Tessa Thompson: The New Female Face of Black Hollywood

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By Randall Rydell Russell

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Actresses in Hollywood are all over the place, successful black actresses in Hollywood is a battle. If anyone has watched any movies in the past year, they should know that Tessa Thompson is about to blow up in a big way.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in New York as well, Tessa is the daughter of singer/songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson of the New York based band Chocolate Genius. After many stints in Hollywood theatre companies, Tessa became a series regular on the detective show Veronica Mars in it’s second season. She made several guest appearances on various TV shows after. She transitioned to films, appearing in the horror remake When A Stranger Calls, the dance flick Make It Happen, The Human Contract and Mississippi Damned. She received notoriety for her role in Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls which featured Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine, Whoopi Goldberg and Kerry Washington.

It was in 2014 that her starring role in the independent comedy/drama Dear White People has the world looking at her. Her portrayal as a radio host of a black program at a mostly white college has garnered her critical acclaim and awards season isn’t even here yet. She can also be seen playing Diane Nash in the historical biography Selma. It chronicles the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his civil rights movements in the 50’s and 60’s. Tessa has just signed on to play the love interest of Michael B. Jordan in the spin off/continuation of the Rocky franchise in Creed.

Tessa is a force to be reckoned with and other Hollywood actresses should watch out.

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