Jani Toivola

Jani Toivola – Vaasa, Finland

Jani Toivola is a man of several firsts.  An article in Public Radio International states that “….he was in his mid-30’s, the entrepreneur, actor and dancer was a celebrity in this country of 5.5 million where he was the first black actor. He’s been the host of ‘Idols’, Finland’s version of ‘American Idol’, a contestant…

Jonathan Awori – Murray, Kentucky

Jonathan Awori pursued his undergraduate education at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He majored in English with a concentration in drama and theatre and then got a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Acting at Illinois State University. He pursued acting for a while before beginning a teaching career at Lane College, a historically black…

Peres Owino, Los Angeles, California

Peres Owino is an Assistant to the Executive Vice President of  Creative Advertising at Paramount Pictures.  She has written a play called Beauty From Ashes which is scheduled to be part of the Black Medley Film Series on April 25,2009 at Stage 52 in Los Angeles, California. The story is about a Kenyan woman who…