Category: Television

Tamar Braxton

Tamar Braxton may be the youngest Braxton sister but she is exploding in a big way with a five octave range. Her hit album Love and War on Epic records recently received three Grammy nominations. She released a Christmas album Winter Loversland this past holiday season.

Reality shows have taken brought her into the spotlight one with her husband Vincent Herbert and with the entire Braxton family.

Braxton Family Values just completed season three following the lives of Toni, Traci, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar along with their mother Evelyn through the good and bad times. Recent subjects have included Toni finishing up an album Love Marriage & Divorce with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Towanda celebrating a birthday, Trina facing marital problems and Tamar taking care of her newborn son Logan. Braxton opens up a bit on the phone about her new experiences at home, her fans the Tamartians, and life on the road.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Tamar. How are you?

Tamar Braxton: I’m excellent.

JN: We talked as a group interview with Toni and Trina when Braxton Family Values first aired. How have you been and did you ever think it would lead to all of this?
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Courtney Act

Hailing from the brand new season of Logo’s hit television show RuPaul’s Drag Race Shane Jenek is now transformed into the female illusionist Courtney Act. The girl from Down Under moved to West Hollywood to a career that was launched thanks to Australian Idol. Act uses those pipes in her new song “To Russia With Love.”

Act opened for Gaga on her Australian tour and sang at her birthday party. Bette Midler called Courtney a “sensation.” Act played the role of Angel in RENT the musical and became the face of Sheer Cover makeup in past years.

Watch this blonde bombshell take over season six this spring on the Drag Race and we skyped Shane in Sydney to get the scoop on what makes him a winning Act.

JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hi, Courtney. Is this your first time in Chicago?

CA: (Courtney Act) I spent a day in Chicago in 2010. When I flew into America I flew from London to Chicago. I was there for one night before going to Columbus and I chose to go to the Oprah gift store. I bought a pair of purple and gold Louis Vuitton sandals that had been worn by Oprah herself.

That is the beginning and end of my Chicago experience so I am looking forward to experiencing more.
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There’s a new adult cartoon in town and it goes by the name of Chozen. The story of a gay white rapper in the process of rebuilding his career after being released from prison is a new concept on television.

Series star Bobby Moynihan, who voices Chozen, has been on Saturday Night Live since 2008. He has kept active on the small screen in shows like 30 Rock and Girls. On the big screen he played Puck on When in Rome and Chet Alexander in Monsters University.

Grant Dekernion is the writer, creator, and executive producer of Chozen.

We called the dynamic duo up to to get the skinny on the chubby rapper who’s killing it on FX.

JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hi, guys. How did you come up with the concept for the show in the first place, Grant?

GD: (Grant Dekernion) Well, I had always wanted to do a show involving music and the struggle to be a musician, and I’ve loved hip-hop my whole life, so I just started thinking about it. I also wanted to create a character that I’d never seen before on TV, and I think Chozen fits that bill.

I think there’s a lot of interesting things you have with Chozen. Here’s a guy who’s coming out of jail and trying to take his life back. To me it’s like a delayed coming-of-age story a little bit, and I thought that would be a fun way to kind of get into a type of story that’s been told a few times but in a different way.
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Big Freedia

The New Orleans rapper Big Freedia was twerking while Miley Cyrus was still in diapers only it was called “bounce.” This movement was underground but thanks to artists like Freedia it became big following his lively concerts and several albums.

He was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award, featured on many television shows then shook all the way to South by Southwest.

His new reality show on Fuse is set to bring him into the spotlight in a personal and professional way. Nunn on the Run talked to him before the big debut of the series.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Freedia. I saw you perform in concert at the Empty Bottle a while ago.

Big Freedia: Oh yeah. I love the Empty Bottle.
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Demian Birchir

Actor Demian Birchir is currently starring in FX’s The Bridge as Detective Marco Ruiz based on the Swedish show of the same name.

The Mexico City born Birchir began at age 14 acting in telenovelas that led to movies such as his break out role in Sexo, pudor y lagrimas.

His part as the corrupt mayor of Tijuana in the Showtime hit Weeds brought him a wide American audience.

Birchir was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in A Better Life. Afterwards he followed it with roles in Savages, The Heat, and Machete Kills.

Nunn talked to him about what makes the homicide detective tick on the border.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Demian. What made you become an actor and tell our readers about your beginnings.

Demian Birchir: Acting was like a normal way of living at home because my parents met each other studying theatre in their home town in Torreon, Mexico up north; a state very close to Chihuahua. Then my brothers and I were born in Mexico City when my parents moved. My parents had to rescue each other from their families because there was no artistic history in their families, so it was weird that two kids from Torreon wanted to be actors. My brothers and I didn’t go through that problem because everything we needed to read about acting and theatre and drama and this and that and techniques and everything was right there in my parents library.

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Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox really proves you can do it all. The actress plays transgender inmate Sophia Burset on the new Netflix series Orange Is the New Black.

She became the first African American trans woman to produce and star in her own series with VH1’s TRANSForm Me. That show was nominated for a GLAAD media award and the first to star three trans women. VH1’s I Wanna Work for Diddy was another first that Cox starred in as the first African American transgender woman in a reality show.

Cox starred in the independent film Musical Chairs playing a paraplegic transgender looking for love. Other film credits include Carla, The Exhibitionist, and 36 Saints.

She moved on to television with guest roles on NBC’s Law & Order, HBO’s Bored to Death and Law & Order: SVU.

The awards keep coming with Out Magazine’s Out 100 in 2010 and was named one of the most influential trans people in America in the Inaugural Edition of Trans 100 this year.

Contributing to the Huffington Post Cox is keeping her voice heard on a regular basis now as a writer.

Nunn on the Run chatted with Cox about Jodie Foster, brother M. Lamar, and life on the set of Orange Is the New Black.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Laverne. How are you?

Laverne Cox: I’m wonderful.
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Jane Lynch 3

Actress Jane Lynch has always been a friend to the Windy City. From her humble beginnings acting at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company to the Second City comedy troupe. The Dolton, Illinois native broke out as a Brady in the Annoyance Theater’s Real Live Brady Brunch then put her improv skills to good use in Christopher Guest’s movie Best in Show. She stuck with him for A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration then again became a critic’s darling in the hilarious 40-Year-Old Virgin.

The Fox series Glee brought the worldwide fame she deserved and she now uses that star power to begin a new endeavor on NBC. Hollywood Game Night combines every day competitors with celebrity guest stars for a chance to take home $25,000.

While the lesbian team player has definitely gone Hollywood she took time out to speak to Nunn on the Run just before the show aired.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Jane. It’s good to talk to you again.

Jane Lynch: It is good to talk to you.

JN: I know Sean Hayes is on the show. Did you know him from your Chicago days?
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