Drew Sidora stars as Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins
Drew Sidora began studying music and theater at age two, training in the Suzuki method of piano and honing her acting skills at the Organic Theater Company in Chicago. She studied modern dance with Tony Dyer and, by the time she'd reached her teens, had completed numerous national voice-overs, television commercials and print ads. She made her motion picture debut at age nine in the TV movie "Divas" directed by David Hickson.
"I want to passionately inspire, empower and entertain," Sidora said when asked about her goals and aspirations. She is perhaps best known for her past recurring roles on "The Game" (BET) and "That's So Raven" (Disney Channel) and has also guest starred on "Without a Trace" (CBS), "What I Like About You" (The CW) and "Girlfriends" (The CW).
Some of her film credits include "Never Die Alone" (Fox Searchlight), "White Chicks" (Columbia) and "Wild Hogs" (Touchstone). She also starred alongside Vivica A. Fox in "Motives 2" (Screen Gems). Additionally, Sidora received rave reviews for her performance as dancer and soulful R&B singer Lucy Avila in the hit Disney feature "Step Up" and recorded two songs for the film's soundtrack. Sidora's independent film credits include the lead role in the hit break dancing film "B-Girl," "Frankenhood," "Farm House" and "Jury of Our Peers." While filming "Divas" in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sidora created a docudrama of her experiences there.
Sidora served as an associate producer, with executive producer and writer Deitrick Haddon, of the 2010 film "Blessed and Cursed," which starred Sheryl Lee Ralph and also featured Sidora herself. She was also the lead in numerous national play tours including "I Need a Man," "Why Do Good Girls Like Bad Boyz?" "Church Girl," "Greatest Love Story Ever Told" and "Man of Her Dreams."
As a singer, Sidora draws her inspiration from artists including Aaliyah, Anita Baker and Prince. She eventually launched her own record label, Record Breakers Music Group, which was created to showcase young artists and music producers.
Sidora was also made one of the spokeswomen for Liz Claiborne's Love Is Not Abuse campaign and curriculum, which addresses teen dating abuse. The Love Is Not Abuse curriculum is a step-by-step guide that teaches high school students about the issues of dating violence. Using literature and poetry, this curriculum provides teachers with the tools to teach this subject. Sidora was the host of the 2013 Real Men Cook event in Chicago, during which she promoted the Proud Fathers campaign along with her father Dr. Robert A. Jordan with the goal of raising money for Real Men Charities, Inc., a national nonprofit organization that presents the Real Men Cook events. Donated funds to Real Men Charities, Inc., are used to build and continue programs to honor fathers and father figures and to empower families and communities.
Keke Palmer stars as Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas
Keke Palmer is one of the fastest rising stars of her generation. Her talents span film, television and music. Palmer first received acclaim as the title character in the Lionsgate sleeper hit "Akeelah and the Bee" opposite Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett.
Palmer has since starred in the Flower Films horror-thriller "Animal" directed by Brett Simmons and executive produced by Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen, which was released in 2014.
Palmer also starred in the 2013 DIRECTV miniseries "Full Circle" written by acclaimed screenwriter Neil LaBute, which also starred David Boreanaz, Billy Campbell, Julian McMahon and Kate Walsh. That same year, Palmer starred in the made-for-TV original movie "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story," the true story of the biggest rap/pop female supergroup of the 90s.
In 2012, Palmer produced her first project, the made-for-TV original movie "Rags" that aired on Nickelodeon to rave reviews. The film garnered a number one soundtrack on iTunes and reached as high as number three on the iTunes top albums chart. The made-for-TV original movie was produced by Nick Cannon. Palmer was seen on the big screen in 2012's "Joyful Noise" (Warner Bros.) and performed alongside Oscar-nominated actress Queen Latifah and country music legend Dolly Parton, receiving critical praise for her on-screen rendition of Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror." The film's soundtrack reached number one. That same year, she starred in "Ice Age: Continental Drift" and the made-for-TV original movie "Abducted: The Carlina White Story." In "Ice Age: Continental Drift," which grossed over $800 million worldwide, Palmer voiced the character Peaches, the precocious teenage daughter of Ray Romano's character Manny. She was asked by an executive at FOX to record the theme song for "Continental Drift" titled "We Are," which was later chosen as Team USA's theme song for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Palmer's vocals were heard throughout NBC's two-week Olympics coverage that year.
Palmer has also appeared in the Lionsgate drama "Shrink," in which she starred alongside Kevin Spacey and Robin Williams. The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, where Palmer received rave reviews for her performance.
In 2008, Palmer starred opposite Ice Cube in the feature film "The Longshots" based on the true story of a young female quarterback, played by Palmer, who makes football history. The film was directed by Limp Bizkit front man Fred Durst. That same year, she starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Eva Mendes in "Cleaner," which premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival.
Her greatest television success came from playing the title character on the hit Nickelodeon series "True Jackson, VP." For 68 episodes, she played a high school student who becomes the head of a major fashion company. "True Jackson" reached over 4.8 million viewers, which at that time set a record for Nickelodeon's largest audience for a live-action premiere. Between 2009 to 2012, Palmer received four NAACP Outstanding Performance awards for her role as True. Palmer's TV credits also include "90210" (2013), "Cold Case," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "ER."
In addition to acting, Palmer believes in giving back. She has been involved with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Saving Our Daughters and World Young Women's Christian Association and has served as an ambassador for the Reed for Hope Foundation.
Niatia "Lil Mama" Kirkland stars as Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez
Rapper, actor, musical talent, speaker and entrepreneur Niatia "Lil Mama" Kirkland was the youngest member of the Hip Hop Sisters Legends performance series, and rightfully so, because she is a solid entertainer with the formidable skills of a seasoned lyricist who draws in audiences nationwide with her hypnotic performance skills.
With her broad vision, quick wit, business acumen and commitment to excellence, Lil Mama is a force to be reckoned with within the world of entertainment, and her experiences have positioned her to exude wisdom beyond her years.
Lil Mama served as a judge for seven seasons on MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew"; enjoyed success on the Billboard charts with the release of her first album "VYP (Voice of the Young People)," which featured the popular track "Lip Gloss"; and starred as Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in VH1's "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story."