Breakout Stars of 2013: Michael B. Jordan, Kendrick Lamar and Mike WiLL

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  • Chadwick Boseman
  • Steve McQueen
  • Danai Gurira
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Mike Will Made It
  • Uzo Adbua, Laverne Cox
  • Condola Rashad
  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Breakout Stars of 2013
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Kerry Washington
  • Lupita Nyong'o
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Kendrick Lamar

Danai Gurira

As the sword wielding zombie killer Michonne in The Walking Dead, Danai Gurira redefined what a strong Black woman on TV looked like. Fearless, tough and an ultimate survivor, the 35-year old epitomized a modern day warrior woman. She also expanded her depth and range as an actress as Adenike Balogun in the Andrew Dosunmu-directed drama Mother of George. By playing a conflicted wife with a dilemma that threatens her marriage, Gurira allowed viewers to glimpse all colors of her genius.

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