Ernest Thomas Interview — Black Hollywood Live’s Portraits

In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts Derrial Christon, Courtney Stewart and Jesse Janedy interview special guest Ernest Thomas.

Mr. Ernest L. Thomas, President and CEO of Ernest Thomas Media Group 8 and Bravokid Management has over 30 years of achievement in Theatre, Television and films.

Ernest is a graduate of the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. The Academy boasts over 75 Academy Award nominees or winners. Previous graduates include, Robert Redford, Danny DeVito, Kim Cattrall, the late Spencer Tracey, Cecil B. DeMille and an impressive list too numerous to mention. Ernest also has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana State University in sociology and Psychology. Mr. Thomas’s other professional and business accomplishments are the following:

Recipient of the LEGEND AWARD at the Peachtree Film Festival in Atlanta August
25th, 2013.
Recipient of BEST PRODUCER AWARD of a Reality show for “Kid Justice” at the Webfest 2013
Recipient of OUTSTANDING CHRISTIAN ENTERTAINER AWARD” from the Universal Deliverance Church by Apostle McGowan in Los Angeles in 2012.
Cast in the new film “Off The Grid” as “Olivia” starring Mykel Shannon Jenkins (star of
“Undisputed” and “Bold and the Beautiful”
Cast in new film “Squatters” opposite Jaime Kennedy, Paul Sorvino (star of “Goodfellas”) and Marlee Matlin (Oscar winner Best Actress “Children of a Lesser God”)
*Co-star in hit TV series “Everybody Hates Chris as “Mr. Omar” which is seen daily in the U.S and has an even larger following in Europe and Asia
*Featured Actor in “Funny People” as the “Principal” with Adam Sandler and Jason Schwartzman
* Best Actor Award for his starring role as “Raj” in the popular ABC television series
“What’s Happening” from Beat TV in 1979
*Cast opposite Denzel Washington in “Malcolm X” “Directed by Spike Lee
* Nominated for a NAACP Image Award Best Actor in a Comedy Series for the role of
“Raj” in the revised version of his hit television series “What’s Happening Now”in
In 1987.
* MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Counsel) award for the role of “Sidney X” in
Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed epic “Malcolm X” in 1992.
* Sidney Poitier chose him to star in the hit urban comedy “Piece of the Action”
with Bill Cosby and James Earl Jones.
* A role was written especially for him for the award winning series “ROOTS”
* TV GUIDE chose him as one of America’s favorite in August 12, 1996 in the issue
Titled “Stars We Still Love”
* Muhammad Ali chose him as a featured speaker for the Muhammad Ali World
Hunger Tour
* Starred on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theater in “Member of Wedding” for the
Tony Award winning producer Hal Prince (Producer of “Phantom of the Opera”
And “Evita”)
* Starred opposite Grammy Award winning Gospel sensation Kirk Franklin in the
National sold out tour of “He Say, She Say, But What Does God Say” 1996
* Numerous honors from Congressmen, Mayors, and clergymen for his outstanding work
with various charities and for his ability for bringing diverse groups together as he did in Washington, D.C. by holding the first joint press conference against apartheid between Muslim Imams and Catholic Priests. He also was a keynote speaker.

This interview was recorded March 7th, 2014.