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Darrin Dewitt Henson, Happiness Movie and Upcoming Projects!


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Born on May 5, 1972 Darrin Dewitt Henson is an American choreographer, dancer, actor, director and producer. He can be considered as one of the most notorious African-American from the showbiz industry.

Known for impersonating Lem Van Adams in the hit TV show Soul Food, Darrin has imposed himself as a constant presence on the small screens. Soul Food is a television drama which aired from 2000 to 2004 and based on George Tillman, Jr. childhood experiences growing up in Wisconsin.

The TV show holds the record for the longest running drama with a predominantly black cast in the history of North American prime-time television, counting 74 episodes. Darrin also appeared in “The Express” (2008), a drama focused on the life of a college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. Having a good reception from critics, the movie had all the ingredients to reach the American public: drama, sport, and focus on a biography. Darrin Dewitt Henson played the role of Jim Brown.

Darrin is probably most widely known for his instructional dance video called Darrin’s Dance Grooves, which became a big success between 2001 and 2002. Darrin’s initial occupation was to teach people how to shape their bodies through dance and exercise, which help him, a lot in creating a solid fan base. His later success in the movie industry can be traced down to having a previous wide exposure to the public. On February 26, the GMC network aired the John Ruffin stage play “The Ideal Husband”, which co-starred Shanti Lowry (The Game), Erica Hubbard (Let’s Stay Together, Lincoln Heights), Jackée Harry, Shirley Murdock, Clifton Powell and Ginuwine.

Darrin Dewitt Henson’s career was not one without ups and downs, but he always managed to focus on the long time success. A mix of hard work and talent opened many doors for Darrin, as he is a polyvalent artist able to perform and entertain various audiences. African-Americans are still not well enough represented in the American movie industry and Darrin gives a clear sign that he is ready to change that.

Darrin has choreographed music videos and concerts for music artists like New Kids on the Block, Jordan Knight, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, and NSYNC. He is also a good friend with Jennifer Lopez, which was his neighbor while staying in Bronx.

Darrin Dewitt Henson also stares in the drama “Happiness,” a film about the subjectivity of happiness. Playing along Lorey Hayes, Vanessa Simmons, Leith Burke, and Christopher Charles McDaniel, Darrin Dewitt Henson will certainly draw a lot of fans in theaters. The motto of the movie questions what happiness really is “Some think it’s way of life… others think it’s a destination”. Premiered on November 19th, 2015 at the AMC First Colony 24 in Sugar Land, Texas, Mr. Ugada’s movie follows the life of a young woman who dreams to have a perfect life.

Queen, played by Vanessa Simmons, goes through a life changing experience as she leaves behind a man which loved her in pursuit of a better life. Queen refuses the proposal coming from her poor boyfriend and is lured by a rich business man. She marries him, but that doesn’t bring happiness as she quickly discovers that he is cheating on her.

“Happiness,” is a movie focused on the idea that human happiness is just an illusion, always hiding itself at a different horizon and challenging people to come run towards it. The movie tells the story entirely without dialogue and proposed a completely unique take on cinematography. Lacking the support if dialogue, actors were required to put much more effort in conveying emotion through their facial movements and expressions.

With 44 years behind him, Darrin Dewitt Henson gives no sign of slowing down and we should expect more quality performances from him in the future. As a director, Darrin already worked on a short movie “The Hotel”, and on a TV show “Violation”.


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