- Keith Robinson, Dreamgirls, 2005. The amazing “King of R&B” from Dallas was a shoo-in for CC White – but way too busy to spend six months on the project.
- Wayne Brady, The List, 2006. The TV game show host and producer took over from R&B singer Usher (they’ve each played more than 70 screen roles) as the poor guy composing a list of what he hopes for in a wife. Basically, a When Harry Met Sally redux. When Wayne met Sydney Tamiia Poitier… daughter of we all know who, right?
- Lee Thompson Young, Rizzoli & Isles, TV, 2010-2014. Back up for the latest take on Cagney & Lacey,Barry Frost was a computer wiz, scared of corpses and blood. Creator Janet Tamaro wasn’t sure if he should be an actor or musician. Like Chadwick Boseman and Michael B Jordan (far too big in movies), Nate Parker, Robert Ri’chard, Khelo Thomas, Jaleel White or rap/R&B stars Raymond, HGinuwine, Donald Glover, Marques Houston, Romeo Miller, Ne-Yo, Usher Raymond or Columbus Short. Finally, Young won the gig. He committed suicide in 2013, following years of bipolar disorder and clinical depression. His family formed a foundation in his name to help battle the stigma associated with mental illness.
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