African-American actresses who paved the way in Hollywood

1. Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o is an Academy Award winner, Screen Actors Guild Award recipient and she has a Glamour Award for Woman of the Year. She's one of the more prominent, young African-American actresses you should know about.

Nyong'o is the daughter of a politician and was born in Mexico City and raised in Kenya. But she studied in the United States and she received her Bachelor’s degree in film and theatre at Hampshire College.

She has her background in theatre, but her film breakthrough came in 2013 when she was cast as Patsy in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. She won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, including winning Best Supporting Actress.

In 2016 she co-starred in Jon Favreau's Jungle Book, voicing Raksha the mother wolf who adopts Mowgli.

Nyong'o currently stars in the Ryan Coogler film Black Panther where she plays Nakia, a member of the Dora Milaje which are a Special Forces group of female bodyguards in Wakanda. Nyongo learned how to speak Xhosa for the film and she trained in Judo, jujitsu, silat and Filipino martial arts.

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