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The actress first caught our eye as the ambitious Michaela Pratt on the hit drama series How to Get Away with Murder. She's a star in Nate Parker's record-breaking film, Birth of a Nation. We can't wait to see what she does next.
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw is a force to be reckoned with. This leading lady, and 2015 Black Women in Hollywood honoree, has appeared in the historical drama Belle and the Gina Prince-Bythewood romantic screenplay, Beyond the Lights. We want more of this British actress on the big screen.
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We aren't shy about our love for this Academy Award winner and 2014 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood honoree. She first graced our screens in 12 Years a Slave, entered the sci-fi world of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently staring in the new Broadway stageplay, Eclipsed. We can't wait to see the next move she makes.
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This eccelctic starlet is one to watch as seen in her recurring role in the Fox series New Girl and in the summer coming of age film, Dope, Kiersey is a fresh face to keep an eye on.
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From Akeelah and the Bee to Scream Queens, the Broadway stage to music booth, we love Keke and all her star power. She's still expanding her entertainment empire and we love watching it grow!
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Our December cover star and U.K. born actress started to create a stateside buzz after starring in Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom and her latest project, Spectre. Who knows were the road will lead for Harris but with her talent and passion all things are looking up.
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We surely hope NBC's live adaptation of The Wiz isn't the first and last we see of this budding new star but we have a pretty big feeling it won't so here's to whatever is next for the young actress.
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This Game of Thrones actress is another star from the U.K. who has us intrigued. Her upcoming appearance in The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will have us tuned in to see what will come next.
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From the moment we saw her in For Colored Girls, Tessa Thompson was bound to be a star on the rise. Her other credits include Dear White People, Selma and the latest critically acclaimed film Creed and our radar is all set for whatever she stars in next.
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Since her days on the hit series Glee, Amber has been one to watch. With her killer voice and radiant smile, this 30-year-old star recently blessed us in The Wiz and is preparing to star in a London production of Dreamgirls as Effie White. We're sitting back and waiting for more Amber!
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This 12-year-old has is waiting and wondering what will come next from her. After making history as the youngest person to be nominated for Best Actress from the Academy Awards for her role in Beast of the Southern Wild and appearing the remake of Annie alongside Jamie Foxx, this face of Armani Junior star has so much promise.
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Sumpter has appeared in Sparkle, Ride Along and its sequel, the Sundance success Southside With You and the Tyler Perry OWN series, The Have and the Have Nots. She's a star and a stunner and we have to say we want more!
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Born to the Carefree queen Lisa Bonet and the multi-talented musician Lenny Kravitz, Zoe was destined for greatness. While she's had her hand in acting as seen in No Reservations, After Earth, Dope and the Oscar nominated Mad Max: Fury Road, this model and musician is a big screen face we want to see more of.
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