DORIAN MISSICK : John / Big Words

Dorian Missick stars as Detective Ruben Robinson on TNT’s critically acclaimed drama Southland. His other TV work includes SYFY’s Haven, NBC’s drama The Cape and JJ Abrams’ Six Degrees for ABC/Touchstone, as well as appearances on Law & Order: SVU, NYPD Blue, Sons of Anarchy, Numbers and C.S.I: NY. Dorian’s film work includes Columbia Pictures’ The Bounty Hunter, MOOZlum, Two Weeks Notice, Freedomland, Lucky Number Slevin, The Manchurian Candidate, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, and Premium, starring opposite Zoe Saldana. He also starred off-Broadway in the Pulitzer-prize winning drama A Soldier’s Play, opposite Anthony Mackie and Taye Diggs, in 2005 at the Second Stage Theater. Dorian lives in Los Angeles where he is a popular DJ under the alias Tailwind Turner.

GBENGA AKINNAGBE : James / Jayvee Da Mac

Best known for his breakout role as Chris Partlow on HBO’s widely acclaimed series The Wire, Gbenga Akinnagbe made his feature film debut in The Savages, and can also be seen in Tony Scott’s The Taking of Pelham 123, The Edge of Darkness and Lottery Ticket. Gbenga began his career as a series regular on Showtime’s fan favorite Barbershop, and his TV work includes recurring roles on the Emmy-winning drama The Good Wife, FX’s Damages, and Showtime’s hit comedy Nurse Jackie. He recently produced the film Newlyweeds, set to premiere at Sundance 2013. He has appeared on stage at the Intiman, The Flea, and The Public Theater, and is also a freelance writer who has contributed articles to the New York Times.



Darien Sills-Evans is an actor, filmmaker and stand up comedian born and raised in Brooklyn. Best known for his television roles as Darien on Cosby, and as Dr. Fields on Third Watch, he has also co-starred on 30 Rock, White Collar, Law & Order, Angel and Treme. In 2002, Sills-Evans directed and starred in X-Patriots, which was nominated for the IFP's Gordon Parks Award, and won Method Fest’s LA Weekly Award for Best Screenplay, the CCI Digital Award for Best Ensemble Cast, and The Film Finders Maverick Award for Quality Low-Budget Film. Darien’s film credits include Rivers Wash Over Me and The Reception.



New York-born and -bred Yaya Alafia began her professional acting career starring in Liz Friedlander’s Take the Lead, opposite Antonio Banderas. She was then seen opposite Mark Ruffalo in Lisa Cholodenko’s Oscar-nominated The Kids Are All Right. Other film work includes John Sayles' Honeydripper, Tron Legacy, Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi thriller In Time, and Oren Moverman’s The Messenger. Upcoming films include Andrew Dosunmu’s Ma’ George and Lee Daniel’s The Butler. Yaya’s television work includes portraying the duplicitous daughter of Vanessa Williams’ character on the final season of Ugly Betty, a recurring role on All My Children, as well as appearances on House, Body of Proof, Army Wives, Mercy, Law & Order: SVU, and Eve.



Zachary Booth is a New York-based actor best known for playing Michael on the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning drama Damages, and Paul in Ira Sach’s Keep the Lights On. His film roles include Dark Horse, The Beaver, White Irish Drinkers, Taking Woodstock, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Assassination of a High School President, as well as the upcoming Last Weekend, The Blue Eyes, Never, Recalled and Allegiance. TV guest credits include Royal Pains, NYC 22, Law & Order: SVU and New Amsterdam. He is a member of the Actors Center Workshop Company, the Barrow Group Theatre community and Peterborough Players community, and starred in Edward Albee’s Me, Myself & I, Craig Lucas’ Prayer for My Enemy, and Signature Theatre’s upcoming production of Lanford Wilson’s Mound Builders.



Brooklyn-based Jean Grae is one of hip hop’s most accomplished MCs. Born in South Africa, the daughter of jazz musicians Sathima Bea Benjamin and Abdullah Ibrahim, Jean first appeared on the hip hop scene in the mid-90’s with Natural Source on the underground classic “Negro League Baseball.”  Jean's solo albums include Attack of the Attacking Things, This Week, Jeanius (with producer 9th Wonder), and the upcoming Cake or Death. She has collaborated with many of hip hop’s finest, including The Roots, Pharoahe Monch, Atmosphere, The Herbaliser, Da Beatminerz, Phonte, Mr. Len, Masta Ace, Vordul Mega, C-Rayz Walz, Mos Def, Immortal Technique and Talib Kweli, who calls Jean "one of the last true MCs left.”



Amir Arison is featured in the films The Visitor, I Hate Valentines Day and Amy Heckeling's Vamps, among others. His TV work includes recurring roles on TNT’s Dallas, ABCfam's State of Georgia, as Dr. Manning on 4 seasons of NBC's Law & Order: SVU, and as Prince Amir Farid Bin Abbud on Showtime's Emmy-winning Homeland. Among his many guest appearances are, most recently, American Horror Story, The Mentalist, Fringe, NCIS, and the upcoming Zero Hour on ABC. He also currently stars in Bryan Singer’s Sci-Fi web series for Warner Bros, H+. Amir’s extensive theatre resume includes World Premieres at the Public Theatre, The Signature, MCC, RSC, and Aftermath at New York Theatre Workshop/Old Vic, for which he was a Drama League Nominee.

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