Friday, December 21, 2007

One to Watch: Jurnee Smollett

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Jurnee Smollett will be starring in the much anticipated movie "The Debaters" based on the true life story of Melvin B. Tolson a professor at Wiley College in Texas. During 1935, Mr. Tolson encouraged his students to achieve the best by becoming the best debaters. The movie also stars Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Kimberly Elise, Denzel Whitaker (no relations to Forest) and Nate Parker.

Although she is deemed a fresh new face, Ms. Smollett may be a familiar face to many because as a child star she was on several of the most popular family shows in the 90's such as "Full House" playing one of Michelle's (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) friends, "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper" and "Martin". In the mid 90's, she starred in her own show with her real life brothers and sister on the show "On Our Own". She later appeared on the following shows: "Cosby" starring Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Doug E. Doug, the late Madeline Kahn and T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh (who was also on "On Our Own" with Jurnee"), "Wanda at Large" starring comedian Wanda Sykes, Dale Godboldo and Phil Morris, and medical shows "ER", Lifetimes "Strong Medicine" and "House, M.D.".

Even though she was a working Television actor, this young actress has appeared in feature films including the hits: "Jack" starring Robin Williams, Bill Cosby, Jennifer Lopez, Diane Lane and Fran Drescher. "Eve's Bayou" starring Lynn Whitfield, Megan Good, Samuel L. Jackson and Debbie Morgan. "Roll Bounce" starring Shad Gregory Moss (better known as rapper Bow Wow), Chi McBride, Mike Epps, Marcus T. Paulk, Rick Gonzalez, Nick Cannon, Megan Good and Charlie Murphy. Last year's "Gridiron Gang" starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Xzibit.

Not only is she dedicated to her craft of acting she is also a philanthropist. According to Look to the, Jurnee has been active in supporting the efforts to combat HIV/AIDS causes since she was twelve, and she is also on the Board of Directors of Artists for a New South Africa.

I see her having a really successful career because she has a lot of talent.

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