I SEE U, Episode 87: The Souls of Russell Hornsby

Critically acclaimed actor Russell Hornsby shares his vulnerability in a compelling, yet intriguing conversation about the challenges of living in truth and finding one’s authentic self, while portraying powerful roles and characters on-stage and on-screen.


Top Left: Actors Clare-Hope Ashitey, Russell Hornsby and Regina King, all other images: Russell Hornsby


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Whether he's acting in a film, on-stage or involved in a television series, Russell Hornsby ends up delivering a powerful performance full of emotion with a genuine passion for the craft. In a career spanning over two decades, his extensive portfolio includes the infamous boxing promoter, Don King, in Hulu's "Mike," the Oscar-nominated Paramount film, FENCES, opposite Denzel Washington and Viola Davis; the Netflix drama series, "Seven Seconds," with Regina King; and the devoted patriarch in the mega-hit STARZ series, "BMF (Black Mafia Family)." But in many of his roles, he plays the ‘angry Black father' – a moniker he says is "misplaced." Join us as host Eddie Robinson speaks unguarded with award-winning actor, Russell Hornsby, in one of I SEE U's most provocative episodes ever produced. The NAACP Image Award nominee offers up fresh insight into how he's managed to channel certain energies within himself to bring such an astounding presence and strength to his style of acting. Hornsby candidly admits that it's these portrayals of fatherhood that speak to a larger sense of dignity, cultural worth and personal responsibility, especially in fatherless homes of today. Plus, the star describes what he believes to be the real reason behind the success of shows like BMF and the popular POWER franchise.


This article is part of the I SEE U with Eddie Robinson podcast

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Eddie Robinson

Eddie Robinson

Executive Producer & Host, I SEE U

A native of Mississippi, Eddie started his radio career as a 10th grader, working as a music jock for a 100,000-Watt (Pop) FM station and a Country AM station simultaneously. While Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus had nominated him for the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991, Eddie had an extreme passion...

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