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IronE Singleton

    

IronE Singleton

IronE Singleton is best known to audiences as the menacing kingpin Alton in the Academy Oscar Award-nominated film The Blind Side; the biggest box office grossing sports movie of all time. He is also know as the compassionate tough guy, T-Dog, in the Emmy, AFI, WGA Award Winning Golden Globe nominated TV show The Walking Dead; one of basic cable's highest rated shows for viewership. IronE's unusual name depicts his life story, his ability to play strong, multidimensional characters and has made him a memorable actor in both film and television.

Singleton appears on the big screen alongside Bow Wow and Ice Cube in Lottery Ticket. He stars alongside Nicolas Cage, Guy Pearce and January Jones in the feature film Seeking Justice and captivated the Lifetime audience in his leading role as "Glock" Nichols with Neve Campbell in An Amish Murder. Singleton's talent is on display in several television pilots, including ABC's Detroit 1-8-7, VH1's Single Ladies, and TNT's Franklin & Bash. Among his other television credits are CW's One Tree Hill and BET's Somebodies.

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Singleton's story embodies everything we have come to understand about the lives of many inner-city youth growing up in low-income housing projects. Fatherless and having lost his mother to HIV/AIDS when he was a senior in high school and watched his brother spend most of his life in Georgia's prison system, IronE fought to have a life far different from the one he knew growing up. The "irony" of his story is that, while all the odds were stacked against him, IronE Singleton still overcame his troubled childhood to attend the University of Georgia (UGA) on academic and football scholarships where he completed a double major in Theater and Speech Communications.

IronE has served as an Emcee/crowd entertainer, working with large scale events such as the Essenes Music Festival, NASCAR, The Atlanta Braves, The Atlanta Hawks, The Little League World Series, to name a few. With such a compelling story and over 20 years of experience Emceeing and entertaining audiences in large arenas, IronE has become a consummate inspirational and motivational speaker and has captivated audiences of all ages, small and large with his message of truth and love. His speaking engagements have ranged from venues both private and public and have included public schools, churches, conventions, universities and more.

Prior to breaking into film and television, Singleton wrote, directed and performed a critically acclaimed One Man Stage production entitled Blindsided by the Walking Dead (formerly IronE . . . The Resurrected) which garnered rave reviews inspiring IronE to transcribe the production into his autobiography Blindsided by The Walking Dead which chronicles his life from poverty to fame. His ambition is to have it produced as a movie along with his current screenplay Volleyball Vixens.

Amongst many talents, IronE is also a lyricist and recently completed his debut, 10 track album, Hip-Hipcrisy which includes titles such as We Are The Walking Dead and The Blind Side. In "Hip-Hopcrisy" Singleton also reflects on society at large and the ills that we face as a people. His ambition is to encourage, inspire and motivate us all towards positive change for the betterment of humanity.

IronE has been featured on CNN news room with Don Lemon, CBS Better Mornings, Current TV's "Say Anything" with Joy Behar, Fox Business News with Stuart Varney, and featured on the cover of numerous magazines including Entertainment Weekly. In addition, he has participated in live broadcasts with an endless list of major radio stations.

James Fipps

    

James Fipps

James Fipps is a 41 year old graphic designer and professional cosplayer from St. Louis MO.

James has been involved in the Haunt Industry and doing spfx makeup for 23 years. He has been cosplaying for almost 10 years, and has been building commissioned props, costumes and replicas for people all over the world for 5 years. His graphic design experience stems over 20+ years.

He has been involved in many charities and charitable groups for several years now, and continues on his journey daily to make others happy with his creations.

Most known for his Iron Man suits, he built a name for himself in the cosplay community and is now building just about anything you can imagine!

James has earned quite a few awards for his creations such as Best in Show, Best Male Hero and Best Masters Craftsmanship just to name a few. Those award winning cosplays have made him into the builder/designer he is today. As the founder/owner of JF Costume Creations, he strives to give his clients the very best product and service that he can. He can be seen on an episode of Heroes of Cosplay, and most recently was a featured contestant on SyFy's latest hit show, Cosplay Melee! You can view him in episode 5 of CM for the Superhero themed episode.

James has been a guest at several conventions, running panels and judging contests as well as teaching at Midwest Costume Academy.

Recently James has taken a position at Creative Visions working on large scale props, animatronics and other attraction based projects that travel all over the world.

James' positive attitude and willingness to teach others his craft have made an impact not only in the local community, but worldwide as well.