By Eunice Moseley
Super model Datari, who left the sports world due to a knee injury, can be seen in Abercrombie & Fitch campaigns, Sketchers Footwear, Tommy Hilfiger sportswear, eyewear, and jeans campaigns, and campaigns for Sean John and Banana Republic. He has modeled for layouts for Vibe Magazine, Interview Magazine, GQ, Maxim, Ocean Drive, Seventeen, People Weekly, Men’s Journal, Honey, Details, Today’s Black Woman, and The Source.
Datari went on to acting landing roles on popular television shows like The Handler, Boston Public, Moesha and The Nikki Cox Show. In 2003 he began screenwriting and producing films. His first screenplay titled “The Video Girl,” is inspired by a true story.
The film is about the rise and fall of a popular music video girl. The script caught the attention of super star rapper 50 Cent who wasted no time optioning the material. It is now set to be released under 50’s motion picture deal with MTV Films/Paramount.
His next project, premiering on BET is an urban “Apprentice” style reality show that stars hip-hop mogul Damon Dash. BET network bought the show from Datari. The show titled “The Ultimate Hustler” premier in September.
“I got Dash on the phone,” Datari says about how the show came together. “I had met him at fashion shows and concerts… My (Theatrical) agency works with reality shows… Puffy, Master P, Russell and Irv combined (is worth) 10 billion with one year of college education amongst them… We’ve already taped 10 episodes.”
Datari is currently creating programming for the UPN network and is also turning Hip Hop mogul Damon Dash’s life story into a made for television movie in which actor Terence Howard (Crash, Hustle and Flow) will star in as Dash.
Eunice Moseley is the President of Freelance Associates and currently resides in Baltimore,MD and Los Angeles, CA.