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Boris Kodjoe - "True to Yourself," a Black History Month Talk Series

Boris Kodjoe
Boris Kodjoe grew up in Germany with his mother Ursula Kodjoe, a psychologist from Germany, and his siblings. His father Eric Kodjoe is a physician from Ghana, West Africa. Boris excelled in sports and became one of the best Tennis players in Germany. A professional career was imminent, but a chronic back injury put a stop to his dream and forced him to explore other options. One option revealed itself in 1992 as a scholarship offer from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

After earning his marketing degree from VCU, he was signed by the Ford Modeling Agency in New York and became one of the most recognizable faces amongst male Supermodels. While traveling the world on modeling assignments he took acting classes and worked diligently at getting rid of his German accent.

Hollywood took notice and soon Boris was featured in ‘Love and Basketball’ as well as the hit TV series ‘Soul Food’, a show that introduced him to co-star and future wife, Nicole Ari Parker, and for which he won three NAACP Award nominations. The series ran for 5 seasons and is to this day the most successful African-American TV drama in history, winning three consecutive NAACP awards.

After starring in FOX Searchlight’s feature ‘Brown Sugar’ alongside Taye Diggs and Queen Latifah, Boris took on Sony Screen Gem’s ‘The Gospel’ and starred opposite Bruce Willis in the Disney blockbuster ‘Surrogates’. In September of 2010 Sony’s ‘Resident Evil: Afterlife’ starring Boris and Milla Jovovic earned the top spot at the box office two weeks in a row. Boris followed that up in 2012 with the newest installment of the Resident Evil franchise: ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’. Both movies grossed over $500 million worldwide. Other movie credits include FOX Searchlight’s ‘Baggage Claim’ and Lionsgate’s thriller ‘Addicted’.

Boris realized one of his dreams when he made his Broadway debut as ‘Brick’ in the Tennessee Williams Classic ‘Cat on a hot tin roof’ in April of 2008 alongside the legendary James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad.

On TV Boris played the lead character Steven Bloom in JJ Abrams’ one hour NBC spy drama series ‘Undercovers’. He also starred in BET’s new hit mock- reality show ‘Real Husbands Of Hollywood’ as well as in FOX’ hit comedy Last Man On Earth. Recently he played the opinionated chief of surgery Dr William Campbell in Season 3 of ‘Code Black’ on CBS. He is currently starring as Captain Sullivan on the Shonda Rhimes produced ‘Station 19’ on ABC, and as Congressman Cole in season 6 of ‘House Of Cards’.

In 2010, Boris and his brother Patrick launched World Of Alfa (www.WorldOfAlfa.com), a clothing company offering the luxury of high quality custom-made shirts and suits at affordable prices. The Alfa Team Initiative redefines network distribution and empowers people to start their own business.

The Kodjoes established the Sophie’ s Voice Foundation (www.SophiesVoice.net) in honor of their daughter Sophie who was diagnosed with Spina Bifida at birth. SVF helps families affected by the birth defect and educates all women of childbearing age about the importance of folic acid in protecting their unborn children from this 75% preventable birth defect. SVF, in partnership with the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, established the Center of Spina Bifida Research and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. The Center’s goal is to eradicate all preventable Spina Bifida worldwide within ten years by promoting fortification of flower in countries all over Africa.

Recently SFV partnered with GAIN to advocate for fortification and fight malnutrition in developing countries.

 

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