Today we’re going to look at 13 black actresses under 30 years old.
These women are talented, beautiful, and smart. The influence their individual careers have brought to showbiz is remarkable.
You’ll probably know a few of these Nubian queens and have seen some of their films. What you may not know, however, are the lessons you can take home from their careers.
Ready to be schooled on the best black female actresses under 30? Class is in session!
Lauren Keyana ” Keke ” Palmer, A Black Actress Under 30
If Keke doesn’t toot her own horn, we’ll do it for her. This fiery, vibrant female received her television debut at age 11 as Queen Latifah’s niece in Barbershop 2: Back in Business. When she’s not spelling tongue-twisting words in Akeelah and the Bee (2006), she’s coming toe-to-toe with a bloodthirsty predator in Animal (2014).
Throughout her career, Keke has received several awards and nominations. She did score the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture and Best Actress by the Black Reel Awards.
Keke’s acting career is a lesson in disguise for young black women. With a dedicated, committed spirit, your dreams can come to light; you must be focused and make opportunities count.
China Anne McClain
China was born into an artistic family on August 25, 1998. This comedic actress is best identified for her role in Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne” (2007).
You may also notice her as the confused teenager in CW’s Black Lightning (2018) as Jennifer. China won the NAMIC Vision Award for Best Performance – Actress of Comedy back in 2011 for her stellar performance on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.
Though young, this multifaceted and multitalented actress shows impressive maturity and self-control. A bit feisty on the big screen, but her heart is loaded with kindness and love. Her journey teaches women to stick to their roots, never forget where they’re coming from; family is everything.
Lauryn Alisa McClain, Young Black Actresses
Lauryn is the big sister of China McClain – a year older to be exact. You may have seen Lauryn around in films like The Gospel (2005) and A.N.T Farm (2011) with her sisters. Additional film appearances include Daddy’s Little Girl (2007), BearCity 3, and Step UP: High Water (2018). She’s also slated to star in the upcoming Haunt by Scott Breck and Bryan Woods.
Lauryn had to overcome feelings of doubts and insecurity to bring to life her dreams. Her journey shows that confidence means forgetting about the world’s opinion of who you are. She’s a worthy model to imitate if you suffer from issues of self-worth.
Willow Smith, A Teenage African American Actresses
She’s a wild one, both in character and personal style. Willow was born to Will and Jada Pinkett Smith on October 31, 2000, in Los Angeles. Her acting career took flight when she appeared alongside her father in I Am Legend (2007).
She later voiced a character in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) and appeared in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008). At the age of 10, Willow launched her music career with her famous single “Whip My Hair”. She’s the youngest artist ever signed to a label.
Willows acting career teaches women to embrace their inner style; opinions don’t matter. This little ‘fireball”, as she terms herself, is making big moves despite her age. Little people can do it too.
Raven, born June 24, 1992, kicked off her acting career with her appearance in Lovely & Amazing (2001). She gained much prominence in The Station Agent (2003), Nickelodeon’s Just Jordan (2007), Good Luck Charlie (2010), and Being Mary Jane (2013).
Raven’s journey teaches women how to be industrious. Hard work is required to make the dream a reality. Raven doesn’t believe that you need to look like everyone else to succeed. Regardless of who you are, you can create a ripple and make a difference.