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7 Young Black Actresses To Keep Your Eyes On

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Young black actresses are having a moment in Hollywood.

Whether it’s on digital platforms like Netflix and Amazon or traditional media like TV and movies, black culture, in general, is having a moment. Some have dubbed this era the Black renaissance. 

Among those excelling at this time, we have few we think you should keep an eye on. Their careers are hot and their talent is even hotter. 

Bresha Webb

One thing about Bresha: she is hil-a-rious!

This talented actress is best known for her recurring roles on the series Love That Girl!, Truth Be Told, and Marlon. Plus, Night School, the latest movie she played in, opened at number 1 in the box office. 

Bresha’s spot-on impressions are memorable and the Fences parody is a real success on the internet. Meet The Blacks: The House Next Door and Sextuplets are the next productions she will be in. And, with the plethora of opportunities knocking on her door, this is just the beginning.  


Yara Shahidi

Ya’ll know Yara as the wokest teenager in America. 

Yara’s career began when she was a kid with guest appearances on Imagine That, Cold Case, and Scandal. She is a teenager now and has already achieved international recognition for her role as Zoey Johnson on Black-ish.

Yara’s incredible talent helped her get her very own spin-off series entitled Grown-ish. On top of all that success, she currently attends Harvard University, advocates for gender and racial equalities, and is on her way to becoming a fashion star.  

Dominique Fishback

Dominique Fishback has recently got a role in Deuces, HBO’s most recent hit. You can also watch her in The Hate U Give, an emotional social justice film that tells the story of a young girl witnessing her best friend being killed by the cops.

Dominique’s phenomenal talent shines in Jay-Z’s video entitled Smile, where she totally owns the role of the rapper’s mother. Next, she will star together with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jamie Foxx in a yet-untitled sci-fi movie.  She’s definitely an up and coming black actress to keep an eye on. 

Storm Reid

At only 15 years old, Storm Reid has already acted alongside Sarah Paulson, Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt, and Reese Witherspoon. Her first appearance was in the Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave in which she was cast as Emily. Now, the teenager is close to becoming a certified A-lister with her latest leading role in A Wrinkle in Time.  

Kiki Layne

Chances are that you’ve noticed Kiki Layne’s amazing performance in Chicago Med, but you might not know her name.

Well, get ready to be bombarded with that name.

Kiki is one of the stars of If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins’s upcoming movie based on James Baldwin’s novel of the same name. Kiki plays Tish Rivers, a young woman who tries to do everything in her power to get the father of her baby out of jail. Native Son is another film she will star in. 

Marsai Martin

Marsai Martin is only 14 years old but has already accomplished a lot. She has been starring in ABC’s Black-ish since 2014 as Diane Johnson and won not one but two NAACP Image Awards for her role. But what is even more admirable is that she is an executive producer and actor in her own movie, a Universal comedy entitled Little. The film is based on Marsai’s idea and talks about a woman who gets the opportunity to relive her beautiful, carefree childhood after going through some struggles as an adult. She will be starring along side Issa Rae. 

AND Marsai is also a musician. She was also one of TIME Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Teens of 2018.” 

Don’t say we never told you to keep an eye on Marsai. 

Amandla Stenberg

Amandla Stenberg first caught the public’s attention in 2012 when she starred in The Hunger Games as Rue. Next, she gave voice to Bia in Rio 2 and appeared on Sleepy Hollow and Mr. Robinson. The latest movies where you can see Amanda include Everything, EverythingWhere Hands TouchThe Darkest Minds, and The Hate U Give. Besides being an actress, she advocates for equality and attends film school at New York University.  

That’s all we got for you, for now. Tell us below which young black actresses you have your eyes on.