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Moderator

A  native  Chicagoan, award-winning actress  Trisha  Mann-Grant attended Roosevelt University  for  Music Education with a scholarship in Voice  Performance.  This former Miss Black Chicago is  also  a  member  of  Delta  Sigma  Theta  Sorority,  as  well as a writer, motivational speaker and print  model in Ebony and Jet magazines for Raveen and Fashion Fair.  She has toured with Luster Hair products and has been featured on billboards and commercials. 


Mann-Grant moved  to  L.A.  and booked  her first  television show with Lou Rawls and Terry Bradshaw.  Following  this  appearance,  she  starred  in  various  theater shows, including  The  Great  Women  of  Color  (in  which  Drama- ogue stated that, “Trisha’s performance  was  anger-personified”),  The  Visit,  An  Evening  of  Shakespeare with Charles  Dutton,  Jeffery’s  Plan  with  Kellita  Smith, Howard  Hewett’s Say Amen, and Souled Out.  She received  noteworthy reviews for her work with Stephanie Mills, Malik Yoba and Tommy Ford in David E. Talbert’s His Woman His Wife. Along with favorable reviews for her performance in If You Don’t Believe: A Love Story (produced by singer Denise Williams), Mann-Grant was also nominated by the NAACP. 


She  has  produced, directed and written songs for her own God-inspired play, Mama’s Will,  Ted  Lange’s Washington’s Boy, Hope Runs Eternal, Eddie Lee Baker is Dead with Wendy  Raquel  Robinson,  and Unbound. She  also  toured  in  The  Clean Up Woman, Mrs. Independent,  and  more.  Her  sitcom/series  roles include Tyler Perry’s Love Thy Neighbor,  Cold  Case, The Parkers,  Eve,  All  about  The Andersons  and  Method and Red. Trisha  starred  and  received  awards  for  her  work in the feature films Reunion (Best  supporting  Actress  at  the  San  Diego Noir Film Festival and Best Actress from the African American Arts Alliance in Chicago),The Last Fall (opposite of Lance Gross), Relationships, The Man In 3B,  Big Bag of Money,  Who Can I Run To, Blood Money, CH 27,  Section 8. Lord All Men Can't Be Dogs with Vivica Fox, The Lying Truth, and 

Growing Up in Two Generations


In addition, Mann-Grant  has hosted L.A. Webfests 2011-2013, Jon Gheri Fashion Shows, Help Me Help You, and  has interviewed celebrities for various Red Carpet events. She created and  hosts MANN TALK.  She still writes screenplays and recently released her CD of poetry, Introducing  The PoeTrish , and her  first  book,  AMAZING TESTIMONIES (found on Amazon.com). 

Moderator

Brély Evans  is  a  beautiful  multi-talented  native  from Oakland, California.  She is an Actress, Vocalist,  Comedienne,  and   Voice  Over  Talent.  Whether  Evans   is  making 

you  cry  in  a  drama, laugh in a comedy, or challenging you intellectually through her 

thought-provoking  discussions  as  a  talk  show  host and radio personality, she finds 

time to  guest speak and  serve  as an ambassador for several national brands. Evans 

says  it   is   her  faith,   drive,   positive  outlook,  and  commitment  to  excellence  that 

continues  to  reward  her  with  career  opportunities.  


In  the  stage  play,  Two  Can  Play  That Game,  Evans  quickly became a fan favorite.  

Recognized  for  her ability  to  captivate  an  audience, she  was  cast opposite Queen 

Latifah   in  20th   Century   FOX's  Just  Wright.   Her  comedic  timing  resulted  in  the 

expansion  of  her  role  as  Sabrina.  It  was  this   same   power-packed  persona  that 

afforded  her  an  opportunity  to  work  with  the  late  Whitney  Houston  in the SONY 

Feature, Sparkle. 


Evans  extended  into  television  and  is  recognized  for  her recurring role as Nichelle 

Nichols,  Gabrielle  Union’s   best   friend,  on   BET’s   Being   Mary   Jane.   Her   reach 

continued  to  expand  with  projects  such  as   Regina  King’s   directorial   debut  Let 

The Church Say Amen.  She  was  also  cast  in  a  lead  opposite  Lamman  Rucker  in 

the  film,  The  Man  In  3B.   Evans  starred  in  the  short  film,  Black Rose, with Tyrese 

and  Jennifer Hudson, and was the leading lady in TVOne’s You Can’t Fight Christmas.  


She  recently  wrapped   on  a  comedy  series,  The  Last  Call,  starring  opposite Carl 

Anthony  Payne.  She  is  looking  forward  to  creating  her  newest character, Rondell 

Lancaster,  in  the  upcoming  series  titled,  Ambition, for the OWN NETWORK. She will 

also  have a  recurring  role in  BET’s hot  new  series, The Family Business


In  addition,  Evans  coaches  people  in  her  series,  Get  Your  Act  Together and Start 

Living   Your   Dreams,  both   national  and   internationally    through   her   company  

Water   Walkers  Worldwide,  Inc.,  which  has  recently  opened  a Talent Management 

division.

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Panel Host-Entertainment Law /Technology

Carolyn Mayo   

Carolyn joined Crandell's Enterprises Inc. in 2007 with comprehensive experience in corporate management, network technology and process development. As CIO, Carolyn is responsible for cost-effective operations and strategic long-term success by implementing new technology, systems, protocols and quality measurements. Carolyn was certified as a trainer by the American Psychiatric Association in 2017 for integrated Care, Collaborative Care Model. She developed the Certified Mental Health Technician Course with a National Certification, that is being offered fully online and, in a classroom, setting in collaboration with Durham Technical Community College. 

Carolyn has numerous years in Public Relations and Media. She has developed, manage and launched several marketing campaigns over the years. Her unique skills have provided her the opportunity to work with small and large organizations in bring their ideas from concept toreality. Her forward thinking and transformation leadership style brings about unique and creative ideas. She embraces change. She is also a radio personality for the talk show "Talk Back" aired on Foxy 107/104.3, Radio One, the largest urban radio station in North Carolina. She is a native of North Carolina and enjoys reading, learning and spending time with family.  

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Jay Hunter is  the  charismatic  actor  who  stars  as  “Ian”  on  the  OWN  television 

drama series Tyler Perry’s If Loving You Is Wrong.  He is also known for his physical, 

“tough guy” roles in films  like  Max  Payne and Animal II, as well as television series 

like  Nikita   and  The  Bridge.   Hunter has since  become a  much sought-after and versatile  actor.  In  March  2018,  he appeared in the feature film Acrimony, working 

once  again  with  Perry  and  playing  opposite  Empire  sensation  Taraji P. Henson. 

He was also a co-star on the superhero action series Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.

The   Buffalo,  NY  native’s  big break  happened while playing professionally for the Arena   Football   League.  He  was  a  natural  for  the  role  of  Beals  in  the   ESPN 

original series  Playmakers.  Today, Hunter  is  expanding  his  career  by  producing 

films and television shows focusing on historical figures in African-American culture.

In  addition  to  acting,  Hunter  is  a  former high school English and history teacher 

for   California's  Los  Angeles Public School System.  Although  no  longer  teaching, community development  is  a  significant cause to him, especially when it concerns 

the needs of  children. He  continues  to  actively  explore  philanthropic  activities in education and athletics geared towards supporting underprivileged youth.


Sean Blakemore is  an  actor who has  an  extensive  acting  resume. He portrayed Shawn  Butler  on  the   ABC  daytime  drama  General  Hospital,  a  role  he  began playing  from January 21, 2011 until  2016. Blakemore was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding  Supporting  Actor  in  a Drama Series for his role on General Hospital  in  2012  and  won  the  award  in  2016.  He presently has roles on Lethal Weapon and Greenleaf. 

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Eltony Williams  has  received  widespread  notoriety  for his role as the psychopathic 

psychologist  Randal  on  Tyler  Perry’s  If  Loving  You  is  Wrong.  But  before  making 

the  move  to  Los  Angeles  and  beginning  his  television  career,  the  versatile  actor  

has   acted    professionally   on   stage   and   on-screen    since   performing   at   the 

acclaimed  Steppenwolf  Theatre  stage  in  Chicago, IL.  Williams’s  early  professional 

career  began  in the hit shows ER and Criminal Minds.  In total, Williams has appeared 

in   over   thirty   television   shows,   including   Bones,  Revenge,  True  Detective,  and Designated Survivor


Williams  was  born in Chicago,  Illinois to his mother –the hardworking, loving, and no-

nonsense Carrie Williams– and his father Eltony Williams Sr, a United States Marine of 

23  years.   When  he   is  not  acting,  Williams   spends  his   time  writing  stories  and 

screenplays.   He  also  enjoys   getting  his   hands  dirty  and  doing  anything  active. 

Whether he is building an addition to his house or bodybuilding at the gym, he loves a 

challenge.  Currently,  Williams  is  developing  a self-written television series that he is 

also slated to produce and direct.

 

Patrice  Lovely  began  her career in  1996 and has since starred in numerous stage productions  including  A  Good  Man is Hard to Find, When a Woman’s Fed Up, The Blacker  the  Berry,  the  Sweeter  the  Juice,  Where  Have  all the Good Men Gone?, 

Lord, Why Do I Keep Choosing the Wrong  Man, Stranger in My House, Confessions, 

Marriage   Material,   Tyler  Perry’s   The  Haves  and  The  Have  Nots,  and  Madea  Gets a Job. Tyler Perry- produced  Madea’s  Christmas, I Don’t  Want  to Do Wrong

and Madea  Gets  a  Job. She  has  also  been  recently  seen  in  Perry’s  Love  Thy  Neighbor  on  OWN;  as  well as Tyler Perry’s BOO! and BOO 2! A Madea Halloween.


Lovely  is  also  a  highly  acclaimed  vocalist.   Her  stunning  voice  is  so  powerful 

that  critics  declared  it  an  incomparable and timeless instrument that baffles the 

mind.  She  has  shared  the  stage  with  world-renowned  artists  including  Gerald 

Levert,  Carl Payne,  Terri J.  Vaughn,   Lisa  Raye,   D.C. Curry,  T-Boz, Kirk Franklin, 

Lenny  Williams,  TANK, Ginuwine, and many more. She was also a yearly featured performer  on  the  Trinity   Broadcasting   Network   (TBN).  Lovely  has  recorded  

two  gospel  albums: “Glory Road” and “Seven Days."


In 2004, Lovely became the first  African-American female ringmaster in the world 

for  the  Universal  Soul  Circus. She  dedicated  herself  to making people laugh all 

over  the  world  as the hilarious character known as Mabelle, which is the first and 

only character of its kind to hit the stage.


She  believes  in  keeping God first in everything she does. She lives by this famous 

quote  from  the  Bible:  “Seek  ye  first  the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, 

and all these things shall be added unto you.”


Lovely  has stood behind thousands of curtains that were opened to showcase her never-ending talents. However, it is yet to be  unveiled  the impact she will have on 

the world.

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Miguel A. Núñez Jr.  was  born on  August  11, 1964 in New York City, New York, USA. He 

is  an  actor and  producer known  for The  Return  of  the  Living Dead , Street Fighter 

and Scooby-Doo.  Núñez  is  also  known for his role in Juwanna Man & Life with Eddie 

Murphy.  He  can  be  seen  on  the  new  BET  hit  drama  Family  Business.  He  is  the 

producer and creator of Belle’s for TVOne - Sparks  Sparks &  Sparks sitcom.   He  has been married to Yulanda Simon since 1994. They have two children.


Originally from Philadelphia, LaMont Ferrell has been a professional writer for almost 

twenty  years  and  has  written  and  produced  over a dozen TV shows.  Some of the 

shows  he  has written for include  BET’s  Nothin’ But a Women,  the  WB’s  The Parent’ 

Hood,  and  UPN’s  Moesha, starring actress Brandy. As a co-writer, he won The Media 

Projects 2000 SHINE AWARD for a Moesha episode.


Ferrell hopes to have his own show on the air in the near future. He sold the pilots, Old 

School  to  the  Fox  Network  and  The  Trouble  with  Girls to the UPN  Network.  After 

working  as  a  writer/producer for UPN’s hit show, Girlfriends, Ferrell ventured into the 

motion picture arena. He helped re-write The Cookout, starring Queen  Latifah,  and is  

shopping  the  feature  film,  Family  Business  (a  film  based  on  the  true story of his  

family’s  restaurant business in Philadelphia).  Ferrell  has  formed his own  production  

company,  Just  Jokes  Entertainment.  Through  this, he produced  and directed three 

volumes  of the stand-up comedy DVD series,  LaMont  Ferrell’s  Just  Jokes  Comedy   

Tour,  which  features   himself,  several   nationally  known  comedians,  and  hilarious 

skits.  He  also  has  worked  on  Nick  Cannon’s  Short  Circuitz  sketch  comedy  show 

for   MTV   and   was   one  of   the  writers  hired  by  Tyler  Perry  to  help  write  over 

one hundred  episodes for The House of Payne. LaMont has  also  written  for Are We There Yet for TBS, as well as Reed Between the Lines and Let’s Stay Together  on BET.


His pilot,  Big Shot,  was  executive-produced  by Oscar Award-winner Jamie Foxx and 

former  NBA   player  Kenny  Smith  and  later  purchased  by   TBS.   Additionally,  his 

original   pilot,  You’re  Joking,  Right?  won   Outstanding   Comedy   Series  at  the LA 

WEBFEST.  As an actor,  you’ve  might  have  seen  him  in  his recurring role on the hit 

NBC show, The Office


Recently, Ferrell has written and produced the hit family sitcom, Mann & Wife, starring 

real-life husband and wife gospel duo  David and  Tamela  Mann. He is  also executive 

producing  and  directing  the documentary,  The Wise Old Owl,  about  the outspoken 

Hall of Fame Basketball Coach, John Chaney. In 2010, Ferrell also launched his master 

writing class for aspiring sitcom writers. His very popular Sitcom 101  Writing Class has 

been  taken  by  hundreds  of students from across the country and around the world. 


Ferrell is currently the head writer and showrunner for the new sitcom, Last Call, which 

is slated to premier on Bounce TV in January 2019. 


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Cas Sigers-Beedles is a professional  writer of 15 years. To date, she has authored six 

women’s  fiction publications under Kensington Press: Pieces of a Man, Love is Simple 

Forever is  Tricky,  At Last I Bloom,  The Virgin Widow, Three Chords &  the  Truth  and 

Chocolate   Dove.  Her  novels  can  be  found  throughout  the  United  States and on  the shelves  of  national  bookstore  chains  such  as  Target  and  Walmart.  Her 7th novel, Chimwala, is available on Amazon.


Her written works  also  include over a dozen screenplays; several have been optioned 

to   major   networks   and   production   houses.   With   the   2005   creation   of  Nina  Holiday Entertainment  (NHE), alongside business partner and actress Terri J. Vaughn, 

Sigers-Beedles' role  in  the  television  and  film industry has expanded significantly. In 2014, she wrote and produced Where’s the Love, a feature film for  UPTV  and  starred 

Lamman Rucker,  Denise  Boutte,  and  LeToya  Luckett.  She also wrote and executive produced the Girlfriends Getaway feature film series for TVOne.


Most  recently  Sigers-Beedles  penned  the screenplay  for Hit A Lick - a bio based on 

the  Falicia  Blakely  murders.  She is currently writing the Xscape Biopic for TVOne. As 

a  producer,  she  has  worked  on  national  television shows, Welcome to Dreamland

Platinum  House, and Tiny and  Toya.  She was  the  associate  director for the TVOne series  Verses   and   Flow   and  the  supervising   producer  for  BET/Centric’s  music documentary series As Written. With her latter endeavor, she won four Telly Awards. 


Sigers-Beedles  also  served  in  the  script  department  for  The  Mo’Nique Show and BET’s,  TD  Jakes  Presents.  She  also  created  and developed a sitcom for the UPTV, For  Richer  or Poorer, as well as wrote and executiveproduced seven TV movies  and plays   for    UPT.    These    include    the    NAACP    Image   Award-nominated Sugar 

Mommas.   Sigers-Beedles    is    also    the    script    supervisor   for   Steve Harvey's annual   Ford Neighborhood  Awards  and  the  Story  Producer  for  HGTV's   Flip  or 

Flop. 


Lalanya Masters is a graduate of  Howard  University and received her BA in Theatre 

with a focus  in  Acting/Directing  and  minor  in  Philosophical  Arts. She  has  had  the 

pleasure of studying side by side with established actors like Phillip Seymour Hoffman, 

Chadwick Bosmen, Taraji P. Henson, and Laz Alonso.


When she’s not working, Masters founded and runs  THE ALCHEMY OF ACTING (AOA). 

The  AOA  studio  is  for  serious  emerging  artists  that  are  dedicated  to growing in 

their  craft  and  pursuing  their  passions  for performance   in   film/television/stage.  AOA  builds  a   solid   foundation  for  the   emerging  artist  by  exposing them to an insider’s understanding  of  the   industry.  Members  are  trained  and  mentored  by  

the top industry veterans and instructors from NYC to LA. 


At the AOA, artists and performers do more then take class; they produce, shoot and stage original works. These passion projects not only provide them with vital training and experience, but  they also showcase the hours of hard work and dedication they instilled into their pursuits.  Several of their productions have received critical success 

in the Las Vegas Fringe Festivals.


Following AOA, Masters's natural next steps included producing, writing, and directing. She  began  embarking  on   these  journeys  by  shadowing  greats  like  John Ridley, John Singleton  and  Mara Brock-Akil.   She  was  recently  awarded  a   fellowship  to  study meta cognitive learning strategies through the use of filmmaking.


Dedicated to her craft, she  continues to develop her instrument training at the Susan Batson  Studio  in  NYC  (which  has  served  some  of  the  industry's  most respected 

actors   and   actresses   including    Nicole   Kidman,  Tom  Cruise,   Forest   Whitaker,  Kerry Washington, and Oprah Winfrey.)

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Fred Goodman  is  a  Founding  Partner  at  Marin/Goodman,  LLP.  He is also General Counsel  and  Head  of  Business  Affairs  at  TGIM Films (Atomic Blonde, Scott Pilgrim, Dhaka)    and    The. LAND.  Fred   has   negotiated    numerous   studio  deals  for  the production  of  movies, television properties, and has drafted and closed thousands of contracts   involving   intellectual   property,   brands,   publishing,   technology   and  e-commerce. 

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Terry   “TR”   Ross,   born  and  raised  in  Washington  D.C.,  was  destined  to  be  an 

entrepreneur.  In the  late ’90s, Ross  joined forces with childhood  friends,  Chris Hicks, 

Ryan Glover, and Henry  “Noonie”  Lee to form a dynamic  collaboration -- ultimately 

leading to the creation of Noontime Music.


Noontime was the hub for signing the hottest up-and-coming  producers, songwriters 

and musical artists. Noon Time’s roster of talent  was unparalleled and included some 

of  the  most  prominent  musical  forces   today  including  Jeffrey  “J-Dubb”  Walker, 

Anthony Dent  (Dent),  Jazze Pha,  Brian Michael Cox,  Polow Tha Don, Donnie Scantz, 

Teddy Bishop,  Ciara,  Dave Young,  and many more.


In 2005,  Ross  partnered  with  Damon  Thompson  to form  Innersound Music, signed 

Letoya  Luckett as  their  very  first  artist, and  led  her  to a deal with Capitol Records 

(under the Noontime Moniker).  Innersound  later  signed  Tori  Kelly  and Leona Lewis 

and  catapulted  their  musical  careers.  Ross  is  still  wearing  his entrepreneurial hat 

while  staying  busy  working on many various musical projects and managing one of 

the country’s top mix engineers, Jaycen Joshua. He is also a strategic partner in THE. LAND, a new digital tech company that will be rolling out soon.


Mark E. Swinton is a Film and Television Producer. He is also an accomplished Playwright, Television Writer, and Director of Theatre and Television. Currently Swinton is the Vice President of Tyler Perry Studios, and the Producer of all of Tyler Perry's Television Shows, Theatrical Stage Plays, and Feature Films. Most recently Swinton Produced the new comedy "Nobody's Fool" starring Tiffany Haddish and Whoopi Goldberg. The movie hits theaters nationwide in November of 2018. This year Swinton also produced the theatrical hit film -"Acrimony," that starred Taraji P. Henson. 

Last year Swinton Produced "Boo 2" which garnered the prize of being the number one film in America. Swinton is also currently producing the hit television dramas- The Haves and The Have Nots, and If Loving You Is Wrong on the OWN network. Swinton also produces the new television sit-com The Paynes, which is in its debut season on OWN. Swinton recently produced all six seasons of the comedies-For Better Or Worse, and Love Thy Neighbor. Swinton produced both seasons of the edgy drama Too Close To Home, which aired on the TLC network. Swinton produced seasons five and six of House Of Payne, winning an NAACP Image Award for his work on season five. Swinton also produced the following hit stage plays, which were released on DVD by Lionsgate... A Madea Christmas, Aunt Bam's Place, The Haves And The Have Nots, Hell Hath No Fury, Madea Gets A Job, Madea's Neighbors From Hell, Madea On The Run, and I Don't Want To Do Wrong. Swinton also acts as an Assistant Director on all of Mr. Perry's live stage plays. As a Director in television, Swinton has directed several episodes of For Better Or Worse, Love Thy Neighbor, The Paynes, on OWN, and Meet The Browns on the TBS network. Swinton wrote for ABC's hit animated sitcom The Proud Family, and UPN's sitcom Second Time Around. 

Swinton received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the highly acclaimed Newhouse School at Syracuse University. At Syracuse, Swinton studied television and film, with a double major in creative writing and directing. Swinton did his graduate study in film at National University. He was the winner of the 2002 NAACP Theater Award For Best Director, and the 2002 NAACP Theater Award for Best Playwright. As a stage director, Swinton's credits include 42nd Street, Guys And Dolls, Hello Dolly, Purlie Victorious, Dreamgirls, The Amen Corner, The Wiz, West Side Story, Dracula, and several original stage musicals that he wrote, produced and directed. Swinton's original works include Ephraim's Song, Black Olive, Sugarbread Sweet, Keep Movin' On, and the provocative stage play Autumn. In theater, Swinton was the Assistant Director for Stan Lathan on the Tony Award winning show, Def Poetry Jam, on Broadway. As a theater educator, Swinton founded the Stephen and Carrie Odell Theatre Arts Academy in Los Angeles, and The Youth Arts Initiative, an after-school program for at-risk youth. Swinton wrote the curriculum for both schools, and birthed a creative writing, film, and theatre arts program that attracted thousands of youth from all over greater Los Angeles. Swinton has produced, written, and directed over 30 professional level productions with young people in Los Angeles. For his work, Swinton won the Teach For America Educator of the Year Award, the LAUSD Gold Star Award, and was nominated for the National Disney Teacher Award five years in a row.

VP, T P Studios, Producer, Writer and  Director
     Mark . Swinton

VP, T P Studios, Producer, Writer and Director Mark . Swinton

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Christopher Roselli  is  a  technical  visionary, the chief executive officer of THE.LAND, and  an   expert  in  interactive   experiences.  He  is   passionate   about  empowering  influencers,  brands,  entrepreneurs,  and  nonprofits to  harness  the  full  potential of their communities, impact, and brand. 


His  eye  for  the  modern  day consumer has helped form an innovative platform that 

will  revolutionize  the  entertainment,  sports, and fashion industries. He uses Empathy 

in architecting user experiences, enabling users to find CULTURE by providing CHOICE. His purpose  is  to  give  the  power  of  influence  and monetization back to its rightful owners, the originators.


With  technology  delivery,  broadcast  streaming, social media monetization, and user experience,  Roselli's  amazing   team  has   developed   a  platform  that  can  provide multiple revenue streams for movie, music, sports and the entertainment business. His most  immediate  work   benefits   influencers,   filmmakers,   developers,  brands,  and consumers  on  multiple  levels.


Aaron John O'Connell was born in Dayton, Ohio. He grew up together with his sisters, Amy, Abby and Anna. Their parents, Mark Alan O'Connell, former Cincinnati Bengal, and Kathryn O'Connell, met during college in Ohio. His grandfather, Wayne, was a pianist who taught Aaron at a very young age to play the piano, as he has been known to play piano and guitar in his roles as an actor. Aaron grew up playing football, basketball, and baseball. He has English and Irish ancestry.

He graduated Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2004. While studying Health, Fitness, and Nutrition at Purdue University, Aaron was signed with Ford Models in Chicago, Illinois. His quick success moved him to New York City where he worked with "GQ," "Vanity Fair," Carolina Herrera, German "Vogue," French "Vogue," Hanes, Lucky Brand Jeans, Abercrombie & Fitch and Jockey. After Aaron booked a few successful national commercials, he caught the eye of writer, producer and director Tyler Perry. He was then cast in the first television drama ever created by Tyler Perry, The Haves and The Have Nots (2013) and still has a recurring role on the show.

Due to the growing popularity of OWN's first scripted drama series, Aaron garnered much attention as his role of "Wyatt Cryer" on The Haves and The Have Nots. In 2014 he was offered his first supporting role in the film Prince For Christmas alongside actress Viva Bianca. After his standout performance in the film, Aaron was offered the starring role in 12 Gifts of Christmas (2015) the following year.

When Aaron gets a break from the entertainment business, he loves to fly. In 2013, he earned his private pilot's license, and later became an instrument-rated pilot in 2014. While he enjoys flying his Cirrus SR22 for recreation, he also fly's for the charity "Pilots 'N Paws" ferrying dogs from kill shelters to their new families.

He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he continues to work on his craft.

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                        Tyler Lepley

ACTOR/MUSICIAN

  

Tyler Lepley understands that success depends on hard work as much as it does on talent. As an actor, Tyler Lepley exemplifies both. Due to die-hard diligence and dedication, he made the leap from a string of independent films in 2012 to completing five seasons as a series regular on Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots [Oprah Winfrey Network] as well as a starring turn in the 2016 TV One feature Ringside directed by Russ Parr. Gaining recognition, he’s appeared on The Real, BET, Hollywood Today Live, in Essence, and more. Along the way, he’s tirelessly pushed himself to perfect his craft.

“Once the path is in front of you, you have to do everything you can to stay on it,” he says. “I invest every part of myself into this. I’ve been blessed to see that progression, and it inspires me to do even more.”

Growing up in Bucks County, PA, Tyler fell in love with movies at a young age. He can recall watching classics such as It’s A Wonderful Life and Angels with Dirty Faces alongside his dad in addition to obsessing over Bruce Lee and Jean-Claude Van Damme flicks—which he would study before karate tournaments. He grew up an only child and learned a lot from his parents about life and art. Football initially called to him, and he eventually achieved a scholarship to Kutztown University where he played for four years. Graduating with a Criminal Justice degree, he began working as a case worker in Philadelphia. However, he dreamed of making a much bigger impact.

“This is where you get into what God’s plan might be,” he explains. “For whatever reason, I didn’t make it into the NFL. I had a job for three months. I got to help people, and I loved that, but I wanted to do it on a larger scale. I didn’t want to settle. I had this strange epiphany. I had to figure out what I was really meant to do.”

He moved to Los Angeles, crashing on the floor of a cousin’s Santa Monica studio apartment. Getting a gig as a personal trainer, he built a roster of clients. One client needed to fill a role in an independent film, and Tyler mirrored the character. “I never acted before,” he smiles. “I figured I’d try it out.”

One project led to another, and soon he landed parts in 90210 and Baggage Claim starring Paula Patton, Derek Luke, and Taye Diggs. After a series of auditions, Tyler Perry cast him as Benny in The Haves and the Have Nots, which stands out as one of OWN’s most popular and highest-rated programs.

“On top of having a great job, I have not only the best example of how to grind hard and get it, but what to do when you get there from people like Mr. Perry and Ms. Winfrey,” he goes on. “My job is to evoke emotion in people, and I take that very seriously.”

Ringside saw him step into one of his most powerful leading roles yet as the boxer Jaxon Holly. It brings everything full circle, merging both athleticism and art. With honesty and heart, he immerses himself wholeheartedly in each character and ultimately connects with every viewer.

Tyler is currently shooting the Starz series, “P-Valley”, created by Katori Hall as a series regular opposite Carolyn Braver and Elarica Johnson.  “I’ve learned truly anything is possible if you put in the work and the time,” he leaves off. “The biggest thing for me is to be able to give someone else that feeling of hope and an escape.”