Award-Winning Actress & Author
“If I hadn’t been told I was garbage, I wouldn’t have learned how to show people I’m talented. And if everyone had always laughed at my jokes, I wouldn’t have figured out how to be so funny. If they hadn’t told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty. And if…
Gabourey Sidibe made her film debut as the title character in Lee Daniels’ Academy Award-nominated film, Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire.
For her role as “Precious,” Sidibe received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress, as well as SAG, Broadcast Film Critics and BAFTA nominations. She won the Independent Spirit Award and an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress, the Breakthrough Performance Award from The National Board of Review and the Vanguard Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Sidibe’s television credits include memorable roles on several seasons of the Emmy Award-nominated anthology series American Horror Story, and all seasons of the Golden Globe Award-nominated series The Big C, opposite Laura Linney. She also recently played the role of ‘Denise,’ alongside Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner, in all three seasons of Hulu’s hilarious Difficult People. She can currently be seen in her series regular role as ‘Becky’ on the smash hit series Empire. In 2010, Sidibe had the distinct honor of hosting Saturday Night Live.
In addition to Precious, Sidibe’s film credits include Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard, opposite Shailene Woodley; the action-comedy Tower Heist, for director Brett Ratner, opposite Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller; a cameo appearance in Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths opposite Woody Harrelson; Grimsby, opposite Sacha Baron Cohen; Life Partners, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival; and Victoria Mahoney’s independent film, Yelling to the Sky, which premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival.
Sidibe made her directorial debut with the short film The Tale of Four, as part of Refinery29’s groundbreaking “Shatterbox” series. The film won the Audience Award for favorite narrative short at both Urban World and the Black Star Film Festival.
Her critically acclaimed first book, This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare, was released in May 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Ernie was perfect for our Elders Conference at Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. We will definitely be using PDA again!
LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
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