Young Black Actresses

by Chocolegz | created - 11 Apr 2013 | updated - 03 Nov 2015 | Public

African and of African descent If someone's missing, check my Over 40 Goddesses list. They're all there :) I put a lot of unknowns on the list. Why are they unknown? B4 I hear anything, this list exist because we are not represented enough in the media. This is for the young black girls who need to see themselves.

1. Aïssa Maïga

Actress | Les poupées russes

Aïssa Maïga is a French actress. She was born in Dakar, Senegal, in 1975 to a Senegalese-Gambian mother and Malian father, an acclaimed journalist. She moved with her family to France when she was 4. She discovered her vocation as an actress in middle school, and won various professional roles ...

2. Lupita Nyong'o

Actress | 12 Years a Slave

Lupita Amondi Nyong'o was born March 1, 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Kenyan parents, Dorothy Ogada Buyu and Peter Anyang' Nyong'o. Her father, a senator, was then a visiting lecturer in political science. She was raised in Kenya. At age 16, her parents sent her back to Mexico for seven months to...

3. Naomie Harris

Actress | Moonlight

British actress Naomie Harris was born in London, England, the only child of television scriptwriter Lisselle Kayla. Her father is from Trinidad and her mother is from Jamaica. They separated before she was born, and Harris was raised by her mother and has no relationship with her father. She ...

4. Teyonah Parris

Actress | Dear White People

Teyonah Parris is an actress and producer, known for Dear White People (2014), Chi-Raq (2015) and They Came Together (2014).

5. Yolonda Ross

Actress | The Chi

Yolonda Ross was born in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for The Chi (2018), The Get Down (2016) and Whitney (2015).

6. Wunmi Mosaku

Actress | Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Wunmi Mosaku was born on July 31, 1986 in Zaria, Nigeria as Oluwunmi Olapeju Mosaku. She is an actress, known for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Philomena (2013).

7. Uzo Aduba

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Aduba began earning recognition for her work in 2003, with a performance in "Translations of Xhosa" at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that won her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Play. Her Broadway debut was in 2007 as Toby in "Coram Boy". She was...

8. Danai Gurira

Actress | The Visitor

Danai Gurira was born in Grinnell, Iowa to parents from Zimbabwe, when her father was teaching Chemistry at Grinnell College. When she was 5, the family moved back to Zimbabwe. Gurira studied social psychology at Macalaster College, and received an MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the...

Michonne kicks ass...and is a playwright!

9. Sonequa Martin-Green

Actress | Star Trek: Discovery

Sonequa Martin-Green was born on March 21, 1985 in Russellville, Alabama, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Star Trek: Discovery (2017), The Walking Dead (2010) and Once Upon a Time (2011). She has been married to Kenric Green since December 4, 2010. They have one child.

10. Samira Wiley

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Samira Wiley was born as Samira Denise Wiley. She is an actress and producer, known for Orange Is the New Black (2013), The Sitter (2011) and The Handmaid's Tale (2017). She has been married to Lauren Morelli since March 25, 2017.

11. Gabrielle Union

Actress | Bring It On

Gabrielle Union was born on October 29, 1972, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Theresa (Glass), who managed a phone company, and Sylvester E. Union, a military sergeant and business executive. When she was eight, her family moved to Pleasanton, California, where she grew up and attended high school. In high ...

12. Emayatzy Corinealdi

Actress | Middle of Nowhere

Emayatzy Corinealdi was born on January 14, 1980 in Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA as Emayatzy Evett Corinealdi. She is known for her work on Middle of Nowhere (2012), Addicted (2014) and Roots (2016).

13. Nichole Galicia

Actress | Django Unchained

Nichole Galicia is a film and television actress whose extraordinary journey to the big screen began as a high fashion model on the catwalks of Europe. Most recently, acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino hand picked Galicia for his film, Django Unchained, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx. ...

14. Shanola Hampton

Actress | Shameless

Shanola Hampton was born May 27 in Charleston, South Carolina, to a Car Salesman and an IRS agent. She was raised in Summerville, South Carolina with her four sisters. In college she earned a degree in Theater, with emphasis in Performance from Winthrop University along with a Masters Degree in ...

15. Kimberly Elise

Actress | Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Kimberly Elise was born on April 17, 1967 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Kimberly Elise Trammel. She is an actress, known for Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005), The Manchurian Candidate (2004) and John Q (2002). She was previously married to Maurice Oldham.

16. Nicole Beharie

Actress | Shame

Nicole Beharie is an American actress.

Her critically acclaimed film debut was in the film American Violet (2008) alongside Alfre Woodard, Tim Blake Nelson and Will Patton. Beharie also played Ernie Davis' girlfriend in the movie The Express (2008). Her upcoming projects include My Last Day Without ...

17. Fatou N'Diaye

Actress | Un dimanche à Kigali

Fatou N'Diaye is an actress, known for Un dimanche à Kigali (2006), Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (2002) and The Front Line (2006).

No picture here but PLEASE google this beauty! OMG!!!

18. Phina Oruche

Actress | The Forsaken

In 2012 she made a return to TV on BBC1 drama Doctors, after taking time off to raise her son. In 2012 she featured as the celebrity bedtime story reader reading a story a day for children the week of the Queens Diamond jubilee. Also featured as a special correspondent on North West tonight ...

19. Meagan Good

Actress | Think Like a Man

Meagan Monique Good was born on 8 August 1981 in Panorama City, California, USA, to Tyra Wardlow-Doyle, who worked as her manager, and Leondis "Leon" Good, an LAPD officer. She began appearing on commercials at the age of four. Then she started guest-starring on series like The Parent 'Hood (1995), ...

20. Camille Winbush

Actress | Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

Camille Winbush was born on February 9, 1990 in Culver City, Los Angeles, California, USA as Camille Simoine Winbush. She is an actress, known for Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), The Bernie Mac Show (2001) and Eraser (1996).

21. Damaris Lewis

Actress | Limitless

Damaris Lewis is an actress, known for Limitless (2011), The Rewrite (2014) and Listen Up Philip (2014).

22. Caroline Chikezie

Actress | Æon Flux

Caroline Chikezie was born on February 19, 1974 in London, England. She is an actress and producer, known for Æon Flux (2005), Eragon (2006) and Mayhem (2017).

23. Franchesca Ramsey

Writer | Franchesca

Franchesca Ramsey is a video blogger and actor, known for The One (2011), Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (2012), Broad City (2014) and her viral video "Shit White Girls Say...To Black Girls" (2012). Franchesca and her original YouTube videos have been featured on MTV, The BBC, MSNBC and Anderson...

24. Tika Sumpter

Actress | Southside with You

Tika Sumpter was born in New York and graduated from Marymount Manhattan College. Sumpter began her career as model, before she landed the role of "Layla Williamson" in ABC's daytime soap opera, One Life to Live (1968) (2005-2010, 2011).

After she left the soap, Sumpter won a recurring role in the ...

25. Nicole Ari Parker

Actress | Boogie Nights

Nicole Ari Parker was born on October 7, 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Boogie Nights (1997), Remember the Titans (2000) and Blue Streak (1999). She has been married to Boris Kodjoe since May 21, 2005. They have two children. She was previously married ...

26. Naturi Naughton

Actress | Notorious

Naturi Naughton is an American Singer and Actress best known for her performance as "Lil Kim" in Fox Searchlight's hit film "Notorious", and her role in MGM's remake of the classic film "Fame". Naughton has starred in various other projects such as: Lottery Ticket, The Playboy Club, Mad Men and The...

27. Denise Milfort

Actress | Dead on Arrival

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Denise Milfort narrowly escaped great political upheaval with her family as a small child. Her father, now deceased, was the supervising engineer at a German owned electronic company in Haiti. Her mother, a former entrepreneur owned several car dealerships throughout ...

28. Hope Olaide Wilson

Actress | The Last Ship

Hope Olaide Wilson was born on August 16, 1985 in the UK as Hope Adjoko Olubunkonla Olaide Wilson. She is an actress and producer, known for The Last Ship (2014), I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009) and The Fosters (2013).

29. Yaya DaCosta

Actress | The Butler

Yaya DaCosta was born and raised in New York City along with her sister and two brothers. She got her first acting gig at the age of eleven when her junior high school drama teacher, Ann Willis Ratray, encouraged her to audition for educational films. She continued to perform in school shows ...

30. Yaani King Mondschein

Actress | The Prince & Me

New York native Yaani King began her career off-Broadway in "The Alchemist" at The Classic Stage Company. She segued into film and television with "The Prince and Me" with Julia Stiles, and "Sex and the City."

After studying at The Actors Centre in London, Ms. King moved to Los Angeles and almost ...

31. Quvenzhané Wallis

Actress | Beasts of the Southern Wild

Wallis was born in Houma, Louisiana, to Qulyndreia (Jackson) Wallis, a teacher, and Venjie Wallis, Sr., a truck driver. She has one sister, Qunyquekya, and two brothers, Vejon and Venjie, Jr. "Quven", the first part of her name, combines the first syllables of her parents' first names. Wallis, at ...

32. Adepero Oduye

Actress | Pariah

Adepero Oduye hails from Brooklyn, New York City by way of Nigeria. She is a graduate of Cornell University; and has studied acting with Wynn Handman, Austin Pendleton, and Susan Batson. Her name is pronounced "Add-eh-pair-o Oh-due-yay."

Her theatre credits include Danai Gurira's play Eclipsed, at ...

33. Keke Palmer

Actress | Grease Live!

Keke Palmer was born Lauren Keyana Palmer in Robbins, Illinois--a small town 20 miles south of Chicago-- to Sharon and Larry Palmer, both former actors. Palmer showed vocal promise as a five-year-old, when she belted out "Jesus Loves Me" in her church choir. A year later the singer-actress had a ...

34. Nona Gaye

Actress | Ali

It was inevitable that Nona Gaye would become a singer - she is the granddaughter of Cuban jazz great Slim Gaillard, the niece of R&B singer/songwriter Frankie Gaye and the daughter of soul legend Marvin Gaye. Signed to Third/Stone Atlantic at 14, Nona released "Love for the Future" in 1992, which ...

35. Coco Jones

Actress | Good Luck Charlie

Coco Jones was born on January 4, 1998 in Columbia, South Carolina, USA as Courtney Jones. She is an actress, known for Good Luck Charlie (2010), Flock of Four (2017) and Grandma's House (2016).

36. Genevieve Nnaji

Actress | Road to Yesterday

Genevieve Nnaji started her acting career as a child actress in the then-popular television soap opera "Ripples" at the age of 8. She was also featured in several commercials, some of which included Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 1998, at the age of 19, she made her debut in the growing ...

37. Jill Marie Jones

Actress | Girlfriends

Jill Marie Jones was born on January 4, 1975 in Dallas, Texas, USA. She is an actress, known for Girlfriends (2000), Drool (2009) and Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous (2008).

38. RaéVen Kelly

Actress | A Time to Kill

RaéVen Larrymore Kelly continues to make her celebrity count with a cause. RaéVen has had the fortune of performing in a wide range of high quality projects for film and television: John Grisham's "A Time to Kill" as Tonya Hailey with Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, director...

39. Serena Reeder

Actress | The Bucket List

Serena Reeder was born on April 8, 1983 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Serena Olanthe' Reeder. She is an actress and director, known for The Bucket List (2007), Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005) and Medium (2005).

40. Joy Bryant

Actress | Bobby

Joy Bryant was born in a modest home in The Bronx, New York and as a young woman, was enrolled in an inner-city outreach organization called "A Better Chance," designed to encourage minority talent. Joy was also blessed with brains as well beauty and remained an excellent student throughout her ...

41. Rakie Ayola

Actress | Dredd

Rakie Ayola was born in 1968 in Cardiff, Wales. She is an actress and producer, known for Dredd (2012), Sahara (2005) and Now Is Good (2012). She is married to Adam Smethurst. They have two children.

42. Billie-Suliat Baker

Actress | CIS: Las Gidi

Billie Suliat Baker was born to Nigerian parents Adisa Mukyle Bashua and Yetunde Margaret Solanke in Lagos Nigeria. At age 13, she moved to the United Kingdom. After attending Barking and Dagenham College where she acquired a BTech in Performing Arts, She went on to graduate from Central School of ...

43. 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).

44. Anika Noni Rose

Actress | The Princess and the Frog

Anika Noni Rose followed her work in the feature film "Dreamgirls" with a role in the comedy feature "Just Add Water," in which she co-stars with Danny DeVito, Dylan Walsh, Jonah Hill and Justin Long, under the direction of Hart Bochner.

In 2004, Rose was honored with a Tony Award for Best ...

45. Tamala Jones

Actress | Blue Streak

Tamala Jones was born on November 12, 1974 in Pasadena, California, USA as Tamala R. Jones. She is an actress and producer, known for Blue Streak (1999), Can't Hardly Wait (1998) and Castle (2009).

46. Antonique Smith

Actress | Notorious

Antonique is an acclaimed actor and a 2015 Grammy nominated singer and writer. She is most famous for her starring role of Faith Evans in "Notorious" where she received rave reviews and was praised by critics, including Jeffery Lyons who called her "one to watch". .

Antonique first garnered ...

47. Kerry Washington

Actress | Scandal

Kerry Washington was born on January 31, 1977 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Kerry Marisa Washington. She is an actress and producer, known for Scandal (2012), Django Unchained (2012) and Save the Last Dance (2001). She has been married to Nnamdi Asomugha since June 24, 2013. They ...

48. Anna Simpson

Actress | Sherrybaby

Anna Simpson was born on March 23, 1985 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Sherrybaby (2006), Our Song (2000) and Liberty Kid (2007).

49. Vicky Jeudy

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Vicky Jeudy is best known for her breakout role on the American comedy-drama hit series, Orange Is the New Black as Janae Watson, a former high school track star, who after one wrong turn becomes an inmate at Litchfield Penitentiary.

Vicky got her start in the entertainment world competing in beauty ...

50. Renée Elise Goldsberry

Actress | One Life to Live

Renee Goldsberry was born in San Jose, California, and raised in both Houston, Texas, and Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University with a bachelors degree in acting, and went on to attend graduate school at the University of Southern California, where she received her ...

51. Karen LeBlanc

Actress | Playmakers

Karen LeBlanc is an actress, known for Playmakers (2003), ReGenesis (2004) and The Playboy Club (2011).

52. 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 ...

53. Vanessa Chester

Actress | The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Vanessa Chester was born on July 2, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Vanessa Lee Chester. She is known for her work on The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), A Little Princess (1995) and Harriet the Spy (1996).

54. Brandy Norwood

Actress | I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

Brandy Norwood was born on February 11, 1979 in McComb, Mississippi, USA as Brandy Rayana Norwood. She is known for her work on I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), Moesha (1996) and Osmosis Jones (2001).

55. Terry Pheto

Actress | Tsotsi

Terry Pheto is an actress and producer, known for Tsotsi (2005), A United Kingdom (2016) and Madiba (2017).

56. Ruth Negga

Actress | Loving

Ruth Negga was born on January 7, 1982 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is an actress, known for Loving (2016), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) and World War Z (2013).

57. Megalyn Echikunwoke

Actress | House of Lies

Megalyn Ann Echikunwoke was born May 28, 1983 in Spokane, Washington. Her father was Nigerian and her mother is of English and Scots-Irish descent. Her last name, "Echikunwoke", means "leader of men" and Megalyn is the granddaughter of a Nigerian tribal leader of the Igbo, which technically makes ...

58. Malinda Williams

Actress | High School High

Malinda Williams was born on September 24, 1970 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for High School High (1996), The Undershepherd (2012) and First Sunday (2008). She was previously married to D-Nice and Mekhi Phifer.

59. Vanessa Williams

Actress | Candyman

Born and raised in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York, Vanessa Williams became a member of the New York City Opera's Children's Chorus at age 11. Vanessa then signed with a talent manager and booked her first audition, a commercial for Frito Lay. Her pattern for success clearly ...

60. Sanaa Lathan

Actress | AVP: Alien vs. Predator

Sanaa Lathan, pronounced Sa-NAA, "like Sinatra without the tra", was born on September 19, 1971, in New York, as her actress mother Eleanor McCoy performed on Broadway with the likes of Eartha Kitt, and her director father Stan Lathan worked behind the scenes in television for PBS. She was exposed ...

61. Rosario Dawson

Actress | Rent

This stunning and resourceful actress has been primarily a film player thus far. Only recently has she been opening herself up more to doing television (the series Gemini Division (2008), which she executive-produced), and animated voice-overs. Dawson's powerhouse talent stands out the most in edgy...

62. Monica Calhoun

Actress | The Best Man

Monica Calhoun was born on July 29, 1971 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for The Best Man (1999), The Best Man Holiday (2013) and The Players Club (1998).

63. Paula Patton

Actress | Precious

Paula Patton was born in Los Angeles, California, to Joyce (Vanraden) and Charles Patton. Her father is African-American and her mother, who is caucasian, has German, English, and Dutch ancestry. Her family lived across the street from the 20th Century Fox lot when she was growing up and she was a ...

64. Nimi

Actress | Blackbird

Nimi is an American actress, film producer, and fashion model. Nimi's parents brought her to Nigeria as an infant. When Nimi was four years old, her family returned to Texas, and in 2008, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. In 2011 Nimi attended Stella Adler Academy of Acting and ...