Edwin Buggage Editor-in-Chief Data News Weekly
New Orleans Natives Making their Mark in the Entertainment Industry
Actors Nicoy Banks and Lucky Johnson are becoming renowned figures in the world of film, stage, and television. They both continue to captivate audiences with their exceptional talent and have proven to be an inspiration beyond their achievements in the world of entertainment. Both having remarkable careers spanning decades, they have established themselves and are using their platform to make a positive impact and advocate for meaningful causes.
“I appreciate being able to do something I love and working with some of the greats in the entertainment industry, but what is most important is being able to inspire and give back to my community,” says Lucky Johnson, who in addition to acting is known for his philanthropic efforts across the city.
Both men are successful in their respective careers, becoming household names across the country and the globe. But these hometown heroes are eternally connected to New Orleans.
“I have lived in and traveled to other places, but New Orleans is what made me who I am. It is the special ingredient that connects to people, compassion, caring, and celebrating life all the time which is infectious. I am so connected to other elements of the culture, be it the Indians, Second-Line clubs, and our zest for living and resilience. These are things that keep me going in the entertainment business. And I feel proud to be from New Orleans, and always represent the best of my city,” says Nicoy Banks.
Known for their versatility and captivating performances, they have consistently pushed boundaries, captivating audiences in critically acclaimed films, captivating television series, and on stage. They have garnered critical acclaim and other significant achievements in their respective fields.
On their latest film, “The Channel” and Staying Relevant in the Entertainment Industry
Their talents have come together in a new film called “The Channel” which is a film centering around a bank heist gone wrong, where a desperate criminal, his out-of-control brother, and a motley crew of ex-Marines must escape from New Orleans and a determined FBI Agent. Another notable talent Jaren Mitchell also appears in the film.
While they are both working actors, both feel it is important to diversify and control their own destinies.
“I have worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, (including working with his first New Orleans own Tyler Perry) but you cannot rely on simply being an actor if you want to be successful in the business,” says Johnson. “That is why I do so many other things in industry, as well as the community. These things together give my life purpose.”
Blessed to Be a Blessing: Serving Others and Giving Back
Beyond their professional accomplishments, they have actively embraced their role as humanitarians and philanthropists, using their fame and influence to bring attention to important social issues. Their involvement in charitable causes has made a profound impact and inspired others to join in making a difference.
Additionally, Banks and Johnson have been vocal supporters of numerous humanitarian causes, including education, poverty alleviation, and social justice. Through charitable donations, partnerships with non-profit organizations, and personal involvement in initiatives, they have actively sought to improve the lives of marginalized communities and inspire positive change.
Moreover, their impact extends beyond their philanthropy. They have consistently demonstrated a commitment to using their platform to promote inclusivity and diversity within the entertainment industry. By speaking out about representation and advocating for underrepresented voices, they have helped to pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable industry.
“I enjoy and am blessed to be a working actor, but my long-term goal is to begin working behind the scenes trying my hand at writing, producing, and directing. I feel it is important to evolve in the business and be willing to try new things to grow as an artist. Also, I feel that we as natives of New Orleans have stories to tell that can be authentic and connect with a larger audience,” says Banks.
In the face of their success, they both remain grounded and humble, understanding the importance of giving back and using their platform for the greater good. They have expressed gratitude for their fans’ unwavering support and believe in the power of collective action to effect change.
Banks and Johnson continue to represent New Orleans and inspire fans worldwide, both through their exceptional talent on screen and their unwavering dedication to making a positive impact off-screen. As influential figures in the entertainment industry, they have set an example of how fame and success can be used to uplift others and create a better world.
With their talent, philanthropy, and advocacy, these two hometown heroes have become an emblem of inspiration, by shining their lights and reminding us of all of the potential we have to make a difference, no matter what our field of expertise is.