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AllBlk Greenlights Supernatural Drama ‘Wicked City’ Starring Vanessa Bell Calloway, Taylor Polidore, More

Click here to read the full article. EXCLUSIVE: AllBlk has greenlit the supernatural drama Wicked City from executive producers Tressa “Azarel” Smallwood and Donte Lee set to debut this winter. The ensemble cast includes Vanessa Bell Calloway, Taylor Polidore, Shaquita Smith, Mercedez McDowell, Chantal Maurice, Chanel Mack, Rhonda Morman, Malika Blessing, Columbus Short, and Rolonda Rochelle. While living their best life in Atlanta, four young, chic, modern-day witches, Jordan Davis (Smith), Mona De La Cruz (McDowell), Angela Harris (Maurice), and Sherise Baker (Mack) make the acquaintance of Camille (Polidore), a naturally powerful witch who is oblivious to her gift. Reluctantly, Camille joins the...
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Vanessa Bell Calloway On The Importance Of 'This Is Us' Adding Another Black Woman To The Series

Calloway plays the future wife of Nicky Pearson in the final season of the NBC drama. Fans of NBC’s family drama This Is Us received a joyful surprise this season regarding the life path of Nicholas Pearson, played by actor Griffin Dunne. Nicky, as he’s called by relatives, is a sensitive soul who only barely survived multiple traumas and crises early in his life, among them childhood abuse and severe PTSD from his tour in Vietnam. Much of his adulthood has been spent as a recluse in the grip of alcoholism, seeing little chance for better but trying to believe that his fortunes could turn. Finally—with the stubborn support of newfound family members, plus Nicky’s own fumbling but determined efforts to create a fuller life—they do. Conquering a decades-long phobia of plane travel, Nicky is shown digging even deeper to flirt with a beautiful, high-spirited flight attendant before takeoff.
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Vanessa Bell Calloway Reveals Colorism In ‘Coming To America’ Casting

The highly anticipated Coming to America sequel, called Coming 2 America, drops on Amazon Prime Friday. The original movie wasn an instant classic when it was released in 1989. Vanessa Bell Calloway, who portrayed Imani, the woman Eddie Murphy’s character was supposed to marry, says she originally auditioned for the lead but was cast in the smaller role due to colorism.
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Vanessa Bell Calloway credits $30 wig for ‘Coming to America’ role

Vanessa Bell Calloway landed the role of Imani Izzi in “Coming to America” with the help of a $30 wig. “My hair was short at the time, and I know men in Hollywood: They like long hair, so my short hair was not going to be pretty to them. So I ran to the beauty supply store and I got this little cheap wig,” she told Page Six Style of preparing for her audition for the 1988 flick.
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Vanessa Bell Calloway believes her skin tone affected ‘Coming to America’ casting

Vanessa Bell Calloway isn’t living in the past — just shedding more light on it. Calloway — who played the role of Imani Izzi in 1988’s “Coming to America,” the beautiful woman originally meant to marry Eddie Murphy’s Prince Akeem — says she originally auditioned for the lead female role of Lisa, played by Shari Headley, and believes her complexion played a role in not getting the part.
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Vanessa Bell Calloway Reveals Colorism In ‘Coming To America’ Casting

The highly anticipated Coming to America sequel, called Coming 2 America, drops on Amazon Prime on March 5. The original was released in 1989 and was an instant classic. Vanessa Bell Calloway, who portrayed Imani, the woman Eddie Murphy’s character was supposed to marry, says she originally auditioned for the lead but was cast in the smaller role due to colorism.
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