What’s Hot! HarlemAmerica with G. Keith Alexander S1E18 – Valarie Pettiford

by G.Keith Alexander
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The Family Business Valarie Pettiford is WHAT’S HOT! w/ G. Keith

February 12, 2021
Hosted By: G.Keith Alexander

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Valarie Pettiford is an award-winning actor, dancer, singer. She earned a Tony nomination for “Fosse” and is a series regular on 2 Hit television shows “A Discovery of Witches” on AMC/BBC AMERICA as Emily Mather and “The Family Business ” as Chippy Duncan on BET.

Television Highlights:

  • “Being Mary Jane” 4 seasons and 3 NAACP Image Awards nominations
  • “Half and Half” as Big Dee Dee
  • “Valor”
  • “The Blacklist”
  • “Born Again Virgin”
  • “Blackish”
  • “Bones”
  • “House of Payne”
  • “True Blood”
  • “Treme”
  • “Criminal Minds”

Film Highlights:

  • “Jingle Belle”
  • “If Not Now When” – due out this spring
  • “Senior Moment”
  • “Jumping the Broom”
  • “Stomp the Yard”
  • “Why Did I Get Married 2”
  • “Glitter”
  • “Cotton Club”
  • “The Wiz.”

In addition to her Tony nomination, Valarie was also nominated for the Outer Critics, Drama League, and Mora Dora Awards for “Fosse”.

Theatre Highlights:

  • As Velma Kelly opposite Chita Rivera, in “Chicago”
  • Adelphi/London, 1st national tour of Fosse’s “Dancin”
  • “Big Deal”
  • Original cast of “Sophisticated Ladies”,
  • Ovation Award nomination as Julie in the tour of “Showboat”
  • Anita in the 30th Anniversary Tour of “West Side Story”
  • Won an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress as Queenie in the LA premiere of Michael John La Chuisa’s “The Wild Party”.

She received the Bistro Award for Cabaret Debut at the Metropolitan Room. Valarie has performed sold-out concerts of her one-woman show across the country and has released two albums entitled, “Hear My Voice”, and “Velvet Sky.”

Valarie is honored to be part of The Verdon Fosse Legacy, reconstructing Bob Fosse’s choreography and teaching it to a new generation of dancers. Her reconstructing and coaching can been seen in the new FX series Fosse/Verdon starring Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell.


Valarie Pettiford is an award-winning actor, dancer, and singer. She earned a Tony and Grammy nomination for “Fosse” and can be seen currently as series regular in 2 TV shows, Bad Wolf Production’s “A Discovery of Witches” on AMC and BBC America as Emily Mather in the television adaptation of the “All Souls Trilogy” and as ‘Chippy Duncan’ in “The Family Business on BET PLUS. Valarie also has a recurring role on ‘Black AF’ as grandma on Netflix playing Kenya Barris’s mom. What’s Hot! HarlemAmerica with G. Keith Alexander is the crossroads where culture, lifestyle, and community meet. Legendary New York radio/TV personality, G. Keith Alexander will tap into the who’s who in Entertainment, Empowerment, and Health & Wellness to bring you exciting and unparalleled content.


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