'Undercovers' actor to speak at UF Black History Month

Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 7:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 7:07 p.m.

Actor Boris Kodjoe will be the guest speaker at the opening ceremony for "A Mahogany Renaissance," University of Florida's Black History Month 2011 program.

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Boris Kodjoe, pictured here in a publicity shot from the canceled NBC show "Undercovers," will speak at the University of Florida Monday for the opening ceremony of Black History Month 2011: A Mahogany Renaissance.


The event is 5-10 p.m. Monday at the J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. According to the event details on the group's Facebook page, the opening ceremony is "a celebration devoted to the past, present and progression of Black culture."

Kodjoe, a native of Austria, rose to fame as Damon Carter in the television series drama "Soul Food," which aired on Showtime from 2000 to 2004. Last year, he starred in the now-canceled spy drama "Undercovers." Other TV credits include "Nip/Tuck," "Crossing Jordan" and "Boston Public." He's also appeared in the films "Resident Evil: Afterlife," the 2010 action-thriller "Surrogates," "Madea's Family Reunion" and "The Gospel."

He and his wife, actress Nicole Ari Parker, grace the cover of one of three special covers for the "Hot Couples" February issue of Ebony magazine. In 2002, the former model was listed as one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World."

Doors open at 5 p.m. and organizers advise to come early because the "event will reach capacity." To see all the events for UF's Black History Month 2011, go to http://ufblackhistorymonth.com or join the Facebook page "Black History Month 2011A Mahogany Renaissance."

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