Silver Screen Approved: The Top 5 Actors from Hip-Hop | Black Writers Week

She’s gone on to a wildly profitable profession appearing and producing movie and tv, touchdown an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for “Chicago” (2002) and profitable a Primetime Emmy for producing the HBO telefilm “Bessie” (2015), which she additionally starred in as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith.

However, her breakout huge display screen efficiency could be present in director F. Gary Gray’s “Set It Off” (1996), a groundbreaking drama that forged her as one in all 4 working class black ladies from inner-city Los Angeles who determine to start out robbing banks in an ill-advised try to higher their lot in life. She walks off with the movie, delivering a efficiency that has achieved iconic standing within the years since. She was, fairly merely, the soul of that film.

Currently, she’s starring in and govt producing the hit CBS motion sequence “The Equalizer,” and has a number of movies due for launch.


In “Juicy,” the 1994 rap anthem coined by some hip-hop followers as the best rap music of all-time, the Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls famously rapped, “You by no means thought that hip-hop would take it this far/Now I’m within the limelight ‘trigger I rhyme tight.”

Naturi Naughton first broke onto the scene as a part of the all-girl group 3LW. Once she and the group broke ties, she ultimately pursued an appearing profession that led her to taking part in real-life feminine MC Lil’ Kim in “Notorious” (2009), an enormous display screen biopic concerning the quick lifetime of rap sensation Christopher Wallace, the aforementioned Notorious B.I.G. Her evocative efficiency acquired strong notices regardless of Lil’ Kim’s objections to how she was portrayed within the movie. But from a efficiency standpoint, it is arduous to image anybody else taking part in Lil’ Kim as convincingly. That was her half, and he or she made probably the most of it.

To date, Naughton has garnered her finest notices for her tv work, particularly as mob spouse Tasha St. Patrick on the Starz drama sequence “Power” and its spinoff “Power Book II: Ghost.” Tasha’s evolution over the six seasons of the flagship present’s run had been an enormous a part of the explanation it turned appointment tv. Tasha was plenty of issues, however a shrinking violet was not one in all them. And Naughton’s work was revelatory and nuanced.


It’s unhappy to think about all of the potential greatness we’ll by no means get to see (or hear, for that matter) from the late Tupac Shakur. He was actually simply getting began when he was shot a number of occasions in September 1996, and later died of his accidents. He was 25. But what a promising appearing profession he managed to carve out earlier than his premature dying having simply made a complete of six movies as an actor, beginning with celebrated cinematographer Ernest Dickerson’s writing and directorial debut, “Juice” (1992), a couple of quartet of younger Black teenage males in Harlem attempting to return of age below more and more tough and probably harmful circumstances. Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers rightly described Shakur as “the movie’s most magnetic determine.”



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