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TV/Movie Stars Who Got Their Big Break After 30

Some of the biggest actors and actresses we know today were born or grew up famous, but many others were not. And it took some time for them to get to where they are today. According to Harvard University, the average age to become famous is 29. So, here are some of the biggest black actors and actresses that got their big breaks after 30.

MORGAN FREEMAN

 Morgan Freeman, born in 1937, has won numerous awards in his illustrious career, which include the Golden Globe Award. He has starred in many blockbuster movies.  Although he started his career early, it was not until his impressive performance as Hoke Colburn, the kind-hearted stubborn chauffeur in the 1989’s film Driving Miss Daisy, that he became famous. He was 52 when he got into the spotlight.

VIOLA DAVIS

Viola Davis, born in 1965, also started her acting career in the 1990s. Although she had some success in her early movies, Davis’s first most commercially successful and critically acclaimed film was Doubt in 2008. Her outstanding performance earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She was 43 at the time.

SAMUEL L. JACKSON

Our beloved Samuel L. Jackson, born in 1948, has a lot of international awards and accolades and is one of the highest-grossing actors alive. It is no news that Jackson has a phenomenal presence in every film, but it took more than 20 years for people to notice his exceptional talent as an actor. He became famous after his performance as Jules in the Quentin Tarantino 1994 movie Pulp Fiction at the age of 46. 

TARAJI P. HENSON

Taraji p. Henson, born in 1970, started acting back in the 1990s and we’ve known her since her groundbreaking performances on Baby Boy and Hustle & Flow. The Howard University alum, however, started to receive widespread recognition and critical acclaim in 2015 when she was cast as Cookie Lyon, the outspoken wife and mother of three in Empire. Henson was 45 at the time. She received many awards for starring as a lead in Fox’s musical drama series, including a Golden Globe Award for best actress in television drama series.

KERRY WASHINGTON

Kerry Washington, born in 1977, has also been acting for years before she landed her biggest gig yet – the role of Olivia Pope, a crisis management expert in the 2012 TV series Scandal. She was 35 at the time, and her performance won her a multitude of awards, including the Golden Globe Award for best actress.

OCTAVIA SPENCER

Octavia Spencer, born in 1972, started her acting career in 1996, but only got her big break in 2011 when she starred as Minny Jackson, a maid in the award-winning The Help. She was 39 at that time and won her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.   

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Teyana and Iman’s Reality Show Renewed For 2nd Season

Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert are set to return with their unscripted reality series We Got Love Teyana & Iman, The Jasmine Brand exclusively reported. According to the publication, E! will renew the show as it scored high viewership ratings.

The series gives an unfiltered peek behind the curtain as the power couple – the R&B singer and NBA champion, along with their tight-knit entourage of family and friends, continue building their empire, all while juggling their careers and busy home life.

We Got Love Teyana & Iman first aired in June. The final episode dropped on Wednesday, September 15.

Prom scene, We Got Love Teyana & Iman S01 Ep8

In the season finale titled Fast Tunes at Aunties High, Teyana and Iman can be seen attending a recreated High School prom. Since the R&B singer missed out on the experience, the NBA champion and his team attempt to put together a dream prom for Teyana.

After episode 8 aired, viewers took it to Twitter to share their reactions.

One user wrote, “The Prom was beautiful glad she got to have one, The team did a great job bringing everything together.”

Another said, “Aww so sweettt! And he bought Hot Cheetos and Skittles!? LOL He the one sis!”

Fans also have expressed wanting more of the show. @SusieCarmichael tweeted, “I just wanna thank Junie for allowing Teyana and Iman for being on her show this season. Looking forward to a new season in the future.”

E! has not made an official announcement of the renewal at this time, but we are expecting it any day now.

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Lizzo Wants to Star in ‘The Bodyguard’ Remake with Chris Evans

Lizzo has been expressing her interest in Marvel’s Chris Evans for some time now. In her latest social media post, the Grammy award-winning singer suggested that both of them should star in the recently announced remake of The Bodyguard.

After the news broke on Monday that the 1992 classic starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner was getting the remake treatment, Lizzo posted a video on TikTok.

In the published video, the Rumors singer reacts to the announcement of the new Bodyguard movie using the “What are we talking about?” format. She then shows another tweet that suggests she and Evans should co-star in the upcoming Warner Bros. remake. 

“What y’all think?” Lizzo captioned her post with a smirking emoji.

@lizzo

What y’all think? 😏

♬ original sound – berlinXchiaki

Lizzo and Evan’s back-and-forth started earlier this year when the singer shared with her followers that she’d slid into Captain America’s DMs while drunk. Evans later responded on Twitter, “no shame in a drunk DM.” Both have been having what seems like a great friendship since then.

What do you think, would they be good leads for the new Bodyguard movie?

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‘The Amber Ruffin Show’ Renewed For Season Two

Peacock’s Emmy-nominated late-night series has been renewed for a second season, Variety reported.

“We are thrilled to keep doing what we love for another season,” said host, writer, and executive producer Amber Ruffin in a statement. “Margaritas for everyone!”

The show is a mix of weekly news and comedy, now with a live studio audience. It sees Ruffin sharing her signature take on important events with added bits, songs, and bowties.

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‘The Amber Ruffin Show’ poster

Season one of the critically-acclaimed series will conclude this Friday, September 17. The second season will kick off on Friday, October 8, with all-new episodes dropping every Friday.

In addition to hosting her own show, Ruffin is also a writer and performer for NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. She was the first African American woman to write for a late-night network talk show in the U.S.

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