MISSISSIPPI SCHOLAR'S CAST
OBBA BABATUNDÉ (Producer): Emmy Winner Obba Babatundé has appeared in more than seventeen stage productions, thirty theatrical films, sixty made-for-television movies, and five prime-time series. Feature film appearances include:The Celestine Prophecy, Material Girls, After the Sunset, The Manchurian Candidate, The Notebook, John Q, Philadelphia, The Last Fall, If I Tell You I Have To Kill You, The Fallen Faithful, Trapped, Tension, and Kinky. He portrayed Harvard University’s Dean Cain in the movie How High, as well as the role of Willie Long in the movie Life, the role of Lamar, the hotel concierge in the film That Thing You Do!, co-starred as an attorney in the 1993 film Philadelphia, as a SWAT captain in John Q, as a senator in the 2004 reprise of The Manchurian Candidate. Babatundé recently completed filming three prime-time series: CBS’ Madam Secretary, Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here, and Netflix’s Dear White People. Babatundé appeared in a recurring role on Kingdom and Amazon’s Hand of God, as Bishop Bruce Congdon. He also appeared in Half & Half, as well as appearances on The Bold and the Beautiful, Boston Legal, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Cold Case, Strong Medicine, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Touched by an Angel, Chicago Hope, Any Day Now, Karen Sisco, Dawson’s Creek, and Friends. In the 1998 miniseries, The Temptations, he played the founder of Motown Records Berry Gordy.
SONNY MARINELLI: Born in New York City. Sonny is the youngest of three sons. He credits his father’s teachings of hard work and resilience as his foundation in his acting career. To learn his craft, he attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. He is also a founding member of The Actors Gym Theater Company. To support himself, Sonny did a variety of jobs including working as a longshoreman, bartender and carpet cleaner. His series regular credits include CBS’s “Falcone”, and “That’s Life”. He has also recurred on “NYPD Blue”, “Raising the Bar”, “Blind Justice”, and in the final season of HBO’s hit series “Entourage”. Other notable T.V. credits include “E.R”, “Shark”, and “The Black Donnellys”. His film credits include “Boss of Bosses”, “Noel”, “10th and Wolf”, and “Dot Kill”. Sonny has leading roles in 3 films that were released in 2012; “The Fallen Faithful”, “Rites of Spring”, and “Rosewood Lane”, directed by Victor Salva and co-starring Rose McGowan.
ANTU YACOB: was born in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia and raised in San Francisco and Minnesota. Her film & television credits include Signs of Aging, Daredevil, Night Comes On, Gypsy, Law & Order: SVU, Conjure, Eminent Domain, and Walking in Circles. Her web-series appearances include Precious Cargo, Brokers and Make a Name. She also served as the voice of Zema in the BBC adapted radio play Shadowbahn. Antu was last seen onstage in Luna Stage’s premiere of The Assignment. Antu’s one woman show In the Gray premiered in the 2017 United Solo Theatre Festival in New York. Her theater credits include Risen from the Dough (Sam French OOB Short Play Festival-Winner) Mourning Sun (Theatre 167 and Kampala International Theatre Festival 2016). In the Continuum original national tour (Primary Stages), Stepping out of the River at Dawn, Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World and A Jew on Ethiopia Street (Mixed Blood Theatre), Holiday Jubilee (Crossroads Theatre), Crowns (The Theater Project), The House That Crack Built (Pillsbury House Theatre) and No Longer at Ease (Pangea World Theater). As a playwright, her work has been featured in the Kampala International Theatre Festival (Uganda), NOW Africa Playwrights Fest, Project Y Theatre, Theatre 167 (NYC) and CoLAB Arts (NJ). She received her MFA in Acting from MGSA at Rutgers University.
CAPATHIA JENKINS: This Brooklyn-born and raised actress starred as ‘Medda’ in the hit Disney production of Newsies’ on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut in The Civil War, where she created the role of Harriet Jackson. She then starred in the Off-Broadway 2000 revival of Godspell, where she wowed audiences with her stirring rendition of ‘Turn Back, O Man’ which can still be heard on the original cast recording. She returned to Broadway in The Look of Love and was critically acclaimed for her performances of the Bacharach/David hits. Ms. Jenkins then created the roles of ‘The Washing Machine’ in Caroline Or Change and ‘Frieda May’ in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me where she sang ‘Stop the Show’ and brought the house down every night. In 2007 she went back to Off-Broadway and starred in (mis) Understanding Mammy-The Hattie McDaniel Story for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. She was also seen in Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Her Television credits include 30 Rock, the Practice, Law & Order SVU, the Sopranos, Law & Order. She can be seen in the 2012 film ‘Musical Chairs’ directed by Susan Seidelman. She can be heard on the following film soundtracks: Nine, Chicago, Legally Blonde 2.
GUYVIAUD JOSEPH: Pronounced giv-e-odd “G” is a first-generation Haitian-American born and raised in New Jersey. He attended college at Penn State University and graduated with a Degree in Business/Marketing. During his undergraduate time at Penn State he trained with the theatrical Director the late Dick Caram
and studied Suzuki method performance art. As an undergraduate he went on to star in several theatrical productions including the role of Troy in Fences, written by August Wilson. His first role in a major network series came with a co-star in Unforgettable (2014), he then went on to book six television co-star roles, supporting role in 4 features including How to Tell you’re a Douchebag which received the Grand Prize Jury award for best screenplay at ABFF and nominated at Sundance FF. Along with a supporting role in the blockbuster feature John Wick 2 he booked 6 commercials within the year and 6 month time frame. In P.O.V: Perception of Violence, Guyviaud executive-produced and played a lead role; the film has screened at Cannes Film Festival with the Creative Minds Group program and the Official Selection at Martha’s Vineyard AAFF and Newark IFF. Guyviaud is most known for his recent role as Biscuit on Season 4 of Power.
RYAN PERICH: grew up in Saltillo, MS, and began making YouTube videos in the 7 th grade. He attended ICC, becoming the President of the Film Club in 2013. That year Ryan and a few other ICC students gained the attention of film producer Kathilynn Phillips of Kat Scratch Films in Atlanta, GA. As a result, the film company donated a substantial amount of film equipment to ICC with the request that the college begin offering film production courses. Mike Eaton, ICC President at the time, gladly complied with the request, and ICC Films was formed. Ryan was instrumental in making the first year of the film program successful, starring in numerous films including the TV series THE WORKING DEAD (2014), CHOCOLATE MILK (2015), and FACE (2015). Ryan is known for his work on TANGLED WEB (2016), SOUTH OF SANITY (2016), and FINALITY (2017). He has written, direct- ed, and starred in many films – his most recent include A DIM FADING LIGHT (2016) and SYNTHETIC PHOENIX (2017), both of which were chosen for several film festivals. Ryan is a graduate from the University of Southern Mississippi Film Program in December of this year
AMYE GOUSSET is an actress from Tupelo, MS. who has appeared in numerous stage, television and film projects including the CMT show “Nashville”, “Army Wives” and the award winning 2010 film “The Help”. She has been awarded Best Actress for her work in numerous independent films. She is involved with the Miss America Pageant system and was the co-director and director of the Miss Tupelo Pageant (a Miss American local pageant) for 12 years. She is narrating a series of books that will be released in 2019.
She is the manager of Six Shooter Studios, an entertainment studio in Baldwyn, MS.
MARCUS DUPREE united the racially divided city when he played high school football for the Philadelphia, Mississippi Tornados.
Dupree, whose phenomenal athletic speed and agility were often compared to Jim Brown and Earl Campbell, was one of the most highly recruited high school football players in the history of American football.
The flurry of interest from major football programs in the nation inspired the brilliant Southern author Willie Morris to write a book entitled The Courting of Marcus Dupree about Dupree's nationally publicized college recruitment.
Dupree committed to the University of Oklahoma in 1982, earning several accolades his freshman year. However, according to Dupree, “Misunderstandings and a lack of communication with head coach Barry Switzer” prompted him to leave the program at Oklahoma, even though he was predicted to be a multiple Heisman trophy nominee. After enrolling in the University of Southern Mississippi, Dupree left the program when learning that he would be required to sit out for two years.
Amazingly, in 1990, after an unprecedented five-and-a-half-year hiatus from professional football, Dupree signed with the Los Angeles Rams and was named “Comeback Player of the Year.” Despite a respectable sophomore season with the Rams, Dupree was released.
Instead of dwelling on loss, Dupree says he is appreciative of the lessons he has learned and is cognizant of not squandering future opportunities. Today Dupree makes personal appearances for corporate events, gives inspirational speeches to a broad range of audiences, and has been a national spokesperson for corporations. He has filmed regional commercials and was featured in two movies: LIFE AT THESE SPEEDS and CORNBREAD COSA NOSTRA. Dupree occasionally makes appearances on the professional wrestling circuit and is also an equestrian enthusiast who enjoys spending time with his family.