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Interview: Dorian Missick Talks ‘For Life’

Watch our conversation with Dorian Missick, the star of ABC’s legal drama For Life, as we discuss the significance of the show and how it facilitates a much needed conversation about the justice system.

Shawn Richardz: Hey Dorian, how you doing?

Dorian Missick: I’m very good, how are you?

Shawn Richardz: Good, good, good. So with this show, which I am a huge fan of – huge fan of your DJing and also a huge fan of your work. What is it about this show in this particular time do you think is important?

Dorian Missick: I feel like America is ready, you know, if they are not ready then they’ve been primed enough to where we can get them listening. The conversation about the American penal system has been going on and I just think that we have an opportunity to address it, and to be in people’s living room every day, every week rather, it really brings it home. A lot of times I think that if you are not from certain communities and something doesn’t affect you you feel like this is happening out there, this is not my thing. You can have an opinion about something that’s happening across the river, whereas when we are in your living room every week, there’s a certain feeling of having to deal with it. When you start rooting for Aaron and you like, “I don’t know anybody like this guy” but you’re rooting for him, it starts to open up your eyes and think that there are other Aarons. Or when you’re rooting for Jamal. And I think that’s an important thing about television, and one of the greatest things about our show – is that we’re able to open up a conversation for people that maybe wouldn’t talk about it…

Shawn Richardz: … Or are afraid to talk about it

Dorian Missick: Right! Or don’t even know, [or] have the tools to discuss it. Don’t even know it has to be talked about. I think that’s the biggest thing in America – people don’t realize that certain things have to be addressed. If it doesn’t affect them personally they feel like this is something that needs to be talked about. There are millions of people in this world, people in this country, that have a different experience than you and I. And it needs to be addressed.

Shawn Richardz: Well, I find it very interesting that your wife is playing a judge and you are doing this…

Dorian Missick: You find it interesting, I find it very natural. That’s a judgy lady! (laughs) I’m just kidding. I was like, yeah they picked the right one, you’re a judge for sure!

Shawn Richardz: So what are those conversations like when it comes time to coming home and maybe just decompressing from the character – for you and for her?

Dorian Missick: We talk about our work so much. I’m so glad we’re both doing something we are inerested in because we come home and we unload on each other, or download, however you wanna say it. Discuss our work at nausea. We discuss how to approach scenes. It’s just a lot. So this is just a natural progrssion that we both have shows that deal with the legal ssystem. And it’s a conversation that we have, especially her said of the family. Her side of the family is very political. We do family calls with her parents, and her brother and sister, it’s usually politics. Our family – we usually talk about religion or something, but her family – it’s usually politics. And so it’s like a very natural thing. I love debating with her dad, he’s my dad, I love debating with him about politics. So, it’s a natural progression in our household actually.

Shawn Richardz: Being that you are the DJ, is there a song or a music when you are on set to get in character?

Dorian Missick: I have a playlist that is kind of crazy, it’s all over the place. It really depends on what mood I need to be in for the day. It changes. As time goes by, the character kind of dictates what he needs to hear. And sometimes it’s not at all what I chose. Joy Bryans dressing room is next to mine, and sometimes I feel really sorry for her cause I blast my music. I wonder if Joy has a problem with this, she never said anything to me but I wonder (laughs). And I noticed that I’ve been mysteriously placed the furthest from the set. I think that’s because I make the most noise, Imma just be real (laughs)

Shawn Richardz: Well thank you so much. And we at Hollywood Melanin are so excited for your character and just having you come to the screen and bring all of these elements to your character.

Dorian Missick: Thank you, it’s been a pleasure

Shawn Richardz: Thank you!

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Racing Against the Times in ‘Fast 9’ with Nathalie Emmanuel

Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel sat with Hollywood Melanin to discuss the upcoming addition to the Fast franchise. Her character, Ramsey, is a super intelligent, tech-savvy ‘hacktivist,’ showing women in a powerful light.

 Emmanuel revealed what she did to prepare for her role and what it meant to play such a strong and crucial character in the Fast & Furious series. During this critical time of social change, Emmanuel stressed how important it was to have a powerful representation of women in roles that break social stigmas.

Ramsey is a woman-mastermind and a cyber genius. Using her expertise and intellect, she was able to join Torretto’s crew and take them to the next level. Having an expert hacker like Ramsey contributes to Dom’s (Vin Diesel) ability to fulfill missions by applying science to the need for speed.

(from left) Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Dom (Vin Diesel) in “F9,” directed by Justin Lin.

During our conversation, Emmanuel reflected on her role, and what technologically advanced representation does for the overall narrative. “I think it’s a great representation for women and women of color in tech—it’s really not something that you hear about.” She continued, “I think it’s really important that you have that representation, that she’s not only just into tech and she’s good at it— she’s exceptional… Maybe it can inspire people to go off to do things that maybe they think, ‘someone like me cant do that.’”

Emmanuel described her character in F9 as “hyper-focused.” Ramsey is able to pinpoint a solution amid the chaos of cars flying in the air. “I think she is one of these people who are hyper-focused, and this is what she’s good at, this is what she enjoys—so she had to note every single thing about it, and obviously technology is changing all the time, this sort of learning and on-changing. She’s just so obsessed with it that she knows as much as anyone can know; it might just explain why she hasn’t got her license because she was literally doing technology her whole life.” Emmanuel really immersed herself into her character, even relating to the fact that she can’t drive in reality!

Catch Nathalie Emmanuel in ‘F9: The Fast Saga‘ on June 25 in theaters near you!


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Going Full Throttle in ‘F9’ With Tyrese Gibson

‘F9: The Fast Saga’ hits theaters on June 25

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Iconic character Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) has made it through major milestones in the Fast and Furious series, and his character is always testing new extremities in the Fast Saga. Gibson gave HM an exclusive breakdown of his character and what it means to be a part of the Fast & Furious family.

In our conversation, the R&B legend turn-action-movie-star has shown the breadth of his talent, shared his perspective regarding the franchise’s contribution to ethnic representation, and explained why the forthcoming installment is an absolute must-see!

As a reminder, Roman entered the saga as the childhood friend of Brian O’Conner (played by the late Paul Walker). The audience meets him as a convict on house arrest, a sentence he received for harboring stolen cars.  O’Conner convinces Pearce to team up and take down the Argentinian drug lord Carter Verone (Cole Hauser).

When first introduced to viewers in 2 Fast 2 Furious, Pearce wants nothing to do with the operations. By the ninth chapter, however, we see a total shift – he is no longer foreign to danger and now fearlessly drives a military-grade tank-like vehicle through fatal war grounds.

Fast 9 pushes the limits of every character and is filled with a great deal of action! “It was a lot of movie to sit through because it’s just so much action, wall-to-wall humor, comedy, history, backstory,” Tyrese told HM.

The six billion dollar franchise has always emphasized the meaning of family and consistently put diversity to the forefront. When asked about the cultural narrative of the film, Tyrese said, “We’ve been carrying the diversity and inclusion torch for 20 years–and when we say diversity and inclusion, we’re not just saying Black and Brown, we’re saying women in movies shouldn’t be just holding on the super hero’s arm and being saved.” He continued, “We’ve always pushed that narrative–they may not want to give us the credit and that’s actually ok, but when you see the level of diversity and inclusion–and the multi-ethnic Asian, White, Black, Latino, Brazilian…we checked off every box there is, and I think there is something really powerful about people going to the movies and seeing someone that looks like them or where their from, talk the way they talk.” 

The Fast & Furious veteran promises – fans will not be disappointed, “Whoever grew up with us, whoever was raised by this franchise, they’re gonna be very happy with Fast 9.”

Catch Roman explore the theory of being invincible on June 25 in theaters near you.

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Holly Robinson Peete Talks New ‘Morning Show Mysteries’ Hallmark Film

The actor, producer, and philanthropist chatted with us about her role in the latest season of Morning Show Mysteries. The sixth installment, titled Murder Ever After, continues to follow her character, Billie Blessings, as she now discovers human bones in the basement of an old friend’s house, which leads her back into investigative work that she loves so much.

Also starring in the upcoming mystery feature are Colin Lawrence (Riverdale) and Karen Robinson (Schitt’s Creek).

Watch the premiere of Morning Show Mysteries: Murder Ever After on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET. 

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