As an Actor, Atlanta stage credits include: A Raisin in the Sun (Southside Theatre Guild, 2012), To Kill A Mockingbird (Act1 Theatre), Deadwood Dick (Tri-CitiesTheatre), The Island (Soapstone Center for the Arts), A Raisin In The Sun (On Stage Atlanta; for which he won the 1991 OnStage Atlanta Post andAlley Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal As Asagai), Night of January 16th (Billie Holiday Theatre) and Arsenic and Old Lace (Neighborhood Playhouse.) While residing in Bermuda, he appeared as Lyons in Fences. His film work, as ACTOR, includes work as a Featured Silent Bit Player in My Cousin Vinny.
Has studied theatre under Ernie McClintock, Glenda Dickerson, Leon Pickney, Ron Raiford, Eartha Kitt (Dance), Prof. Henry Jacobi (Voice), Elizabeth Hunter (Voice/Bel Canto), Dr. Uzee Brown (Voice), Maurice Finnel (Voice), Dr. Scott Kennedy at Brooklyn College and at the Michael Sawyer Studio for Improvisation.
“Styles,” as he is commonly called, has worked in cable television including stints at CNN Headline News, 16 The Library Channel, and City 5: Atlanta City Hall’s cable television station (which he also co-named). While at The Library Channel he produced several talk shows including “Journeys” which focused on published and aspiring writers and their works. Guests included John Oliver Killens, Pearl Cleage (then Lomax), Nikki Finney and James Dickey. At one point, the show was hosted by his then colleague and now well-known and respected literary editor, Malaika Adero.
A trend-setting program he created while at City 5 was “Council CloseUps” a program that took a personal and intimate look at the lives of Atlanta city council members.
Having worked as Radio Personality-Producer and Talk Show Host, at Clark Atlanta University’s nationally acclaimed radio station, WCLK, while there he interviewed such artists as Bill Nunn, Monty Ross, Herbie Hancock, Thomas Byrd, Dr. Billy Taylor, Ramsey, Jean Carne, Lewis, Leon Thomas, Patrice Rushen, Branford Marsalis, Pearl Cleage, Flora Purim, Cecil Bridgewater, Max Roach, Gerry Mulligan, and Freddie MacGregor – to name a few.
His work in the early 80s at ‘CLK was considered by many to be innovative and trend-setting predating what would become standard talk show formats in commercial and non-commercial radio.
Speaking of interviewing, while working with 16 The Library Channel, he interviewed the late author, James Dickey, who was so impressed by his interviewing style, suggested that he pursue a career as a talk show host.
Under the auspices of his own diverse media and entertainment company, StylesComMedia, he independently produceda pilot program: “Colour Conversations: The New Jack TalkShow!” for cable television. The show aired on Clark AtlantaUniversity’s cable television station and later on New York’s Manhattan Cable system.
Upon returning to New York in 1995, he worked on various independent film projects as: Producer, Assistant to Producer, Unit Production Manager, First Assistant Director and Production Assistant including Yvonne Rainier’s “Murder and murder.” He also performed in, and co-wrote, “Saturday Night Live at the Black Spectrum Theatre” at the legendary Black theater company under the direction of Carl Clay. He was also cast in the Henry Street Theatre production of “Chap Am So” an original stage production about the historical Amistad African slave revolt lead by Cinque.
As a published Essayist, his writings have run in The Renaissance Review (a publication on Black Film), and Health News: The Magazine of Health, Business and Culture which includes the essays: The Womanist Gaze In African Cinema: A Brother’s View,” and “In Search of Eve: Ode to Sister Sah.”
While residing in Columbia, South Carolina he had the honor to interview world-known artist Tom Feelings for an article published in a Columbia-based publication.
His screenplays include “Dances Mercedes Do!” a feature length script which was selected to be read at the prestigious Fifth Night Screenplay Reading Series in March 1997 at the NuYorican Café. Participating in the reading as Narrator was the renowned radio pioneer, Frankie Crocker, who liked the script very much. By the way, he has written the lyrics for some twenty-something songs for the all erotic (song) soundtrack concept, as well as having developed the multi-platform marketing concept for the urban project.
Another screenplay, “Blood Redemption,” is a short that deals with the Vampire-genre—depicting the vampire as symbol of European colonialism of Africa and tackling the issue of AIDS.
In 1998, while in Atlanta, he worked as Production Manager during pre-production of the independent television production of Sweet Auburn (a soap opera) and as Production Manager of the independent 35mm film trailer, Last Call (religious project) directed by Chris “Play” Martin and featuring Matlock’s Kene Holliday gospel music institution, Shirley Murdock.
As Marketing – Strategic Communications Consultant his former clients include: Brooklyn Judge Geraldine Pickett; the New York-based supermarket, Key Food of Far Rockaway; Georgia State Senator Donzella James; Covington, Georgia City Councilwoman Hawnethia Williams; the Queens-New York based, Ready Rockaway Emergency Preparedness; and the Claddagh I.N.N., a Queens, New York, help and resource center for the homeless, hungry, and financially challenged. He was former assistant to Owen Blicksilver at CitiGate DeweRogerson, an international financial pubic relations powerhouse.
While residing in Bermuda, he served as Media Advisor-Producer to Cedar Berries Productions and was responsible for conceiving and implementing the media strategy for the PLP—the then minority party in Parliament. That year, the PLP’s seats increased in parliament. The PLP is the current majority party in the Bermudian House of Parliament and the country’s ruling party.
He created and wrote a weekly column in the Queens, New York-based newspaper, The Wave of Long Island (circulation circa 30,000). The name of the on the edge, colorful and controversial op-ed column was “Point of View in Color.”
Conceived, developed and performed the one man performance, “Romance, Sensuality, Eroticism and other such notions of Black love” at the Afro-American Cultural Center in Charlotte, North Carolina circa 2000.
He has lectured about Oscar Micheaux; the film 70s film Mandingo; and Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” and Julie Dash’s “Daughter’s of the Dust” at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, as well as offered classes on the history of Black Cinema in Atlanta and New York.
While studying Film and Video (with Marketing as a Minor), at Georgia State University (Atlanta), he founded Cinema Diaspora, a film organization, dedicated to cinema as culture, business and art. The organization sponsored screenings, lectures, workshops, seminars and developed a film and book collection on matters related to film production and world cinema. Through the organization, he was instrumental in the establishment of the university’s first Black film-related course. Additionally, he assisted the Professor, R. Barton Palmer, in developing the curriculum for the course.
He is co-screenwriter of “Akwaaba” about Ghana’s “high life” music which is the brainchild of recognized entertainment attorney, Laurence Singer, who is also producer of the project.
His one – act stage play, Shhhh!!!! was stage read at the Southwest Arts Center in Atlanta in 2010 and is currently in pre-production to be lensed as a short film.
Shhhh! Is a historical fiction that deals with a common experience in not only the African-American community, but other communities, as well – the often “hushed up” and tucked away in the chest of “…those things never to give voice to…” occurrence – the sexual molestation/rape of children and the life-long impact on those unfortunate young and innocent victims as adults.