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Creative Class 2020

Source: iOne Digital Creative Class / other

Honoree: J. Alphonse Nicholson

The Grind: Actor 

Find Him: @J_Fonz

J. Alphonse Nicholson has been on the big and silver screen alongside some very well-known actors, Octavia Butler and Michael B. Jordan for example. With the addition of P-Valley to his roles, he will now be the well-known actor alongside the next generation’s school of actors. If there were ever a character to attach to your breakout role, Lil Murda, the character Nicholson plays in the Starz series, would be it. Complex, young, figuring life out, a musician, there are a few parallels between the two, and yet, they are so markedly different that the acting chops of the Nicholson can’t be ignored.

Nicholson knows about chasing his dreams. Originally from North Carolina, he enrolled in North Carolina Central University’s theater program. Realizing that for him, the steps he needed to take to achieve his dream of professional actor were outside of the classroom, he ended his time in the program. A few years later he moved to New York, and a few years after that, he brilliantly played John Robinson in Self Made, was on Broadway, and landed his role in P-Valley.

In between these years, Nicholson still lived life. While balance is something most people have a hard time achieving, Nicholson seemed to find it. He started a family, got engaged, and made music as both a street drummer and a rapper. Next up, more roles, more music, and of course, more P-Valley.

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