Vice President NoBullying2020 / VP – Global Content Media / Program Manager – Bighead Big Head Entertainment Inc.
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B’ANCA fell in love with “Singing Gospel” at age 5 and “Live Theatre” (singing, acting, and dancing) during her teens. Her lifetime friend, production, writer Chip (Fields) Hurd; mentored her for over 40 years in performing (in many of her plays) and studying behind the scene production. B’ANCA performs in college productions at USC “Christopher” and LACC as ‘Dorothy’ in “The Wiz”. As an Inner City Cultural Center Alumni, she starred in several productions and was nominated for an Image Award for “Best Supporting Actress” in “Earth Angel” (story of the Singing group “The Penguins”). B’ANCA toured with “Sang Sista’ Sang” as ‘Dinah Washington’ and “The Gospel Truth” starring ‘Jenifer Holiday’ & ‘Tremaine Hawkins’. B’ANCA than toured with Diana Ross as a Tour Manager and Media Coordinator.
B’ANCA studied video filming, editing and screenwriting at New York Film Academy then joined Chip again as Stage Manager and a camera person with “Inspired by… The Bible Experience” a Celebrity Audio Bible featuring “Blair Underwood” as ‘Jesus’ and several other African American Artist. For the past 10 consecutive years, she’s been Production Stage Manager and Co-Director with the musical “The Passion Play” (200 casts members). She then worked with her other Mentor Producer, Entertainer, Daytime Emmy Award Winner, Obba Babatunde’ with his one-man stage musical “Once in A Life Time” portraying the life of Sammy Davis, Jr. and a host of other stage productions like “Blink of An Eye” and a host of productions featuring young people.
B’ANCA was blessed to work with many greats such as; Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Mickey Stevenson, Martha Reeves, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Jazz great Barbara Morrison, Loretta Devine, Chante’ Moore, Dr. Margaret Pleasant- Douroux, The Winans, Ted Lange, and a host of others.
She loves working with the ‘Inner City Community’ because it gives her an opportunity to ‘Pay It Forward’ and work with other Non-Profit Organizations that are helping to reach out to our Youth and Veterans.
“Next Stage Productions” has always been B’ANCA’s passion because it focuses on bringing back “Live Theater” for inner-city youth motivating them to discover their inner strength and creativity that will allow them to challenge the world’s day to day crises; while saying NO to Bullying and bringing about Awareness to Suicide Prevention.
An American Stage and Screen Actor / Board Member Nobullying2020
Obba Babatundé’s performing ethics reach back into the storied days of entertainment when performers’ careers were dependent on their ability to deliver anything the audience wanted to see and hear! Obba has appeared in more than seventeen stage productions; thirty theatrical films; sixty made-for-television movies; starred in many specials and two primetime series plus dozens of other singing and dancing appearances. It is easy to understand why Obba is often referred to as one of the busiest actors in Hollywood.
True to form, 2016 was an exceptionally busy year for Obba. He received the Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series” as well as the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the PVIFF. Obba also completed filming three primetime series: CBS’ “Madam Secretary,” the highly-anticipated SHOWTIME series, “I’m Dying Up Here,” NETFLIX’S acclaimed series “Dear White People” and is presently in production with the feature film “LAbyrinth”.
Babatundé recently appeared in a recurring role on the acclaimed drama series “Kingdom” and the high-profile Amazon drama series “Hand of God,” as the beguiling “Bishop Bruce Congdon.” TV audiences loved Obba as the wealthy father of two half-sisters in the now syndicated television comedy series “Half & Half,” as well as appearances on “The Young and the Restless,”Boston Legal,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “NCIS,” “Cold Case,” “Strong Medicine,” and even as the man who taught Joey of “Friends” to dance (“Jazz Hands”). His Emmy-nominated performance in the HBO movie ” Miss Evers’ Boys,” his NAACP Image Award-nominated performance in the HBO movie “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” his Ovation Award nomination and NAACP Image Award win as “Best Actor” for his role as “Sarge” in “A Soldiers Play”, and his Tony Award nomination for his role as “C.C. White,” in the original Broadway cast of “Dreamgirls” are some of Obba’s most cherished achievements. Some of his other noted credits include the coveted NAACP “Trailblazer Award”, Hal Prince’s “Grind” and “Timbuktu!” and his critically acclaimed performance of “Billy Flynn” in the Broadway musical “Chicago.” Obba originated the role of “Jelly Roll Morton” in the world premiere of “Jelly’s Last Jam” and no one can forget his stellar performance in the Broadway-bound Musical “Sammy,” for which he won “Best Actor” for his portrayal of his entertainment mentor Sammy Davis, Jr. Some of his feature film appearances include: “The Celestine Prophecy,” “Material Girls,” “After the Sunset,” “The Manchurian Candidate,” “The Notebook,” “John Q,” “How High,” “That Thing You Do!,” “Philadelphia,” “The Last Fall,” “If I Tell You I Have To Kill You,” “The Fallen Faithful,” “Trapped,” “Tension” and “Kinky.”
Obba has often portrayed authority figures, such as a recurring guest-starring role as a high school principal on Dawson’s Creek, an appearance as a judge in a two-part episode of Any Day Now, and as the father of the main characters on Half & Half. He also played Harvard college Dean Cain in the movie How High, as well as the role of Willie Long in the movie Life, the pivotal role of Lamar, the hotel concierge in the film That Thing You Do!, co-starred as an attorney in Philadelphia, as a SWAT captain in John Q, as a senator in the 2004 reprise of The Manchurian Candidate, and in Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups he played Mayor Denny. He also played the director in season 3 of Friends in an episode titled “The One with All the Jealousy”. Other TV shows he has had recurring roles include The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Chicago Hope, and Karen Sisco. He played a famous producer known as Gordy Berry on two episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In the 1998 miniseries, The Temptations, he played the founder of Motown Records Berry Gordy. Obba’s extensive animation career includes Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike and Disney Infinity 3.0 as well as Conroy in Rocket Power. In the animated feature, The Wild Thornberrys Movie Obba voiced the character of Boko, and in the 2016 Air Bud Entertainment movie Pup Star, he is the hilarious soul-singing Basset Hound, Big Ears. Babatundé’s acting talents are always coupled with his behind-the-scenes skills. He was co-producer and director of “Oscar’s Black Odyssey,” co-producer of “Dorothy Dandridge An American Beauty,” and co-producer of “TV in Black The First 50 Years.” Obba is an associate producer of the horror classic film “Voodoo Dolls” and executive producer of “Journey.” Most recently, Obba directed and co-stars with Katt Williams in the Lionsgate Home Entertainment feature film “American Bad Boy” and produced and directed the multi-award-winning short film “Clarissa’s Gift.” Babatundé also directed a highly acclaimed version of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls and co-authored, directed and produced the critically acclaimed “In The Blink of An Eye.”
Past Vice President of Operations – Better Vision for Children. Collaborated and assisted in the development of “The New BVC” Home Vision Test Kit. Also, instrumental in Establishing new corporate partnerships and sponsorship programs working with other non-profit organizations with a common goal of helping to identify and to correct preschool children’s vision. Collaborated with legal, real estate, and projected acquisitions. Board Member – NoBullying2020, Past Advisory Board Member – Ability Awareness Project / Retired Fire Chief / Veteran and Member – Disabled American Veterans
The Better Vision for Children Foundation (BVC) is a non-profit charity whose sole purpose…
… Is to prevent and cure partial or total blindness resulting from amblyopia (lazy eye) through:
distributing information to parents, preschoolers, children’s homes on the importance of getting children’s eyes tested and then corrective measures performed by ophthalmologists and other professionals with experience in screening and treating for amblyopia.
… To continue our program of mass screening of one thru four-year-old children for amblyopia with a digital photo-screener, that can be operated by non-medical personnel.
… Payment of, or reduction in the cost of prescription glasses required for treatment of underlying eye disorders.
… To distribute a half-million field test kits to identify childhood amblyopia in Africa.
… Is to have every preschool child’s eyes tested and corrective measures performed by ophthalmologists and other professionals with experience in screening and treating amblyopia. Only 3–4 percent of children in the U.S. receive eye care services before the age of six.
Most vision-related children’s diseases are completely curable if detected and treated at an early age.