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Anna Marie Horsford and Obba Babatundé Join The Bold and the Beautiful As Maya's Parents!

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The Maya Avant (Karla Mosley) story is far, far from over on The Bold and the Beautiful.   News on Thursday from TV Insider is that none other than Anna Marie Horsford and Obba Babatundé have joined the CBS daytime drama series as Maya’s disapproving parents, when they come to town to visit their youngest daughter, Nicole (Reign Edwards) and try to get her out of Lala land and away from Maya! Horsford is set for her debut on July 3rd with Babatundé set to arrive on the July 9th episode – their characters of Vivienne and Julius Avant – both are on-board for at least 15 episodes, but they may be sticking around a lot longer!

The actors are no strangers to daytime drama audiences with Obba having appeared in roles on All My Children, One Life to Live and Y&R, while Horsford began her career on Guiding Light.  Both are extremely well-known Broadway and TV and film actors with quite the impressive resumes.

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Anna Marie related on the telling of Maya’s story and being a part of  one of the social issues of the day on television:  “This reunion of the Avant family has opened my heart on so many levels.  I personally know several transgender people but I never really thought of things from the parents’ perspective. The audience has heard Maya’s point of view about what went on in the family. Now it’s time to get Mom and Dad’s side of things! Maya may think her parents never loved her, but that’s her perception.”

And as for Obba, he revealed that when Maya’s folks cast their eyes on her: “Their first encounter after all this time is incredibly powerful. And then [later] they see this new person in the glory of her new world at Forrester Creations and she is absolutely astounding! But how does a father handle that?”

In addition Horsford weighed-in on an additional side to this storyline:  “Gay and transgender subjects are not comfortably discussed in the African-American community. “We might see that our children are different but we don’t tell anybody about it.”

What do you think about the casting of Horsford and Babatunde’ to The Bold and the Beautiful as Maya’s parents?  What are your thoughts about the CBS daytime soap opera exploring all aspects of Maya’s story?  Share your thoughts below!

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I’m excited to see Horsford. I liked her on Amen. I don’t know the other actor, but look forward to seeing Maya’s parents.

Ricardo
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Ricardo

Me to Mo, She was terrific on Amen. Looking forward in seeing her on The Bold and The Beautiful.

richard
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richard

WOW….i am loving the addition of African Americans to BOLD and the story is so rich and about to get better!!!!

Taylor
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Nice to see that they’re fleshing out this storyline and adding to Maya’s family tree. Really like the actors playing these roles and hope that they stick around for a bit.

Lawrence
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Lawrence

Oh lord. First Maya and then her parents

sarah
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sarah

I’m really happy that they are bringing on Maya & Nicole’s mother & father no doubt these scenes are going to be powerful

Gail
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Gail

OMG I loved Thelma on “Amen” in the 1980’s.

Bet they will tap into that sanctimonious bible condemnation most people from the dark ages seem to rely on these days.

Traci
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Traci

Wow this story line is just awesome. Love maya and rick together and I’m glad he stuck by her side

mmc
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mmc

It should be interesting….I love the character of Maya & love Karla playing her.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

They couldn’t have picked a better actress. . Frankly I’m surprised she agreed to it as this actress is no slouch when it comes to procuring work. We’ll enjoy her for add long as she is on the canvas and then relegate ourselves to her sure to come replacement… as well add Obba Babatunde.. one heck of a great character actor. . BRAD BELL truly scored with these two. .. Like Erica said. . Just you watch. . LOL..I just recently watched Anna and Tika Sumpter (layla) LOL in a Christmas movie. .meh… but entertaining none the less. . So… Read more »

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Not lol. .layla..OLTL..AUGHHHH.. IT’S LIKE CHARLIE BROWN GOON FOR LUCYS FOOTBALL WITH SPELLCHECKER .. NO ITS RIGHT. . DON’T PROOF IT DAV.. LMAO

davlestev1
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OMG IT SPELLED GOON NOT GOIN’… WHERE’S MY MARTINI SHAKER? ?????

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Ahhhhh

Diva Grandma
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Diva Grandma

I am ecstatic about these two tremendous veteran actors of stage film and television joining Bold and The Beautiful. The depth of telling this story from our African American perspective if written correctly will be incredible!

Cheryl
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Cheryl

I think it is fantastic. It makes the show, more interesting.

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