Young, Gifted & Stylish: Fall 2009 TV Style Stunners

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 new comers on our radar that are taking over the silver screen. By Qianna Smith
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 31, 2009

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Age: 16
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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Age: 19
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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Age: 20
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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Age: 20
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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Age: 20
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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Age: 22
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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Age: 24
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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Age: 25
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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Age: 28
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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Age: 28
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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Age: 29
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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Age: 28
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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Age: 30
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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Age: 33
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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