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The New Faces Of Young Black Hollywood

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Young Black Hollywood is buzzing with a few new faces in the business. While some may not be new or household names for that fact, they are making waves in the theaters and the small screen. On this list, we have a semi-vet, a new tv star and a “bad boy” of comedy. Get to know the young crop of actors and celebrate them now.

Zoe Kravitz: Daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet this young and up and coming star is no stranger to the industry. With already 27 films under her belt since 2007, the model/singer and actress is well on the way on to stardom with a string of breakout roles from the Divergent Series, X-Men: First Class, Dope, and Mad Max: Fury Road. Not only being an accomplished actress but Zoe is also the lead singer of a rock band call Lola Wolf. The band has 3 EPs and one full album. Zoe has been nominated for 4 awards in her growing career (Teen Choice Awards, Scream Awards, and Black Reel Awards) it’s safe to say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

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Woody McClain: Born in Charleston South Carolina and raised in Jacksonville FL, Woody was born with a natural gift of gab. While attending FAMU in Fl, Woody decided to take his talents to LA in 2012. While in LA he produced original content for social media, those social media videos went viral and gained him over a million followers. Those numbers caught the eye of funny man Kevin Hart, from there the ball was a rolling. Signing with Kevin Hart HartBeat Productions, Woody was cast in BET New Edition mini-series where he played an old Bobby Brown.You can catch Woody in the upcoming film Canal St, and be on the lookout for more from this funny brother.

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Yara Shahidi: Since breaking onto the scene in 2009 alongside comedy icon Eddie Murphy in Imagine That Yara Shahidi has been building quite a resume. The 17-year-old actress has been in 6 films but her breakout role on ABC’s hit show Black-ish is starting to make this young talent a household name. Full of brains and beauty, Yara has since signed a modeling contract with New York Women’s Modeling, won a NAACP Award for “Best Supporting Actress In Comedy” and she is even an activist for social change. All the hard work has paid off and Yara has landed her own spinoff show “College-ish” which is set to air on ABC Freeform channel.

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Caleb McLaughlin: The youngest of the crop of YBH,15-year-old Caleb was born to do this. A trained dancer Caleb study at the Harlem School of the Arts. In his beginning stages of acting, Caleb had the honor of playing a young Simba in the hit Boardway play The Lion King. Young Caleb played a young Ricky Bell in the New Edition BET mini-series, but he is most known for his role on the hit Netflix show Stranger Things. Be on the lookout for great things to come from this young man.

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Amandla Stenberg: At just the tender age of 18, Amandla Stenberg is already breaking boundaries.Stenberg who identifies herself as non-binary,(click link to read more about the term) and as an intersectional feminist she was named “Feminist of the Year” in 2015 by the Ms. Foundation for Women. Aside from her activist work, Amandla has been working in Hollywood for some time now. From modeling for Disney to being commercials Amandla has been working. Her breakout role was from the blockbuster film The Hunger Games where she played a young girl by the name of Rue.Stenberg is the co-author, with Stranger Comics’ Sebastian Jones, of the comic book Niobe: She is Life, the first issue of which was published in November 2015. Catch Amandla in the new film Everything Is Everything where she stars as a girl who is ill.

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Julian Walker: Either it was luck or just pure skill, but this young brother just happens to be at the right place at the right time. Walker was just a Mississippi college student when he attended an open call audition for a feature film shooting locally. Although he had no prior acting experience, Mr. Walker’s untapped, natural talent caught the eye of writer-director Patrik-Ian Polk (Punks, Noah’s Arc, The Skinny) and he landed the lead role of Randy Rousseau in the Mississippi-set coming-of-age drama “Blackbird” co-starring Oscar-winner Mo’Nique and veteran actor Isaiah Washington. Walker is a regular on BET hit show Being Mary Jane and he is also the recipient of the 2016 Humanitarian Award for Television & Film at the Visions Community Foundations award ceremony, for his hard work within the community. All this in a short span of time can only mean the best is yet to come from this new young actor.

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