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Deena Campbell
May, 31, 2017

For most of us, having a job that allows you to be fulfilled is a dream come true. And Logan Browning is living her dream every day. After breaking out as a star in Hit the Floor, Browning landed a vital role in the 10-episode, 30-minute series show Dear White People where her character, Samantha White, highlights Black issues and criticizes her white and non-woke classmates.

But whether on or off screen, staying woke isn’t new to Browning, the Atlanta-native has been vocal about social issues regarding black lives and police brutality for several years. Just check out her Twitter page and you’ll see tweets surrounding Philando Castile and the Flint water crisis.

Confronting challenges isn’t new to Browning either, in fact, for her role in Hit the Floor, the actress had to learn how to dance—professionally. In an interview with ESPN, the 27-year-old said, “The dancing on the show was a challenge. I was not a professional dancer. I trained in ballet, jazz and focused on my flexibility and cardio endurance. The challenge of going from zero dance training to playing the captain of a dance squad amongst real life professional dancers was fun for me.”

These days Browning is making an effort to give back and help the youth make their dreams a reality. In December, she spoke at the PowHERful Summit, an annual conference for high school and college-aged young women focusing on entrepreneurship, education, and personal development. “I don't mind failing because I see it as an opportunity to try again and eventually succeed,” she says. “Having this attitude and sharing it with young girls encourages them. Making mistakes is how we learn.”