Emmys 2015: Eight Young Black Actors to Watch

Tessa Thompson, a cast member in "Dear White People," is interviewed at a screening of the film at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Tessa Thompson, a cast member in "Dear White People," is interviewed at a screening of the film at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Tessa Thompson, a cast member in “Dear White People,” is interviewed at a screening of the film at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 in Los Angeles.
(Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Tre’vell Anderson, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

 
(The Los Angeles Times) — The year of diversity in television is in full swing. Cemented by history-making Emmy nominations for “Empire’s” Taraji P. Henson and “How to Get Away With Murder’s” Viola Davis for lead drama actress — which two black women have never been nominated for together, and no black actress has ever won — Hollywood’s efforts to diversify its representations of people of color is giving many veteran actors their due recognition.

Also receiving nominations were Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”), Queen Latifah, Michael Kenneth Williams and Mo’Nique (“Bessie”) and Angela Bassett (“American Horror Story: Freak Show”) among others.

Just as deserving, however, are a (new) lot of young black actors storming big and small screens. Check out our list of up-and-coming black Hollywood stars to keep an eye on.

 

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