Despite enduring back-to-back trips, including flying to Europe and then jetting immediately after to New Orleans to be with us at ESSENCE Festival, Haitian-American actor and producer Jean Elie has a smile on his face neither you nor I, nor immense jet lag could wipe off.
The star, who most know for his role as Issa Dee’s witty brother Ahmal on HBO’s Insecure, is floating on cloud nine. He has a new dark comedy he’s producing and starring in called Send Help on AllBlk, and he’s newly engaged. His longtime girlfriend, Randall Bailey, is on the virtual call as well. He’s speaking from their home base of Los Angeles, she from her native state of Maryland where she flew from New Orleans to visit family (to both wind down and share the good news). Even from complete opposite sides of the country, you can feel their chemistry radiate.