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2024 Film Spotlight – Black Actresses: Careers, Roles, and Impact

As Women’s History Month draws to a close, we’re excited to highlight five remarkable stars who embody various aspects of womanhood. From the iconic Pam Grier (featured in “THEM: The Scare”) to the talented Lupita Nyong’o (“A Quiet Place: Day One”), these actresses, including Deborah Ayorinde, Jurnee Smollett, and S. Epatha Merkerson (all starring in “We Grown Now”), are captivating audiences this year.

Jurnee Smollett, a mother herself, beautifully portrays the balancing act of motherhood and personal identity, resonating with many viewers who navigate similar struggles both on and off the screen. Meanwhile, Pam Grier and S. Epatha Merkerson serve as inspiring examples of longevity and authenticity in the entertainment industry, maintaining their integrity throughout their illustrious careers.

Adding to this stellar lineup, Lupita Nyong’o brings her Oscar-winning talent to the forefront, captivating audiences with her multifaceted performances while sharing her personal journey with grace and poise. Together, these actresses represent a diverse and fortified group, each contributing uniquely to the celebration of womanhood in cinema and beyond.

 

A Quiet Place: Day One (June 28, 2024)- Lupita Ny’ongo

It is an upcoming American post-apocalyptic horror film written and directed by Michael Sarnoski, based on an original story by John Krasinski. It is intended to be a spin-off prequel and the third overall installment of the A Quiet Place film series. The film stars Lupita Nyong’o ( Black Panther) who is stepping into a new genre in the upcoming horror film. She will leave audiences gasping and wanting more of her performance.

We Grown Now (April 19, 2024 NY/LA/CHI)Jurnee Smollett

The Minhal Baig-directed drama follows two young boys, best friends Malik (Blake Cameron James)  and Eric (Gian Knight Ramirez), who discover the joys and hardships of growing up in the sprawling Cabrini-Green public housing in1992. Jurnee Smollet (The Burial) plays Delores, a devoted yet concerned mother who is trying to navigate the journey of motherhood through almost perilous times.

S. Epatha Merkerson We Grown Now (May 10, 2024 -WIDE)

The Minhal Baig-directed drama follows two young boys, best friends Malik (Blake Cameron James)  and Eric (Gian Knight Ramirez), who discover the joys and hardships of growing up in the sprawling Cabrini-Green public housing in 1992. Merkerson ( Law & Order) is starring alongside Jurnee Smollett in the upcoming American drama. The award-winning actress continues to leave a mark on audiences in her timeless career.

THEM: The Scare (April 25, 2024)- Deborah Ayorinde

Them is an American black horror anthology series, created by Little Marvin. The series stars Deborah Ayorinde, Luke James, Pam Grier, Wayne Knight, Iman Shumpert and other talented actors and premieres on Amazon Prime Video on April 25, 2024. Deborah Ayorinde is set to return as an LAPD homicide detective whose new case brings her up close to something much worse than she could imagine. 

THEM: The Scare (April 25, 2024)- Pam Grier

Them is an American black horror anthology series, created by Little Marvin. The series stars Deborah Ayorinde, Luke James, Pam Grier, Wayne Knight, Iman Shumpert and other talented actors and premieres on Amazon Prime Video on April 25, 2024. The highly anticipated anthology series is already creating social buzz and Pam Grier is sure to leave an indelible mark on the audiences like her previous roles throughout her career.

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