Nomzamo Mbatha, Thuso Mbedu On Essence Hollywood Stars To Watch

Essence Hollywood Stars To Watch

Nomzamo Mbatha, Thuso Mbedu On Essence Hollywood Stars To Watch

South African actresses Thuso Mbedu and Coming 2 America star Nomzamo Mbatha have both secured spots on Essence’s 20 Young Black Hollywood stars To Watch 2021.

Nomzamo sits at number nine on the list and is described by the popular publication as knows no bounds or limitations with a level of care and commitment. The former Isibaya actress is praised for her work as a United Nations ambassador and being the first South African to secure a Neutrogena ambassadorship.

Moreover, Nomzamo first wowed international audiences when she was selected as a presenter at the BET Awards in 2017 and then again in 2020. She was also welcomed as a member of the Golden Honour Society, which is described as the world’s largest collegiate honour society for graduate and undergraduate students.

The excited Nomzamo Mbatha took to Instagram on Monday, 25 January to share a screenshot of Essence’s article, “the work is the work is the work. Thank you for shining a light our way @essence.”

Placed at 16th position is Emmy-nominated Thuso Mbedu, who moved to the US to pursue her career and has an upcoming role in Barry Jenkins’s The Underground Railroad, based on a novel with the same name. Thuso is known for acting on local shows Scandal and Snake Park, and got her Emmy nomination for the controversial drama Is’Thunzi.

The list also mentions entertainers from the US and other countries such as Jamaican-English Bafta Rising Star Award winner Micheal Ward, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming star Laura Harrier and Meagan Tandy, among others.

Essence Hollywood Stars To Watch
Thuso Mbedu

Thuso Mbedu recently shared a teaser clip from the new international series she stars in, The Underground Railroad. Mbedu is starring in the show as a character named Cora Randall. The period drama follows Cora’s journey as a young black girl in the American South. The storyline then has Cora escaping the Georgia plantation to find a literal underground railroad with secrets and networks beneath the treacherous land above.

Nomzamo Mbatha, Thuso Mbedu On Essence Hollywood Stars To Watch

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