Marking his 15th year in Hollywood Lewis, originally a native of Washington, DC is a Master Barber by family trade, his father a barber of 47 Yrs. along with 17 barbers in his extended family, started off as a sweeper at his family's barbershop at age 5.
Doubling throughout the years as a Master Barber throughout the years as a Master Barber, Filmmaker & Musician with coast to coast experience from Washington DC to South Central Los Angeles working with every walk of life. He's cut over 50 celebrities from 50 Cent, Wale, Takkarist Mckinely, Outkast - Big Boi, Andre 3000, (trivia – He cut Andre’s signature braids off for Idlewild) when they won their Grammy for Album of the year), Stevie J, John Singleton, Chris Paul, CP3, Soldier Boy etc. His cuts can be seen in Bloomberg Business week, Source double XL, Black Enterprise, GQ Magazine, The Jay Leno Show and a slew of others.
He graduated from Howard University, on a writing scholarship with Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration & Management and has studied at UCLA taking the Feature Film Development class under former Paula Wagner’s Paramount-based company executive Sebastian Twardosz.
Powell as an actor has been training over the years starting in college with various teachers and techniques in Washington DC from Howard's theater dept. to the Los Angeles area; training with Ivan Markota / Van Marr Academy, Judith Weston, Actors Comedy Studio, AIDA - Australian Actors Institute and the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Achieving over 25 plus Broadcast Television & Film acting credits from a recurring Guest Star role as Officer Norman on NBCʼs CSI Las Vegas to appearing on shows Dexter, Bones, MOM, ER and Director Martin Weisz Sony released film Squatters. He also has several national and international commercials under his belt from clients such as Nike, Subaru, Quickbooks, Modelo beer and more.
Powell also worked as Head of Development for 4 Yrs. with Comedian Affion Crockett at the onset of his of his FOX debut show ‘In The Flow’ developing under Affionʼs banner Lejan Entertainment. Pitching projects thru various producers and agents at CAA ranging from sitcoms, reality shows, and gaming properties. Powell also served as a producer consultant to Ellene V. Miles that co-produced the hip-hop feature documentary film ‘This is the Life’ that was written and directed by Ava DuVernay.
Lewis has Produced, Directed and Produced several feature films, shorts, and music videos. His last feature film was acquired by Vanguard Cinema a mockumentary entitled How 2 Build A Rapper ‘ The JP Mclean Story’ which featured artist and producers such as Big Boi of Outkast, Jazze Pha, Zukhan Bey, Badboys Chucky Thompson and more. Powell’s most noticeable music video produced starred comedians ‘Pierre’ and Oscar award winner Mo'nique.
His entertainment career initially began in music as a musician and artist; producing and releasing albums under his independent record company Col'Beast Entertainment working with various Artist such as E-40, Too Short, Scarface, Born Jamericans Edley Shine, B-Legit and Nonchalant.
He was listed in The Source's Independence Day Celebration of Hip Hop's National Underground Artists. The single release "How We Do" featuring Nonchalant stayed on the Billboard charts for over 18 weeks, peaking at #2 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. His music has been placed on the hit shows from America's Next Top Model, Puffy's Making the Band, to 50 Cents' "making of” as well as several other film and television shows. He has been featured in Source, BBL, Billboard, Vibe and Impact Magazine for his various accomplishments.
Currently, his award-winning Short Film ‘PADLOCK MEN’ which he wrote directed, produced, starred and composed is making its way around the film festival circuit nationally an internationally with 27 Official Selections 2 of which were Oscar qualifying to the project to date has a total of 16 wins and nominations. He can also be seen as an Actor in his latest role playing the character ‘Quinn’ in'“KINGS' leading the 92 LA Riots starring Halle Berry and Daniel Craig.
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2010 - present
2010 - present
CSI (5) Rec. Guest Star CBS Dir. Alec Smight
Hit the Floor Co-Star VH1 Dir. Bille Woodruff
State of Affairs Co-Star NBC Dir. Ben Bray
Stalker Co-Star CBS Dir. Liz Friedlander
The Mentalist Co-Star CBS Dir. Paul Kaufman
MOM Co-Star CBS Dir. Ted Wass
Raising Hope Co-Star FOX Dir. Rebecca Asher
Bones Co-Star FOX Dir. Dwight Little
Dexter Co-Star SHOWTIME Dir. Keith Gordon
Off Their Rockers Co-Star NBC Dir. Paul Miller
The Whole Truth Co-Star ABC Dir. Jeffrey Hunt
Trading Eights Rec. Guest Star NEW MEDIA Dir. Bailey Kobe
Split Ends (Lew The Barber) Guest Star Style Network
Kings Supporting Dir. Deniz Gamze Erguven
Padlock Men Lead Tree of Life Pics & Film
Squatters Supporting SONY/ Dir. Martin Weisz
Beauty In the Broken Lead (w/Chris Gilbert Payne) Dir. Max Leonida
5 Minutes Supporting Dir. Roman Michael
Heads or Tails AMEX Supporting ANONYMOUS CONTENT /Dir. Shyam Madiraju
On the Job Training Supporting Dir: Geff Zamor
How 2 Build A Rapper Lead Vanguard Cinema
919 Lead Anacost Films
Urban Killaz: Blood Bills Lead York Entertainment
How We Do (Music Video) Lead (w/Mo’Nique) Col-Beast Ent.
Billboard Magazine Top 100 singles chart #80
America’s Next Top Model “Go Shawty” placement
THEATRE – (additional theatre upon request)
Piano Lesson Boy Willie Crampton Auditorium
Miss Twiddle And the Devil Harry 12th St. Playhouse
John Rosenfeld Studios Judith Weston Television Master Class Los Angeles, Beverly Hills Playhouse Scene Study Los Angeles, ACS sitcom training, Kat Shea Technique & Improv Los Angeles, AIDA Cold Reading/ Scene Study Los Angeles, Ivan S. Markota Scene Study/Bus. Of Acting Los Angeles, Jeff Sable Improv/Comedy Los Angeles, Howard University Theatre Washington
SPECIAL SKILLS Celebrity Master Barber aka “Lew The Barber” (ex. of clients “graced by the tools” 50 cent, Dwayne Wade, John Singleton, Outkast, Chris Paul CP3, Master P, David Koechner, Rockmund Dunbar to name a few started at 13yrs old, Barbershop sh*t talking (lol), Music producer & studio engineer , Demolitionist & Light weapon firearms, traveling.