I am about three months late seeing this, but I recently saw a cover for Fearless Magazine featuring 8 young black actresses. Dubbed the class of 2010, Fearless Magazine defines the women as "young women who continue to pursue their dreams regardless of obstacles". I am a huge supporter of positive female images and seeing this really made my day. It would be nice if more positive images of women, especially women of color, were shown so that young girls would see that they can aspire to be more than just a groupie, baby mama, or dependent on some man for their very existence. Everyday, young women set goals and build successful careers (and they look good doing it!). There's no reason you can't do the same thing. Aim high. How big you dare to dream and how hard you are willing to work are the only things that can limit you!
Unfortunately, some of these actresses have yet to get the recognition they deserve which leaves them almost unrecognizable to a substantial portion of the public. So allow me to introduce them.
1. Tia Mowry
Tia is probably most famous for her role with her twin sister on SIster, Sister. However she has also done a number of movies and is currently starring in her own hit TV show The Game which will begin airing in early January on BET.
2. Lauren London
Unfortunately, many people only know her as one of Lil Wayne's baby mama's. I think we are all allowed some missteps and that is definitely one of hers. But she is also an actress. Though her resume isn't that great just yet, I think we just may be seeing more from her in the future. I'm rooting for her!
3. Naturi Naughton
Most people know Naturi from her days as a member of the R&B singing trio 3LW but these days she has ventured into acting and even made an appearance in season 4 of the Emmy award winning series Mad Men.
4. Monique Coleman
If you have a tween (or even know one), then I'm sure you have seen this girl many times. She rose to fame with the successful High School Musical franchises. She also competed on season 3 of Dancing With the Stars finishing 4th place (another robbery if you ask me!). Hopefully soon she'll be able to break away from her Disney background and enter a more mature career.
5. Jennifer Freeman
Jennifer starred along side Damon Wayans in the hit ABC series My Wife and Kid's. She has also guest starred in a number of other shows and was even a spokesperson for Neutrogena. She is currently married and a young mom to a 1 year old daughter.
6. Kyla Pratt
Kyla starred in her own television series, One on One, for a number of seasons. She also starred in the Dr. Dolittle movies and voiced Penny Proud for the hit Disney animated series The Proud Family.
7. Tiffany Hines
Tiffany is currently starring in the hit CW series Nikita.I personally have never watched the show but I hear she's pretty good.
8. Chyna Layne
Chyna is probably most recognized for her portrayal of Rhonda, one of the troubled teens in the Oscar nominated movie Precious. She is also a producer.
So there you have it. The next time someone tells you there are no young, respectable, successful black women in the entertainment industry, send them to this list. And don't forget to check out the website for Fearless Magazine here.