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Jahi Di’Allo Winston

By Abigail Baldwin

Jahi Di’Allo Winston plays the lead of the upcoming, highly acclaimed film, Charm City Kings. Based on the documentary 12 O’Clock, the film follows Mouse (Winston), a young boy who wants nothing more than to be a part of the Midnight Clique, a tough group of Baltimore bike riders who rule the summertime streets. As he navigates the challenges of coming of age in a complicated world, he learns the hard way that the choices you make early on can change your life forever.

Charm City Kings had its world premiere on January 27 at Sundance Film Festival and will be making its way to SXSW in March. The film is set for nationwide release on April 17, 2020.

Right now, you can watch Winston in Everything Sucks on Netflix and 2019’s Queen & Slim, available on Prime Video.

360 Mag: What attracted you to the story of Charm City Kings?

JAHI: What attracted me to Charm City Kings was the environment in which the story took place. Having an opportunity to shed light on an entire community that’s consistently misinterpreted and misunderstood in the media was extremely appealing to me. That, as well as having the chance to be at the center of an entire universe sounded like a pretty cool first time experience…And it was!

360 Mag: In what ways do you relate to your character, Mouse?

JAHI: I would say that I related to Mouse’s ambition and relentlessness most. He has a fierce drive that causes him to overcompensate and get himself into trouble. I can definitely relate to that, having a similar drive that sometimes causes me to get ahead of myself. 

360 Mag: When did you find out you’d be working with Meek Mill? How did you react?

JAHI: I can’t remember when I found out, but I do remember being intrigued by the idea that I was going to be able to be a part of Meek’s big acting debut. He’s amazing in this movie! I really think a lot of people are going to be impressed when they see him in it. You can really see his dedication to the work and how much he enjoys what he’s doing. 

360 Mag: What was something you learned from your director Angel Manuel Soto? 

JAHI: I learned so much from Angel. I feel like one of the biggest things I learned from him was how to maintain your vision and keep your cool in the midst of chaos. We were shooting in a very high-pressure environment and a lot of chaotic things were being thrown at us every day. Angel always maintained an optimistic attitude about it all. It was really inspiring to see. So that’s something that I definitely took away. 

360 Mag: What excited you most about being at Sundance?

JAHI: The most exciting thing about being at Sundance was seeing our movie colored and complete in front of an audience for the first time. I think we all were sort of holding our breath because most of us hadn’t seen it and we were experiencing it all with the audience for the first time. For most of the audience members seemingly walking away being so moved by it was the best thing any of us could’ve asked for. 

360 Mag: Who inspires you the most in the industry?

JAHI: I’m inspired by so many different people and entities. One that really stands out to me right now is Donald Glover (Childish Gambino). I really don’t get starstruck, but if I met him I’d probably be in awe. His work just means so much to me. From his screen work, to his music; his impact on my life and my work is just endless. I find so much commonality in everything that he does and says…He makes me feel seen. I could go on and on, but I won’t. He’s one of my inspirations, for sure. 

360 Mag: Dream roll?

JAHI: My dream role is any role that I write for myself. I believe in making your own dreams come true. 

360 Mag: Favorite fashion brands?

JAHI:  I’m just a fan of fashion period! I like different things about many different designers. One that has really caught my eye right now is this one South African brand called RICH MNSI.  They’re really contemporary and unique. 

360 Mag: Can you tell us about your NAACP awards look?

JAHI: My NAACP awards look was a piece by a UK designer by the name of Kyle Ho. It was the first look that my stylist, Apuje Kalu, and I tried on. It was edgy and elegant. I’m not afraid to take risks with fashion as long as it’s something I like. We had a whole rack of clothes, but we didn’t even try any of the other ones on…We just knew it was THE ONE!

360 Mag: What are your interests outside of acting? 

JAHI: Outside of acting, I’m most interested in being a leader, whatever that entails. I wanna be someone who pushes the culture forward, someone who does good work in marginalized communities across the world. Someone who challenges the world, rather than assimilating into it. That’s what I’m interested in…As I’m typing this, I realize you probably meant like, Baseball or something, and I just gave a long answer for no reason. Oh well…

McKenna Grace Wows in LANOOSH

Starlet McKenna Grace was spotted wearing LA-based clothing brand LANOOSH at Sundance this past weekend. McKenna is the star of new movie Troop Zero with Viola Davis and Alisson Janney.

*Photo by Aaron Richter

Sundance 2018

Actor Issa Rae (‘Insecure’) among the celebrities to attend The Blackhouse’s Killer Creativity: A New Breed Panel, sponsored by BET Networks, at Sundance 2018, seen here with BET Fellows 

(photo credit: Eric Umphery Photography) 

 John LegendIssa RaeDebra Lee and Bevy Smith were among the guests in attendance for the first two days of programming at The Blackhouse during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. 

 

Filmmakers and industry insiders packed into the Blackhouse’s Sundance headquarters to listen to their peers discuss topics ranging from diversity and inclusion in filmmaking to discussions around the premiere of one the biggest films at Sundance, Monster, all before jamming to the sounds of Grammy-nominated DJ/producer Vikter Duplaix at the official Blackhouse Party.  

 

Attendees mixed and mingled while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres, but the Blackhouse’s co-founder, Brickson Diamond, made it clear that while having a good time is important, Blackhouse means serious business, “It’s not about a party. It’s about the mission of expanding access and opportunity. It’s about getting our stories told, distributed and our artists heard again and again.” 

 

The Blackhouse Foundation, an organization whose mission is to create a community for black content creators, is in its 11th year at Sundance and will be at the 2018 festival from January 19-22. Programming highlights this year include a conversation with Grammy-and-Oscar-winner John Legend and Tonya Lewis Lee about film Monster premiering at Sundance and a discussion about ways in which black women are leading the revolution featuring activist and commentator Angela Rye and sponsored by Color of Change and Planned Parenthood. 


The Blackhouse Foundation welcomes and thanks the following sponsors for their continued belief and support: Comcast NBC/Universal returns as a full-year sponsor. BET sponsors the Blackhouse Fellows Program bringing 10 Howard University MFA students to the festival and serve as a Creative sponsor. Official sponsors include AT&T Hello LabFacebook, and 21st Century Fox Global Inclusion. Supporting sponsors include NETFLIX and HBO. Creative sponsors include CAA, Planned Parenthood/Color of Change, SAG-AFTRA, The Will and Jada Smith Family FoundationStarz, UMC – The Urban Movie Channel, Eos and more. 

Grammy and Oscar-winner John Legend, Producer Tonya Lee Lewis, and SAG-AFTRA Diversity Advisory Committee Chair Jason George, along with the director, writers, and cast during “The Making of ‘Monster,’ presented by SAG-AFTRA” (photo credit: Eric Umphery Photography) 



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VAUGHN

Vaughn Lowery’s heart pumps passion and produces positive change. His career has taking him from the humble beginnings in Detroit, to a full scholarship to Cornell University where he became active in modeling, acting and producing screenplays to now where he is the Publisher and Founder of one of the leading fashion and lifestyle magazines of today.


Vaughn won over television audiences when he appeared in Kmart’s smash hit Joe Boxer commercial, dancing his self-titled “Boxer Boogie” wearing nothing but his Joe Boxer underwear. With this “brief” appearance, Vaughn Lowery a.k.a “Joe Boxer,” soon became a household name and appeared with Leeza Gibbons on “Extra”, Katie Couric on “Today Show”, and Jay Leno on “Tonight Show” boogieing down with them performing his signature dance. According to the Detroit Free Press, Vaughn’s ‘Boxer Boogie’ has paid off, helping Kmart sell roughly $20 million in Joe Boxer apparel a week.” The first year he was responsible for them selling over $1.5 billion of duds, besting Martha Stewart’s launch year with over $500 million in sales.

The Detroit native embarked on an acting and modeling career during a trip to New York City when renowned make-up artist Sam Fine, set him up with a fashion photographer, Fadil Berisha. Before his appearance as “Joe Boxer” Vaughn worked as a successful print model for such companies as Gap, Target, Skechers, Old Navy, Bath & Body Works Fragrance, Nordstrom and Mark Ecko, while also working as a runway model for Tommy Hilfiger, Phat Farm and Karl Kani. He has also graced the pages of FHM (SA), URB Magazine and Glamour.

Vaughn continues to be busy in the media. A few years back, ABC News “Primetime” aired a segment chronicling his life along with the tragic John Ritter story. Vaughn also has filmed a Super Bowl commercial; completed a high-profile Dasani Water billboard ad campaign; appeared on “Top Model, “where he stirred up some controversy; guest-starred on the comedy, “Scrubs;” and screened his controversial 35mm festival film, “The Young & Evil,” at Sundance 2009, which was nominated for Cardiff’s Iris Prize within the same year. In addition, he was also named “17 Hot Guys” by Seventeen Magazine.

His next endeavor is the film, “The Company We Keep” (directed by Roy Campanella), where he plays a fast-talking manager within the record industry, Barry. Also, Vaughn is in the mist of producing a short film “Chasen Life” which won a writing competition; elongating his iTunes audio book, “Say Uncle”, into a feature length film and pitching his third reality series. Moreover, he’s in the process of establishing 360 Fest, a film festival which will introduce and screen some of the most provocative short and features in the world.

Outside of Vaughn Lowery’s entertainment endeavors, Vaughn has always determined to give back and continues to keep his personal promise to be a contributing citizen to those in need. He has lent his name and support to: Women At Risk; HRC (Human Right’s Commission); March of Dimes; HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles Youth); and schools across the nation where he encourages kids to be their best. Furthermore, Vaughn serves as the Brand Ambassador for both Falling Whistles (supports war-affected kids in the Congo) and Pink United (Breast Cancer Awareness). He sits on the board of AYM (Awakening Young Minds), a nonprofit organization which conducts emotional education workshops for troubled youth.

Vaughn Lowery’s talents are only overshadowed by his winning personality, infectious smile and his ability to capture hearts as one of the most engaging and approachable individuals in the entertainment industry.

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