CREATIVE TEAM

 Michael Jai White

Writer / Performer, Black Dynamite
Writer / Performer / Producer, Black Dynamite: The Animated Series

A highly trained martial artist and actor, Michael Jai White has broken barriers as a Hollywood star and international box office sensation. With his dynamic personality, agile abilities and physique of a bodybuilder, Michael has earned respect for his versatile talents both on and off screen.

Born November 10th in Brooklyn, New York. At the tender age seven, Michael started taking weekly Japanese Jujitsu classes to stay focused while growing up on the tough streets of Brooklyn. Bitten by the acting bug in college, while teaching, Michael began auditioning for commercials and acting gigs on weekends and summer breaks. Michael was then cast to play the title character in the movie Spawn which came with the distinction of being the first black superhero in a major motion picture. As White cemented his Hollywood status as a bonafide action star, more diverse roles emerged that allowed him to showcase his physical prowess as well as display his on-screen charisma and comedic ability in such films as Exit Wounds, Undisputed 2, Silver Hawk, Blood & Bone, Black Dynamite and Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married and Why Did I Get Married Too playing opposite Tasha Smith. As a martial artist, in 2013 Michael achieved his 8th black belt from mentor and legendary undefeated kick-boxing champion, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace and was honored by Black Belt Magazine as their 2014 Man of the Year. Continuing the legacy of such greats as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael is now the #1 martial arts action star in America.

Michael Jai White resides in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Gillian Iliana White and their three daughters.

Carl Jones

Carl Jones

Executive Producer / Writer, Black Dynamite: The Animated Series

Carl is currently serving as Showrunner/Executive Producer on the animated reboot of Good Times at Netflix and is a Co-EP on the HBO Max series, Young Love (based on the Academy Award-winning animated short, Hair Love). He recently served as showrunner on TBS’s The Last O.G. season 3. He was the Executive Producer and Head Writer on Black Dynamite: The Animated Series and was Co-Executive Producer on the hit animated series, The Boondocks, the first Cartoon Network program to win a Peabody Award and be nominated for a NAACP Image Award. He served as Creator/Executive Producer on Freaknik: The Musical, starring hip-hop megastar T-Pain and produced and wrote on two seasons of Comedy Central’s Legends of Chamberlain Heights. Carl co-produced The Jellies starring Tyler the Creator and served as Executive Producer/Showrunner on Lazor Wulf, two animated series for Adult Swim.

Adrian Younge

Composer / Editor, Black Dynamite
Composer, Black Dynamite: The Animated Series

Adrian Younge is a self-taught musician, film editor, and recording engineer who has dedicated his life to the study of vintage black soul music. In 2000, Younge released Venice Dawn, a psychedelic funk score to accompany a faux vintage Italian film. Venice Dawn, and supplementary productions, were produced in Younge’s very own analog studio, one of the last fully operational analog studios in Los Angeles. In 2009, Younge composed the score for the Sundance sensation Black Dynamite. The score has generated critical acclaim for authentically capturing the cinematic soul of the 1970s. It is available on Wax Poetics Records as well as his follow up album, entitled SOMETHING ABOUT APRIL.

Ars Nova

Producer, Black Dynamite
Executive Producer, Black Dynamite: The Animated Series

Ars Nova is a New York-based production company specializing in multi-platform programming for film, television and live entertainment.