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Gabrielle Douglas, BET Awards

Gabrielle Douglas

Who knew so much power could come in a 4’11” package? The 16-year-old gymnast made the country proud when she became the first Black woman to bring home All-Around Olympic gold. Earlier this year, she published her first memoir, Grace, Gold and Glory: My Leap of Faith.

Jacob Latimore, BET Awards

Jacob Latimore

This young R&B powerhouse is on his way to becoming a bona fide film star. After a small role in horror film Vanishing on 7th Street, Latimore will next star in Black Nativity opposite Angela Bassett and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, as well as the sci-fi thriller The Maze Runner.

Keke Palmer, BET Awards

Keke Palmer

A one-time child actor, who made a splash as the lead in Akeelah and the Bee, she landed her first truly grown-up role this year as Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas in the television movie Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story.

Jaden Smith, BET Awards

Jaden Smith

The Hollywood scion may have been launched by his famous father Will Smith, but proved he has leading man chops in his own right when his Karate Kid reboot became a worldwide smash. Next up, Jaden will re-team with his dad for the futuristic thriller After Earth.

Quvenzhane Wallis, BET Awards

Quvenzhané Wallis

After being discovered by chance in the Louisiana bayou when she auditioned for a part in the indie drama Beasts of the Southern Wild, Wallis went on to become the youngest person ever nominated for an Academy Award. Her next big role is Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave

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