Who is Joshua Silverstein? Meghan Markle's teenage boyfriend says she isn't a bully: 'She refused to fall in line'
'It’s almost like people are expected to know their place and whenever they don’t fall in line with that, then people say it’s a problem'
Meghan Markle's childhood boyfriend does not believe that she ever bullied members of the staff at Buckingham Palace, adding that she may just have refused to 'fall in line' and spoken out against being disrespected. LA-based actor Joshua Silverstein told US Weekly on Wednesday, March 31, that he does not 'personally see her' mistreating palace employees, as has been accused of her. Reports had earlier stated that royal aides were left traumatized working with the former 'Suits' actress, and senior members of their team were deeply troubled at the 'bullying' of their junior staff.
Silverstein said: “I see her doing whatever it is she feels like she should do in order to be happy and coexist within a system that has probably not been very welcoming to who she is and where she comes from". "When you find women of color — particularly Black women — standing up for themselves and speaking out and speaking against what they feel [is] disrespect or oppression, oftentimes whiteness tends to classify that in negative ways because they don’t want that to happen. It’s almost like people are expected to know their place and whenever they don’t fall in line with that, then people say it’s a problem," he added.
Who is Joshua Silverstein?
Joshua Reuben Silverstein is an award-winning actor, comic, writer, beatboxer, and educator. His official website states that the actor's various performances and productions throughout the United States have received admiration from many including Norman Lear, LeVar Burton, John Landgraf, Stan Lathan, Wayne Brady, Anjelica Huston, Craig Robinson, Queen LaTifah and Prince. He is an original member of Norman Lear’s 'Declare Yourself' roadtrip show, a 3-year spoken-word/musical performance tour encouraging the American people to register to vote.
Beatboxing since the age of 5, Silverstein became a popular beatboxer on the West Coast. He was named “one of the best beatboxers in the world" by the Jewish News Service. Silverstein has collaborated with many star artists, including Slash from Guns and Roses, Ursula Rucker and Improv legend Wayne Brady. He was honored alongside Gina Loring and Brandon Coleman as the first American Hip Hop Artist to perform in Kuwait under the US embassy, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Silverstein performs for 'The Late Late Show with James Corden' on the segment 'Drop The Mic' and the stand-alone, half-hour TNT/TBS series by the same name, making him the first beatboxer to be featured regularly dropping beats on network television. He has also appeared in the 2011 comedy short 'dated.' as a singer and rapper. He even has his own solo show, 'The Joshua Silverstein Show', which has received rave reviews.
The Braid Theater performance artist has gone on to provide and facilitate uncountable theater, improvization and spoken word workshops, as well as in-school residencies, all designed to create a safe and open space where students of all ages indulge in the freedom of creative expression. For 14 years, he produced, curated and hosted, numerous multifaceted, live art showcases within the greater Los Angeles area.
He is the co-host and co-producer of Emmy award-winning 'Downbeat 720', a high school open-mic that has been a staple of Santa Monica for the last 19 years. He brings "news in a digestible fashion" on his Instagram account (@TheJoshuaSilverstein). Silverstein has two kids with wife Cynthia Guillen, who is a photographer.
In May 2018, Meghan had revealed to chat show host Larry King that she first kissed a boy aged 13, when she was attending their Agape Spiritual Church summer camp in Santa Monica in 1993. “Joshua Silverstein. I was 13, it was a summer camp and I kissed him!” she had said.