With an MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Alrick Brown is a filmmaker and teacher who has found his calling writing, directing and producing narrative films and documentaries focusing on social issues affecting the world at large. For over two years, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d'Ivoire.
Adrian Adel started out as a singer with Portland funk band Fatman. Then she discovered photography. Today Adel is a photographer and graphic designer with a clientele that includes many Portland musicians, including Liv Warfield, Luck One and Rose Bent.
Here, he talks both about acting and about taking a break from his career to work for President Obama an associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Lady Gaga is launching a foundation with the help of the MacArthur Foundation and Harvard University.
A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Ken Bevel is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering Technology; he's also a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School with a MBA in Logistics Management. After 20 years of active service in the United States Marine Corps, Capt. Bevel retired to serve in the ministry on the staff of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga.
Here, he talks about producing "Thunder Soul," a reverential bio-pic which pays tribute to the late Conrad "Prof" Johnson (1915-2008), the founder and conductor of Houston's Kashmere High's legendary stage band.
A devoted father, Touré lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with his wife, Rita, and their two children, Hendrix and Fairuz. Here, he talks about his new book, "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?"
CHICAGO (AP) -- Oprah has made way for Rosie. Oprah Winfrey and Rosie O'Donnell unveiled a sign Thursday in front of Chicago's Harpo Studios. It reads: "Harpo Studios. The Rosie Show. Former Home of The Oprah Winfrey Show." O'Donnell has started work in the same studio where Winfrey taped her talk show until it ended in May after 25 years.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) -- Neal Boyd got the votes to win on the TV show "America's Got Talent" in 2008. Now, the southeast Missouri native will seek voter approval again - this time in a run for the state legislature.