The title of one of the signature poems of the late great Maya Angelou is entitled “Phenomenal Woman.” At this year’s, Jazz Fest while sitting backstage waiting for the legendary Stevie Wonder to hit the stage, Data News Weekly had the opportunity to speak with Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway, a woman who is every bit of phenomenal. She is timelessly beautiful, intelligent, graceful and talented, as she is looking casually chic on this warm day in the month May. She is alluring and exudes an elegant yet down to earth aura. Calloway has had a career spanning several decades on the stage, silver screen and television. She’s earned eight NAACP Image Award nominations; winning the “NAACP Theater Award for Best Actress” for her critically acclaimed role as Zora Neale Hurston in “Letters From Zora.”
My Love Affair with America’s Most Interesting City
Speaking enthusiastically, she says, her connection to the Crescent City runs deep, “I love New Orleans; I have been coming here for years. My husband Dr. Anthony Calloway, both of his parents are from New Orleans and his best friend is here. We’re also very good friends with Marc Morial who served two-terms as mayor and we attended both of his inaugurals. Continuing speaking of the City’s unique character and flavor she says, “New Orleans is my favorite City in the U.S., when I am here I feel like I am on an island, it is a City that is so special and so different from the rest of the country.”
On Being Black and Successful in the Entertainment Industry
Over the years, she’s played countless roles and is one of the most in demand character actresses in the business. Vanessa is best known for her roles in the box office smashes “Coming to America,” “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, “Biker Boyz “, “Love Don’t Cost A Thing”, “Daylight,” “The Inkwell”, “Crimson Tide”, “The Brothers”, “Cheaper By The Dozen” and she’s also voiced the lead female role in the animated feature “Bebe’s Kids”. Calloway is currently starring in Bounce TV’s new hit one-hour drama “Saints & Sinners” as the matriarch Lady Ella Johnson. Talking about her recent projects she says, “Right now I am starring in ‘Saints & Sinners’ on Bounce TV I am Lady Ella, the lead character and our second season we’ve just completed and waiting to do our third. I am always staying busy; I am directing now as well, I directed an episode of ‘Saints and Sinners,’ I also have my own content on the web, ‘In the Company of Friends’ and ‘Cooking and Hooking Up’ which are my own projects that I conceived, directed and created.”
In the entertainment industry where many are hailed as the next big thing today only then to hover into obscurity; Calloway, since her early television appearance in 1985 as Yvonne Caldwell on the ABC soap opera ‘All My Children’ has been a mainstay in the industry playing many memorable roles. A feat not accomplished by many especially someone of color. Speaking of her secret to longevity she says, “The secret to having longevity is to keep working and staying prevalent, stay positive and stay in the moment. It’s like you just must keep working, like anything else we know about life you can’t rest on your past laurels. You must keep moving and keep creating and just being present. I have a lot of people I have to thank for keeping me in the loop, but I also have to say it is my will and determination and belief in myself for staying relevant and being positive and keeping it moving and not being afraid of taking chances; in addition to growing and understanding all aspects of the industry.”
Words that are Key to Living a Great Life
While being successful in business, she’s been successful in other aspects of her life with the role of mother and wife being the one she takes the most pride in. Vanessa has two beautiful adult daughters, Ashley and Alexandra and she has been married to her loving husband Anesthesiologist, Dr. Anthony Calloway for 28 years. She says this is what matters most to her in life, “My family is what gives me meaning and purpose. I love them; there’s nothing I would trade for my family. Any professional accomplishments or awards substitutes for the love, the support and the health of my family and they are first and foremost to me and the rest will work itself out.” On this ending note before Stevie Wonder hits the stage she’s given me these words that are the keys to a great life. Vanessa Bell Calloway, through her example in the show business and living a well-rounded life is the true definition of a phenomenal woman.
Article source: http://ladatanews.com/news/2017/may/17/vanessa-bell-calloway/
The tweet and Eddie’s whole account have since been deleted. That’s most likely because we’re told there was a plan to post something like this, but it wasn’t supposed to happen yet. As we said, Eddie’s still writing.
The premature release caught fans and Princess Imani by surprise. Vanessa, who’s barely aged in the nearly 30 years since the original film, told us she’s ready to go.
So are fans, so someone just yell “Action!” already.
TheNet.ng: 29 years after ‘Coming to America’, actress Vanessa Bell is the sexiest woman alive at 60
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Black truly don’t crack! It’s 2017 and on the 20th of this month of March, veteran actress Vanessa Bell Calloway will be turning 60. Can you believe it, 60?! And she is still one of the sexiest women alive! If you take a look at the sexy Coming To America star, it doesn’t look like she’s aged a bit! And to celebrate her upcoming milestone, she recently launched her This is My Sexy Sixty campaign, which empowers women to embrace their beauty at all ages. Since March is also
Women’s History Month, you can say the campaign is well-timed, as Calloway is inviting women to ‘look their best, feel their best, but most of all … be their best!’
Speaking to Rollingout on the advice she would’ve given to her 20-year-old self, Vanessa had this to say: ‘Well, a piece of advice I’m glad I did give myself was to listen to that voice within. I learned that at around that age. If you listen to that inner voice saying, ‘If it looks like a duck, if it walks like a duck, then it’s a duck’ that inner-voice never leads you wrong.
‘I learned that in my twenties to really just focus inward and let the universe and God speak to me. That has really helped me in a lot of ways as I grew older. Also, not to be afraid of being assertive at that age. Young women try to be so pleasing and we’re always apologizing. Although I was very strong and confident in my twenties, I wish I could have been even more so. The older you get, the less you care.’
There has been a recent pop up of shows based on what happens in and out of the church but truthfully we all know that Bounce TV broke the mold last year with the debut of its astronomical highly rated original drama, Saints and Sinners that created television’s sudden interest in congregation based television programs. After what seemed like a longer wait then what Job had to endure when God tested his faith, the original church based drama has returned! Sure someone may argue that there was that show Amen back in the day that everyone loved with the Jefferson’s Sherman Hemsley—- but nothing prepared audiences for the twists and turns of Saints and Sinners which is unpredictable and scripted intelligently. The Ty Scott created drama stars eight-time NAACP Image Award nominee and veteran Actress, Vanessa Bell Calloway. It also features Clifton Powell, Christian Keyes, J.D. Williams, Jasmine Burke, Keith Robinson and Karlie Redd.
Saints and Sinners returns to television tomorrow on Sunday, March 5th at 9pm ET. This season, death’s shadow continues to loom over the town’s epicenter, Greater Hope Baptist Church as newly elected Mayor Ella Johnson (Vanessa Bell Calloway) and the remaining power players in Cypress tackle greed, corruption, deceit and scandal among their friends and family. As Cypress police hunt for their newest murder.
Saints and Sinners presented Calloway with another role filled with depth and complexity. Lady Ella has to deal with pressure, perception, religion, sexuality and private struggles. Over the years, Calloway has not just survived in Hollywood but she has thrived. From her roles in Coming to America, Shameless, What’s Love Got to Do With It and Grey’s Anatomy just to name a few, the gorgeous and physically fit Actress has always worked and maintained great roles in television, film and theater. We talked to her about Lady Ella, politics, religion and issues on the show and in our country.
Read the entire interview here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/vanessa-bell-calloway-returns-on-bounce-tvs-saints_us_58bb5ff5e4b02b8b584dfc96
‘Survivor’s Remorse’: Isaiah Washington & Vanessa Bell Calloway Set To Recur; Neal McDonough To Guest Star On Season 4
Grey’s Anatomy alum Isaiah Washington and Saints & Sinners’ Vanessa Bell Calloway are set for recurring roles on Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse, executive produced by LeBron James and Mike O’Malley (Glee, Yes, Dear). In addition, Neal McDonough (Arrow, Justified) is set for a guest role on the upcoming fourth season.
Survivor’s Remorse follows the life of Cam Calloway (Jessie T. Usher), a hard-working, young basketball star who is thrust into the limelight after signing a huge contract with a pro basketball team in Atlanta.
Washington will play Rodney Barker, the estranged and incarcerated father of Cam (Usher) who is on a journey of forgiveness and redemption as it relates to the sins of his past. Calloway will play Missy Vaughn’s (Teyonah Parris) mother, Camille Jordan, a business executive and DC civil rights activist who wants more for her daughter. McDonough is Brian Powers, a Bostonian business man from Cam’s (Usher) old neighborhood.
Survivor’s Remorse is executive produced by Mike O’Malley, Tom Werner, LeBron James and Maverick Carter for SpringHill Entertainment, Paul Wachter, Victor Levin, Hilton Smith and Ali LeRoi. Season 4 is set to premiere this summer.
In addition to her lead role as Lady Ella Johnson in Saints & Sinners, Calloway’s other credits include Shameless and feature Southside With You. She’s repped by Zero Gravity Management.
Washington, best known for his role as Dr. Preston Burke on long-running series Grey’s Anatomy, can currently be seen as Thelonious Jaha on the CW’s The 100. He’s repped by Amy Weiss at Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
McDonough’s credits include Arrow, Justified, Band of Brothers and Rogue. He’s repped by Paradigm Agency, Luber Roklin Entertainment, and Bloom Hergott Diemer.
Vanessa Bell Calloway is another favorite of ours who keeps getting better with time! We love her effortlessly elegant style.
Vanessa Bell Calloway Directs Episode 16 of the Acclaimed Web Series “Everything I Did Wrong In My 20’s” [Watch Episode]
“Everything I Did Wrong In My 20’s”, a web series created by Kim Williams, follows the journey of a 35+ year old woman’s search for happiness. Vanessa Bell Calloway directs Episode 16 of the show, currently in it’s second season.
If you enjoyed the “In the Company of Friends” web series, you’ll love “Cookin’ & Hookin’ Up”, Ms. Calloway’s new web series. The official trailer debuts before the episode.
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Writer-Director Don B. Welch returns to the L.A. stage with a new stage production “3 Sisters” starring Vanessa Bell Calloway, Loretta Devine & Dawnn Lewis. Other cast members include Amin Joseph & Derek Shaun.
One performance only! August 8, 2016 at The Wilshire Ebell, Los Angeles, CA.
For tickets, call Ticketmaster (800-745-3000), The Ebell (323-939-1128) or Inglewood Tickets (310-671-6400).