VH1 has announced that Teyana Taylor – the multi-talented actor, G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam Recordings artist, and breakout star of Kanye West’st acclaimed “Fade” video – will join the “The Breaks” in a recurring role in addition to doing a stint on the network’s upcoming “Hip Hop Squares”.
Inspired by The Big Payback, a narrative history of the hip-hop business written by journalist Dan Charnas, “The Breaks” is executive produced by Seith Mann (“The Wire,” “The Walking Dead,” “Homeland”) and John J. Strauss (“Mozart in the Jungle”). The original film which aired on VH1 in January to much fanfare and critical acclaim, followed three young friends fulfilling their hip hop dreams in New York City in 1990. The series will continue to explore their triumph and heartbreak trying to make their mark in a new and complex hip hop culture.
Teyana’s credits include “Brotherly Love,” “Madea’s Big Happy Family” and MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew: All Stars”. She joins a cast that includes: Afton Willamson (HBO’s “The Night Of…”), Wood Harris (“The Wire”), Mack Wilds (“90210”),Antoine Harris (“Ballers”), David Call (“The Magicians”) and Evan Handler (“Sex and the City”), Melonie Diaz (“Fruitvale Station”),Sinqua Walls (“Power”) and Ali Ahn (“Billions”). Mann, Charnas, Strauss, Bill Flanagan and Darren Goldberg are executive producers on “The Breaks.” Maggie Malina, Chris McCarthy and Amy Doyle will serve as executive producers for VH1.