Christopher Francis Ocean (born Christopher Lonny Edwin Breaux) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, rapper, and photographer.
Ocean began his musical career as a ghostwriter, prior to joining hip hop collective Odd Future in 2010. The following year, Ocean released Nostalgia, Ultra, his debut mixtape. The mixtape was a critical success, and generated the single “Novacane”, which peaked at number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was later certified platinum. Ocean subsequently secured a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings in 2012.
Ocean released his debut studio album, Channel Orange, in July 2012; it debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and was soon certified platinum. The album received universal acclaim from critics, and won Ocean his first Grammy Award, for Best Urban Contemporary Album. The album contained the singles “Thinkin Bout You”, “Pyramids”, and “Sweet Life”, with the former peaking inside the top 40 in the US and gaining him a nomination for Record of the Year at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.
His second album, Blonde, was released in 2016, and was subject to controversy after Ocean endured protracted contract disputes with Def Jam, which led to the album suffering repeated delays. Released independetly, Blonde debuted at number one in several countries, and was also highly acclaimed by critics. The album contained the single “Nikes” and was eventually certified platinum. In 2017, Ocean was featured on the Calvin Harris single “Slide”, opposite the Migos; it became Ocean’s highest charting song in the US, peaking at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Ocean is known for his idiosyncratic musical style, introspective and elliptical songwriting, unconventional production techniques, and a wide vocal range. Music critics have credited him with revitalizing R&B. His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous artists of various music genres, and he is considered one of the most acclaimed artists of the 21st century.
Ocean is the only son to father Calvin Edward Cooksey, and mother Katonya Breaux, and was given the birth name Christopher Edwin Breaux. When he was five years old, Ocean and his family relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana.
Ocean was first introduced to music through his mother, who would often play recordings by jazz musicians on her car stereo, which included albums by Celine Dion and Anita Baker, as well as the soundtrack to The Phantom of the Opera musical. Ocean also frequented the town’s local jazz bars and parlors, which encouraged him to begin recording his own music. In order to raise funds to rent recording studios, Ocean performed several jobs as a teenager, which he described as “numerous hustles”, as he would wash cars, mow lawns, and walk dogs for his neighbors. Ocean later enrolled in the University of New Orleans to study music, and moved into its dormitory in 2005. Shortly after he enrolled in the university, the effects of Hurricane Katrina forced Ocean to transfer to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Jermaine Crawford is an actor best known for appearing on the HBO original series The Wire as Duquan “Dukie” Weems. He is a second cousin to fellow Wire castmember and actor Tristan Wilds.
Crawford started performing at the age of three. His experience includes various professional projects. He has had prominent roles in the theatrical productions of Children of Eden at the Ford Theatre directed by David Bell; Carousel and The Miracle Worker at the Olney Theatre, as directed by Bill Pasquanti; and, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the historic Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC, as directed by Mark Lamos. Jermaine was a youth spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association. He has won many singing competitions throughout Maryland and Washington, DC. Recently, Jermaine attended Ernest Everett Just Middle School in Mitchellville, Maryland.
Crawford appeared in the 2009 stage play A Mother’s Prayer, which also stars Johnny Gill, Robin Givens and Shirley Murdock, and most recently in the 2010 Joel Schumacher film Twelve.
Telma Louise Hopkins is an American singer and actress. Hopkins rose to prominence as a member of the 1970s pop music group Tony Orlando and Dawn, which had several number-one songs. She also performed on the CBS variety show Tony Orlando and Dawn from 1974 until 1976 along with Tony Orlando and Joyce Vincent Wilson. In the late 1970s, Hopkins began working as an actress, playing roles on various sitcoms, including Isabelle Hammond on Bosom Buddies (1980–82), Adelaide “Addy” Wilson on Gimme a Break! (1983–87) and Family Matters (1989–1997) as Rachel Baines–Crawford. As lead actress, Hopkins starred on Getting By from 1993 to 1994. In recent years, Hopkins was a regular cast member on Half & Half (2002–06) portraying Phyllis Thorne, Are We There Yet? (2010–13), and short-lived Partners (2014). In film, Hopkins co-starred in 1984 science fiction film Trancers and in its sequels Trancers II (1991) and Trancers III (1992) and Trancers IV (2019), as well as appearing in The Wood (1999) and The Love Guru (2008).