Part 1: Interview with British Actor, Femi

As told to Sherria by Femi Oyeniran

There has been a lot of hype in the news about British heartthrob, Idris Elba. But there are a ton of other British Actors who are building their careers to go global and mainstream. I had the opportunity to speak to British actor and entrepreneur, Femi Oyeniran. Femi talks about being a black actor in the UK, his latest projects and what inspires him. This is part 1 of 2.

1) What is your occupation?

I am an actor, director, writer, entrepreneur and all round hustler!

 2) What inspired you to pursue your dreams?

I was inspired to pursue my dreams when I was given the opportunity to appear in a film called “Kidulthood” and the sequel was coming out a few weeks after I finished law school. I thought if I don’t chase this dream now, I’ll never know what could have been. I suppose a key moment was when I met my personal tutor at university and she was telling me with a lot of regret in her eyes(almost tears) that she was once an actor and she had the choice to either do her final law exams or start work on a TV program. She obviously chose law and became an academic. The regrets in her eyes drove me to chase my dream.

Femi and co-star of Kidulthood, Adam Deacon

 3) What barriers are there in the UK for a minority to obtain quality roles in film?

Lots of obstacles but you have to side step obstacle. The fact is when you’re a minority you are the whim of the majority. This is reflected at all level of media. However, the arrival of the internet and cheaper high quality equipment means that we don’t have to wait to get given roles anymore. We make roles for ourselves!

 4) Tell us about Cut the Chat and how it started?

Cut the Chat is an online (soon to be TV) chat show that went live on January 2009. It was started by a group of people that were passionate about creating something different that reflected a different perspective of the British Black Experience. It has since been harnessed by myself, director Darwood Grace and producer/presenter Damon Elleston. It’s a chat show based in the barbershop – It’s basically “Barbershop” (the movie) meets “The View” (the chat show) with 4 black guys (myself [actor], Damon [barber], Lee Littleman [comedian] and Ace [BBC Radio Presenter])  who are doing really well within their chosen fields presenting. We have since gone on to develop a live format with a live audience which has been filmed at the world famous art gallery the Tate Britain amongst other venues.

*Editor’s Note: For our American readers, I would compare Cut the Chat to former MTV series, “The Shop.”

Cut the Chat Episode: Kojo [Choice FM Breakfast Host/Comedian]

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Celebration of Cool: British Mania

by Sherria

Idris Elba

This tall, dark and handsome actor is the epitome of cool. Known for his breakout role in HBO’s The Wire, Idris Elba has taken Hollywood by storm. Elba has also starred in blockbuster hits such as Daddy’s Little Girls and American Gangster along side Denzel Washington. Elba introduced us to his comedic side when he guest starred in NBC’s The Office in 2009. Idris has not only become a well-respected actor in Hollywood, he’s become a sexy symbol.

Chiwetel Ejiofor

You may know him as Keira Knightley’s husband in Love Actually. You may know him as Denzel Washington’s brother in American Gangster, or you may know him as friend and manager of Don Cheadle in Talk to Me. Often known as a supporting actor, Chitewel Ejiofor gives you a memorable performance in every movie. This British actor, of Nigerian descent has been acting since the age of 13. After getting a taste of Hollywood in his first major movie, Steven Spilberg’s Amistad, Ejiofor hasn’t looked back.

Okezie Morro

Trained at the London School of Music and Dramatic Art, this newcomer can be seen in the blockbuster hit, Red Tails. Released in January, Red Tails depicts a “A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard,” (IMDB RedTails). We love following the careers of new actors, so watch out for Okezie on the big screen.


Gift Guide for the Sophisticated Gentleman

by Sherria 

It doesn't get more sophisticated than that!

 

Ladies, you only have four days left to get that special guy a gift for the holiday. But remember, you don’t have to break the bank this season in order to buy nice gifts. It’s always the thought that counts! If you are still thinking about a suitable gift for your sophisticated man, A*cute can help. If you live in New York, please try Uniqlo for warm men’s clothing. They have jeans on sale for $39.50, cashmere sweaters starting at $99.90 and lambswool sweaters starting at $29.90. You can also find and a ton of cozy accessories such as scarves, gloves, and hats. Below are a few items I discovered while pushing through the holiday crowds. All are priced under or near the $100 mark. Tell us what you are planning to buy the men in your life this holiday season.

A*cute picks:

Heavy gauge shawl collar cardigan (Uniqlo, $49.90)

This Men's Refueler's gift set is perfect for a man on the go. It contains a bar of body scrub soap, facial moisturizer, hand salve, and shaving cream. (Men's Refuelers kit from Kiehl's, $29.50)

If your man likes to drink Whiskey, try the Whiskey Stones and Gift Set. The stones are to keep your drink cool without the "watering down" effect of ice. (Uncommongifts.com, $19.50-58.00)

They say that "scent is the strongest sense tied to memory" so buy your guy Gucci Guilty cologne and it will be a holiday to remember! Try a gift set from Sephora. It includes a 1.6 oz Eau De Toilette Spray and 3.3 oz Perfumed Body Lotion (Sephora, $101)

Weekend Film: TAKERS

Yes, Ladies, the movie with all of the hot guys is here! TAKERS is out in theaters now!

DC Theatre Show listings:

Gallery Place :  7:00 pm, 9:50 pm, and 12:30 pm

AMC Loews Theater (Georgetown): 7:oo pm, 9:35 pm, 12:10 pm

Regal Majestic 20 (Silver Spring): 7:20 pm, 8pm, 9pm, 9:50, 10:30 pm, 10:45pm, 11:45 pm, 12:20pm, 1:00pm

Highlights:

Youtube Movie Trailer, click here.

Takers actors take of their shirts, click here.

I’m looking forward to seeing T.I. and Idris Elba. Who do you want to see? Leave a comment.