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ADENIKE THOMAS

ACTOR & FILMMAKER

 

ABOUT ADENIKE

Adenike is an actor-filmmaker hailing from Queens, NY, and a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. You can find her recurring as Special Agent Rowena Kala on Power Book IV: Force (Starz) and as DCFS worker Alanah Mercer on Chicago PD (NBC). Her acting credits also include the award-winning independent films The Morning After and Me Time. Her role in Me Time has garnered her 3 awards & was an official selection for 25 film festivals including Nitehawk Film Fest, Rooftop Films Summer Series & BLACKSTAR Film Festival. Her theater credits include Lincoln Center’s The Rolling Stone, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Wondrous Strange & The Movement Theatre Company’s Bintou.

 

PROJECTS

As a filmmaker, she was awarded a generous grant through Made in NY Women's Film, TV & Theatre Fund for the pilot of her webseries, Addy & Addie, in 2019. The pilot of Addie & Addy is now an official selection for NYWIFT’s Online Shorts Festival 2020. In 2021, Adenike was selected as the winner of the 2021 XLerator Fellowship Program for her new web series pilot, The Red Line.

 
EP 6 F.U.B.U. (For Us By Us) - Season Finale
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EP 6 F.U.B.U. (For Us By Us) - Season Finale

The Addies are more than just Nigerians, they are more than just African American, they are PROUD BLACK WOMEN. Here is their tribute to a few of the infinite black women who are slayin' the game. *Closed Captions Provided above (CC)* LYRICS: ADDY Coretta had a Dream Harriet Tubman had a Dream Nina Simone had a Dream! Afeni had a Dream Betty Shabazz had a Dream Assata had a Dream Addies gotta Dream! Now this is not a comprehensive list we bout to spit / This is mostly entertainers, now let's start with actresses ADDIE Viola Davis, Alfre Woodard, Gabrielle, Sanaa, Taraji / Kerry, Halle, Regina and Nicole Beharie ADDY Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen, cause those sistas do not play / Kasi Lemmons, Shonda Rhimes and Ava DuVernay ADDIE Janet Jackson, Aisha Tyler, Tracee Ellis Ross / Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett, Kim & Viv they set it off ADDY Brenda Blackmon coming through on UPN 9 News / Yara Shahidi, Keke Palmer- We love the youngings too ADDIE Missy Elliott, Grace Jones, Issa Rae and Nia Long / Debbi Mor(gan),Tika Sumpter, the melanin game’s strong! ADDY Kelly and Michelle, slayin’ with Queen Bee / LaTavia and LeToya, shout out to DC! ADDIE Mara Brock Akil, Laila Ali / Tatyana Ali, ALL the other Alis! ADDY Michelle Obama and her daughters ADDIE Also Auntie Maxine Waters ADDY Across the pond, Naomie Harris ADDIE Michaela Coel, Teyonah Parris ADDY Can’t forget our academics ADDIE Minds expanding like it’s spandex / Walker, hooks and Adichie, hot and spicy, like ceviche ADDY And you know my girl, Octavia / droppin’ knowledge, here to wake ya ADDIE And OGs like Eartha Kit ADDY Ruby Dee, they ran that (covers mouth) ADDIE Cicely Tyson we love you! ADDY And Oprah! ADDIE And Gayle too! ADDY Maya Angelou taught me things, now I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings... ADDIE Sade and Lupita / R.I.P. to Aaliyah ADDY Etta, Ella, Billie, Bessie ADDIE Voices of God, come now bless me! ‘Cause we the Madam C.J. Walkers / making millions, we the authors / we inspire, we aspire / make them haters to retire ADDY To Alaska to Nebraska / in that African Diaspora / Skin tones poppin’ / skin tones shinin’ / Black don’t crack, we ain’t expiring ADDIES Educated, woke, we clever / Come for us / your fav could never / Blessings raised and going higher / watch your hands / Black woman fire...HA! Lyrics provided by Adenike Thomas & Wunmi Fowora
Adenike Thomas in Chicago PD
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BODY OF WORK