Chanté Adams burst onto the scene in 2017 with her portrayal of the title character in the Netflix film Roxanne, Roxanne. Since then, she has had strong performances in several movies, and her star continues to rise in the entertainment industry.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Adams is the youngest of four and began acting when she was in high school. Upon graduation from Carnegie Mellon University’s drama school, she moved to New York to take acting seriously. After that, as they say: “The rest is history.”

Her impact is undeniable, so much that she has been chosen to be honored at this year’s ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards.

Below are 9 things you should know about the talented actress.

The 2022 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards is sponsored by Coca-Cola, Ford, Disney’s Onyx Collective, SmartWater and Warner Brothers Television Group.