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African-Americans in Television and Film at NCCU

North Carolina Central University will welcome two of Hollywood's major young stars in a discussion of African-American images in television and film. Lance Gross and Brian J. White will be joined in the discussion by veteran stage and screen actress Elise Neal. The event, part of the university's Lyceum series, will take place on Feb. 23 at 7 pm. in the B.N. Duke Auditorium. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Elise Neal made her way into Hollywood starring in the daytime drama, "Loving." She later starred in several major motion pictures, including the Oscar nominated "Hustle and Flow." Neal is best known for her television role in the sitcom "The Hughleys."

Brian J. White has been a professional athlete, playing in the NFL with the New England Patriots and the National Lacrosse League with the Boston Blazers, and a model and actor, appearing in film, television and stage. A graduate of Dartmouth College, where he earned a degree in political science, psychology and theater arts. He is also a licensed stockbroker. In 2000 White received his start in television, starring in the series “Moesha.” Since then, White has appeared in 22 films, including the upcoming Tyler Perry release “Good Deeds.”

Lance Gross plays the younger son, “Calvin Payne,” on the TNT comedy “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.” Born in Oakland, Calif., Gross has appeared in the films “Meet the Browns,” “Our Family Wedding” and the upcoming “The Last Fall.” He is the winner of the 2008 NAACP award for best supporting actor in a comedy series and is a graduate of Howard University.

This event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Mass Communications program. For more information, contact Wallecia Eley at 919-530-6932.