Mommy Uncensored’s amazing team. We wanted to call them ‘Mommy’s Little Helpers,’ but they threatened to quit if we did… Oh well check them out.
Charity Jordan believes that since all of life is a stage, she might as well perform on it. Charity, an Atlanta native, commited herself to pursing her passion for acting at an early age as a cast member on the Mr. Ballooney B Show and host of Talent Zone TV. Charity is a graduate of Tri-Cities High School of Visual and Performing Arts and a lifetime member of the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. She is known for her ability to convey a wide range of emotions and charasmatic personality. Charity has traveled to several countries including, Holland and South Africa, to study and perform in experimental pieces. In the states, Charity has been casted in several leading roles in theatrical pieces including The Crucible, Dark of the Moon, A Long Time Since Yesterday, and Jeremy and The Lie . She has always been convinced that the performing arts is the perfect vehicle to address tough issues, rejuvenate dull lives, and heal broken hearts. Currently, Charity is working on the biggest production of her life… being a good mom! “My mom seriously was cut from a superhero cloth… she set the motherhood bar way too high.”
Reemo Rod Thomas – Born in Georgia Baptist, slept in West Lake Court and raised in Decatur, Reemo Rod is ATLANTA!!!!!!!!!!!!! While this self-motivated former percussionist, playing with “The Best Band in the Land”, knew he was destined for success, he found his niche’ and was encouraged by percussion instructors while filming the Box Office Hit Drumline. After Drumline, Reemo Rod then worked with Rainforest Films in the movie The Gospel. While filming, Executive Producers Rob Hardy and Will Packer called him to audition for what was the #1 movie in America, Stomp the Yard. Reemo Rod played “Paul” in the Hit Movie, which grossed over $50 Million in its first 3 weeks. Later Reemo Rod received a phone call from BET Productions in regards to audition for Hell Date. Producers asked him to “simply be yourself.” From there the victory was exposed and the gift of comedy was then discovered. Continuing his relationship with BET, Reemo Rod then worked on BET’s first scripted TV Sitcom Somebodies followed by the second season of Sundays Best.While working under Tyler Perry Production Studios, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures, Rainforest Films and Viacom it gave Reemo Rod the inspiration to create another medium for Television and Film. In 2007, Reemo Rod and his business partner founded 3511 Media, whose mission is to Produce, Provide and Promote all things media. The company was started to create jobs for themselves as well as peers. “I’m forever a student, creating is my assignment, and Life is my teacher.” — Reemo Rod
Shannon Byrd – A native Atlanta, and 2007 graduate of Dillard University, Shannon Byrd is excited to be a writer for and performer in ‘Mommy Uncensored: Confessions of a Real Mom’. She was most recently seen in the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta’s ‘Yeah,I Said It’, and Georga State Players’ ‘Joe Turner’s Come and Gone’. She was delighted to have taken improv classes from the incomparable Tommy Futch, of Laughing Matters of Atlanta, Ga and was even more delighted to perform in (and win) Battle Acts! She has also performed with the Snack Pack improv and sketch comedy group. Shannon is an avid African Dancer in the Atlanta community and has served as a member of Manga, African Dance. She has a web show “The Shannon Show” that she thoroughly enjoys working on. She is more than honored to have earned her most recent “role” as mommy and fiance and enjoys every minute of it! My mother: Literally, the smartest person I know!
D. Woods is truly a triple threat entertainer and is one of the entertainment industry’s quickest rising young stars. No longer confined to a group setting, D. Woods is free to exhibit her own style and creativity, launching Woodgrane Entertainment. She released her solo debut single Legalize Me which is now available on Itunes. D.Woods has undergone extensive voice and acting training at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Theater program, performed with several theater companies such as the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, and performed in productions Off-Broadway, across the U.S and as far as West and South Africa. She became a familiar face dancing and appearing in music videos for artists such as Bow Wow, Lloyd, Letoya Luckett and Jay-Z. But it was her time on reality television that made D.Woods a household name. Diddy’s “Making the Band 3” has consistently been one of MTV’s most highly rated shows and D. went on to achieve chart-topping and Platinum status with the five-member pop/R&B girl group sensation, Danity Kane, formed on the show. Their first self-titled album debuted in late 2006 at #1 on the Billboard charts selling 234,000 units in the first week and “Welcome to the Dollhouse” their sophomore album debuted in 2008 at #1 on the Billboard Charts, making Danity Kane the only female group to have two #1 album debuts listed in the Guiness Book of World records. Check out D.Woods’ official site www.missdwoods.com for all things D.Woods. P.S. I get it from my mama.
Jelani Akil Jones a graduate of Tri-Cities High School of Visual and Performing Arts studied theatre at The College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH, . He has performed with several companies both national and international such as the Atlanta Opera, True Colors Theater Company, Horizon Theater Company , V.I.A. Theatrical, and the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. He has performed works by such play writes as Jose Rivera , Langston Hughes ,Tom Jones, Winter Miller,and the noted N.R. Davidson Jr.He has worked with such renowned artist as Jasmine Guy, Ruby Dee, Robert Townsend, Dawn Axam, Freddie Hendricks, Lisa Adler, Micheal Shell, and Tom Jones . He was a featured extra in the film Remember the Titans . He also is a an accomplished choreographer and dancer who has had the privilege of studying dance at the Alvin Ailey School in New York . He has taught at DeKalb School of The Arts, North Atlanta School of The Arts, Carver High School of The Arts, The Youth Ensemble of Atlanta , and Spelman College Children’s Dance Program. He currently teaches dance in the fine arts dept at his Alma Mater. My mother is the tree from which I have gained my roots .
Kelly M. Jenrette, a native of Atlanta, now resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband Duain Richmond Martyn. She recently played the role of Nettie in The Color Purple the Musical at Celebration Theatre. Kelly first fell in love with acting in the 5th grade where she portrayed Charlie in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Kelly was a proud member of the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta where she performed in Jekonni’s Song, Soweto! and Times. Kelly also appeared in the Alliance Theatre’s Broadway style production of A Christmas Carol and Kenny Leon’s Rejoice. Since moving to LA, Kelly has had the opportunity to work with some amazing people on some amazing projects: The 5 NAACP Award Nominated Eclipsed directed by Robert O’Hara, the Ovation and LA Weekly award winning Women of Brewster Place the Musical directed by Michael Matthews, and the 2011 Disney ABC Television Group Showcase directed by Sue Hamilton. In addition to acting, Kelly also started PractiKally Romantic, a wives group that focuses on how we can become better wives and better women. Kelly believes and understands that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Growing up as a child my mommy made it very clear that she was not my friend…she was my mother!!
Lillian Lee – This young, beautiful, well-rounded, talented, actress has always been passionate about acting. She’s gifted with the ability to act, model, sing, dance, write, direct and produce. Lillian has been featured in several films: We Are Marshall, Stomp the Yard, Daddy’s Little Girl and Motives II. She got her first speaking role in the hit feature film Three Can Play That Game, which led her to a supporting role in the feature film Grapes on A Vine, which is selling out on DVD in all the major stores. She is known for bringing you to tears, in, for example, one of the most popular monologues of our time by the character Rose from the hit stage play Fences. She continues to perform with different play productions, starring most recently as a lead in a touring play by Brandin J I Don’t Look like What I’ve Been Through. Getting the attention she deserves as a phenomenal talent, she portrayed the character Journey, allowing her to perform a compelling monologue in the biggest, most talked-about play of the year titled Stripped, costarring well-known celebrities Dorsey Levens, retired NFL player of Green Bay Packers, and Lisa Wu Hartwell from first and second season of Real Housewives of Atlanta. She is a rising star. Her goal is to be internationally known as a great professional in all areas of her talent. She’s a southern girl with big dreams, striving to make them all come true.
Dr. Sharrell Luckett is an award winning director and producer of 60+ shows and has co-penned 4 musicals. Having taught performing arts for over 14 years, Luckett has developed a successful career as an artist/scholar. She is currently working on her one woman show: “YoungGiftedandFat.” Some of her research interests include Fat Studies, Freddie Hendricks, and directing theory. She is elated to be a part of this wonderful project!
David Koté began his training in the performing arts at the award winning Tri-Cities High School of Visual and Performing Arts (1995) and national/international acclaimed Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. Koté earned a B.A. degree in speech and theatre arts from Dillard University. His theatre credits include: Jitney, Pill Hill, One Last Look, Purlie, Flyin’ West, Once on this Island, Times, The Last Season, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Soweto, Soweto, Soweto a Township is Calling to name a few. He has also appeared in HBO’s A Lesson Before Dying, CBS’s Mama Flora’s Family and TNT’s Passing Glory. He has performed and taught theatre in South Africa, Belgium, Holland, Nigeria and all over the United States. Koté served as director of theatre arts at his alma mater Tri-Cities High School of Visual and Performing Arts from 2004-2011. In 2008, The Charles Loridans Foundation recognized Koté for excellence and leadership in theater education. Koté is currently an executive producer/director at The Artist Files. Thank you mom for everything, you are truly an inspiration and a rock in the community.
Shimone Woodberry began acting and modeling at the age of 8 with Kiddin’ Around Modeling Agency. Around the same time, she began playing the piano and soon developed an interest in the violin and songwriting. A few short years later, a good friend and mentor, Dr. Berry introduced Shimone and her family to a man named Freddie Hendricks who was creating his very own theatre youth group. She joined the group, which is known today as the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, and learned more about the arts and life than she could have imagined. This early love of music and the arts led to Shimone attending Avondale High School to study dance, violin, and musical theatre and later continuing her education at Michigan State University. Ms. Woodberry has been blessed to perform at the Fox Theatre, Rialto, Robert First Center (GA State University), 7 Stages, Florida’s Sunrise Theatre and countless stages across the U.S. She stars as Anna Lennox in the independent feature, Sister Moon. From independent films to commercials, ABC’s hit television show, “Army Wives”, VH1’s “Single Ladies”, and BET’s “Let’s Stay Together” and “Reed Between The Lines,” Shimone is determined to make her mark in this industry as a well-respected actress, musician, and writer. Ms. Woodberry began work as a producer in 2007 with the musical short entitled, “The Traveler.” The team reunited and struck gold again this year in the 48 Hour Film Festival with their modern-day western, “The Long Walk Across The Street”. An unyielding supporter of original works, Shimone is a producer the new web series, “Mommy Uncensored: Confessions of a Real Mom.”
In 2009, Razzles dazzled the stage in “Raggs,” the live touring show from the PBS children’s television show. She’s been Project Coordinator/Manager and Stage Manager, working with an artistically diverse clientele, including Reebok, 2 Kids And A Dream Productions and Verizon Wireless. She is currently scripting her second screenplay, both fitting the purpose-driven mold she stands by, one that values life and art. Ms. Woodberry acknowledges her talents as great gifts from God and hopes to facilitate a positive change in the lives of all people, regardless of age, race, or gender through music and every other talent He trusts her to hold.
Nikki “Nik Mynyon” Towers – Although she is a “newcomer” to the “behind the scenes” world, Nikki Mynyon is no stranger to the lights. From the ripe age of 14 until her early 20’s, she spent most of her free time performing with the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. She later went off to Hampton University where she graduated with a BS in Marketing, then followed up her degree with a certification as a Copywriter from the Creative Circus in Atlanta, Georgia. During this educational journey, she realized that although she loved acting, it was something about the behind the scenes vibe that intrigued her. Nikki met Victor Jones, the CEO of CSN Productions who took her under his wings, and from 2005 to 2012, she crawled from a Director’s Assistant to Head Assistant Director. Together they completed several different films including “5” and “Promise Me This” which went on to receive rave reviews, winning the Audience Award and being nominated as Best Feature Film in the Atlanta Urban Media makers 2005 Film Festival. Recently, Nikki along with several of her friends labeled themselves Ghost Light Filmz and entered the Atlanta 48 film festival where they were tasked with producing, writing, directing, filming, and editing a 4-7 minute film in 48 hours. The outcome was a film entitled “A Long Way Across the Street” which was voted “Audience Favorite” of their group, as well as the overall winner of the “Best Choreographed Film” and “Best Musical Score”. Out of 82 teams, “A Long Walk…” was one of the Top 10 Best Films of the 48 Hr. Film Festival -Atlanta for 2012. Remember “God couldnt be everywhere so he made mothers”
Adrian Dukes was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. A birth for which he openly credits his mother. He landed his first writing gig when he was hired as a collaborative writer for the hit play “Where Have all the Good Men Gone?” while attending Morehouse College. He followed that up with the hugely successful “Can a Woman Make a Man Lose His Mind?” which toured 40 plus cities over the course of a year and a half, culminating in many chiropractic visits. Adrian continued to hone his writing skills under the tutelage of the acclaimed playwright Leslie Lee at the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center (NYC). Since then, he has gone on to write and produce numerous comedic short films including “$25 Pyramid,” “Rent-A-White-Folk” and “Karate Klown” which was a selection of the 2008 Action on Film Festival and semi-finalist for the American Gem Short Screenplay Competition. His comedy writing has also been parlayed into a guest column he writes for the Humor Mill Comedy Newsletter. Showing a bit of range, Mr. Dukes also wrote the dramatic short film “Three Blind Mice” which screened at DMV International Film Festival where it won “Best Short Film,” Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, Roxbury International Film Festival, International Black Film Festival Nashville, Atlanta Film Festival. Currently living in Atlanta, Adrian wrote for BET’s first prime time game show, “Pay It Off,” BounceTV’s “Uptown Comic” as well as promos for CNN and TBS’ “Meet the Browns” and “Are We There Yet?” When he’s not training to be a masked crime fighter, Adrian freelances as a screenwriter and script analyst.
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Justin Jordan is by no means one title or talent. “Justin is an award-winning artist with an incomparable genius.” Bold and daring, he brings passion and strategic brilliance to every brand he touches, large or small. Conceptual Creative, world-class art direction and a tireless pursuit of perfection define Justin’s approach to photography. Justin began his career in advertising as art director. Standing behind some big named photographers piqued his curiosity in the photo capturing process. After conceiving, directing, and retouching enough photos from Commercial shoots, Justin took the passionate plunge and spent most of his money on equipment. Within one year, he’d published his photographs nationally, has shot several TV spots, and found his true artistic calling. Justin holds a BA from DePauw University and a permanent spot in the Executive Producers bed.