Michael Imperioli is an American actor and director best known for his role as Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2004. He appeared in the TV drama series Law & Order as NYPD Detective Nick Falco. Imperioli spent the 2008-2009 television season as Detective Ray Carling in the US version of Life on Mars, he was starring as Detective Louis Fitch in the ABC police drama Detroit 1-8-7 until its cancellation. He wrote and directed his first feature film, The Hungry Ghosts, in 2008. In 2015, he starred in Mad Dogs, a dark-comic thriller television series available for viewing on Amazon's Amazon Prime subscription service in the U. S and on Shomi in Canada. Imperioli was born in Mount Vernon, New York into an Italian-American family, with ancestors from Lazio and Sicily, he is the son of Dan Imperioli, a bus driver and amateur actor and Claire Imperioli, an amateur actress. Imperioli has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards as well as for five Emmy Awards for his work as Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos.
In addition to his role on The Sopranos, Imperioli has appeared in a number of films, including Goodfellas, Jungle Fever, Bad Boys, Malcolm X, The Basketball Diaries, Dead Presidents, Girl 6, My Baby's Daddy, Lean on Me, I Shot Andy Warhol, Last Man Standing, Shark Tale, High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story, Summer of Sam, which he co-wrote and co-produced. He wrote a number of episodes for The Sopranos, he served as artistic director of an Off-Broadway theater he formed with his wife. He is the lead singer/guitarist for a rock band named La Dolce Vita, he makes a brief appearance in the video for the 1983 hit'Shiny Shiny' by British performance group Haysi Fantayzee. Imperioli is an active member of The Jazz Foundation of America and co-hosted their May 2009 annual benefit concert, "A Great Night in Harlem", at the Apollo Theater, which celebrated the foundation's 20th anniversary, he was a guest on episode MB2E08 of Mario Batali's Food Network television show Molto Mario. In 2010, Imperioli was signed on to play the lead in the ABC TV show Detroit 1-8-7.
Working with the writer Gabriele Tinti, he wrote the text Pride for Tinti's book New York Shots, participated in a reading of The Way of the Cross at the Queens Museum of Art in 2011. He won the "Tournament of Stars" competition on the cooking show Chopped in 2014, sending $50,000 to his designated charity the Pureland Project, an organization which builds and maintains schools in rural Tibet. In 2016, he guest starred as the angel Uriel on the Fox show Lucifer. On March 13, 2019, Imperioli was cast in the lead role of Rick Sellitto in NBC drama series Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector. Imperioli has been married to Victoria Chlebowski since 1995, lives in Santa Barbara and has three children, he and his family are avid practitioners of Tae Kwon Do. Michael Imperioli on IMDb Bio and photo of Michael Imperioli — Crain's New York Business 40 under 40 — 2005
Wallace Willis was a Choctaw freedman living in the Indian Territory, in what is now Choctaw County, near the city of Hugo, Oklahoma. His dates are unclear: 1820 to 1880, he is credited with composing several Negro spirituals. Willis received his name from his owner, Britt Willis in Mississippi, the ancestral home of the Choctaws, he died in what is now Atoka County, Oklahoma, as his unmarked grave is located there. Prior to the Civil War and his wife, Aunt Minerva, were sent by their owner to work at the Spencer Academy where the superintendent, Reverend Alexander Reid, heard them singing. In 1871 Reid was at a performance of the Jubilee Singers of Fisk University and thought the songs he had heard the Willises singing were better than those of the Jubilee Singers, he furnished them to the group. Many are now famous, including "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "Steal Away To Jesus", it is sometimes claimed that the composer of the songs credited to Willis is unknown, but no record exists of any of them prior to the performances by the Jubilee Singers.
"I'm A Rollin'" "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" "Steal Away To Jesus" "The Angels are Coming" Banks, Frances. "Narrative" from The WPA Oklahoma Slave Narratives edited by Julie P. Baker. University of Oklahoma Press, 1996. ISBN 0-8061-2792-9 Debo, Angie. Oklahoma: A Guide to the Sooner State. University of Oklahoma Press, 1941. Flickinger, Robert Elliot; the Choctaw Freedmen and the Story of Oak Hill Industrial Academy, Valliant, McCurtain County, Oklahoma. Iowa and Florida: Journal and Times Press. ISBN 9781515222804. Hubbell, Jay B.. An Introduction to Poetry; the Macmillan Company, 1922. Wright, Muriel H. Early Navigation and Commerce Along the Arkansas and Red Rivers in Oklahoma". Chronicles of Oklahoma 8:1 65-88. Oklahoma Historical Society. "Oklahoma Historic Sites Survey". Chronicles of Oklahoma 36:1 282-314. Willis, Uncle Wallace and Aunt Minerva—Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture
The fifth season of Dance Moms, an American dance reality television created by Collins Avenue Productions, began airing on January 6, 2015, on Lifetime television network. The fifth season featured nine star billing cast members, with various other dancers and moms appearing throughout the season. Melissa Gisoni Holly Frazier Jill Vertes Kira Girard Jessalyn Siwa Maddie Ziegler Mackenzie Ziegler Kendall Vertes Nia Frazier Kalani Hilliker JoJo Siwa Cathy Nesbitt-Stein Jeanette Cota Ava Cota Christy Hunt Sarah Hunt MattyBRaps Ashlee Rumfallo Brynn Rumfallo Key: = "Dancer/Dance Mom" is featured in this episode. Key: = "Dancer/Dance Mom" joins the Abby Lee Dance Company. Key: = "Dancer/Dance Mom" returns to the Abby Lee Dance Company. Key: = "Dancer/Dance Mom" does not feature in this episode