Meet J. Anthony Brown — Co-Host of dLifeTV
Comedian, actor, and radio personality J. Anthony Brown was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1990. With a grueling schedule that includes a daily morning show, clothing business, television series, comedy tours, and various other ventures, J. Anthony faces unique challenges in maintaining his diabetes control, challenges he spoke candidly about on dLifeTV as host from 2005-2006.
J. Anthony lost both his parents to complications of diabetes. After his diagnosis, he started the J. Anthony Brown Foundation, which was originally founded to provide information and funding for diabetes patients to obtain both medical supplies and prosthetic limbs. His foundation now focuses on educating and serving children from the ages of 6 through 17 who live in South Carolina and have a diagnosis of either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. These children have the opportunity to attend a week long diabetes camp, where they learn how to manage their diabetes.
A native of South Carolina, J. Anthony started his comic career in 1972 as a regular at an Atlanta comedy hot spot. He moved on to Los Angeles in 1989 where he became a staff writer for The Arsenio Hall Show. Later writing gigs included The Parenthood and Me and the Boys. His television acting credits include Comic View, Like Family, Living Single, The Parenthood, Sparks, Moesha, The Parkers, Def Jam, It's Showtime at the Apollo, and Evening at the Improv. Movie credits include How to Be a Player, Drumline, Triple X, and Mr. 3000.
J. Anthony Brown has been a staple on the nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show for over eight years, and also continues to host local LA comedy nights and tour with his stand-up routine. A former tailor, he also has his own successful clothing line, "The Watchoutdehnow Collection."
Visit J. Anthony's website at www.janthonybrown.com.
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Reviewed by dLife staff 12/13.
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