ATTN: CASTING African-American faces we want to see more of!

by hazelnutz10 | created - 19 Sep 2011 | updated - 19 Sep 2011 | Public

Come on casting directors, directors, and producers!!!! So tired of seeing the same black actors in everything. Please remember there are more than 10 qualified black actors in the business. Let's give some other people a chance, and let the "usual suspects" take a rest.

Here's a list of some familiar, and new faces, to help you get more creative!

1. Omari Hardwick

Actor | Kick-Ass

Born "Omari Latif Hardwick," he grew up in Decatur, Georgia. Hardwick's parents gave him a name to set a precedent, "Omari" meaning "most high," and "Latif" meaning "gentle." He shares, "I in no way believe that I am the highest or most high, but I feel like my name gives me something to strive for...

Handsome and talented!!

2. Sophie Okonedo

Actress | Hotel Rwanda

Sophie Okonedo was born on August 11, 1968 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Hotel Rwanda (2004), After Earth (2013) and Dirty Pretty Things (2002).

One of the best of our time!

3. Chiwetel Ejiofor

Actor | 12 Years a Slave

English actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is renowned for his portrayal of Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which he received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, along with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. He is also known for playing Okwe in Dirty Pretty Things (2002), the ...

4. Linara Washington

Actress | Grey's Anatomy

Linara Washington was born in the little town of Beaufort, SC to a beautiful Brazilian woman and an American son of a preacher man. Her mother spoke no English at the time, which has given Linara the added benefit of being fluent in Portuguese. She is currently adding German to her list of ...

I have been watching her for a while. She just did a movie with Brad Pitt!

5. Donielle Artese

Actress | You Don't Mess with the Zohan

Donielle Artese was born in Los Angeles, California, USA as Donielle Taylor. She is known for her work on You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008), One Night at McCool's (2001) and Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996).

I saw her on a few episodes of Mad Men...she was awesome!

6. Arlen Escarpeta

Actor | The Oath

Arlen Escarpeta was born in Belize, Central America as Arlen Alexander Escarpeta. He is known for his work on Whitney (TV Movie) (2015), Final Destination 5 (2011), Into the Storm (2014) and Friday the 13th (2009). He currently resides in Los Angeles, California and has been able to make a name for...

Excellent actor!!

7. Jesse Williams

Actor | The Cabin in the Woods

Jesse Wesley Williams born August 5, 1981 is an American actor, model, and activist, best known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on the ABC Television series Grey's Anatomy. He also appears in the hit 2013 film Lee Daniels' The Butler as real life civil rights leader Rev. James Lawson. Previous ...

8. Larenz Tate

Actor | Crash

Larenz Tate was born on the west side of Chicago to Larry and Peggy Tate, the youngest of three brothers. His brothers are actors Larron Tate and Lahmard J. Tate. In 1984, Larenz and his family moved to California. It was while living in California that Larenz's parents got him and his brothers ...

9. Candice Coke

Actress | La La Land

Hails from New York, where she studied Educational Theater at NYU while on a scholarship for spring board diving. She started her career dancing for icons like Michael Jackson, Prince, and many others in the States and internationally. Eventually she made the transition to Los Angeles where she has...

10. Shelli Boone

Actress | Crossover

Shelli Boone is an actress, known for Crossover (2006), Saints & Sinners (2007) and Grey's Anatomy (2005).

Saw her on Grey's Anatomy!

11. Regina Hall

Actress | Scary Movie

Regina Hall was born December 12, 1970 in Washington, D.C., to Ruby, a teacher, and Odie Hall, a contractor. She graduated from Fordham University in 1992, and went on to earn a master's degree in journalism from New York University before shifting to an acting career. In 1997 at age 26, she began ...

12. Brandon T. Jackson

Actor | Tropic Thunder

Brandon Timothy Jackson was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Beverly Yvonne (Bozeman) and Wayne Timothy Jackson. His parents are both pastors, and his maternal grandfather was a Pentecostal child preacher. He credits his sense of humor to both his father and his life straddling the ...

13. Benita Krista Nall

Actress | Minority Report

Benita Krista Nall is an actress and producer, known for Minority Report (2002), Catch Me If You Can (2002) and 13 Going on 30 (2004). She has been married to Arlen Escarpeta since May 2011.

14. Lamman Rucker

Actor | Why Did I Get Married?

Born in Pittsburgh, his mother had a dance company (the Pittsburgh Black Theater Dance Ensemble) and his father was a drummer, so entertaining is in his blood. His first acting role was as Martin Luther King in the 4th grade. He was in the drama club in 7th grade and then attended high school at ...

15. Ryan Michelle Bathe

Actress | One for the Money

Ryan Michelle Bathe was born on July 27, 1976 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She is an actress, known for One for the Money (2012), Boston Legal (2004) and All About Us (2007). She has been married to Sterling K. Brown since June 2007. They have two children.

16. Nate Parker

Actor | The Birth of a Nation

Nate Parker was born on November 18, 1979 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Birth of a Nation (2016), Arbitrage (2012) and The Great Debaters (2007). He has been married to Sarah DiSanto since 2007. They have four children.

He was amazing in The Great Debaters!

17. Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Actress | Underground

Jurnee Smollett-Bell was born on October 1, 1986 in New York City, New York, USA as Jurnee Diana Smollett. She is an actress, known for her role as "Jess Merriweather" on the Emmy Award-winning TV series, Friday Night Lights (2006). She is also known for her roles in The Great Debaters (2007), ...

18. Faune Chambers Watkins

Actress | Epic Movie

Faune Chambers Watkins was born on September 23, 1976 in Florida, USA as Faune Alecia Chambers. She is known for her work on Epic Movie (2007), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and White Chicks (2004). She has been married to Fonzworth Bentley since July 10, 2010. They have one child.

19. Jason George

Actor | Fallen

Jason George was born on February 9, 1972 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA as Jason Winston George. He is an actor and producer, known for Fallen (1998), Sunset Beach (1997) and Stargate SG-1 (1997). He has been married to Vandana Khanna since July 10, 1999. They have three children.

20. Casey Lee

Actor | White Chicks

Casey Lee an American Actor, and Musician born and raised in the city of New York, South Bronx to be exact. Moving to Los Angeles on a dare from his mother in the mid 90's lol. He landed a job as DJ Twist on the hit Fox television show "In Living Color" During that time, he studied with various ...

21. Robin Thede

Writer | The Rundown with Robin Thede

Robin Thede is a comedy writer and comedic actress. She is the daughter of Dave Thede, a teacher, and Phyllis Thede, Iowa House Representative. She has two sisters, Acacia and Mackenzie. She attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, earning a B.S.J. degree in Broadcast Journalism and ...

22. Nefetari Spencer

Actress | Ted 2

Nefetari Spencer was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is known for her work on Ted 2 (2015), The Bernie Mac Show (2001) and Work in Progress (2014).

I don't know why she doesn't have a picture, but she is really funny! She started an all black, female sketch group called Elite Delta should check them out!

23. Sydelle Noel

Actress | GLOW

Sydelle Noel is an actress, known for GLOW (2017), Black Panther (2018) and Arrow (2012).

24. Kent King

Actress | The Young and the Restless

Kent Masters King joined the cast of ABC's daytime drama Port Charles (1997) in June of 2003, just a few months after ABC Daytime President Brian Frons announced it was being canceled. Kent was born in Los Angeles, California, on August 5, 1974. She played Julie Williams in the long-running ...

I've thought she was beautiful since Knots Landing!

25. Isaiah Mustafa

Actor | The Three Stooges

Isaiah Mustafa was born on February 11, 1974 in the USA. He is an actor and director, known for The Three Stooges (2012), Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (2016) and Crush (2013).

26. Columbus Short

Actor | Whiteout

Born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 19, 1982, Columbus Keith Short, Jr., started entertaining at the age of three, by putting on shows for his folks' enjoyment. Whether impersonating relatives, dancing or just making people laugh, everyone sensed something special about the boy. Fortunately,...

27. Rose Jackson

Actress | Dead Presidents

Rose Jackson is an actress, known for Dead Presidents (1995), The Crew (1995) and What's Love Got to Do with It (1993). She has been married to Michael G. Moye since 1996. They have one child.

28. Keesha Sharp

Actress | Lethal Weapon

Award-nominated actress, writer, and director Keesha Sharp has become known in the entertainment industry for her innate ability to bring complex characters to life on screen, her steadfast professionalism, and her irrefutable beauty, inside and out. In 2018 Sharp can be seen starring as Trish ...

29. Wood Harris

Actor | Remember the Titans

Harris was born Sherwin David Harris in Chicago, Illinois, to John and Mattie Harris. However, he works under his nickname, "Wood". Attended New York University Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School. Has performed in many films and various stage productions including plays by August Wilson, ...

30. Gillian White

Actress | Never Back Down: No Surrender

Gillian was born in Los Angeles, CA to parents, Victor and Cheryl Waters. She was raised in Altadena, CA. Her background is of African-American, Blackfoot Indian and Irish descent. An all around student athlete, Gillian was a star basketball player, Homecoming Queen and a honors student in high ...