Young Black Actors & Actresses

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Zendaya
Actress, Shake It Up!
Zendaya, which means "to give thanks" in the language of Shona, was born in Oakland, California. She now lives in Los Angeles, California with her family and her dog, named "Midnight". She was a part of the California Shakespearian Theatre, where her mom worked as a House Manager. She would help out in the theatre and even got to do many plays after...
 
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Roshon Fegan
Music man and entertainer Ro Shon Fegan began his claim to fame here in Los Angeles at the age of 18 months. His first creative moments of his career was actually a national soda commercial where he collaborated with the musical classic group Boyz II Men. And his momentum for the creative industry took off from there...
 
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Amandla Stenberg
Named for the Zulu and Xhosa word for "power," Amandla was born in Los Angeles, California, to Karen Brailsford and Tom Stenberg. Her mother is African-American and her father is Danish (and of part Inuit-Greenlandic ancestry). In the summer and fall of 2010, the actress shot her first feature, Colombiana...
 
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China Anne McClain
Actress, A.N.T. Farm
China Anne McClain comes from an artistic family. Her father, Michael McClain, is a music producer, vocalist, writer and sound engineer. His first production was on Beyonce's younger sister, Solange Knowles (Solo Star CD - track no.16 entitled Sky Away). China Anne's mother, Shontell, is also a vocalist and songwriter...
 
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Lauryn Alisa McClain
Music Department, A.N.T. Farm
 
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Tyler James Williams
Tyler James Williams was born on October 9, 1992 in Westchester County, New York, USA. He is a TV actor, known for Dear White People (2014), most recognizable for having played the title character of the Chris Rock-inspired sitcom Everybody Hates Chris (2005) and songwriter Cyrus DeBarge in the Disney Channel movie Let It Shine (2012)...
 
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Madison Pettis
Actress, The Fosters
Audiences still remember Madison Pettis as the curly haired ballerina daughter of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in her first film, Disney's box office smash, "The Game Plan". Now ten years later & 18 years old, Madison has literally grown up in front of America's eyes, while building an extensive list of credits & a fan base on social media of over 10 Million followers...
 
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Amber Riley
Actress, Glee
 
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Naya Rivera
Actress, Glee
 
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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 solo in her kindergarten play but...
 
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Parker McKenna Posey
Born at Cedar Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, on August 18th 1995, Parker McKenna Posey was destined to be a star. With the face of an angel, and hair to go with it, she appeared in a Kodak commercial at the tender age of 2, before going on to model for Disney catalogs and star in ad campaigns for Old Navy and to play a young Macy Gray in her "Sweet Sweet Baby" music video...
 
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Raven-Symoné
Self, The View
Raven-Symoné Pearman was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Lydia (Gaulden) and Christopher Pearman. At a young age, she moved to New York. While there Raven signed with the Ford Modeling Agency. They sent her out on a audition for a movie called Ghost Dad, which also starred the legendary Bill Cosby...
 
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Imani Hakim
Famed actress Imani Hakim was born on August 12th, in Cleveland, Ohio. Although most people decide what occupation path they want to take once out of high school, Imani Hakim already had developed a strong passion for acting by age seven. She began studying acting at Cleveland's historic Karamu House Theater and appeared in many of its stage productions...
 
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Cymphonique Miller
Actress, How to Rock
Cymphonique Miller, is an actress, singer, dancer and writer. This Los Angeles native, is one of Hollywood's biggest teen phenomena and the star of the hit TV show How To Rock. Cymphonique has made a name for herself and built a diverse R&B, Pop and Hip Hop fan base through the Internet before taking her acting and music career mainstream...
 
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Leon Thomas III
Actor, Victorious
Thomas was born in Brooklyn, New York, but moved to Los Angeles, California, and now resides there. At age 10 he made his Broadway debut in 2003 as Young Simba in the Broadway production of The Lion King. In 2004, he appeared as Jackie Thibodeaux in the original Broadway cast of Tony Kushner's "Caroline...
 
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Jaden Smith
Jaden Smith is a movie actor, known for The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Karate Kid (2010) and After Earth (2013). In addition to being an actor he is also a dancer, songwriter and rapper who won an MTV award for his performance in The Pursuit of Happyness. He co-starred with his father Will Smith in both The Pursuit of Happyness and in the 2013 science fiction film After Earth...
 
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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 (2011). She is also known for her roles in The Great Debaters (2007), Eve's Bayou (1997)...
 
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Rhyon Nicole Brown
Rhyon Nicole Brown has been pulling at the heart strings of everyone she comes in contact with since her birth. Her charming personality, her genuine love for people, her quick wit, and her crazy sense of humor, accompanied by her amazing talent and her determination to succeed is her combination for success...
 
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Jessica Jarrell
Miscellaneous Crew, Office Space
Jessica Jarrell is a pop and R'n'B singer, her nickname is JJ. She was born and raised in Diamond Bar, California and started her career in the spotlight as a child model. She starred in print ads for K-Mart, Mattel and American Girl and was too shy to act or perform until her friends dragged her to an audition for the school Christmas play...
 
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Jazz Raycole
Actress, Babe
Jazz Raycole is a professionally trained dancer. By four years of age, she was involved in dance competitions, and has trained with many top choreographers. She is currently dancing under the supervision of multi-talented choreographer Debbie Allen. After deciding to break into acting, Raycole and her family moved to Los Angeles...
 
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Nadji Jeter
While living in Atlanta, Georgia, Nadji's family discovered that he had a gift in dancing, acting, and music. Nadji's talents caught the eye of several A-list entertainers, giving him the opportunity to perform for Usher's New Look Foundation Gala in New York City in 2005. In 2010 Nadji was given the honor to co-host the "Usher" Camp New Look Foundation...
 
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Zoë Soul
Actress, Prisoners
 
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Noah Gray-Cabey
Actor, Heroes
Already at the age of nine, Noah Gray-Cabey has established quite a name for himself, both as a musician and an actor. Beginning when he was four, Noah performed classical piano in several venues throughout New England and Washington and journeyed to Jamaica for his first tour with the New England Symphonic Ensemble...
 
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Harrison Knight
Harrison Knight was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina and moved shortly thereafter with his mother to Kingstree, South Carolina. He began performing at an early age in theatrical productions at his church. In elementary school, Karl Singletary, an artist-in-residence and former member of the Buffalo City Ballet...
 
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Bobb'e J. Thompson
Kicking off an impressive career in front of the camera at the tender age of five, Bobb'e J. Thompson rose to fame as a child actor well before his teens, initially with a small but colorful and energetic supporting role as the pint-sized Tupac in My Baby's Daddy (2003). He subsequently appeared in television and film efforts such as "The Tracy Morgan Show" (2004)...
 
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Sinqua Walls
Originally from Louisiana, Sinqua moved to Los Angeles with his Family and Attended Beverly Hills High School. He is a Graduate of the University of San Francisco arts program where he studied Theater and Film. He is also of French, and Native American Descent. When not acting, Sinqua is a published poet...
 
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Kyle Massey
Kyle Orlando Massey was born on August 28, 1991, in Atlanta, Georgia. His first acting job was in "The Wizard of Oz," but his big break came after he was cast in the popular Disney sitcom That's So Raven, where he starred as Cory, the mischievous, money-obsessed brother of the main character, Raven-Symoné...
 
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Dayo Okeniyi
Raised in Lagos Nigeria, Dayo Okeniyi (Pronounced: Die-o Okay-ni-yii) began acting in theatre at his elementary school. In 2003, Okeniyi, the youngest of five siblings, moved from Nigeria with his family to the United States. His father, now a retired customs officer and mother, a British literature teacher...
 
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Alfred Enoch
Alfred Lewis Enoch was born December 2, 1988 in Westminster, London, England, the son of English actor William Russell (William Russell Enoch) and Brazilian doctor Balbina Gutierrez. He is an actor, known for his role as Dean Thomas in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)...
 
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Brandon Mychal Smith
Brandon Smith started acting at the tender age of 8 years old. Soon, he booked his first national commercial for Nike with Tiger Woods. Brandon Smith has garnered a legion of loyal fans for playing the iconic role of super-suave Nico Harris on the Disney Channel series "So Random" ("Sonny with a Chance")...
 
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John Boyega
John Boyega is a British actor best known for playing Finn in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Boyega rose to prominence in his native United Kingdom for his role of Moses in the 2011 sci-fi comedy film Attack the Block, before attaining international recognition for his work as Finn in the seventh film of the Star Wars series...
 
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Carlos Knight
Carlos Knight is best known for the role of Owen Reynolds on Nickelodeon's Supah Ninjas. Columbia, South Carolina native Carlos Knight began acting at Town Theater in his hometown. After performing on stage in plays including Footloose and the Wiz, Carlos landing his first paying television role in 2006 as Tyrell Blake in ETV's Detective Bones and the South Carolina History Mystery...
 
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Carlon Jeffery
Jeffery was born in Houston, Texas and has been performing since the age of 8. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, performing in numerous community venues. He and his family moved to Los Angeles in 2005 so he could pursue a career his music and acting. He is a rapper under the stage name of "Lil-c Note". He now stars in the Disney Channel comedy, "A.N.T. Farm" as Cameron Parks.
 
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Larramie Doc Shaw
Doc Shaw was born to Larry and Tamie Shaw, being an only child. His grandparents noticed he had a special gift and gave him the nickname, Doc. Doc's dad got him into a modeling career. He moved through the industry fast, and has appeared in many print ads. A car accident took his father's life in 1994...
 
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Jessie T. Usher
Born a leap year child he excelled academically from elementary through high school as a top honor student. He graduated class salutatorian before moving straight to the Dean's List in college, studying the Art Of Culinary and earning the honor of being a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society...
 
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Chelsea Tavares
Actress, Fright Night
Chelsea Royce Tavares (born September 22, 1991) is an American actress and singer. She best known for her role as Cranberry on the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous and as Autumn on Just Jordan. Tavares was born in Panorama City, Los Angeles, California and is of Cape Verdean descent. Tavares' other television acting credits include Zeke and Luther...
 
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Jessica Parker Kennedy
Actress, 50/50
Jessica Parker Kennedy is a Canadian actress of film and television. Born in Calgary, Alberta her first string of screen work began with the television film Santa Baby as Lucy the Elf, a role she reprises in the television film sequel Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe. With a repertoire of television credits, Jessica's continuing work ties with series such as V...
 
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Marcus T. Paulk
Actor, Moesha
Marcus Terrell Paulk was born on October 12, 1986 in the sunny city of Los Angeles, California. With all the buzz of Hollywood glamour and celebrity stardom it seems Paulk felt right at home so early in life "street performing" in California's ever popular Venice Beach, at the impressionable age of 3...
 
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Alexander Arzu
Actor, The Player
Alexander Charles Arzu was born in Fontana, California. Alexander's father is from Belize, Central America and mother from Kansas City, Missouri. Alexander is also blessed with having two older sisters, Alexis and Ciara that are also both musically talented. At the age of 3 ½, Alexander started mimicking his family members and favorite TV characters...
 
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Adrian Kali Turner
Adrian Kali Turner is an actor, singer, dancer, writer, entrepreneur and community activist. Adrian is from Atlanta, Georgia and lives in the Los Angeles area where he is pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. From portraying the emotionally compelling Duane in The Walking Dead to the hilariously funny and scene stealing Shawn in Bad Teacher...
 
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Daniel Curtis Lee
Piggy-backing off his brother Nathaniel Lee Jr., Daniel Curtis Lee, also known as Dan Curtis Lee, started his acting career at the age of seven in his hometown of Clinton, Mississippi. However, it was not until three years later in Long Beach, California, that he got his first principal role in a Hollywood feature film...
 
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Dante Brown
At only 16 years old Dante Brown has established himself as a bonafide "one to watch" talent in the entertainment industry, known not only for the diverse and engaging characters he has brought to life on screen, but also for excelling in music, dance and creating innovate online content to connect with Generation Z...
 
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David Militello
Actor, Perfection
David Militello was born in Austell, Georgia. After three years of not talking at all, by age 4 David had a voice and he wanted to be heard. At age 4, he gave a performance in his church's Easter program that earned him a standing ovation. His performance at age 7 in his church's Christmas program, left the audience in awe...
 
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Jaden Harmon
Jaden was born October 14, 2000 in Houston, Texas and has one older brother and one younger Brother. He grew up in a traditional southern household and enjoys the outdoors. He was five when he started in the entertainment business by doing several print jobs and a handful of local commercials. His agent asked if he could audition for a speaking role...
 
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Justin S. Myrick
Justin S. Myrick is a film and television actor, voiceover artist, model, and dancer. His strong improve skills have landed him numerous acting and co-hosting jobs on TV and at live events. Justin has been credited in numerous TV shows, TV commercials, films, dance, voiceovers for national TV commercials and national radio ads...
 
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Kevin L. Walker
Born and raised in Southern California, Kevin was born to be an entertainer. Performing as an actor is not just a job for Kevin, it's a life long passion turned into a career. Raised in a broken middle class home, Kevin understood the value of hard work at a very young age, and made excelling at all endeavors his number one priority...
 
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Malcolm David Kelley
The entertainment industry isn't new to young Malcolm David Kelley, he has been working in show business since the age of five. He is most known for his role as young "Walt" on the TV series "Lost" and his role as "Finn" on TeenNick's "Gigantic" in 2010-11. His motion picture credits include roles in Antwone Fisher and You Got Served...
 
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Oren Williams
Actor, Rebound
Oren, who was recently voted Hollywood's Hottie by Pop Star! magazine landed his first job at only nine-months-old in an ad for Broadway Department Stores. Now a professional model at FORD, Oren has booked spots for Sears, Warner Brothers, Tommy Hillfiger, Macy's, Bugle Boy, Mercedes-Benz, and for Sean Combs's Sean John Boys...