Tuesday, June 17, 2014

HBCUCONNECT.COM: 2014 American Black Film Festival Nominates Tobi Gadison, Howard Alumnus, for Best Actor

Tobi Gadison (IMDB)

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Howard University’s Tobi Gadison, has been nominated as Best Actor for his role as Nicholas in the independent film, Myra’s Angel, at this year’s 18th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF), in New York City, June 19-22. Conceived in 1997 to promote diversity in film and television, ABFF is dedicated to showcasing quality films by and about people of African descent and new talent in front of and behind the camera. The film, about a man’s journey for redemption as he tries to clear his name of a robbery he did not commit, is one of eleven to debut and received six nominations. 

Tobi was always attracted to acting and music as an imaginative child growing up in a Washington, DC household rich in HBCU history. “As far back as I can remember, most of my dad’s side (Robert E. Brown) attended Xavier University in New Orleans.” His maternal great grandfather and grandfather, Drs. Pinkney Marion Henderson and Purvis Sinclair Henderson; and his maternal grandmother, Dr. Helen O. Dickens, attended Howard University School of Medicine. His mother, Dr. Jayne (Henderson) Brown, attended for her post baccalaureate premedical studies and residency. Tobi and his sister, Kai, attended in the 1990’s. As a business major “I wanted to be an artist and repertoire talent scout, but never really found my niche. They put me in business, acting and jazz classes but it was not the right fit”. So Tobi headed to New Orleans, starting successful landscaping and photography businesses. On the crest of the area’s booming film industry he signed with a talent agency after appearing in a church play sponsored his drama ministry. His career took off.He was featured in commercials, local productions and prominent movies such as Ray, Dukes of Hazzard, Glory Road and Just My Luck. 

For more information visit www.abff.com

Written by Jill Coleman

Posted By: Aliya Thompson
Thursday, June 12th 2014 at 1:28PM 

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