15 African American Star Actresses You Should Look Out For In 2015

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A set of African American Actresses has taken over Hollywood!


Well, in my mind anyway; IJS and that’s a fact in the African American Community. So don’t get it twisted! We are so proud to see ourselves emerging more and more on the television and the big screens.  

Whether they’re staring in Tyler Perry Films, Independent Films, or in our very own living room on a weekly basis through television series and sitcoms; they are emerging on the scene and bringing relatable life entertainment and some color to Hollywood.

They came to Hollywood, ready to work; with brains, beauty and curves and they have achieved international stardom and fame.

Now we don’t have to look for the beautiful African American Women in the movie and find them only in the kitchen fixing supper for someone else, because now they are the movies, sitcoms and series that we rush home from work on certain days just to see. Are race to the lines at the box office to get tickets for the weekend opening at the movies. These women give me life; from fashion tips, business ventures, one liners to use when needed; what to do and what not to do; relationship advice and so on and so forth, all in 30 minutes sometimes depending on what I’m watching. So I applaud these women and I’m so very proud of all that they have accomplished and what’s to come in their future endeavors.


Here’s a hint of the list!

(Scandal-Kerry Washington; How To Get Away With Murder-Viola Davis; For Better or Worse-Tasha Smith; The Haves & The Have Nots-Tika Sumpter) Just to name a few!

I could go on and on and on; there are so many more actresses that I didn’t name in this article; only because this article is titled “15 Star Actresses You Should Look Out For In 2015” therefore I couldn’t have 20 because it’s not 2020! LOL! IJS!

Just in case we have some people going well; so-and-so should have been on this list. That’s fine, but not this year; we will add them to the list next year in 2016, when it’s enough room for another addition! But for now, it’s just 15 and that’s all folks…..

So to help you get ahead of the game for the upcoming award ceremonies this year (Golden Globe, Oscars, Emmy’s, BET Honors, etc.) I have created this list so that you will already know these names before the nominees start rolling in; I have rounded up some of the hottest African American Women on the Hollywood scene (in my opinion).

I have watched them in actress-action and without a shadow of a doubt I know that these ladies are the top 15 picks that’s more than worthy of this list. So sit back, relax and enjoy the fact that our African American Women Actresses are making it happen and are taking over Hollywood and adding more brains, beauty, color and curves to it.

So here’s the list……………………………………….



  1. Gabrielle Dennis

Gabrielle Dennis is an American television and film actress and television host. She is best known for her recurring role as Janay on the (formerly The CW) BET series The Game.


  1. Jurnee Smollett

Jurnee Diana Smollett-Bell (born October 1, 1986) is an American actress. She is known for the role of Jess Merriweather on the television series Friday Night Lights, as well as roles in the films Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, Eve’s Bayou, and The Great Debaters


  1. Lauren London

Lauren Nicole London (born December 5, 1984) is an American film actress, Video model and television actress. Beginning her career in music videos and later transitioning into film and television acting, London earned recognition for her performance in the 2006 film ATL as well as the television shows 90210 and Entourage. She currently stars as Kiera Whitaker on the BET Comedy-drama, The Game.


  1. KeKe Palmer

Lauren KeyanaKekePalmer (born August 26, 1993) is an American actress, television presenter, singer, and songwriter. Palmer was born in Harvey, Illinois and raised in Robbins, Illinois. After Palmer’s film debut, Palmer and her family moved to California to help her pursue a career in acting. Palmer released her debut album, So Uncool, on September 18, 2007 through Atlantic Records. The album failed to chart on the US Billboard 200 but did chart at number 85 on the R&B chart. The album was preceded by the lead single “Keep It Movin’’.


  1. Tasha Smith

Tasha Smith Douglas (born February 28, 1971) is an American actress, comedian and model. She has appeared in numerous movies and television shows, most notably as Angela Williams in the Tyler Perry films Why Did I Get Married? (2007), Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010), and on the television series based on movies, For Better or Worse (2011–present).


  1. Tika Sumpter

Tika Sumpter (born Euphemia L. Sumpter; June 20, 1980) is an American actress, singer, television host, and model. Sumpter began her career as host of the N network reality series, Best Friend’s Date (2004—2005), and in 2005 landed the role of Layla Williamson in the ABC daytime soap opera, One Life to Live where she starred regularly through 2010. In the same year, Sumpter made her movie debut in her leading female role in the musical drama Stomp the Yard: Homecoming. She later had recurring roles as Raina Thorpe in The CW teen drama Gossip Girl, and as Jenna Rice in the BET sitcom The Game.


  1. Regina Hall

Regina Hall (born December 12, 1970) is an American film and television actress known for her lead role of Brenda Meeks in four of the five Scary Movie films, Candace in Think Like a Man and its sequel Think Like a Man Too and as Corretta Lipp in the FOX comedy-drama Ally McBeal.


  1. Kimberly Elise

Kimberly Elise Trammel (born April 17, 1967), professionally known as Kimberly Elise, is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her roles in such films as Set It Off, Beloved, John Q, The Manchurian Candidate, Woman Thou Art Loosed, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and For Colored Girls.


  1. Wendy Raquel Robinson

Wendy Raquel Robinson (born July 25, 1967) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as high school principal Regina Grier on the The WB sitcom The Steve Harvey Show (1996-2002), and as sports agent Tasha Mack on the The CW/BET comedy series The Game (as of 2006).


  1. Meagan Good

Meagan Monique Good (born August 8, 1981) is an American film and television actress and occasional film producer. Beginning her career at the age of four; Good has appeared in numerous commercials, television shows, feature films, and music videos.

In 2011, Good featured in an ensemble cast of the highly successful film version of Think Like a Man. She played Joanna Locasto, the lead character on the NBC drama series Deception. She also starred in the 2013 comedy Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues alongside Will Ferrell.


  1. Sanaa Lathan

Sanaa McCoy Lathan (born September 19, 1971) is an American actress and voice actress. She has starred in many films, including the box-office hits The Best Man and the 2013 sequel, Love & Basketball, Brown Sugar, Alien vs. Predator and The Family That Preys. Lathan was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun. In 2010, she starred in the all-black performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre in London.


  1. Viola Davis

Viola Davis (born August 11, 1965) is an American actress. Beginning her career on the stage, Davis won a Tony and a Drama Desk Award for her role in August Wilson‘s King Hedley II (2001). She won a second Drama Desk Award for Intimate Apparel (2004), followed by a second Tony and a third Drama Desk Award for her role in Fences (2010).

Davis has played supporting roles in several films, including Traffic (2000), Solaris (2002), Knight and Day (2010) and Ender’s Game (2013). Her eleven-minute-long performance in the Doubt (2008), and adaptation of John Patrick Shanley‘s play earned her several honors, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture nomination . Her leading role in the film The Help (2010) garnered her nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress nomination and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, among others. Beginning in 2014, Davis’ leading role in the television series How to Get Away with Murder also drew major praise. In 2012, she was listed by Time as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World


  1. Taraji P. Henson

Taraji Penda Henson (born September 11, 1970) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her roles as Yvette in Baby Boy (2001), Shug in Hustle and Flow (2005) and Queenie in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2009. From 2011 to 2013, she co-starred in the CBS drama Person of Interest.


  1. Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Monique Union Wade (born October 29, 1972) is an American actress and former model. Among her notable roles is her performance as the cheerleader opposite Kirsten Dunst in the film Bring It On, (2000). In 2000, she played a medical doctor in the CBS drama series City of Angels. In 2003, Union starred opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the hit film Bad Boys II. Also in 2003, she starred with LL Cool J in Deliver Us from Eva. In 2008, she was featured in the film Cadillac Records with Adrien Brody, Beyoncé Knowles and Jeffrey Wright. In 2012, Union was featured in an ensemble cast of the film version of Think Like a Man.


  1. Kerry Washington

Kerry Marisa Washington (born January 31, 1977) is an American actress. Since 2012, Washington has starred in the ABC drama Scandal, a Shonda Rhimes series in which Washington plays Olivia Pope, a crisis management expert to the President of the United States. In 2013, she gained wide public recognition for her role and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television series.

Washington is also known for her roles as Ray Charles‘ wife, Della Bea Robinson, in the film Ray (2004), as Idi Amin‘s wife Kay in The Last King of Scotland (2006), as Alicia Masters, love interest of Ben Grimm/The Thing in the live-action Fantastic Four films of 2005 and 2007, and as Broomhilda von Schaft, Django’s wife, in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained (2012). She has also starred in the critically acclaimed independent films Our Song (2000), The Dead Girl (2006), Mother and Child (2009) and Night Catches Us (2010).

In April 2014, Time magazine included Washington in its annual TIME 100 as one of the “Most Influential People in the World.”


POW! BAM! BOMB! We have arrived and we are ACTING OUR PART!

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