Vanessa Bell Calloway Returns Home


Cleveland native and legendary actress/director Vanessa Bell-Calloway has come a long way from her role in the iconic comedy ‘Coming to America’ as ‘queen to be’ Princess Imani Izzi to her recurring leading role as Lady Ella Johnson in the highly popular ‘Saints and Sinners’ on Bounce TV.

Bell Calloway, 61, a Ohio University graduate has been an accomplished actress for more than 30 years, and on Saturday June 9 she will return to the place where it all began as an inductee of the 2018 class of the historic Karamu House ‘Homecoming Celebration’ beginning with the Jellife Theatre grand opening gala at 6:30p.m.

“I will be home for the grand opening of Karamu,” Bell Calloway told the Call & Post from Los Angeles on Monday.

“The people that know me and have grown to appreciate my work over the years, I am appreciative to all of that, the people that I work with on a regular basis,” she continued.

She received one of her eight NAACP Image Award nominations for her role as ‘Jackie’ in ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It’ the biographical film loosely written about the musical icon Tina Turner in 1983, which grossed over $70 million worldwide.

“My profession is acting, but what I am most proud about in my career I think that I took work for the right reasons, things that people label iconic or things that people have been fans of for years. You have to understand that when you take jobs because you need the money at the time, or you love the part, but you do them for the right reasons.”

Her talent and diversity has landed her in numerous roles in film, television and stage throughout her career, and most recently she portrayed the role of the first grandmother Marian Shields Robinson in 2016 in ‘Southside with You’ a motion picture that revealed the fir