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Lonnie Chavis Opens Up About Experiences With Racism On & Off Set

Lonnie Chavis Opens Up About Experiences With Racism On & Off Set

Lonnie Chavis is detailing his experiences with racism.

The 12-year-old This Is Us actor wrote a letter sharing what he’s gone through in life, and being a young black actor in Hollywood.

“My life matters, but does it? America paints a very clear picture of how I should view myself. America shows me that my Blackness is a threat, and I am treated as such. I actually didn’t learn about being Black and what that would mean for me until I was 7 years old,” he wrote in an essay for People. ” I thought I was a peach man, so my parents educated me on being a Black man really quick with long talks, books and movies like Amistad and Malcolm X. I was overwhelmed with confusion, fear and sadness. I had to lean on my faith in Christ for hope, protection and understanding.”

“Being a young Black boy in Hollywood made it even more fearful. I can recall the time when I realized there are not a lot of people that look like me on these Hollywood sets and asked my mom where all the Black people were,” he continued. “I also remember being invited to events but then being treated very poorly by security or entrance checkers, like I wasn’t supposed to be there, until I had a publicist to announce me. I think of going to Hollywood events with other actors and actresses where I was constantly asked if I’m the boy from Black-ish or the boy from Stranger Things. I guess we all look alike since we are all Black. Can you imagine being confused for any other Black kid just because you all share the same profession? I can.”

“I can recall a time on set when I started crying listening to an actor portray a racist grandmother toward my character. The director and writers told me that they didn’t need me to cry for the scene. However, it was hard for me not to cry as I witnessed what I had just learned was my reality. I wasn’t acting, I was crying for me,” Lonnie said about an experience on set.

“If you don’t understand what’s going on in the world, then understand this: This is what the world looks like for me. A 12-year-old Black boy. This is my America,” Lonnie concluded. “Policies need to change, laws need to change, the police need to change, Hollywood needs to change, hearts need to change, America needs to change. Change has got to happen for unarmed Black citizens to not live in fear of being murdered. Can you imagine being me in 2020 and wondering what the future holds? I can’t.”

See Lonnie Chavis‘ full essay on People.com!

Annie LeBlanc Wears Cut Out Jeans To Instaskate 2019 With Indiana Massara, Brent Rivera & More

Annie LeBlanc Wears Cut Out Jeans To Instaskate 2019 With Indiana Massara, Brent Rivera & More

Annie LeBlanc hits the ice for a fun day out at the 2019 Instaskate event held at LA Live on Wednesday (December 11) in Los Angeles.

The 15-year-old singer and actress spent some time with her friends on the ice, including Jayden Bartels, Brent Rivera, Siena Agudong, Daniella Perkins, Keith L. Williams, Lonnie Chavis, and Miya Cech.

Indiana Massara, Rydel Lynch, Ava Michelle, Talia Jackson, Carson Lueders, Dara Renee plus Shenae Grimes and her cute little family were also seen at the event.

Check out all the pics of Annie LeBlanc, Indiana Massara, Brent Rivera and more at Instaskate 2019

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Chloe Bridges Supports Fiance Adam Devine at 'Green Eggs & Ham' Premiere

Chloe Bridges Supports Fiance Adam Devine at 'Green Eggs & Ham' Premiere

Chloe Bridges keeps close to Adam Devine at the premiere of Green Eggs & Ham held at Hollywood American Legion on Sunday (November 3) in Los Angeles.

The newly engaged couple posed for tons of pics on the green carpet ahead of the premiere of the new animated series, which premieres on Netflix on Friday, November 8th.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Chloe Bridges

Young Sheldon star Iain Armitage, Finn Carr, Armani Jackson, Lonnie Chavis, Talia Jackson, Eliza Pryor, and Keith L. Williams were also spotted at the event.

If you missed it, you can watch the official trailer for Green Eggs and Ham on JJJ now!

20+ pics inside of Chloe Bridges and Adam Devine at the premiere of Green Eggs & Ham

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Debby Ryan, Kelli Berglund & Eris Baker Celebrate The Emmys At The After Parties

Debby Ryan, Kelli Berglund & Eris Baker Celebrate The Emmys At The After Parties

Debby Ryan is the definition of elegance in her gorgeous black gown at the 2019 Netflix Primetime Emmy Awards After Party held at Milk Studios on Sunday night (September 22) in Los Angeles.

The Insatiable starlet was joined inside the bash by Hayley Law, Brittany Snow, and Unbelievable stars Kaitlyn Dever and Danielle MacDonald.

This is Us stars Eris Baker, Faithe Herman, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Parker Bates, Lonnie Chavis, Logan Shroyer, Hannah Zeile, and Rachel Hilson, plus Better ThingsOlivia Edwards and The Act star AnnaSophia Robb were seen at the Walt Disney Television Emmy Party.

Meanwhile, Kelli Berglund and Anne Winters were spotted at Amazon Prime Video’s post-Emmy party.

FYI: Debby wore a St. John gown. Brittany wore a Jenny Packham dress, Casadei shoes, Eva Fehren jewelry and an Emm Kuo bag. Anne is wearing A Little Too Much rings.

25+ pics inside of Debby Ryan, Kelli Berglund, Eris Baker and more at Emmy After Parties

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Eris Baker Wore All The Glitter & All The Bling For The Emmy Awards 2019

Eris Baker Wore All The Glitter & All The Bling For The Emmy Awards 2019

Eris Baker just won best dressed!

The 14-year-old This is Us starlet hit the red carpet at the 2019 Emmy Awards on Sunday (September 22) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, looking so amazing!

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Eris Baker

On top of letting her fingers shine in Hearts on Fire jewelry, Eris also wore glitter on her face for the big award show, which she attended alongside co-stars Lonnie Chavis and Faithe Herman.

There will be no host for the show this evening and this is only the fourth time in history that the Emmys have been presented without a host!

FYI: Eris wore a Tadashi Shoji dress. Faithe wore a custom yellow Mia Bambina dress. Lonnie suited up in a Stella McCartney suit and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.

10+ pics inside of Eris Baker, Faithe Herman and Lonnie Chavis

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'This Is Us' Kids Wear Fun Colors to EW's Pre-Emmys Party

'This Is Us' Kids Wear Fun Colors to EW's Pre-Emmys Party

Lyric Ross, Eris Baker, and Faithe Herman wear fun, bright colors while attending the Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmys Party on Friday (September 20) in Los Angeles.

The This Is Us girls were joined by their co-stars Hannah Ziele, Lonnie Chavis, Logan Shroyer, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, and Niles Fitch.

Also in attendance at the event were Party of Five‘s Niko Guardado, ShadowhuntersAlisha Wainright, Arrow‘s Charlie Barnett, When They See UsAsante Blackk, Riverdale‘s Marisol Nichols, and Hannah Stocking.

The cast of This Is Us is nominated for Outstanding Drama Series at the 2019 Emmy Awards, which take place on Sunday (September 22), with several of the adult actors being nominated as well. Asante is also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie for his role in When They See Us.

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Faithe Herman Honored with Handprint Ceremony in San Diego

Faithe Herman Honored with Handprint Ceremony in San Diego

Congrats to Faithe Herman!

The Shazam! actress was honored with a handprint ceremony at Theatre Box Entertainment Complex on Friday (April 5) in San Diego.

Her This Is Us co-tars Lonnie Chavis, Lyric Ross, and Mackenzie Hancsicsak all stepped out to show their support.

Faithe joined friends and family in the Chocolate Lounge for a sampling of Sugar Factory American Brasserie’s signature dishes, including Rainbow Sliders, fried macaroni and cheese pops, chicken fingers, and more. The group was laughing and enjoying the atmosphere as Faithe then was presented with a World Famous Sugar Factory King Kong Sundae, a towering bowl filled with 24 scoops of ice cream!

After the celebration, Faithe and guests headed to Theatre Box’s second level to enjoy a private screening in TCL Chinese Theatres’ luxury dine-in cinema, where they enjoyed more tasty treats.

Shazam! is in theaters now – go check it out!

35+ pictures inside of Faithe Herman and more at the event… More Here! »

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