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NC A&T alumnus with starring role in 2023 film “The Color Purple”

Reginald Johnson says it’s been a whirlwind since filming the 2023 version of The Color Purple. A Greensboro native who now calls Atlanta home, Johnson says his path to the big screen began in high school. “I would be sorry if I didn’t mention that it started in Dudley,” Johnson said. FeaturedNorth Carolina: New state laws take effect Jan. 1Friends of woman killed in Highway 52 crash share memories of herNorth Carolina toddler opens gifts Whole family Christmas at 3 a.m., dad says Get the latest interesting news by clicking here That start led him to North Carolina A&T State University, where he was among other titles Mister A&T and Mister HBCU, and graduated in 2013. “It’s been a full circle with so many dots being connected by teachers and administrators and former coaches and professors all pouring out into me and now once again, they’re just seeing the fruits of their labor right now,” Johnson said. “Not that they haven’t seen the other highlights, but this one is on the world stage. A world stage that has now given Johnson the opportunity to work with names like Oprah Winfrey, Taraji P. Hensen and Fantasia, originally from High Point.” When I found out her name was Celie and I was doing The Color Purple, my heart went ‘Wow!'” Johnson said. “And so you have this excellence all around and I have the feeling like everyone was handpicked to be part of it. of this project and we all contributed equally to this masterpiece that I know will be timeless for years to come. It’s bigger than us.” Johnson’s role is in the film’s final scene, that of an ensemble dancer set in the 1940s. It has a message for young actors and actresses, or any no one chasing a dream. It’s simple: never give up. .NBC reports that the film marks the largest Christmas Day opening for a film since 2009, and the second largest Christmas Day opening of all time. Love | Top Stories Keep up to date with the latest news and weather by downloading the WXII app here.

Reginald Johnson says it’s been a whirlwind since filming the 2023 version of The Color Purple. A Greensboro native who now calls Atlanta home, Johnson says his path to the big screen began in high school.

“I would be penalized not to mention that it started in Dudley,” Johnson said.

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Those early days led him to North Carolina A&T State University, where he was named Mister A&T and Mister HBCU, among others, and graduated in 2013.

“It’s been a full circle moment with so many dots that have been connected by teachers, administrators and former coaches and professors who have all flocked to me and now once again, they’re just seeing the fruits of their job right now,” Johnson said. “Not that they haven’t seen the other highlights, but this one is world-class.

A global stage that has now allowed Johnson to work with names like Oprah Winfrey, Taraji P. Hensen and High Point native Fantasia.

“When I found out her name was Célie and that I was doing The Color Purple, my heart went ‘Wow’!” » Johnson said.

“So there’s this excellence all around and I feel like everyone was handpicked to be a part of this project and we all contributed equally to this masterpiece which, I know, will be timeless for years to come. It’s bigger than us.”

Johnson’s role is in the last scene of the film, that of an ensemble dancer set in the 1940s.

He has a message for young actors and actresses, or anyone chasing a dream. It’s simple: never give up.

NBC reports that the film is the biggest Christmas Day opening for a film since 2009 and the second biggest Christmas Day opening of all time.

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