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Local Author and Actor Dontez James

2024-03-10 15:30:00 2024-03-10 16:30:00 America/New_York Local Author and Actor Dontez James Reed Memorial Library - Haymaker/Jenkins Room

Sunday, March 10
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Add to Calendar 2024-03-10 15:30:00 2024-03-10 16:30:00 America/New_York Local Author and Actor Dontez James Join us to welcome Dontez James back to Ravenna. Dontez is an actor and local author. Dontez will be discussing his book Beautiful Hue. Books will be available to purchase and have autographed. Reed Memorial Library - Haymaker/Jenkins Room

Reed Memorial Library

Haymaker/Jenkins Room

Join us to welcome Dontez James back to Ravenna. Dontez is an actor and local author. Dontez will be discussing his book Beautiful Hue. Books will be available to purchase and have autographed.


Seeing the light is about a Hollywood Actor that is on a journey of discovering self love in the midst of mental chaos. Dontez will be discussing the rise and downfall of Benjamin Watts and answering questions from the readers of the Beautiful Hue Series.

Ravenna, Ohio native Dontez X. James caught the acting bug early while performing in elementary school plays, eventually studying acting at the University of Akron. After the school discontinued its theater program he continued his education on set as a background extra in Ohio-based film and TV productions, including extended work on "Fate of the Furious."

Dontez penned his first novel “We All Do Dumb Things” while attending Brown Middle School. It would go on to be published as Dontez entered high school with the help of Upward Bound. Dontez focused on sports throughout High School, but after graduating he went on to write and publish his second book “Untold Nightmares” which is the prequel to his first.

Dontez booked his first professional audition, a small role in "The Land" starring Eryka Badu, Michael K. Williams and Machine Gun Kelly. Although his scene was ultimately cut, director Steven Caple Jr. ("Creed II") praised his work. More roles in Ohio-filmed features quickly followed: "My Friend Dahmer," "The Assassin's Code" and "Last Flag Flying." Impressed with his performances, "Dahmer" producer Adam Goldworm and "Assassin's Code" director David A. Armstrong both strongly encouraged Dontez to move to Los Angeles. He took the leap and moved to LA in 2019, signing with Goldworm's Aperture Entertainment and Momentum Talent Agency.

Once in LA Dontez began studying with renowned acting instructors Lesly Kahn and Chad McCord, and signed with 831 Entertainment for dual management with Aperture. He hit the ground running, booking several commercials; and within months he landed a featured role in the pilot episode of HBO's acclaimed comedy series "Made for Love" starring Cristin Milioti, Billy Magnussen and Ray Romano. Put on pause during Covid, the series premiered in April 2021 and Dontez's hilariously quirky standout performance as "Donnie" garnered rave reviews and fan buzz which earned him the opportunity to return to the shows second season as a recurring co-star. Dontez would also receive the opportunity to be the spokesperson for Lids Negro Leagues apparel campaign They Gave Us Game.

The 2020 lockdowns showed James how the world can change at any moment and he began writing his latest book series Beautiful Hue, which explores the idea that the relationship a person has with themself is the most important relationship they can have in this world. 

Committed to personal growth and exploring the human condition, Dontez's gracious humility, warm humor, and ever-deepening acting range make him an up-and-comer who's one to watch.

AGE GROUP: | Teens | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Author |

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Reed Memorial Library

Phone: (330)-296-2827
Fax: (330) 296-3780

Hours
Mon, Apr 15 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Apr 16 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Apr 17 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Apr 18 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Apr 19 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Apr 20 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Apr 21 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Upcoming events

Mon, Apr 15, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Room

Mon, Apr 15, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Children's Room

Mon, Apr 15, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Jenkins Room

Tue, Apr 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Room

Tue, Apr 16, 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Children's Room

Tue, Apr 16, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Computer Lab

Wed, Apr 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Room

Wed, Apr 17, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Haymaker Room

Wed, Apr 17, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Computer Lab

Thu, Apr 18, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Jenkins Room

Thu, Apr 18, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Children's Room

Thu, Apr 18, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Haymaker Room

Fri, Apr 19, 10:30am - 2:00pm
Children's Room

Sat, Apr 20, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Haymaker/Jenkins Room

Sat, Apr 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Teen Room

Mon, Apr 22, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Room

Mon, Apr 22, 1:00pm - 3:15pm
Jenkins Room

Tue, Apr 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Room

Tue, Apr 23, 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Children's Room

Tue, Apr 23, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Haymaker Room

Tue, Apr 23, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Jenkins Room

Wed, Apr 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Room

Wed, Apr 24, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Wed, Apr 24, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Carlin Room

Thu, Apr 25, 11:00am - 5:00pm
Haymaker/Jenkins Room

Thu, Apr 25, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Children's Room

Thu, Apr 25, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Carlin Room

Fri, Apr 26, 10:30am - 2:00pm
Children's Room

Fri, Apr 26, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Teen Room

Sat, Apr 27, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Jenkins Room

Sun, Apr 28, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Amphitheater

Mon, Apr 29, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Room

Mon, Apr 29, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Haymaker/Jenkins Room

Tue, Apr 30, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Room

Tue, Apr 30, 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Children's Room

Wed, May 01, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Room

Wed, May 01, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Haymaker Room

Thu, May 02, All day
This event is full

Thu, May 02, 11:00am - 5:00pm
Haymaker/Jenkins Room

Thu, May 02, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Children's Room

Thu, May 02, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Carlin Room

Fri, May 03, 10:30am - 2:00pm
Children's Room

Fri, May 03, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Teen Room

Sat, May 04, 9:00am - 10:00am

Sat, May 04, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Room

Mon, May 06, All day
This event is full

Mon, May 06, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Haymaker/Jenkins Room

Tue, May 07, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Carlin Room

Tue, May 07, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Carlin Room

Wed, May 08, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Teen Room

Thu, May 09, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Children's Room

Sat, May 11, 9:15am - 11:30am
Jenkins Room

Sat, May 11, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Teen Room

Tue, May 14, 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Carlin Room

Tue, May 14, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Jenkins Room

Wed, May 15, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Haymaker Room

Wed, May 15, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Jenkins Room