Black History in the Making?: Actors
They are young and successful. Many have already won and been nominated for prestigious awards. One can only imagine what the future has in store for them. Here are Hollywood’s next generation of leading men.
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Best known as Dixon from 90210 and his role in The Wire, the young actor has modeled for Rocawear and appeared in music videos with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys.
Known for his character Wallace on HBO’s The Wire, Michael B. Jordan has also appeared in All My Children, Friday Night Lights, and Red Tails. He has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award three consecutive years, and will next start as Oscar Grant in the independent film Fruitvale..
Evan Ross began his career as an actor while he was in high school. He has appeared in ATL, Life Support, and The Family Tree. The son of Diana Ross has also ventured into music, releasing a single called “Yes Me.”
Son of actor Damon Wayans, he made his acting debut in his father’s film Blankman. He has also appeared in My Wife and Kids and is currently playing Brad Williams in ABC’s Happy Endings. He has also done stand-up comedy and directed a series of comedy sketches.
Jaden Smith is only 14 years old, but he’s already a household name. Son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, he made his big screen debut in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness. In 2010, he landed his biggest role yet in The Karate Kid. He is also a rapper, dancer and songwriter.