Boris Kodjoe


Boris Kodjoe: Born Leader

Story and Interview by  Matthew Shack




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What do Presidential Democratic nominee, Barack Obama and popular actor Boris Kodjoe have in common?  Pedigree.



One is the offspring of a Caucasian American anthropologist from Wichita, Kansas and an African senior economist from Nairobi, Kenya.


The other is the offspring of an Austrian psychologist and a Ghana, West African physician.

Both are destined for greater things in the future.

Both are great fathers and stellar husbands.

Both are respected leaders in their perspective crafts.

Boris Kodjoe
  who is best known for his recurring role in TV's "Soul Food", was a star Tennis player in his native country of Austria.

His prowess on the court earned him a Tennis scholarship to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

During his time in college, Boris was approached by the prestigious Ford Modeling Agency in New York and landed twelve jobs including Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis, Yves Saint Laurent, and the GAP, within the first seven months of signing.

After smashing the industry with projects ranging from Vogue, GQ, and Esquire he was honored with a Supermodel Award at the Fall '98 fashion shows.

Acting became the next logical step when Boris was featured in the Spike Lee produced motion picture "Love and Basketball", starring Omar Epps and Saana Lathan.

His role as 'Damon Carter' on the hit television series "Soul Food", garnered him three NAACP Award nominations and also brought him in contact with co-star and future wife, Nicole Ari Parker who he wed in 2005.

It says in Proverbs 18:22: Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.


That favor came in the form of starring roles including; FOX Searchlight’s "Brown Sugar" with Taye Diggs and Queen Latifah. He then produced and starred, with Nicole, in the Paramount/UPN sitcom "Second Time Around" followed by the religious musical, "The Gospel."

But is true calling is that of a nurturing father to his children, Sophie and Nicolas.

Boris tells The Flow, “ I’m goofy, I’m a fool. I’m stupid, all day long. I just roll around in the dirt with my kids and have a good time.”


As Barack Obama says, “Too many fathers are M.I.A, too many fathers are AWOL, missing from too many lives and too many homes.”


Boris Kodjoe is doing his part to dispel the negative stereotypes and to lead the way permanent and positive fatherhood. 

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