2020 Top Ten List of Black Hollywood's Rising Stars


The presence of African Americans in major motion picture roles has stirred controversy since Hattie McDaniel played Mammy, the house servant, in Gone with the Wind. "Through most of the 20th century, images of African-Americans in advertising were mainly limited to servants like the pancake-mammy Aunt Jemima and Rastus, the chef on the Cream of Wheat box."[1] The roles the African-American community were generally offered usually fell into three themes; a tale of rags to riches, thug life, or segregation. "Many researchers argue that media portrayals of minorities tend to reflect whites' attitudes toward minorities and, therefore, reveal more about whites themselves than about the varied and lived experiences of minorities". Producing films in the way is what leads to a singular perspective and opinion (in this case white peoples) to dominate mainstream media.[2]

Even in today‚Äôs movies the roles for an African-American performer often fall under similar typecast roles, the biggest movie with African-American leads in 2011 was The Help. In the 2012 Academy Awards The Help was nominated for several categories: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Octavia Spencer also nominated for the same category was Jessica Chastain, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Viola Davis, and Best Motion Picture of the Year. The movie walked away with one win for Best Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer, leaving Viola Davis to lose to Meryl Streep, a 20-time nominee and three-time winner. Octavia Spencer was the only African American to win an award that night.

The New York Times wrote: "Race in American cinema has rarely been a matter of simple step-by-step progress. It has more often proceeded in fits and starts, with backlashes coming on the heels of breakthroughs, and periods of intense argument followed by uncomfortable silence.


Get to know these names. The new up-and coming black starts of Hollywood! Whether they're leading tentpole films (Shang-Chi's Simu Liu, Mulan's Liu Yifei) or fronting must-see-TV, this batch of Hollywood rising stars are here to stay. They're who every producer in town is looking to cast and work with. They are producing some of the most talked about new content, they are who every agent is vying to sign and every studio is hoping will agree to lead their next blockbuster film!. From recent big-screen breakouts like The Last Black Man in San Francisco's Jonathan Majors to some of the hottest new actors, producers, directors and television film stars. 

Numa Perrier

The actress and filmmaker cut her teeth directing the 2005 short, Judi: A Series of Memories, later stepping behind the camera for episodes of Yellow and Chef Julian. Now, Perrier is set to direct an episode of Queen Sugar

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