Deven Powers, also known as Mr. Hollywood, is the host of the LA Live Film Festival from 2018 to 2020, founder and CEO of the Black Film Festival Los Angeles. You can catch Mr. Hollywood on the cover of Film Central Magazine’s The Bad Boyz of Hollywood, hosting “The Mr. Hollywood TV Show” on AT&T U-Verse, Charter Spectrum, and coming soon to Amazon Prime. Mr. Hollywood is becoming a voice that people are looking out for.
But how did Deven Powers become Mr. Hollywood? Here’s his story.
Born on February 27, 1983, in San Bernardino, California as Deven Lavale Purifoy, Mr. Hollywood was the 10th of 14th children. His father was a pastor and his mother a great gospel singer.
Mr. Hollywood started playing the drums at the age of nine, and by 13, he was given his very first drum set by a member of the Legendary Gap Band, making him California’s State drummer in his church congregation.
During his freshman year at Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, CA, Deven joined the marching band which went on to win several Championships.
The First Step to His Career
Before he became the founder and CEO of the Black Film Festival Los Angeles, Deven’s jump to fame came from hosting.
“I got my start as an NBC News Radio Host on 102.3FM, 106.5FM, and 105.0AM in Redlands CA back in 2017 which later lead to me hosting the Mr. Hollywood TV Show, then the LA Live Film Festival, and the Film Fest Los Angeles,” Deven said.
Entering Show Business
Other than hosting, Mr. Hollywood will also be starring in the upcoming film The Bad Boyz of Hollywood which is set for release by summer or fall of this year.
According to Mr. Hollywood, their goal is to make the film available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other streaming networks for it to gain a larger audience from all around the world.
“I [want to] follow in the footsteps of the great African-American filmmakers, directors, and actors that came before me,” Deven said.
Putting God First
Being the son of a pastor and a gospel singer, Mr. Hollywood values his faith greatly. He even applies it to his career and this has helped him to remain humble despite his numerous accomplishments.
“I learned to remain humble because what God gives, He can take away. I’ve learned that no matter how much success you obtain, no one is better than anyone else and that you have to always give back and inspire others. [Because] If I’m not making the lives of others better, then I’m not doing my job,” he said.
For more information on Deven Powers, visit his Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. You can also check him out on IMDb.