On Thursday, May 1st the film BLACK COFFEE starring Darrin Dewitt Henson makes its television debut on BET. This is one in a long line of projects that will once again showcase Henson's acting ability and versatility when it comes to bringing characters to life.
"I try to think outside of the box," Henson told me during our radio interview together. "Whenever I pick projects it is always with that in mind."
In BLACK COFFEE Henson plays Robert, a man who picked the wrong time to meet his soul mate! After being fired from his own father’s company, he feels like his luck has run out – until Morgan (played by Gabrielle Dennis) enters into his life. Just as things start to heat up between them, trouble brews as Morgan’s ex-husband played by Lamman Rucker) vows to get her back and Robert’s gold-digging ex-girlfriend (played by Erica Hubbard) returns with an agenda of her own.
Over the years Henson has made his mark in films such as STOMP THE YARD and THE EXPRESS as well as television programs such as SOUL FOOD and just this year BEING MARY JANE. For him life is good, and it begins with your attitude about yourself. "If I woke up this morning I am excellent," he says. "Everything else falls in place when you recognize that."
Because he has become someone that is known for doing what he loves, Henson told me that he hopes to be an inspiration to others as to what they can accomplish. "Ask more of yourself than anyone else can ask of you. If you stay ready you don't have to get ready. I want to be a living example of someone who people say 'he did it', and then wonder how they can do it too."
Definitely not someone who is stingy when it comes to success, the star says that it all begins with a decision. "You get up, you get out of the bed and you start applying yourself," he says. "You can do the things that are in your head. It can and will happen. I want people to be able to listen, to watch and realize they are powerful. Everything that I am doing you can do, too! Hopefully I am allowing myself to inspire people to move, to act."