Malcolm-Jamal Warner's Photos

ESSENCE.COM Apr, 01, 2009

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner is embracing life with open arms. After a successful career as an actor and director, he continues to thrive in the entertainment world with his band Miles Long.

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Malcolm became a household name as the lone son of Heathcliff and Clair Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.”

“The wonderful thing about ‘The Cosby Show’ was they were all clearly Black. They didn’t have to wear their Blackness on their sleeve,” he says.

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One of Malcolm’s favorite memories of the show was interacting with Bill Cosby, as the show took risks in defining itself.

“On the first episode, Theo gives this speech to his dad on just wanting to be regular people and to love him as he is. When he finishes the audience claps and everyone is moved. And Dr. Huxtable looks at Theo and says, ‘That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard in my life.’ That set the tone for the show,” he says.

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Malcolm continues to be close to his mentor Bill Cosby and appreciates the lessons the entertainment veteran taught him.

“I was very fortunate to be exposed to Mr. Cosby and be under his wing,” Malcolm says.

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Malcolm shines bright with friend and fellow string artist India.Arie.

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Malcolm and Jennifer Hudson rock the house onstage at the 2007 Lupus Foundation of America’s annual awards gala.

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Theo Huxtable is a distant memory as Malcolm jams at the 2007 Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles.

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Malcolm hangs with friends Jill Scott and Tichina Arnold at a Los Angeles showcase, as his band performed and Tichina provided vocals. The trio shares the experience of pursuing both acting and music. “There’s a certain stigma to actors doing music. I’m really proud when people see the music side of me and it opens their preconceived notion,” he says.

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Malcolm and his band are prepping for their third release, and the actor looks forward to inspiring people with his poetry.

“My spiritual perspective allows me to see things in a positive light. We’re in a time when people need spiritual uplifting,” he says

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Malcolm supports his good friend and former “Malcolm and Eddie” costar Eddie Griffin at the opening of Griffin’s 2001 film “Double Take.

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“I don’t bow as much as I’d like, but I do notice the more I practice, the more I perform,” he says.