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2014 Ambassadors

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MORRIS CHESTNUT
Celebrity Ambassador


A tall, handsome, and versatile black actor, Morris Chestnut first came to be recognized by moviegoers starring as Ricky in Boyz n the Hood (1991), a role where he played a high school running back using his football skills to escape the violent surroundings of his South Central Los Angeles neighborhood. His half brother was played by Ice Cube who in the movie did not have the same motivation.

Two years later, he landed a lead role in Civil Rights Drama The Ernest Green Story (1993) (TV), showing courage and perseverance as one of the Arkansas Nine high school students.

He later starred in action films like Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995), G.I. Jane (1997) and Half Past Dead (2002) as well as the romantic comedies The Best Man 
(1999), The Brothers (2001), Two Can Play That Game (2001), and Breakin' All the Rules (2004). In 2004, he appeared in Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004) and Ladder 49 (2004).

 

credit: IMDb Mini Bio


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TONYA LEWIS LEE
NYC Host Committee, Chair


Tonya Lewis Lee has been a creative presence in children’s literature and production for almost fifteen years. After transitioning from a career as a corporate lawyer, Lee founded her own production company, Madstone Company Inc., and began working with Disney Television Animation, Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite. At Nickelodeon she produced interstitial programming featuring various artists including, Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Whoopi Goldberg and Queen Latifah. Further she produced the documentary, I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education, and the mini-series, Miracle’s Boys, for Noggin. Then eventually working with TVLand to produce the series That’s What I’m Talking About hosted by Wayne Brady.

 

Tonya Lewis Lee is an accomplished author writing three children’s books: Please Baby Please (2002), Please Puppy Please (2004) and Giant Steps to Change the World (2011) all with Simon & Schuster. She is also the co-author of the best selling novel, Gotham Diaries.

 

She has received numerous awards for her literary, production and advocacy work.

 

credit: tonyalewislee.com

 


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