Sunday, February 01, 2009

Persia White- Actress, Musician, Activist

Persia White is such an amazing person. Not only is she a very accomplished and well known actress, but she is a musician, and quite the environmental and animal activist.

Persia has accomplished so much. Below is an excerpt from her website

After eight seasons as a series regular on the hit TV comedy GIRLFRIENDS on the CW network, Persia is branching out into the world of film and music. Persia is currently filming “Spoken Word” opposite Kuno Becker and directed by Victor Nunez.

As for music, Persia will release two albums this summer. One is a compilation of songs she wrote that have appeared on GIRLFRIENDS. Over half of these songs she collaborated with recording artist Tricky (of Massive Attack). The other album titled “Problem Child” with her band XEO3 ( Persia has worked with great artists such as Gary Wallis of Pink Floyd, Dominique Miller of Sting, Jerome Dillon former member of Nine Inch Nails and Big Bio of Outkast. Persia has written soundtrack music for three Independent films, the season 5 and 6 finale songs for GIRLFRIENDS, as well as the season premiere for season 8.

Outside of Music and Television, Persia has starred in the made-for-TV movies “Operation Sandman”, opposite Ron Perlman and “Suddenly”, opposite Kirstie Alley. She has appeared in various Independent films including, “Red Letters”, opposite Peter Coyote, and the cult horror, “Blood Dolls”.

As a teenager, White’s extensive television experience includes a series regular role on the syndicated teen series Breaker High with costar Ryan Gosling. Her television guest starring roles include, Angel, NYPD Blue, Brooklyn South, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and many more.

Adding an important layer to this versatile performer, Persia is an animal welfare and environmental activist. Persia is an active Board member of The Humane Society Of The United States, as well as a Board member of The Sea Shepherds Conservation Society. Persia has been a trusted spokesperson on behalf of animal welfare for over ten years. In 2005 she was honored by PETA as Humanitarian of the year, and also recived an award for animal welfare work from Farm Sanctuary in 2006. Persia also managed to merge her activism into her television work on GIRLFRIENDS, by making her character a vegan and animal activist, leaving millions of fans globally aware of animal welfare issues. GIRLFRIENDS was the #1 TV show in African American homes for over 8 years as well as a leading show among women ages 14-42. Persia produced the award winning documentary “EARTHLINGS” narrated by Joaquin Phoenix.

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

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