30 Talented Black Hollywood Actresses To Look Out For In 2014… 4...

30 Talented Black Hollywood Actresses To Look Out For In 2014… 4 Nigerians Make List (PHOTOS)

By Idoreyin Sampson | Sub-Editor on March 13, 2014
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Kerry Washington arrives at the Academy of Television Art and Sciences' event with the cast and producers of "Scandal". (Photo Credit: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

With the rise of Black Hollywood, a few female actresses have stood out in the past year and hold tremendous promise for 2014. We bring you a list of 30 of our favourites. A combination of new faces and long-time stars, we are pleased to also have women of Nigerian descent (Ashley Madueke and Adepero Oduye) and women who are Nigerian by marriage (Kerry Washington and Nia Long) in the list.

Presented in no particular order, see who we think you should be looking out for in 2014.

Did you miss someone out? Please do tell us in the comments box.

Ashley Madekwe
Ashley Madekwe

Ashley Madekwe

Salem (WGN)

Revenge (ABC)

 

Gabrielle Union visits "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Center on January 7, 2014 in New York City.
Gabrielle Union visits “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” at Rockefeller Center on January 7, 2014 in New York City.

Gabrielle Union

Cooking4Luv (2015)

Being Mary Jane (BET)

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

 

Kerry Washington arrives at the Academy of Television Art and Sciences' event with the cast and producers of "Scandal". (Photo Credit: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Kerry Washington arrives at the Academy of Television Art and Sciences’ event with the cast and producers of “Scandal”. (Photo Credit: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Kerry Washington

Scandal (ABC)

Peeples (2013)

 

Best Actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallis arrives on the red carpet for the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo Credit: AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWN)
Best Actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallis arrives on the red carpet for the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo Credit: AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWN)

Quevanzhane Wallis

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Annie (2014)

 

Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Belle (2014)

Blackbird (2013)

Odd Thomas (2013)

 

Mo’Nique
Mo’Nique

Mo’Nique

Blackbird (2014)

 

Jasika Nicole
Jasika Nicole

Jasika Nicole

Scandal (ABC)

Fringe (Fox)

 

Lupita N'yongo at the 2014 Golden Globes
Lupita N’yongo at the 2014 Golden Globes

Lupita Nyong’o

Non-Stop (2014)

12 Years a Slave (2013)

 

Adepero Oduye
Adepero Oduye

Adepero Oduye

12 Years A Slave (2013)

My Name Is David (2014)

 

Britni Oldford
Britni Oldford

Britni Oldford

Ravenswood (ABC Family)

36 Saints (2013)

Darkroom (2013)

American Horror Story Asylum (FX)

 

Actress Keke Palmer attends Bing Summer of Doing Kickoff hosted by Bing and DoSomething.org at HOLA at Heart of Los Angeles on June 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Bing)
Actress Keke Palmer attends Bing Summer of Doing Kickoff hosted by Bing and DoSomething.org at HOLA at Heart of Los Angeles on June 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Bing)

Keke Palmer

A Trip To Bountiful (Lifetime)

Animal (2014)

Brotherly Love (2014)

Imperial Dreams (2014)

 

Amber RIley The Trevor Project's 2011 Trevor Live! at The Hollywood Palladium - Arrivals Los Featuring: Amber RIley Where: Angeles, United States When: 04 Dec 2011 (Photo Credit: WENN)
Amber RIley
The Trevor Project’s 2011 Trevor Live! at The Hollywood Palladium – Arrivals
(Photo Credit: WENN)

Amber Riley

Glee (Fox)

 

Actress Maya Rudolph poses with Favorite Comedy Movie Award for "Bridesmaids" in the press room during the 2012 People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Maya Rudolph poses with Favorite Comedy Movie Award for “Bridesmaids” in the press room during the 2012 People’s Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Maya Rudolph

Inherent Vice (2014)

The Nut Job (voice, 2014)

We Need Help (2013)

The Maya Rudolph Variety Show (upcoming host & executive producer, NBC)

 

Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe

Life Partners (2014)

American Horror Story Coven (FX)

White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

The Big C (Showtime)

 

Jurnee Smollett - Bell
Jurnee Smollett – Bell

Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Hands of Stone (2014)

Parenthood (NBC)

True Blood (HBO)

 

Amandla Stendberg
Amandla Stendberg

Amandla Stenberg

Sleepy Hollow (2014)

Mr. Anderson (2014)

Rio 2 (voice, 2014)

Tika Sumpter as Delores in 'Sparkle'
Tika Sumpter as Delores in ‘Sparkle’

Tika Sumpter

The Haves and The Have Nots (OWN)

My Man is a Loser (2014)

Get On Up (2014)

Ride Along (2014)

 

Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson

Person of Interest (CBS)

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

No Good Deed (2014)

Strictly Sexual II (2014)

 

Zoe Kravitz
Zoe Kravitz

Zoe Kravitz

The Road Within (2014)

Pretend We’re Kissing (2014)

Divergent (2014)

Miss Bala (release date TBA)

 

Freema Agyeman
Freema Agyeman

Freema Agyeman

The Carrie Diaries (CW)

Old Jacks Boat (BBC)

Rubenesque (Sky, UK)

 

Danielle Brooks
Danielle Brooks

Danielle Brooks

I Dream Too Much (2014)

Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

Girls (HBO)

 

Sanaa Lathan arrives at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on February 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Sanaa Lathan arrives at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on February 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

Sanaa Lathan

Macbett (2014)

Repentance (2014)

Best Man Holiday (2013)

 

Nia Long poses in the press room at the BET Awards '11 held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Nia Long poses in the press room at the BET Awards ’11 held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

Nia Long

The Single Moms Club (2014)

Best Man Holiday (2014)

House of Lies (2013)

 

Joy Bryant
Joy Bryant

Joy Bryant

Parenthood (NBC)

About Last Night (2014)

 

Yaya Dacosta
Yaya Dacosta

Yaya DaCosta (a.k.a. Yaya Alafia)

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013)

Big Words (2013)

Mother of George (2013)

 

Gabrielle Dennis
Gabrielle Dennis

Gabrielle Dennis

Black Coffee (2014)

Justified (FX)

Call Me King (2014)

 

Kimberly Elise
Kimberly Elise

Kimberly Elise

A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2014, Lifetime)

Hit The Floor (VH1)

Event 15 (2013)

Meagan Good The Trent

Meagan Good

Doctor Me (2014)

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

Danai Gurira arrives at the premiere of AMC's "The Walking Dead" 4th season at Universal CityWalk on October 3, 2013 in Universal City, California.
Danai Gurira arrives at the premiere of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” 4th season at Universal CityWalk on October 3, 2013 in Universal City, California.

Danai Gurira

The Walking Dead (AMC)

Mother of George (2013)

Regina Hall
Regina Hall

Regina Hall

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

About Last Night (2014)

Naomie Harris
Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris

Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

Bond 24 (2015, rumored)

(Hattip to Clutch)

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