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Portraits is BHL's flagship interview style series. Episodes deliver in-depth interviews with legendary entertainers in the African American community. The most respected actors, producers, directors, hosts, etc. discuss their journeys in this business. It's a rare opportunity to gleam into not only their histories, but Hollywood history as well.

Latest Episodes

Interviewing Kym Whitley | BHL’s Portraits

BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts interview special guest Kym Whitley. (born June 7, 1961) is an comedian and actress. She is best known for her roles on television sitcoms, such as "The Boondocks (TV series)" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boondocks_(TV_series)">The Boondocks,Young & Hungry, and The Parkers. Whitley was nominated for a 2004 BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Box Office Movie for her role as Ormandy in the 2003 comedy film Deliver Us From Eva.

54 MIN2016 JUL 8
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Interviewing Kym Whitley | BHL’s Portraits

Interviewing Jenifer Lewis | BHL’s Portraits

BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts DJ Jesse Janedy and Courtney Stewart interview special guest Jenifer Lewis. In 1987, Lewis was hired as the Pre-Show announcer on the Star Tours ride at Disneyland. In 1988, Lewis relocated to Los Angeles. In 1992, she was cast as one of the back-up singers to Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act. Goldberg sponsored several performances of The Diva Is Dismissed as a possible HBO series. In 1992 to 1993, she played Dean Davenport in the sixth and final season of A Different World. She also had a recurring role as Will Smith's Aunt Helen on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as well as stints on a few episodes of In Living Color, reprising several of her characters from her nightclub act. Also in 1993, she played the mother of Tupac Shakur's character in Poetic Justice. In 1993, she played the role of Tina Turner’s mother in the biopic What's Love Got to Do With It. In 1994, she followed with other supporting role

64 MIN2015 OCT 23
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Interviewing Jenifer Lewis | BHL’s Portraits

Interviewing Jermaine Dupri | BHL’s Portraits

BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts DJ Jesse Janedy and Courtney Stewart interview special guest Jermaine Dupri. Dupri got his start as a dancer for the hip hop group Whodini when he was twelve. He made an appearance in their music video for the song "Freaks Come Out At Night". In 1990, he produced his first act- the female hip hop trio Silk Tymes Leather. He later formed the teen duo Kris Kross (Chris Kelly and Chris Smith) after meeting the boys at a local mall in 1991. The group's first album, Totally Krossed Out, was released in 1992 and went multi-platinum due to their singles "Jump" and "It's a Shame". He established his own record label called So So Def Recordings in 1993. Shortly after, he discovered female R&B group Xscape at a festival in Atlanta and signed them to the label. Their first album,Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha, went platinum. During the same year, on Yo! MTV Raps he met Da Brat through Kris Kross, signed her to his label So So Def

43 MIN2015 JUN 6
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Interviewing Jermaine Dupri | BHL’s Portraits

Interviewing Robert Ri’chard | BHL’s Portraits

BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts Derrial Christon and Courtney Stewart interview special guest Robert Richard. Robert Ri'chard was born on January 7, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Robert Andrew Richard. He is an actor and producer, known for Coach Carter (2005), One on One (2001) and House of Wax (2005).

50 MIN2015 MAY 16
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Interviewing Robert Ri’chard | BHL’s Portraits

Interviewing William Stanford Davis | BHL’s Portraits

BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts Derrial Christon, Courtney Stewart, and DJ Jesse Janedy interview special guest William Stanford Davis. William Stanford Davis, born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, is no stranger to the stage. He got his start in an R&B band as a youngster and remained the front man throughout his college years. Soon to be bitten by the comedy bug, he spent the next few years working at many of the comedy clubs across the country." It was only then, he discovered his true passion Acting. "I love music and making people laugh but nothing feeds my soul like acting," he says.

44 MIN2015 MAY 2
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Interviewing William Stanford Davis | BHL’s Portraits

Interviewing Salli Richardson-Whitfield | BHL’s Portraits

BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts Derrial Christon, Courtney Stewart, and DJ Jesse Janedy interview special guest Salli Richardson-Whitfield. Classy, graceful, & intelligent, Salli Elise Richardson is an American television and film actress. She was born November 23, 1967, in Chicago, Illinois. Salli's acting career was first nurtured in the theater and, ever since, she has been on a nonstop journey to success. Her first feature performance was in 1991 as "Denise" in Up Against the Wall (1991). However, her breakthrough role was in 1993's How U Like Me Now (1992), which received favorable reviews. Today, Salli is widelyknown as the voice of "Elisa" in the cartoon series Gargoyles (1994). So, be sure to look out for Salli in a variety of upcoming roles, because her presence & star quality will continue to shine beyond Eureka (2006).

44 MIN2015 APR 18
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Interviewing Salli Richardson-Whitfield | BHL’s Portraits

Troy Byer Talks Career, John Q, Eddie & I Really Hate My Ex | BHL’s Portraits

BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts Derrial Christon, Courtney Stewart, and DJ Jesse Janedy interview special guest Troy Byer. Troy Byer began her career in show business at the ripe age of four as one of the original cast members on Sesame Street. Although Troy has worked most of her life as an actress (Dynasty, Murder One, The Cosby Show), writer (BAPS, Love Don't Cost A Thing, Soul Food) and director of major studio films she is also author of Amazon best seller, "Ex-Free: 9 Keys To Freedom After Heartbreak". After earning her Master's Degree in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Liberal, Eco and Community Psychology, Troy has dedicated her life to working with and teaching individuals and communities how to heal from pain caused by heartbreak. She is also the founder of Heartbreak Recovery Centers (HRC) a national organization dedicated to hosting free daily, transformational meetings for heartbreak sufferers. Troy has appeared on numerous s

37 MIN2015 APR 11
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Troy Byer Talks Career, John Q, Eddie & I Really Hate My Ex | BHL’s Portraits

Portraits w/ Will Packer | January 9th, 2015 | Black Hollywood Live

BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts Derrial Christon, Courtney Stewart, and DJ Jesse Janedy interview special guest Will Packer. Producer Will Packer has established himself as one of Hollywood’s blockbuster hit makers with seven of his films opening number one at the box office. In 2014, he accomplished the rare feat of producing two films in the top six at the box office and became one of the only African-American producers to have seven films debut at number one during opening weekend. Packer’s number one films include No Good Deed (2014), Think Like A Man Too (2014), Ride Along (2014), Think Like A Man (2012), Takers (2010), Obsessed (2008) and Stomp The Yard (2007). His next film, The Wedding Ringer, starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad, debuts in theaters January 16, 2015.

53 MIN2015 JAN 10
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Portraits w/ Will Packer | January 9th, 2015 | Black Hollywood Live

Portraits w/ Rick Fox | December 3rd, 2014 | Black Hollywood Live’s Portraits

BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live host Stacy Ike interviews special guest Rick Fox. Born in Toronto, Rick Fox moved to the Bahamas when he was very young. His father is Afro-Bahamian, and his mother, who is Canadian, is of Italian and Scottish descent. Rick went to Warsaw Indiana high school as an exchange student and played basketball there. A complaint was filed about his eligibility and it was ruled one of his earlier years in the Bahamas was equivalent to a year of high school. As a result, he was banned from playing his senior year. To keep himself sharp and in playing shape, he still practiced with the team every day. Majored in radio, television, and motion picture sciences and played college basketball at UNC, where he left as the all-time school steals leader and games played leader. Upon graduating, he was selected 24th overall in the NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. After several seasons with the Celtics, he signed with the Los Angeles Lake

29 MIN2014 DEC 4
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Portraits w/ Rick Fox | December 3rd, 2014 | Black Hollywood Live’s Portraits

Portraits | No New Episode This Week Due to Thanksgiving!

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, no new episodes this week.

22 s2014 NOV 29
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Portraits | No New Episode This Week Due to Thanksgiving!

Latest Episodes

Interviewing Kym Whitley | BHL’s Portraits

BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts interview special guest Kym Whitley. (born June 7, 1961) is an comedian and actress. She is best known for her roles on television sitcoms, such as "The Boondocks (TV series)" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boondocks_(TV_series)">The Boondocks,Young & Hungry, and The Parkers. Whitley was nominated for a 2004 BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Box Office Movie for her role as Ormandy in the 2003 comedy film Deliver Us From Eva.

54 MIN2016 JUL 8
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Interviewing Kym Whitley | BHL’s Portraits

Interviewing Jenifer Lewis | BHL’s Portraits

BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts DJ Jesse Janedy and Courtney Stewart interview special guest Jenifer Lewis. In 1987, Lewis was hired as the Pre-Show announcer on the Star Tours ride at Disneyland. In 1988, Lewis relocated to Los Angeles. In 1992, she was cast as one of the back-up singers to Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act. Goldberg sponsored several performances of The Diva Is Dismissed as a possible HBO series. In 1992 to 1993, she played Dean Davenport in the sixth and final season of A Different World. She also had a recurring role as Will Smith's Aunt Helen on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as well as stints on a few episodes of In Living Color, reprising several of her characters from her nightclub act. Also in 1993, she played the mother of Tupac Shakur's character in Poetic Justice. In 1993, she played the role of Tina Turner’s mother in the biopic What's Love Got to Do With It. In 1994, she followed with other supporting role

64 MIN2015 OCT 23
Comments
Interviewing Jenifer Lewis | BHL’s Portraits

Interviewing Jermaine Dupri | BHL’s Portraits

BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts DJ Jesse Janedy and Courtney Stewart interview special guest Jermaine Dupri. Dupri got his start as a dancer for the hip hop group Whodini when he was twelve. He made an appearance in their music video for the song "Freaks Come Out At Night". In 1990, he produced his first act- the female hip hop trio Silk Tymes Leather. He later formed the teen duo Kris Kross (Chris Kelly and Chris Smith) after meeting the boys at a local mall in 1991. The group's first album, Totally Krossed Out, was released in 1992 and went multi-platinum due to their singles "Jump" and "It's a Shame". He established his own record label called So So Def Recordings in 1993. Shortly after, he discovered female R&B group Xscape at a festival in Atlanta and signed them to the label. Their first album,Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha, went platinum. During the same year, on Yo! MTV Raps he met Da Brat through Kris Kross, signed her to his label So So Def

43 MIN2015 JUN 6
Comments
Interviewing Jermaine Dupri | BHL’s Portraits

Interviewing Robert Ri’chard | BHL’s Portraits

BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts Derrial Christon and Courtney Stewart interview special guest Robert Richard. Robert Ri'chard was born on January 7, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Robert Andrew Richard. He is an actor and producer, known for Coach Carter (2005), One on One (2001) and House of Wax (2005).

50 MIN2015 MAY 16
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Interviewing Robert Ri’chard | BHL’s Portraits

Interviewing William Stanford Davis | BHL’s Portraits

BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts Derrial Christon, Courtney Stewart, and DJ Jesse Janedy interview special guest William Stanford Davis. William Stanford Davis, born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, is no stranger to the stage. He got his start in an R&B band as a youngster and remained the front man throughout his college years. Soon to be bitten by the comedy bug, he spent the next few years working at many of the comedy clubs across the country." It was only then, he discovered his true passion Acting. "I love music and making people laugh but nothing feeds my soul like acting," he says.

44 MIN2015 MAY 2
Comments
Interviewing William Stanford Davis | BHL’s Portraits

Interviewing Salli Richardson-Whitfield | BHL’s Portraits

BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts Derrial Christon, Courtney Stewart, and DJ Jesse Janedy interview special guest Salli Richardson-Whitfield. Classy, graceful, & intelligent, Salli Elise Richardson is an American television and film actress. She was born November 23, 1967, in Chicago, Illinois. Salli's acting career was first nurtured in the theater and, ever since, she has been on a nonstop journey to success. Her first feature performance was in 1991 as "Denise" in Up Against the Wall (1991). However, her breakthrough role was in 1993's How U Like Me Now (1992), which received favorable reviews. Today, Salli is widelyknown as the voice of "Elisa" in the cartoon series Gargoyles (1994). So, be sure to look out for Salli in a variety of upcoming roles, because her presence & star quality will continue to shine beyond Eureka (2006).

44 MIN2015 APR 18
Comments
Interviewing Salli Richardson-Whitfield | BHL’s Portraits

Troy Byer Talks Career, John Q, Eddie & I Really Hate My Ex | BHL’s Portraits

BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts Derrial Christon, Courtney Stewart, and DJ Jesse Janedy interview special guest Troy Byer. Troy Byer began her career in show business at the ripe age of four as one of the original cast members on Sesame Street. Although Troy has worked most of her life as an actress (Dynasty, Murder One, The Cosby Show), writer (BAPS, Love Don't Cost A Thing, Soul Food) and director of major studio films she is also author of Amazon best seller, "Ex-Free: 9 Keys To Freedom After Heartbreak". After earning her Master's Degree in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Liberal, Eco and Community Psychology, Troy has dedicated her life to working with and teaching individuals and communities how to heal from pain caused by heartbreak. She is also the founder of Heartbreak Recovery Centers (HRC) a national organization dedicated to hosting free daily, transformational meetings for heartbreak sufferers. Troy has appeared on numerous s

37 MIN2015 APR 11
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Troy Byer Talks Career, John Q, Eddie & I Really Hate My Ex | BHL’s Portraits

Portraits w/ Will Packer | January 9th, 2015 | Black Hollywood Live

BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts Derrial Christon, Courtney Stewart, and DJ Jesse Janedy interview special guest Will Packer. Producer Will Packer has established himself as one of Hollywood’s blockbuster hit makers with seven of his films opening number one at the box office. In 2014, he accomplished the rare feat of producing two films in the top six at the box office and became one of the only African-American producers to have seven films debut at number one during opening weekend. Packer’s number one films include No Good Deed (2014), Think Like A Man Too (2014), Ride Along (2014), Think Like A Man (2012), Takers (2010), Obsessed (2008) and Stomp The Yard (2007). His next film, The Wedding Ringer, starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad, debuts in theaters January 16, 2015.

53 MIN2015 JAN 10
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Portraits w/ Will Packer | January 9th, 2015 | Black Hollywood Live

Portraits w/ Rick Fox | December 3rd, 2014 | Black Hollywood Live’s Portraits

BHL: Portraits -- In this episode, Black Hollywood Live host Stacy Ike interviews special guest Rick Fox. Born in Toronto, Rick Fox moved to the Bahamas when he was very young. His father is Afro-Bahamian, and his mother, who is Canadian, is of Italian and Scottish descent. Rick went to Warsaw Indiana high school as an exchange student and played basketball there. A complaint was filed about his eligibility and it was ruled one of his earlier years in the Bahamas was equivalent to a year of high school. As a result, he was banned from playing his senior year. To keep himself sharp and in playing shape, he still practiced with the team every day. Majored in radio, television, and motion picture sciences and played college basketball at UNC, where he left as the all-time school steals leader and games played leader. Upon graduating, he was selected 24th overall in the NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. After several seasons with the Celtics, he signed with the Los Angeles Lake

29 MIN2014 DEC 4
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Portraits w/ Rick Fox | December 3rd, 2014 | Black Hollywood Live’s Portraits

Portraits | No New Episode This Week Due to Thanksgiving!

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, no new episodes this week.

22 s2014 NOV 29
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Portraits | No New Episode This Week Due to Thanksgiving!
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