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May 24, 2013

Al Thompson

Al Thompson is the Harlem-born founder of ValDean entertainment.  Though he started as an actor, the multihypenate director-writer-producer has moved beyond traditional cinema  into digital content.  Thompson is putting the final touches on the June 1 season finale of his latest web series,  Lenox Avenue. Amid post-production madness, he chats with us about bullies, bread and Rodeo Drive.

REFLECTIONS: First job: Lead baddass bully opposite Nick Cannon in "Love Don't Cost a Thing" * Advice he'd give himself 10 years ago: Keep doing what you're doing with the business hustle but lay off the bread and Popeye's dude! * Most valuable life lesson learned: Always keep it 100, honesty is a great feeling. * Most valuable business lesson learned: Trust your gut.

DIVERSIONS: Currently reading: The Tanning of America by Steve Stoute * Planning to read next: Feature Film Script "Daughter's Boyfriend" by J.C. Khoury *Last fun purchase: Two suits from Hugo Boss on Rodeo Drive * Recently discovered: Snap Chat and Hotel Tonight app via my homie Andre Meadows

PLAYING FAVORITES: Hotel:  Mandarin Oriental ATL *  For drinks:  Corner Social, 67 Orange Street, Harvist  * Recently devoured:  Organic Salmon, grain, avocado aioli  from Soho House NYC * Guilty pleasure: Toblerone Chocolate

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