Boris Tops Our List

Boris Tops Our List
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 27, 2008

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Boris Kodjoe, 31, was born in Vienna, Austria to a German mother and Ghanaian father. After becoming one of the best tennis players in the country, he accepted a tennis scholarship to Virginia Commonwealth University in 1992. He earned a degree in marketing in 1996.

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Kodjoe’s career skyrocketed after he became a model for Ralph Lauren, where he booked 12 campaigns in his first seven months as a model.

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Kodjoe began his film career in the Spike Lee film, Love and Basketball. He also was featured in Brown Sugar with Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan.

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Kodjoe began his film career in the Spike Lee film, Love and Basketball. He also was featured in Brown Sugar with Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan.

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With a breakout role in Showtime’s Soul Food, Kodjoe received an NAACP Award in 2002.

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Boris and Nicole Ari Parker turned their fictional relationship on Soul Food into a real-life romance, marrying three months after the birth of their daughter, Sophie, and breaking more than a few hearts in the process.

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“He’s the kind of person who walks into a room, and women and men gasp," says Brown Sugar costar Sanaa Lathan. "I’ve seen it happen!” Ah, but if the swooners only knew: “He’s kind of goofy!”

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Will Kodjoe’s star turn in the Holy Spirit-filled drama, The Gospel—playing the prodigal son who returns home to see his dying father, a minister—be the one? “It’s definitely a role that will let me show people what I can do,” he says. “I feel as if I have a long way to go, honestly. But I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished so far.”

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