossip). She has interviewed celebrities like JayZ, who spoke in a crowd saying of Tyra "Oh Yes, you are 'the Voice" long before the tv series 'The Voice' began. Also interviewing celebs like Adam Levine, Maroon 5, Rubin Studdard, Kevin Little, Yolanda Adams, Brandy, U2, Brittany Spears, Jessica Simpson, Wanda Sykes, and the entire legendary cast of 'Good Times', to name a few, at many star-studded and red carpet events.

Tyra has appeared in several national commercial campaigns such as 'Big Lots', 'Secret Deodorant', 'A & P' Sav-A-Center stores, and a host of infomercials.

Tyra's television credits include: ABC's 'In Justice'' tv series as 'Flora' alongside Erica Alexander and Jason O'mara, HBO's 'Treme' tv series as teacher 'Linda Phillips' alongside Wendell Pierce, Melissa Leo, and Khandi Alexander, BRAVO's 'Workout' tv series alongside fitness guru Jackie Warner. Also HGTV, E! tv, Showtime, and others.

Tyra has appeared in several movies such as 20th Century Fox's 'Baggage Claim' alongside Jill Scott, Paula Patton, Jenifer Lewis, Taye Diggs, and Tia Mowry, Touchstone Pictures 'Mr. 3000' alongside The late great Bernie Mac, and Angela Bassett, the award winning hit film 'Kenya and Alton's Outrageous Wedding' as 'Aretha' alongside Mad TV's Debra Wilson and the legendary Freda Payne, the powerful drama, 'Nobody's Smiling' as 'Ms. Ward', alongside Mike Muscat, Darris Love, Teck Holmes, and 'Shay Roundtree'.

Tyra was nominated 'Best International Actress' for the role of Felicia/Flame in the award winning film 'The Life Project' along with her daughter as her co-star Comedian/Actress Tamika 'Binkki' Firstley.

DID YOU KNOW: Tyra Hughes was a 'costume design seamstress' for Taylor Hackford's Oscar Award winning Universal Pictures film 'Ray' alongside Oscar winner Jamie Fox and Oscar nominated Costume Designer Sharen Davis. 'Ray' also won at least 54 other awards. Tyra also was 'costume design seamstress' for Charles Stone III's award nominated 20th Century film 'Drumline' alongside Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, And Orlando Jones. She was also hired as costume design seamstress for Disney's children's tv show 'Bus Life' alongside the talented Vanessa Hudgens.

Coming from a theatrical background, Tyra has been on stage most of her life. At age 14, her high school gave her a budget to cast, direct, costume and produce a play she wrote and was allowed to premier at the schools family night, to the surprise of her own family who had no idea until she was introduced on stage afterwards. Tyra's stage play received a standing ovation and was lauded by many. Tyra went on throughout High school winning trophies every week, best actress every year, and top in the nation for dramatic and humorous interpretations, also duet, poetry, and prose. She auditioned for the renowned Julliard School of Dramatic Arts Division in New York City and won a coveted invitation to attend. Without any support that dream was never realized.

Not giving up Tyra was later offered a Theater/Communications scholarship to Dillard University after auditioning for one of their theatrical productions. Tyra went on to star in many of Dillard's stage productions such as: Langston Hughes' 'Tamborines to Glory' as the lead 'Reverend Laura Wright Reed', August Wilson's 'Joe Turner's Come and Gone' as lead 'Bertha Holly', Pearl Cleage's 'Flyin West' as the lead and powerful character 'Ms. Leah' to name a few. Representing Dillard University Tyra competed in the NASDA(National Association of Speech and Dramatic Arts) competition, bringing home several 1st place trophies in her performance categories: Drama, Prose, and Poetry.

Loving her journey, Tyra took a few years to focus on studying, writing, developing and producing her own one woman show, celebrating and paying tribute to the legendary Eartha Kitt and sharing her story. Tyra, when not in front of the camera, currently takes her live show to Eartha's fans, sharing her story of 'triumph over trouble' always taking the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and always leaving the audience in awe through this powerful performance, as 'Dr. Romeo Brooks'(CEO and Founder of Roots Nutrition and Fitness, author of 'Body Intelligent') stated, "Its 'Edutainment at its best".

Giving back to the youth, Tyra created the award winning 'Starshapers' program, which received an award grant from the 'New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival organization'. It's a program that answers the question: How to prevent the youth from becoming juvenile delinquents? Helping parents identify their child's true passion, how to hone them, and keep them far away from the juvenile delinquent system.

Tyra, a true artist at heart, represents excellence in any genre she commits to, loving the creativity of the arts.

She is also a team member of www.Time2Jamm.com Network 'The Ultimate Entertainment Network Experience'! Preserving History' Honoring Excellence' 'Connecting Generations'. Tyra Hughes is definitely 'one to watch for'.

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