Foster to Famous: Featuring Successful Former Foster African American Youth

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The journey into adulthood is scary for anyone but especially for our foster youth. Our foster youth lack the support and the safety net that a lot of us take advantage of in our own families. Everyone has hopes and dreams to be successful, whatever successful means to you. Some may few being successful as simply as being happy, or others strive for status and wealth. Whatever it may be, we want to inspire our foster youth to dream big and find what makes THEM happy. As a part of celebrating Black History Month, we wanted to take the time to share some inspiration from famous African Americans who grew up in foster care and have made a huge impact in the world!


 

Former foster youth, Ice-T, whose given name is Tracy Morrow, was born February 16, 1968 in Newark, New Jersey. He was an only child and when he was very young, his parents were tragically killed in an auto accident. After this event, he learned how to take care of himself and how to survive hard times. With no family able to care for him in New Jersey, Ice T went to live with relatives 4,000 miles away in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, these relatives were not ready to care for a family member. To them little Tracey – Ice T- was a burden, a feeling they did not hide from him.

Ice-T’s foster home was in the very rough South Central Los Angeles. He lived in ghetto surroundings and witnessed, sometimes participated in violence and gangster activities. Ice-T was a member of a Los Angeles gang which, as it did for other members of gangs, provided the kind of love and ties that other kids find within their family. Ice-T once commented, “I first found the word love in a gang, I learned to love in a gang, not in a family atmosphere.”

Through these experiences in his youth, Ice-T began to be obsessed with rapping while he was in high school. He is looked on as the first Los Angeles hip-hop superstar and many consider him one of the founding fathers of gangsta rap. His performances reflect the violent experience of the L.A. streets. His rhymes portray ghetto life and his words convey incisive commentary on the accompanying social injustices.

But it isn’t just what Ice-T raps about that has gained respect for the rapper, it’s how he raps. His words are clever and biting, expressive and intelligent. He has garnered heaps of criticism and controversy for his sexism and violence, and he has become widely respected and admired for his charismatic rhymes.

Ice-T has branched out to launch his own record label, to release groundbreaking rap albums, and to tour with his band. He has become an increasingly visible public figure, speaking out about censorship in the media and on college campuses. He has written a book (The Ice Opinion, St martin’s Press), and has lectured in prisons, high schools and colleges as a spokesman for American youth.

Ice -T is also an accomplished movie Actor. He has appeared in numerous independent and documentary films as well as full length movies.


 

Most fans got to know Eric la salle as Dr Benton on the TV medical drama ER, but he has been involved in many dramatic projects. Eric has worked on Broadway, off-Broadway, in television and movies. He has worked as an actor, and also as a writer, director, and producer. La Salle was born July 23, 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut. His childhood was spent in Hartford as one of five children brought up by foster mother Ada Haynes. For years, Eriq wasn’t very interested in actual school work, but one incident at school impressed him a lot. His older cousin was in a school play that Eriq attended. His cousin performed a dance and Eriq never forgot how he felt about it. He remembers, “There was something about that experience I wanted to know more about.” In general, Eriq did not care much about school through all of grade school and into high school. Then, around age 14, everything came together and he discovered that acting was what he wanted to do. From then on he was very focused about his education and his acting aspirations. The prestigious Juilliard offered him a scholarship, then, after two years of study, Eriq transferred to New York University. He majored in Theatre Arts and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Just before he graduated, La Salle landed a part in a Shakespeare-in-the-Park production of “Henry V” as a spear-carrier. A few weeks after that role, Eriq scored his first feature film role in a low budget Italian film being shot in Florida. From then on, living in New York, he was acting continuously, sometimes on-Broadway, sometimes off Broadway, and on TV’s “One Life to Live” as reporter Mike Rivers. During this time, he worked in guest appearances on TV, played roles in soaps and had a part in Rappin’, one of his first movie appearances. In 1991 Eriq La Salle moved to Los Angeles for a part in “The Human Factor” a medical drama series. He enjoyed continuous work in Hollywood and in 1994, joined the cast of “ER” in a regular role as the self-assured Dr Benton. Eriq talks about getting that part which was not cast even though shooting on the series had begun. “When casting waits that long, they’re basically waiting for someone to come in and take the role,” he says. “I was completely focused and came into the office with a stethoscope and surgical greens I had left over from a previous role. When I left, I wanted them to say,’That’s Dr. Benton.” He was cast as Peter Benton and the role earned him two NAACP Image awards as well as three Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe nomination. In the years since his “ER” role, La Salle has been very active in developing film projects and gaining experience in writing, directing, and producing films, as well as acting in many films. He founded his own production company, Humble Journey, and wants to make movies that effect social change. “As an African-American artist, I’m concerned with the limited view Hollywood has of my community. I want to dispel stereotypes and stop perpetuating some of the narrow-mindedness that has been catapulted into my community.”


Simone Biles (born March 14, 1997) is an American artistic gymnast. Biles is the three-time world all-around champion (2013–15), three-time world floor champion (2013–15), two-time world balance beam champion (2014, 2015), four-time United States (link is external)national all-around champion (2013–16), and a member of the gold medal-winning American teams at the 2014, the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, and the 2016 Olympic games in Rio. Biles is the first African-American to be world all-around champion and the first woman to win three consecutive world all-around titles. Biles is also the most decorated American female gymnast in World Championships history, with a total of fourteen medals, ten of them gold. Simone Biles was a member of the 2016 USA Olympic team dubbed the “Final Five” who took gold in Rio de Janeiro. Other members of the team included 2012 Olympic all around gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas, 2012 olympic floor gold medalist Alexandra Raisman, 2015 uneven bars world champion Madison Kocian, and the sixteen year old newcomer Lauren Hernandez. Simone and her three siblings entered Ohio’s foster care system at age five due to her mother’s substance abuse issues. They stayed in Ohio’s system for three years until 2000 when they moved to their grandparents in Texas. Shortly after, in 2003, Simone was adopted by her grandparents. Currently, Simone is competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is the #1 ranked gymnast in the world and is expected to bring home the gold!


Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha Nebraska. His parents were Earl and Louise Little. His mother was preoccupied with raising eight children, his father was an outspoken Baptist minister and an ardent supporter of civil rights. His activism prompted constant death threats from the Ku Klux Klan, prompting the family to relocate twice before Malcolm’s fourth birthday. His family’s Michigan home was burned to the ground and two years later when Malcolm was six, his father’s mutilated body was found. The death was ruled accidental, but in his autobiography, written with Alex Haley, Malcolm asserts that his father was killed by members of the Klan. Several years after the death of her husband, Louise little suffered a nervous breakdown and was committed to a mental institution. Malcolm, his sisters and his brothers were separated and sent to live in different foster homes. While he became increasingly rebellious after his father’s death, Malcolm remained a smart and focused student. He was voted class president and graduated from junior high at the top of his class. A life changing event occurred in junior high when a favorite teacher told Malcolm his dream of becoming a lawyer was not realistic for a black kid and that he should try doing something with his hands, like carpentry. He dropped out of school. The other life changing event at this time was his step sister Ella’s getting custody of Malcolm. He moved to Harlem with Ella and for the first time in his life he saw wealthy, sophisticated black people with whom he felt he fit right in. In Harlem he began committing petty crimes, and by the time he was seventeen, Malcolm was coordinating various narcotic, prostitution and gambling rings. In 1946, he was caught in a robbery that resulted in a seven year prison sentence. When he was in prison, Malcolm was introduced to and converted to the Islamic faith – The Nation of Islam, led by a man named Elijah Muhammad. Malcolm stopped smoking, eating pork and espoused the religion which preached the evil of the white man and that God is a black man. When he was paroled after spending more than 6 years in prison, he changed his name to Malcolm X, X standing for the true African name lost during the days of slavery. Malcolm X became the minister of a temple in New York. Intelligent and articulate, he became the national spokesman for the Nation of Islam. His charisma and drive attracted an astounding number of new members: from 500 in 1952 to around 30,000 ten years later. He was an important religious leader. In 1963 Malcolm X’s faith was severely shaken. From the time of his conversion, Malcolm X had strictly adhered to the teachings of Muhammad. He learned that Elijah Muhammad, leader of the American Nation of Islam and a man Malcolm considered a prophet, was secretly having relationships with at least six women in the Nation of Islam. He was shocked, and felt guilty about the deception of his followers. Disillusioned, he terminated his relationship and founded the Muslim Mosque, Inc. The same year Malcolm made a pilgrimage to Islam’s holy city, Mecca, an event that altered his ideas once again. Previously, he had preached the Nation of Islam’s view of the superiority of the black race, but in his autobiography he explains that, while in Saudi Arabia, he met “blond-haired, blue-eyed men I could call my brothers.” He returned from his pilgrimage with a new optimistic view regarding potential brotherhood between black and white Americans. His message included a view of brotherhood between black and white Americans. He hardly had time to preach his new vision. Less than a year after returning from his pilgrimage, Malcolm was gunned down by three members of the Nation of Islam who resented his new enlightened teachings. He was murdered at age 39 in Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom in New York City on February 21, 1965. His legacy lives on by way of his teaching and writings. He played an influential role in uniting African American people.


Frentorish Tori Bowie (born August 27, 1990) is an American track and field athlete, who primarily competes in the long jump, the 100 m and the 200 m. She has a personal record of 6.95 m (22 ft 91⁄2 in) for the long jump, set in 2014. She won the bronze medal at the 2015 IAAF Championship in Beijing in the 100 meters. She competed collegiately for the University of Southern Mississippi and was a two-time NCAA champion, winning indoors and outdoors in 2011. She holds the school records for the long jump and was also NCAA runner-up outdoors in 2012. She came runner-up in the long jump at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships and represented her country at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Bowie also competes in sprinting events, holding personal bests of 10.78 seconds for the 100-meter dash, 21.99 seconds for the 200-meter dash, and 7.14 seconds for the 60-meter dash, as well as having a triple jump best of 13.09 m (42 ft 111⁄4 in). She won the Silver medal in the 100m dash and bronze in the 200m dash at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Early life and college: Tori and her sister were born in Sand Hill, Mississippi and adopted at a young age by their biological grandmother. She attended Pisgah High School and began competing in track for the school. She won two state high school championships in the 100 m dash, 200 m dash and the long jump, as well as three state titles in the 4×100 m relay. She also competed in the state team for women’s basketball. Bowie gained an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Southern Mississippi, doing an interdisciplinary degree. She represented the Southern Miss Golden Eagles and Lady Eagles in NCAA Division I competitions. Doing both sprints and jumps, she had her best results in the long jump in her freshman year, coming third Conference USA indoors, second at the Conference USA outdoors and reaching the NCAA Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship, where she jumped in qualifying only. In her second year of collegiate competition she set an indoor best of 6.23 m (20 ft 51⁄4 in) in the long jump and was Conference USA indoor runner-up. At the outdoor Conference USA meet, she came third in the long jump and also made the 100 m final. A personal record of 6.43 m (21 ft 1 in) for the long jump saw her qualify again for the NCAA meet, where she finished sixth in the final. She also jumped nationally at the 2010 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, managing eighth place overall. The 2011 season saw her rise to the top of the rankings. She began with a long jump victory at the Conference USA indoors, where she was also runner-up in the triple jump. A jump of 6.52 m (21 ft 41⁄2 in) was enough to win her first college title in the long jump at the NCAA Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championship – this was also a school record mark. She was second in both horizontal jumps at the Conference USA Outdoors, then won the NCAA outdoor long jump title with another school record mark of 6.64 m (21 ft 91⁄4 in). For her achievements she was named the conference female athlete of the year. In her final year of college at University of Southern Mississippi, she began with a triple jump win at the Conference USA indoor championships and a personal record of 13.09 m (42 ft 111⁄4 in) for the event. She also managed second place in the long jump. Bowie competed in both jumps at the NCAA indoor championship, but was out of the top eight in both events. Outdoors, she significantly improved her 100 m best that year, dropping from 11.76 to 11.28 seconds. She entered three events at the outdoor Conference USA meet, coming third in the 100 m, first in the long jump with a new school record of 6.78 m (22 ft 23⁄4 in), as well as fifth in the triple jump. In her last major outing for the Southern Miss Eagles she tried to defend her NCAA outdoor title in the long jump, but was beaten by Whitney Gipson and finished second.


Eddie Murphy was born in the Bushwick projects in Brooklyn, New York, he personally observed the scandals that are the subject of his later comedy. His dad was an amateur comedian, so growing up he, too, saw himself as a performer. Even as a child, Eddie liked to make relatives and friends laugh with jokes about boogers and other naughty things that children think are hilarious. His mother Lillian, was a telephone operator. It wasn’t long before Eddie’s life began changing for the worse. His mom and dad weren’t getting along and they divorced when Eddie was 3 years old. Five years later, they heard the news that Eddie’s father had died. After that the little family, Eddie, his mom and older brother, Charles, had a really hard time. They struggled financially and it was during this time that his mother was hospitalized for a long period of time. Eddie Murphy’s experience in foster care was a short, but very important part of his life. He was just eight years old when he and his brother were sent to a foster home because of his mother’s illness. Although he stayed in foster care for just about one year, he credits the experience with helping him develop a sense of humor and making him realize how important it is to find something to laugh about in every situation. Murphy and his older brother Charles were put in the care of a woman whom Eddie calls “a kind of black Nazi”. “Those were baaaaaad days. Staying with her was probably the reason I became a comedian.” When Eddie was nine, his mother remarried and the family was reunited and moved to Long Island, New York. Eddie spent a lot of time watching TV and soon began imitating what he was watching. He did imitations of cartoon characters, such as Bugs Bunny and Tom and Jerry. “My mother says I never talked in my own voice–always cartoon characters. Dudley DoRight, Bullwinkle. I used to do Sylvester the Cat (‘thufferin’thuccotash’) all the time.” Eddie didn’t care much about school. He was a natural born class clown and thought of school as a never-ending party, just a place to get laughs. He was studying, sort of. But not the kind of studying his teachers had in mind. Developing his comedy skills was what Eddie wanted to do and he used school to try out his jokes. He worked on his routines after classes, and in high school became an expert at “ranking”(a form of witty insults). When a teacher showed disapproval about his joking around, Eddie answered back, “I’m going to be bigger than Bob Hope”. At age 15, Eddie hosted a youth center talent show, and was a big hit with the audience. “Looking out to the audience, I knew that it was show biz for the rest of my life.” Soon Eddie was doing comedy in some clubs around town. He was earning between $25 and $50 a night at nightclubs (where he was too young to use alcohol). It’s no wonder that his schoolwork was suffering. Instead of doing homework after school, he would be trying out his routines on his classmates. Eventually it caught up with Eddie and he flunked 10th grade. “As vain as I was, I don’t have to tell you what that did to me. Well, I went to summer school, to night school, I doubled up non classes, and I graduated only a couple of months late.” In his yearbook, Murphy declared his career plans: comedian. After high school, Eddie enrolled at community college mostly to please his mother, but he continued appearing at local clubs. Eventually he began appearing on the Manhattan comedy circuit where he learned that NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live was looking for a black cast member. After six tries, he earned a spot as an “extra” and went on to a regular position. He emerged as one of the most popular members of the SNL cast ever with his popular impersonations of boxer Muhammad Ali, actor and comedian Bill Cosby, musician Stevie Wonder, Jerry Lewis and more. Eddie’s stand-up routines were street-smart with plenty of youthful arrogance, irreverent and ingenious, full of impish good cheer and peppered with four-letter words. Unlike others entertainers of that period, however, Eddie Murphy has always believed in clean living. He avoids alcohol, tobacco and drugs. He told Barbara Walters: “I’m funny without narcotics. I don’t have to sniff cocaine to be funny.”6) It’s hard not to love Eddie Murphy. His style, though raunchy, is charming comedy. There is no more successful black actor on the planet, having generated well over $2 billion from his long list of hits including “48 Hours”, “Trading Places”, “Beverly Hills Cop I, II, & III”, The Golden Child”, “Another 48 Hours”, “Coming To America”, “Boomerang”, “The Distinguished Gentleman”, “Vampire in Brooklyn”, “The Nutty Professor”, “Metro”, “Daddy Day Care”, and “Shrek I, II”.


Regina Louise is a children’s rights advocate, dedicated to foster care. Her acclaimed memoir, Somebody’s Someone, chronicles her traumatic journey of surviving 30 foster homes and navigating the child welfare system. A successful San Francisco-based businesswoman, she created the Esther Collins Memorial Children’s Foundation for Literacy to provide safe, secure and stable assistance. Louise’s story has been optioned for film and a play, scheduled to open next year. Read the following interview from the Tavis Smiley Show recorded May 10th, 2006, about her time in foster care: http://bit.ly/2k9Gd2z

 

 

 

 


Alonzo Mourning was born in Chesapeake Virginia on February 8, 1970. As Alonzo grew up, his parents found it harder and harder to get along together and, when Alonzo “Zo” was 10 years old, they decided to separate. The next two years were marked by the birth of his sister and Zo’s parents getting back together and then deciding to finally get divorced. Alonzo was given a really hard choice: to live with his mom, Julia, or to live with his dad. “I wasn’t mad at (my parents)”, Alonzo remembers, ”but I wasn’t comfortable at home. Divorce is hard to understand when you’re a kid”. Alonzo did not want to pick one parent to live with and not the other. He was hurt and hardheaded. Finally, it was arranged that he live in the foster home of a family friend, Fannie Threet, a retired school teacher and her husband. The Threets had two children, but specialized in taking care of foster kids (over time, they provided a home for 50 kids). At first, moving in with the Threets wasn’t that easy for Alonzo. Every family has it’s own way of doing things. “I think certain parts of it were headaches and certain parts were very joyful,” he said. “No part of life is always going to be milk and cookies. ”During the time Alonzo lived with them, there were as many as nine other kids living with his foster parents, but he always felt like part of the family and was treated like one of their own children. Mrs Threet took personal interest in each of ‘her’ kids, making sure they were responsible, worked hard (especially in school), and set goals for themselves. He lived with Mrs Threet for 8 years until he went to Georgetown, already a basketball star. Alonzo says of his former foster mother: “ Fannie guided me every step of the way. Her message was always: You can do it.” “ She is very loving, just amazing…She was there “when I needed somebody to talk to and lean on. She gave me an opportunity to grow.” “In junior high school… I was about 6’4”….peer pressure got me into basketball. I was walking around school taller than the principal, taller than the teachers. People said, ‘you should play basketball’. When I tried out for the team, I didn’t start. I was clumsy and awkward. Was teased because of my height and because I couldn’t play. But that criticism was the driving force. My determined attitude toward being successful started there.” Once he discovered the game, Alonzo practiced basketball every chance he got. When she saw how serious he was about the sport, Mrs. Threet arranged for Alonzo to attend summer basketball camp. He attended for several summers and improved his game. By his first year in high school, Alonzo was 6’9” and when he was 15, he was invited to one of the best basketball summer camps in the country. By the start of his junior year, Sports Illustrated voted him the best 11th grader in the country. When it came time in his junior year, Alonzo took the SATs. He knew that if he wanted to consider a college career in basketball, he had to take these college entrance exams. With Mrs Threet help and encouragement through the years, Alonzo had studied, done his homework and kept up his grade point average to stay eligible for college acceptance. But he didn’t figure he had to sweat the SATs too much and didn’t bother to study for them. He failed to get a passing score. When the chance came around again to take the exams, Alonzo studied hard and passed. As a senior, he led his high school team to the state championship. Playing college ball for Georgetown, he was fourth on its all-time scoring list with 2001 points, third on its rebounding list with 1032.5 He twice led the nation in blocked shots while at Georgetown and was the NCAA’s all-time blocked-shots leader. Graduating with a degree in sociology, he was selected as the second overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets. He was part of the gold U.S. “Dream Team” at the 2000 Olympics and went on to play center for the Miami Heat. His outstanding career includes NBA Rookie of the Month, NBA Defensive Player of the Year, NBA All-Rookie First Team, contender to the All Star Team. He became one of the league’s greatest shot blockers and was well known for his intensity and defensive skills. Alonzo, who suffers from a rare kidney disease, is one of the most charitable sports stars in the country. He says the main lesson he learned from his foster mother is the importance of giving. Now he’s making a difference in the lives of hundreds kids in Florida. “There are a lot of young people out there who, if given the chance, will have successful lives,” says Mourning. “You can have an impact not just through dollars, but also through giving love and comfort to kids. I know a little love went a long way with me. I am trying to use myself and other people to help the less fortunate, especially the young ones.”


Victoria Rowell is known for her role as Drucilla Winters on the Emmy award-winning The Young & Restless, Rowell had a childhood filled with many challenges, ultimately leading to her, along with her siblings, being surrendered to Child Services. Rowell was only 16 days old. She grew up in the foster care system, raised for 18 years by a varied network of women who she details in her memoir, The Women Who Raised Me (William Morrow; $26). A staunch advocate of support services, awareness, and rights of foster and adopted children, Rowell is founder of Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan (RFCPP), a program that enriches foster children through art and athletics.

 

 

 


Tony Shellman. As an infant, the co-founder of popular clothing lines ENYCE and Mecca, was left in the care of Catholic Charities because his parents felt they could not adequately provide for him. In December 1968, Shellman was adopted, and in 2007, after success with the urban wear brands, launched Parish Clothing, a contemporary menswear line. Despite his upbringing, Shellman has made his mark on the industry as a fashion, marketing and culture trendsetter.

 

 

 

 

 


Rap Pioneer and Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame Member Darryl McDaniels (otherwise know as the ‘DMC in Run-DMC), joins guest host Christine James-Brown, CWLA’s President and CEO for a captivating conversation about his life changing experience when he was 35 years old and discovered he was adopted. He also talks about his Emmy award winning documentary: “My Adoption Journey” aired on VH-1 in 2007 that chronicles the search for his biological family, his upcoming induction into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and his work with children in foster care and promotion of adoption Listen to Interview.

 

 

 


When you take a look at Tommy Davidson‘s life you realize that even though his childhood wasn’t ideal, he developed certain understandings that work for him in his adult life. A major event in Tommy’s life was his early care by a friend and later adoption. Davidson’s mother was a black civil rights activist in Mississippi. At a time when there were few supports for single mothers, his mom was unable to raise him herself and gave Tommy to a friend, also a civil rights worker, who eventually adopted him.

With civil rights such a big part of the lives of the people around him, Tommy developed awareness of rights’ issues which continue to affect his ideas as an adult. Recalling his childhood incidents of racial abuse from both whites and blacks, Davidson acknowledges racial conflict when he says to his audience: “Hey, if we can laugh together, we can live together, right?”

On another occasion Tommy acknowledges the racial struggle: “Being an African American in Hollywood is challenging. We are often faced with making decisions that presents the question of whether it’s our lively hood or integrity. Though family, living, and mortgages help you quickly make those decisions. Things in Hollywood gotten better, but there is definitely room for more improvement. Most people make career choices to advance to the next level, but for blacks there’s always the question are they going to ever admit that we are multicultural people who can do more than sing, carry guns, and crack jokes?”.

Davidson grew up and went to school in the Washington D.C. area. His breakthrough in comedy came early when first grade his teacher wise-cracked to him: “So. You’re the comedian….”, thus forecasting little Tommy’s future. Nowadays Davidson continues to enjoy his natural ability for humor. He says he is not sure what happens when he steps into a room full of people. When asked if he has a particular set up or routine, Tommy replies: “Man, I just walk out there and check it out – see what is going on. I never know what’s gonna happen – anything goes. [My act] just comes to me… I really can’t explain it – somehow I just know what to say when I’m out there in the moment.”.

Davidson’s multi-faceted career started with an impromptu act in a nightclub. Since then, Davidson has been entertaining audiences with his outstanding talent in stand-up, television, features and music.

In Washington DC, Davidson’s appearances in local talent showcases quickly led to his opening for such major music stars as Patti LaBelle, Kenny G and Luther Vandross. After relocating to Los Angeles, Davidson performed at local comedy venues, including the Comedy Act Theatre, where he met writer/directors Robert Townsend and Keenan Ivory Wayans. These allegiances led to the actor/comedian’s first national television appearance, a starring role in Townsend’s Partners in Crime, and the opportunity to audition for In Living Color.

Perhaps best known as one of the original cast members of the hit television show In Living Color, where he became nationally known with his excellent impressions of Sammy Davis, Jr. and Michael Jackson. Davidson worked to turn his success on television into a growing motion picture career.

Davidson subsequently starred in three Showtime specials, an impressive film debut opposite Halle Berry in Strictly Business, a reunion with follow In Living Color alum Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, and stand-up performances around the world.

He is a favorite guest-host of Later on NBC, and has a series in development with Columbia TriStar for Fox.


 

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