Black Entertainers On The Rise

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Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan
David Edwards
He won our hearts on Friday Night Lights and continues to entertain us on NBC's 'Parenthood' and in this year's 'Red Tails.'
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Naturi Naughton
Naturi Naughton
David Edwards
Naughton left the R&B group 3LW to pursue a well-rounded career in Hollywood and after turning in solid performances in 'Notorious' and 'Fame,' we eagerly await her next project: the retro TV series 'Playboy.'
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Jaden Smith
Jaden Smith
David Edwards
Give it up for the new Karate Kid! Though he's not slated for anything just yet, you just know he's going to be huge if his dad has anything to do with it.
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
David Edwards
Star the short lived 'Undercovers,' Gugu stood out. She's powerfully talented, extremely beautiful and has an accent to die for. She'll appear in this year's 'Larry Crowne'
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Anthony Mackie
Anthony Mackie
David Edwards
Mr. Mackie has been quietly building his resume for years with standout performances in '8 Mile,' 'She Hate Me' and 'We Are Marshall' and he’s poised to become a household name in the near future with roles in 'The Adjustment Bureau,' 'Real Steel' and 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.'
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Isaiah Mustafa
Isaiah Mustafa
David Edwards
Ex-football player turned actor, Isaiah Mustafa, rose to fame with an Old Spice commercial. It led to a role with Jennifer Aniston in the upcoming film 'Horrible Bosses,' which means he's right there alongside the big dogs now.
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Keke Palmer
Keke Palmer
David Edwards
Keke Palmer starred in 'Akeelah and the Bee' way back in 2006, and has only moved up in the ranks since then. She's currently filming 'Joyful Noise' opposite Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, which might just establish her has an able player in Hollywood.

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