Monday, February 22, 2010

TV's Rising Young Black Actors: Young, Gifted, African American

Tristan Wilds
Who He Plays: Dixon, the sweet and athletic Brandon Walsh-type on The CW's revamp of '90210.'
Why You Should Know Him: The 20-year-old can play Beverly Hills smooth talker or Baltimore street dealer. Those unfamiliar with HBO's critically adored 'The Wire' should check out seasons 4 and 5 for one of the finest television performances by a teenager ever. He's also slated to play a member of the Tuskegee Airmen in the George Lucas-produced 'Red Tails,' an historical drama due out later this year.

Michael B. Jordan and Jurnee Smollett
Who They Play: 'Friday Night Lights' season 4 additions Vince, a juvenile offender forced to join the football team, and Jess, the responsible daughter of a former football hero, respectively.
Why You Should Know Them: Before joining the 'FNL' cast, Jordan, 23, appeared on nearly a dozen TV shows, most memorably as the conflicted Wallace on 'The Wire' and the troubled Reggie on daytime's 'All My Children.' Smollett, also 23, is an award-winning actress ('Eve's Bayou,' 'The Great Debaters,' 'Cosby') who wowed audiences with her touching guest spot on the season 4 finale of 'Grey's Anatomy' as Derek and Meredith's first successful  brain-tumor patient.

I know Jurnee wasn't on The Wire, but I am a HUGE fan so I had to plug her in here somehow. ;)


1 comment:

  1. I love Jurnee as well!!!! I do feel some type of way about her being nominated for an NAACP Image Award for FNL & Michael didn't. Politricks with the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes is one thing, but I didn't expect our own to overlook him like that. I know she's a black Hollywood favorite, but still. It would have been nice if they nominated him because he's on the show more than she is.