KingstonToLA recently caught up with LA based Jamaican actor/musician Everton "E-Dee" Dennis. Dennis is best known as the star of the film Out The Gate, and has worked alongside other Jamaican thespians such as Oliver Samuels and Paul Campbell. Always the busy Jamaican, the talented actor also collaborated on the hit single Revolution ft. Irie Love. Revolution hit the top ten in Jamaica and was nominated for an EME award for best collaboration. At the same time, his feature on Ms. Triniti's hit Bongce Along was also in the top ten in Jamaica as well as Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop single sales charts. In 2010, Dennis once again made Jamaica's top ten chart with his single Rightful Place.
His most recent release Where I Belong ft. Glen Washington, addresses the systemic killing of minority youth, one of his most political singles to date. Dennis' songs have also caught Hollywood's eye, appearing in the feature films "I Think I Love My Wife", "How She Move", "Like Mike 2: Streetball", and the television shows "Greek (TV Series)", "Blue Bloods", and "The Bad Girls Club."
See what Dennis has to say about life on the west coast.
Tell us what brought you to Los Angeles
"I came to the United States to study acting. I ended up in Los Angeles and studied Theater and Film Acting at the Theater of Arts at the Music Institute in Hollywood, CA."
How do you enjoy living in the city compared to JA?
"At first, it was lonely. I was home sick because my mother passed when I was young, and all my family was still in Jamaica and in New York, but after a few years I got over that. I wanted to make LA my home and start to follow my dreams."
Do you find any similarities to life on The Rock?
"The weather and the hard street life remind me of Jamaica sometimes. But there is no place that compares to good Jamaica."
Where in JA are you from originally?
"I am from Toll Gate, Clarendon."
How did you break into acting?
"I started auditioning in Hollywood and landed my first lead role in "Overkill" staring Malik Yoba. Later, I produced and starred in a feature film called "Out The Gate." The movie is loosely based on my life and also starred Paul Campbell (Shottas, Dancehall Queen) and Oliver Samuels (Oliver at Large)."
Tell us more about the meaning behind your single Where I Belong and how it relates to the Black Lives Matter movement.
"The song addresses the systemic killing of minority youth. This topic is important, current, and very serious. The words are powerful and definitely support the movement to end police brutality and killings of black and brown people."
What are you working on next?
"I am currently working on my new album called, ''Everton E-Dee Dennis.'' I'm writing a few movie scripts with QMillion. One of the scripts will be "Out The Gate Part 2" and I have some upcoming shows in the US Virgin Islands at the end of April with Ras Shilo and Sister Carol."
What's your number one source for keeping your creativity on point?
"I keep the creativity going by staying current to new music, traveling, and keeping up with current events."
What can we expect next from this multi-faceted Jamaican? Well, based loosely on his life, fans can stay tuned for Out The Gate 2, which Dennis is currently writing.
Check out the video for his hit single Revolution ft. Irie Love here: