Keep your eye out for little Miss Coco Jones, the co-star of Disney’s predominately African American movie, “Let it Shine.” I got a chance to see this young girl up close and personal at the screening of the movie a little over a week ago, and she is amazingly beautiful and poised. She plays “Roxanne” the love interest of co-star, Tyler James Williams, who plays “Cyrus.”
How did Coco get her start? You Tube. Her mother posted a video of her singing the national anthem at a Rams game and Radio Disney caught wind and snagged her. Guess You Tube is good for something, huh?
“Let It Shine” premieres Friday, June 15, 2012 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) and follows 16-year old Cyrus DeBarge, an aspiring musician who has a gift for rhyme yet lacks the self-confidence to take the stage and, through his rap song, tell his longtime crush Roxanne Andrews how he feels about her. After he and his best friend, Kris McDuffy enter a songwriting contest, Kris is mistakenly named the winner for a song Cyrus wrote. Fearful of being thrust into the spotlight, Cyrus panics and allows Kris to take credit for his heartfelt lyrics and soon he’s standing by as Roxanne begins to fall for Kris.
Basically it’s a modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac story in musical form, and the both Maxi-Me and Clo Clo loved it. It’s a sweet movie, and I like the overall message that character trumps flash, swag and bling any day.
This may irk some folks but I have to be honest. I love that Judy Taylor, senior vice president of casting picked this dark-skinned beauty instead of a maybe, kinda, if-you-squint-she-might-be-black girl to play opposite a black boy.
BTW, Tyler Williams is also pretty amazing. Very handsome, gentlemanly and gracious, and he was kind enough to give us a shout out: