In early 2001, Beyoncé landed a major role in the MTV made-for-television film, Carmen: A Hip Hopera. Set in Philadelphia, the film is a modern interpretation of the 19th century opera Carmen by French composer Georges Bizet.
Robert Townsend, actor, comedian, film director, and writer. He wrote, directed and produced 'Hollywood Shuffle', a satire based on the hardships and obstacles that black actors undergo in the film industry. His other roles include 'The Five Heartbeats', 'The Parent 'Hood', 'The Mighty Quinn'.