Remember the name Kofi folks because from the looks of it, this talented young actor is just getting started.
OWN’s new drama has many great things going for it – Oprah of course, Ava Duvernay, Neema Barnette, an amazing list of directors…but as an actor myself, I can say the best thing about it is the huge break the show represents for so many talented actors. These names include Ruttina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Tina Lifford, Omar Dorsey, Kofi Siriboe…and many many others.
Kofi plays character Ralph Angel Bordelon – let me break this down for you without spoiler alerts. He’s relatable, charismatic and just darn good at playing a convicted felon and single dad on parole. The actors journey is often a long road, filled with many twists and turns. I spoke more about this in my last series, Blactress In the City. But as Kofi’s journey shows, if you keep grinding, your time will come.
Making small appearances in movies like Whiplash, Straight Outta Compton and modeling in denim ads, Kofi has had several guest spots in tv shows and film up until 2014 where he acted in several episodes of Awkward, but this year is clearly his time to shine.
So what were the LA natives thoughts on the audition process for Queen Sugar? ”
It was exciting because I was in a place where I was really excited about auditions. And I just knew something great was on the other end of all the auditions I was going on. When I saw the post, I said. I’m sure she’s (Ava) seen everybody — except for me!
Seeing a post on Twitter from Ava’s feed Kofi chose not to mention the part to his agents and instead, let destiny play her part. The very next day, his agent called him with news that he had an audition.
So what’s next for this star?
Represented by Josiah Akinyele, at Innovative Artists, you can be sure there quite a few projects in the queue. Next up though is his supporting role in the newly released film, Kicks. Kofi plays Flaco, an antithesis to Ralph Angel, a relentless mean hearted local trouble maker. Watch the trailer below.
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Born and raised in Chicago, IL Crystal Joy has dedicated her time to learning her craft in both acting and writing. She received her BA in Journalism from Loyola University Chicago and is a former student of Stella Adler Studios and Lucid Body. She currently studies with Mel Williams from Theater Of A New Generation. In 2015 Crystal made her debut in an Off-Broadway play, “The Cherry Orchard,” and as a new face on the scene she has been extremely busy with landing roles in short feature films and plays as well as writing for herself and others.