Top 10 New Generation of Black Actresses to Watch

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The globe is full of rising stars when it comes to beautiful Black actresses. From beautiful toddlers who made it to the big screen before middle school to rising Black actresses in their 20s, teens, and older, here is a look at some of the new generation of Black actresses carrying the torch. This rising class of leading young women are the change many fought to make a way for and they are loud and proud. It hasn’t been hard to miss just how impactful 2022 and beyond will be with these names headlining marquees here and abroad.

Scroll down to check out some of Black Hollywood’s must-watch talent.

Dominique Fishback

Dominique Fishback

Dominique Fishback’s chameleon-like skill of absorbing herself into a role has been her M.O. since her film debut in 2018’s Night Comes On and The Hate U Give, Fishback has been truly been a sight to see. Fishback accumulated smaller credits in a dozen TV series, including HBO’s, The Deuce, before landing a co-starring role in Project Power on Netflix, alongside Jamie Foxx. This performer has racked up hit after hit, leading her to the top pf the must-call list for projects.

Kiersey Clemons


Cementing her place in indie storytelling where she identifies as a part of the LGBTQ community and routinely accepts roles outside of the status quo, is actress, Kiersey Clemons. After getting her feet wet on Disney Channel series like Shake It Up and Austin and Ally, her breakout role came in the form as a starring role in 2015’s, Dope. Clemons captures the essence of roles where she can tell untold stories, roles with consciousness, and give her comedic side as she does well, alongside, Seth Rogan in 2016’s Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.

Quinta Brunson


Say what you want about the evils of social media, but when it brings us content like, “He got money!” and “The Girl Who’s Never Been on a Nice Date,” from now writer, director, actor, and all-around fly human being, Quinta Brunson, it has led to numerous opportunities. Making history writing and starring in HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show, and her latest project, ABC’s Abbott Elementary, Quinta Brunson is a multifaceted talent to continue to watch on her rise.

Storm Reid


You know how some people are just born to be in front of the camera. Storm Reid is one of them. A determined 3-year-old once told her mom that she wants to be an actor, and here we are. Preparing herself with hard work and determination, she had made her way to Hollywood. A job well done in Euphoria, A Wrinkle In Time, and Don’t Let Go, Reid has a bright future ahead.

Rhyon Brown


Rhyon Nicole Brown has been in the entertainment industry longer than you may think. Since the age of five, Rhyon has been intrigued with singing, dancing, and acting. Realizing at a young age that her destiny was to be an entertainer, she has been fearlessly paving her own path. Though the actress is currently starring on FOX’s, Our Kind of People, she’s been making moves in Hollywood since she was a kid. Rhyon is most notably known for playing Lizzie Sutton on Lincoln Heights, but she’s remained booked and busy since then, snagging roles on Empire, Tales, and Lifetime’s Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le. During the early days in her career, she also had the opportunity to appear on shows like 7th Heaven, That’s So Raven, and many others. Not only does she bring complex and powerful characters to life onscreen, she also writes, records, and performs her own original music. Her talent, work ethic, and ability to entertain crowds leaves no room to question whether she’s a star on all fronts.

Zazie Beetz


Zazie Beetz may not be a household name, but she had an impressive turn in 2019’s, Joker, where she played Joaquin Phoenix’s neighbor whose fate sparked debate online and off. Before Joker, Beetz played Domino in Deadpool 2, her most prominent movie at the time, and had already acclaimed fame for her work on the FX Show, Atlanta, as Van, Donald Glover’s girlfriend and child’s mother, for which she received an Emmy nomination. Zazie also makes noise in the industry with her unforgettable performance in 2021’s, The Harder They Fall, as she plays the role of Stagecoach Mary, a singer and saloon owner with impressive fighting skills. As her past years’ successes prove, Beetz better get used to being famous, because she is.

Zendaya


This Disney-fame actress has wowed us with her alluring performances in Euphoria, The Greatest Showman, the MCU’s Spiderman series, and it’s just the beginning for actress, Zendaya. She is proving how well deserving her place is in the entertainment industry with her recent Emmy win. The youngest actress to have ever won, her future is clearly shining bright.

Birgundi Baker


A new A-lister of Hollywood, Birgundi Baker’s groundbreaking performance on season 3 of The Chi got people talking for all the right reasons. Her portrayal of her character, Keisha, sparked much-needed social dialogue around the lingering effects of violence, trauma, and overall mental health obstacles that many young, Black women live with daily. As she prepares to continue telling Keisha’s story in season 4 of The Chi, and pursuing other projects, all eyes will surely be on her.

Amandla Stenberg


A bright, charismatic, and beautiful actress and singer, Amandla Stenberg, has already set her place in the entertainment industry. Capturing us with her starring role in The Hate U Give and already having been named TIME Magazine’s Next Generation Leader, twice, Amanda is a new kind of Hollywood star!

Lyric Ross


Eighteen-year-old, Lyric Ross, plays Deja on NBC’s hit show, This Is Us, a role in which she has received a considerable number of nominations for different awards. She started appearing in commercials from the age of five, and her diligence and determination are evident in her work. She’s young but packs a punch, and she’s up next to bat. Expect this Black actress to be around for a long time.

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