They had made “Menace II Society” and, from a marketing [and] numbers standpoint, said, “Look, if you can get Larenz, we’ll make the movie.” His participation became integral to getting a green light at New Line.
He was obviously quite dynamic in “Menace II Society,” but I thought [his character, O-Dog] was him [in real life] — that’s how compelling he was.
Lathan then attended Yale University and earned a master's degree in drama.
Following her training at Yale, where she studied with Earle R.
She has starred in many films, including the box-office hit The Best Man and its 2013 sequel, Love & Basketball, Brown Sugar, Alien vs. Lathan was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun.
From 2009 to 2013, she voiced Donna Tubbs in The Cleveland Show.
That’s not all that was revealed though, turns out, the director didn’t want Larenz Tate at first either, but he had his legitimate reasons.
Love Jones writer-director explains why he was not feelin’ Larenz as ‘Darius’ in the beginning: Then the studio came in — and this is how Hollywood works — and had had a lot of success with Larenz [Tate].In case y’all didn’t know, Isaiah never bites his tongue for nobody, even it it costs him his job: Washington: I remember one of the producers walked into my trailer with clippers in his hand demanding that I shave my head because he wasn’t aware of any teacher that would look like me, with a goatee and locs and wearing a field jacket. My reason for doing this character looking this way is because we had a huge problem with African American hair in the workplace and, unfortunately, 20 years later we still have people losing their jobs because of locs.Now, I don’t think the producer was being racist or biased.In 2010, she starred in the all-black performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre in London. Her father, Stan Lathan, worked behind the scenes in television for PBS, as well as a producer on shows such as Sanford & Son and Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam. She attended Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics.She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in English. The YBF Beyonce Takes You Inside Rehearsals For Her Revel Comeback Show Queen Bey prepares for her Memorial Day Weekend extravaganza.