PROFILE
Name:
Porscha Coleman
Birth Date:
July 12, 1985
Birth Place:
Van Nuys, California, USA
Height:
5' 3" (1.60 m)
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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The Great Pretenders

Background:

Having been singing and performing professionally on stage since the age of 5, Porscha Coleman, who has a 4-octave range, won 1st place karaoke winner on the hit show "The Great Pretenders" on Fox Family Channel.

A former member of Culture Shock L.A. Dance Troupe, Porscha was a principal dancer at 4th Annual BET Awards (2004), 32nd Annual American Music Awards, The (2004), 19th Annual Soul Train Music Awards, The (2005), BET Awards 2006, and Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2005 and 2007). She was also the lead dancer in the music videos for such artists as 50 Cent and G-Unit, Faith Evans, Will Smith, Kanye West, Nelly, Busta Ryhmes, and Snoop Dogg.

As for her acting works, Porscha has guest-starred in the TV shows "The Gregory Hines Show," "NYPD Blue," "Touched by an Angel," "The Geena Davis Show," "The Ellen Show," "My Wife and Kids," "Boston Public," "7th Heaven," "Bones," and "Entourage." She also appeared in the films "Woman Thou Art Loosed" (2004), Michael Schultz's film adaptation of T.D. Jakes' self-help novel starring Kimberly Elise, and "Holy Fit" (2006), a 25-minute short comedy.


Miss Porscha

Childhood and Family:

In Van Nuys, California, Porscha Lee Coleman, nicknamed Miss Porscha, was born on July 12, 1985. She has an older brother, John E. Diggs II, who was a professional football player in the NFL. Her mother, Betty Jean Coleman, has 7 brothers and two sisters and they had a successful singing group that toured overseas in the late 70s and early 80s called, "The Coleman Reunion."

Porscha was accepted at the Millikan Middle School for Performing Arts in Sherman Oaks, California, at the age of eleven. While studying there, she played "Dorothy" in "The Wiz." At the age of twelve, she won 1st place at the L.A. Inner City Cultural Talentfest '98 and was deemed as being Gifted and Talented by the Los Angeles School District. She then attended Cal State Los Angeles for the Arts on Saturdays, training in multiple styles of dance, vocal rehearsals/technique, and intense acting classes.

In 1999, she attended Hollywood High School of Performing Arts in Hollywood, California, where she won "Outstanding Performer Award" (2001), which was held at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California.


Singing, Dancing, and Acting

Career:

Since the age of 5, Porscha Coleman has been singing and performing professionally on stage. She loved to sing to the songs of such artists as Janet Jackson, Anita Baker, Brandy, Mariah Carey, and Toni Braxton, and even loved to explore the sounds of Boyz II Men, Michael Jackson, Jodeci, Intro, and New Edition. She was signed by a top children’s agency and by the age of eight, she had began her career in acting, appearing on many television shows and commercials.

She has performed live numerous times on television as a hip-hop dancer and has appeared as a lead dancer in the music videos for such artists as 50 Cent and G-Unit, Faith Evans, Will Smith, Kanye West, Nelly, Busta Ryhmes, and Snoop Dogg, as well as in Gym Class Heroes' "Cupid's Chokehold" video. She also appears in a Boost Mobile commercial as the "Drama Queen."

Her first big break came in 2001 when Porscha, who has a 4-octave range, sang live to the track of J-Lo’s hit song, “Waiting for Tonight” on the hit show “The Great Pretenders” on Fox Family Channel and won 1st place karaoke winner. She soon was selected to become a Los Angeles Sparkid, performing at The Staples Center during home games for the WNBA’s, Los Angeles Sparks. She also joined Culture Shock L.A. Dance Troupe, with whom she toured around the city performing at local high schools, functions and clubs. She also became principal dancer at 4th Annual BET Awards (2004), 32nd Annual American Music Awards, The (2004), 19th Annual Soul Train Music Awards, The (2005), BET Awards 2006, and Jimmy Kimmel Live! (episode dated 20 June, 2005, and 20 December, 2005).

As for acting, Porscha was spotted as a guest in an episode of "The Gregory Hines Show," ABC's Emmy Award-winning police drama "NYPD Blue," CBS family drama "Touched by an Angel," ABC short-lived sitcom "The Geena Davis Show," CBS sitcom "The Ellen Show," ABC sitcom "My Wife and Kids," and Disney series based on the "Monday Night Football Club" books by Gordon Korman, "The Jersey."

She then appeared in two episodes of FOX teen drama "Boston Public" and UPN sitcom starring Mo'Nique Imes and Countess Vaughn, "The Parkers," a spin-off of "Moesha." She also made her first appearance on TV movie in the Disney movie "Pixel Perfect" (2004), alongside Ricky Ullman, Spencer Redford, and Leah Pipes.

After making her big screen debut in "Woman Thou Art Loosed" (2004), Michael Schultz's film adaptation of T.D. Jakes' self-help novel starring Kimberly Elise, Porscha retreated to the small screen and guest-starred in the ABC short-lived cop drama "10-8: Officers on Duty," UPN sitcom starring the rapper, "Eve," The WB/CW family drama "7th Heaven," FOX crime/drama starring Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, "Bones," and NBC dramatic comedy "Las Vegas."

Porscha returned to the big screen in 2006 in Stephanie Louis' 25-minute short comedy "Holy Fit." She then appeared as a guest in an August 2006 episode of Emmy Award-winning HBO original dramedy series "Entourage" and a February 2007 episode of Emmy-nominated ABc late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," in which she appeared as singer/principal dancer.


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