Rising Black Stars

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1. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Actor | Aquaman

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was born on July 15, 1986 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Aquaman (2018) and The Get Down (2016).

2. Shameik Moore

Actor | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Born in Atlanta of Jamaican descent, Shameik Moore booked his first lead role of Malcolm in Rick Famuyiwa's Dope (2015), produced by Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi. The film, which is narrated by Forest Whitaker, also stars Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Zoë Kravitz, Kimberly Elise and ...

3. Donald Glover

Actor | Solo: A Star Wars Story

The multi-talented Donald Glover is a writer, actor, musician, comedian, producer and director, who performs under the stage names Childish Gambino and mcDJ. He was born Donald McKinley Glover at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and was raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. His mother, Beverly (...

4. LaKeith Stanfield

Actor | Sorry to Bother You

Lakeith Lee Stanfield is an actor and rapper from Victorville, CA. At the age of 15, Lakeith attended the John Casablancas Modeling & Career Center in Orange County. A few years later, he auditioned for Destin Cretton's then college thesis film Short Term 12 (2008). Later, the newer version of ...

5. Rob Brown

Actor | Finding Forrester

Rob Brown was born in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn, New York. A natural who never studied acting and who had no professional acting experience, made his acting and motion picture debut in Finding Forrester (2000). Rob celebrated his 16th birthday just before the start of production. He is a ...

6. Issa Rae

Producer | Insecure

Issa Rae was born on January 12, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a producer and actress, known for Insecure (2016), The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (2011) and Little (2019).

7. Deborah Ayorinde

Actress | Luke Cage

Deborah Ayorinde was born in London, England. At age seven, she performed in her first play with a drama school in the Forest Gate area of London. It was there that she developed a passion for the arts. When she was eight years old, she and her family relocated to San Jose, California. She ...

8. Aja Naomi King

Actress | The Birth of a Nation

King appeared in several short films before landing guest roles on the CBS procedurals Blue Bloods and Person of Interest. Her big break came in 2012 when she was cast as new surgical intern Cassandra Kopelson on the CW drama Emily Owens, M.D. The series was canceled after a single season in 2013. ...

9. Ashley Blaine Featherson

Actress | Dear White People

Ashley Blaine Featherson is an actress and producer, known for Dear White People (2017), Dear White People (2014) and Glee (2009).

10. Antoinette Robertson

Actress | Dear White People

Antoinette Robertson was born as Antoinette Nicole Robertson. She is an actress, known for Dear White People (2017), The Haves and the Have Nots (2013) and Zero Hour (2013).

11. Kat Graham

Actress | How It Ends

Kat Graham is a music artist, actress and producer, known for her starring role on the hit TV show The Vampire Diaries (2009).

Graham was born Katerina Alexandre Hartford Graham in Geneva, Switzerland, and speaks four languages - English, Spanish, French, and Hebrew. Her father, Joseph, is a ...

12. Christina Elmore

Actress | The Last Ship

Christina Elmore is known for her work on The Last Ship (2014), Fruitvale Station (2013) and What If He Wins.

13. Brian Tyree Henry

Actor | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Emmy and Tony Award nominee Brian Tyree Henry is a versatile actor whose career spans film, television and theater. Henry originated the role of "The General" in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon," for which he received rave reviews. He currently stars alongside Donald ...

14. Yvonne Orji

Actress | Insecure

Yvonne Orji is known for her work on Insecure (2016), Night School (2018) and Spontaneous.

15. Y'lan Noel

Actor | Insecure

Y'lan Noel is an actor, known for Insecure (2016) and The First Purge (2018).

16. 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...

17. 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 ...

18. Stephan James

Actor | Race

Stephan James was born on December 16, 1993 in Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is an actor, known for Race (2016), If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) and Selma (2014).

19. Letitia Wright

Actress | Black Panther

Letitia Wright is a British-Guyanese actress. She is known for her portrayal of Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning in 2018 with Black Panther (2018) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and for the film Urban Hymn (2015). She has also starred in The Commuter (2018) and Ready Player One...

20. Winston Duke

Actor | Black Panther

Winston Duke is an actor and producer, known for Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Person of Interest (2011).

21. Daniel Kaluuya

Actor | Get Out

Daniel Kaluuya is an English actor and writer. He is best known for Get Out (2017) and Black Panther (2018).

He also starred in the Black Mirror episode "Fifteen Million Merits".

For his work in Get Out he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.

Kaluuya also had minor roles in Johnny ...

22. John David Washington

Actor | BlacKkKlansman

John David Washington was born on July 28, 1984 in the USA. He is an actor and producer, known for BlacKkKlansman (2018), The Book of Eli (2010) and Ballers (2015).

23. KiKi Layne

Actress | If Beale Street Could Talk

KiKi Layne is an actress, known for If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Native Son (2019) and The Old Guard.

24. Logan Browning

Actress | The Perfection

Logan Browning was born on June 9, 1989 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Logan Laurice Browning. She is an actress, known for The Perfection (2018), Bratz (2007) and Dear White People (2017).

25. Zendaya

Actress | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Zendaya (which means "to give thanks" in the language of Shona) is an American actress and singer born in Oakland, California. She began her career appearing as a child model working for Macy's, Mervyns and Old Navy. She was a backup dancer before gaining prominence for her role as Rocky Blue on ...

26. Tyler Lepley

Actor | The Haves and the Have Nots

Tyler Lepley was born on March 24, 1987 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is an actor, known for The Haves and the Have Nots (2013), Baggage Claim (2013) and Slumber Party Slaughter (2012).

27. Laura Harrier

Actress | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Laura Ruth Harrier (born March 28, 1990) is an American actress and model. Harrier was first recognized for her portrayal of Destiny Evans in the short-lived reboot of the American soap opera One Life to Live in 2013. In 2017, she made her major film debut portraying Liz Allan in Spider-Man: ...

28. Michaela Coel

Actress | Chewing Gum

Michaela was born on October 1st 1987 as Michaela Boakye-Collinson to Ghanaian parents and brought up in Tower Hamlets by her mother, a devout member of the Pentecostal church who instilled her religion into Michaela and her sister - something that she would later draw on for her play 'Chewing Gum ...

29. Hannah John-Kamen

Actress | Ant-Man and the Wasp

Hannah Dominique E. John-Kamen is a British actress. She is known for her roles as Dutch in the Syfy television series Killjoys, Ornela in the HBO series Game of Thrones, F'Nale Zandor in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, and Ghost in Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Hannah was born in Beverley, Yorkshire, ...

30. Jordan Fisher

Soundtrack | Moana

Jordan Fisher was born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA as Jordan William Fisher. He is an actor, known for Moana (2016), Grease Live! (2016) and Until Dawn (2015).

31. Kiersey Clemons

Actress | Dope

A talent on the rise, actress and musician Kiersey Clemons has quickly become known for the diverse and captivating characters she has brought to life on screen.

It had been announced that Clemons would be playing Iris West in the Warner Bros film The Flash alongside Ezra Miller, but the project has...

32. Aldis Hodge

Actor | Hidden Figures

Aldis Hodge is a SAG Award winning actor, who has built a dynamic career as a versatile performer shining in roles in both film and television. Hodge is perhaps best known for his role as 'Noah' in the WGN hit series "Underground," starring alongside Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Christopher Meloni. "...

33. Melvin Gregg

Actor | UnREAL

Melvin Gregg is an American Actor and Social Media Entertainer. He was born to parents, Constance Gregg and Melvin Vaughan in Portsmouth, Virginia. He is the only brother to 6 sisters. Before moving to Los Angeles to pursue entertainment Melvin studied marketing at Old Dominion University. Aside ...

34. Zazie Beetz

Actress | Atlanta

Zazie Beetz (born c. 1991) is a German-American actress known for the role of Vanessa on Atlanta (2016), as well as for starring in Deadpool 2 (2018), Applesauce (2015), and Still Here.

Born in Berlin, Germany, to a German father and an African-American mother, she was raised in Manhattan (New York ...

35. Ashton Sanders

Actor | Moonlight

Ashton Sanders was born on October 24, 1995 in Carson, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Moonlight (2016), The Retrieval (2013) and The Equalizer 2 (2018).

36. Anna Diop

Actress | Titans

Anna Diop is a Senegalese-American actress.

Diop was born in Senegal, but moved to United States when she was six. In 2006, she made her television debut, appearing on Everybody Hates Chris. In the following years, she guest starred on Lincoln Heights, Whitney, and Touch. In film, Diop had a role ...

37. Yetide Badaki

Actress | This Is Us

Yetide Badaki is an actress, writer and producer known for This Is Us, American Gods and Call of Duty Infinite Warfare. She wrote, produced and starred in Hollywoodland. Yetide was born and raised in Nigeria and has also lived in England, Canada and the United States. She was nominated for Joseph ...

38. Teyonah Parris

Actress | Dear White People

Teyonah Parris is an actress and producer, known for Dear White People (2014), Chi-Raq (2015) and If Beale Street Could Talk (2018).

39. Nyambi Nyambi

Actor | The Good Fight

Nyambi Nyambi was born on April 26, 1979 in Norman, Oklahoma, USA as Nyambi Nyambi Jr. He is an actor and producer, known for The Good Fight (2017), Mike & Molly (2010) and American Koko (2017).

40. Kofi Siriboe

Actor | Queen Sugar

Kofi Siriboe (born March 2, 1994) is an American actor whose works have spanned theatre, film, and television. He is most notable for his role as Javy Hall in the Fred Durst directed movie 'The Longshots'. He appeared as James Newton on the CBS veteran show 'CSI' during the thirteenth season in the...

41. Jason Mitchell

Actor | Straight Outta Compton

Jason Mitchell is an American actor. He had roles in the films Contraband (2012) and Broken City (2013), both of which starred Mark Wahlberg. In 2015, Mitchell played Compton rapper Eazy-E in the biopic Straight Outta Compton (2015), with his performance being met with significant praise by critics...

42. Gary Carr

Actor | Bolden

Gary Carr was born on December 11, 1986 in London, England. He is an actor, known for Bolden (2019), Death in Paradise (2011) and 21 Bridges (2019).



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