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Claim to Fame: “Akeelah and the Bee” in 2006
TV/Film Credits: Emmy-nominated made-for-TV movie “The Wool Cap,” TV movie “Knights of the South Bronx,” “Medea’s Family Reunion and The Cleaner.”
Celeb Dish: “Some of my fashion icons are Rihanna and Kate Moss, but, of course, I dress a lot younger than they do,” says Palmer.
The Show: Palmer is the star of Nickelodeon’s hit show “True Jackson VP,” where she plays the lead character True, who is a vice president at a billion dollar fashion company. Tune in Saturdays at 8PM/7C.
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Claim to Fame: Big break came playing Vanessa “Nessa” Thomkins, the niece of comedian Bernie Mac, on the FOX’s “The Bernie Mac Show.”
TV/Film Credits: “7th Heaven,” “Criminal Minds,” “NYPD Blue,” “Eraser,” and “Dangerous Minds”
Celeb Dish: Winner of three NAACP Image Awards
The Show: See how Winbush’s character Lauren Treacy handles having a stepmother on ABC’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” Mondays at 8PM/7C.
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Claim to Fame: Emmy-winning “High School Musical” and its sequel, “High School Musical 2.”
TV/Film Credits: “Hannah Montana,” “ER,” “Soldier,” “Galaxy Quest” and “Mystery Men.”
Celeb Dish: Bleu kicked off his career modeling for Target, Toys ‘R Us, and Tommy Hilfiger. The actor is also an accomplished singer with 2 albums under his belt.
The Show: Catch this eye candy starring as up-and-coming model Isaac Taylor on CW’s “The Beautiful Life.” The series premiere is Wednesday September 16 9PM/8C.
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Claim to Fame: First big break came when she replaced singer Christina Milian as the host of the series “Movie Surfers.”
TV/Film Credits: “Lizzie McGuire,” “CSI: Las Vegas,” “The O.C.,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Strong Medicine” and “Hannah Montana.”
Celeb Dish: Graham’s father, Joseph, is the godfather to two of Quincy Jones’s children. The budding starlet is also a fan of Los Angeles-based sportswear label DimePiece.
The Show: Based on the series of books by L. J. Smith, Graham portrays Bonnie Bennett, a girl with psychic powers on the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries,” which airs its series premiere Thursday, September 10 8PM/7C.
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Claim to Fame: Named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the Breakout Stars of 2008, for his role as Zachary Taylor in “The Secret Life of Bees.”
TV/Film Credits: HBO’s “The Wire,” “Half Nelson,”
Celeb Dish: Nominated for a 2009 Teen Choice Award in the category of Choice TV: Breakout Male Star.
The Show: Check out the studly Wilds as Dixon Wilson, a star athlete and scholar in The CW’s drama “90210” Tuesdays at 8PM/7C.
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Claim to Fame: Cast in the Tony-winning revival of “Showboat” on Broadway.
TV/Film Credits: “Big Momma’s House,” “Supernatural,” “Girlfriends,” “American Dreams” and “City of Angels.”
Celeb Dish: At the age of 3 he was featured in an ad in ESSENCE magazine.
The Show: Plays computer hacker/decoder Alex Hardison on TNT’s “Leverage,” which airs Wednesdays at 9PM/8C.
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Claim to Fame: First African-American to win “America’s Next Top Model” on season three.
TV/Film Credits: “Kevin Hill,” “Smallville,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “The Game” and “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.”
Celeb Dish: “I absolutely love to shop!”
The Show: Portrays Tyra Hamilton on the Daytime Emmy-winning soap opera “The Young and the Restless.”
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Claim to Fame: Notable roles include playing Felicia Jones on ABC’s “The Nine” and Monica Dawson on NBC’s “Heroes.”
TV/Film Credits: “Gilmore Girls,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” “Coach Carter” and “Prom Night.”
Celeb Dish: Davis is a classically trained violist.
The Show: Get your pom-pom’s ready as Davis plays head cheerleader Chastity Church on ABC’s new family original serices “10 Things I Hate About You” Tuesdays at 8PM/7C.
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Claim to Fame: Top model who has graced the pages of ELLE, Marie Claire and GQ Italy.
TV/Film Credits: Disney feature film release “When in Rome” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.”
Celeb Dish: When asked to give tips for women looking to update their wardrobe for less, Vasi shares, “I’d say go with affordable luxury clothing. Designers now have labels at discount chains; shop there to find fashionable clothing at a great price.”
The Show: Works the soap box as Randi Morgan on ABC’s “All My Children.”
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Claim to Fame: A series regular role in the television series “Just Legal,” starring opposite Don Johnson and Jay Baruchel.
TV/Film Credits: National and international tour of “Rent” and “Dollhouse.”
Celeb Dish: Kirchner is an avid painter and visual artist.
The Show: Be sure not to miss Kirchner play nurse Sonia Jimenez on NBC’s “Mercy” debuting Wednesday, September 23 8PM/7C.
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Claim to Fame: Modeled for ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Cosmo Girl, Lucky, and Self magazines.
Celeb Dish: A native of Rochester, New York, Fiscella graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and is pursuing an M.S. in Human Nutrition.
The Show: In her first acting role, Fiscella plays Isabel on The CW’s popular drama “Gossip Girl,” which returns for a third season on Monday, September 14 at 9PM/8C.
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Claim to Fame: Replaced actress Meagan Good as Vanessa Scott on the hit TV show “My Wife and Kids.”
TV/Film Credits: CBS’ “The Unit,” CW’s “90210” and CBS’ “Without A Trace.”
Celeb Dish: Daughter of dico diva Donna Summer and songwriter/producer Bruce Sudano. The fashion loving star is a regular on both the Paris and New York Fashion Week scene.
The Show: Plays Jasmine in ABC’s pilot “Limelight.”
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Claim to Fame: Noxzema Girl commercial model
TV/Film Credits: Has appeared in the films “Simon Says,” “Akeelah and the Bee,” “Save the Last Dance,” and “A Cinderella Story.”
Celeb Dish: A self-described shoe addict, Hubbard claims she sleeps with her favorite pair.
The Show: Plays passionate, gifted artist Cassie on ABC’s “Lincoln Heights,” which returns for another season September 14 at 8PM/7C.
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Claim to Fame: Starred in “White Chicks” as Denise Porter.
TV/Film Credits: “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Sex & the City” and “Bones.”
Celeb Dish: Appeared in advertising campaigns for Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, L’Oreal and Mercedes Benz.
The Show: Watch how Aytes brings resourceful homicide detective Grace Olivo to life on the series premiere of ABC’s “The Forgotten,” which airs Tuesday, September 22 10PM/9C.
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Get ready to fight over the remote control this fall with TV lineups featuring some of the hottest and most stylish Black stars to emerge on the Hollywood scene. Take a look at the newcomers on our radar who are taking over the small screen.
By Qianna Smith
Pictured (Left to Right): Rhyon Brown, 16, star of ABC’s “Lincoln Heights;" Paul James, 21, star of ABC’s new “Greek;” Megalyn Echikunwoke, 26, star of “CSI: Miami.”
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