They are young. They are bright. They are talented. The 7 actors and actresses below make up Hollywood’s Jr. Class. With roles that include playing your own dad to playing the wife of a rebellious slave, this group demonstrates that they have the talent and the buzz to become A-listers. During awards season, we encourage you to recognize and salute the new Black Hollywood.
Remember the funny flick and big summer hit Girls Trip starring Tiffany Haddish, Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Queen Latifah? Remember the handsome man that won women’s heart around the world as he held the one stem rose? If you need a refresher, we’ll give it to you. The hot actor from Ghana is Kofi Siriboe. At only 24 years old, he’s making a name for himself around Hollywood for his cool demeanor and strong acting skills. Not new to the screen, Siriboe was also featured in the film, Kicks.
Abraham Attah is a name that shouldn’t be slept on. This young millennial from Ghana is best known for his role in Beasts of No Nation was also featured in the mega-hit Spiderman: Homecoming. With so much in store for Attah, we are keeping an eye on his talents.
Aja Naomi King
Recognized for her role on ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, Aja Naomi King has been spending her time fine-tuning her dramatic acting skills. A breakout star in every sense of the word, the Birth of a Nation actress hit it big when she played Nat Turner’s wife, Cherry Turner.
After playing Aaliyah in the 2014 television movie, Shipp took things to a new height in Straight Outta Compton, a highly-acclaimed movie about the Hip-Hop group NWA. With such a big buzz growing for the talented actress she is now on deck to play Storm in X-Men Apocalypse and X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Stay tuned.
We loved him the Netflix hit Bird Box which also starred A-lister, Sandra Bullock. We admired him in the Oscar-award winning, Moonlight. Did you know that this millennial star is also set to star in the Predator franchise? Beyond being an actor, Trevante Rhodes is also a former athlete. He’ll be running Black Hollywood in no time.
O’Shea Jackson, Jr.
The oldest son of rapper and producer Ice Cube is the heir to the throne. Featured in the biographical film, Straight Outta Compton, O’Shea demonstrated that he had the gift to play his very own father. With his popularity soaring to new heights, O’Shea is stepping out of his father’s shadow. His last major project on the book was his role in the Den of Thieves starring rapper, 50 Cent.
Featured in the hit flick Kicks, Jahking Guillory stepped into another standout role in the Amazon Original series “The Chi.” Moving to his own beat, the Long Beach, California native also played a recurring role on Netflix’s coming of age show, On My Block.