“The most powerful moments on our show are the ones without words.”
Early breaks: After a mid-1980s stint on The Cosby Show, he made a splash on the soap All My Children in the ’90s, earning three Daytime Emmy Award nominations.
Female-focused: Queen Sugar distinguishes itself by using only women directors. “Our creator and executive producer Ava DuVernay is an advocate for women — as is Oprah — and wants to give them a platform they would not otherwise get.”
Why it works: “The true heart-beating voice heard throughout our story is the perspective of a woman. So using women directors isn’t just a great publicity piece, it’s a necessary tool because it speaks to the heart of our show.”
Off camera: The father of two uses his celebrity to bring focus to the Manhood Tour, an initiative he co-founded to help mentor and positively influence inner-city boys growing up without fathers in their lives. “What you see me do on TV is my passion, but this is my purpose work.”