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Teyonah Parris

“It feels good to be a role model for little girls who don’t often see natural hair on the red carpet. I’ve wanted to be an actress my whole life and the none of the women I aspired to be like had natural hair. Today we have Esperanza Spalding and Solange who always look fierce and are proud to wear their natural hair. Maybe it’s not a statement for them, but for me, they showed me that I don’t have to equate fierce and gorgeous with long, straight hair. I hope there’s a little girl out there who may see me and say the same thing.

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Buzzfeed: “17 Black Women Who Deserve their own Biopics”

Not enough roles for black women in Hollywood? Let’s make some!

1. Thandie Newton/Alice Walker, 2. Amber Riley/Aretha Franklin, 3. Kerry Washington/Vonetta McGee, 4. Lupita Nyong'o/Grace Jones, 5. Mo'Nique/Hattie McDaniel, 6. Oprah Winfrey/Mary McLeod Bethune, 7. Regina Hall/Moms Mabley, 8. Teyonah Parris/Assata Shakur, 9. Viola Davis/Shirley Chisholm, 10. Jurnee Smollett/Eartha Kitt

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ESSENCE’S 2015 BLACK WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD PHOTO BOOTH

Teyonah Parris, Erica Ash, Holly Robinson Peete, Kelly Rowland, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Regina King, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Aja Naomi King, Samira Riley 

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8th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon

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The 2015 NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet

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Teyonah Parris & her Juilliard classmates!

“What a blessing and an honor to be standing next to these beautiful ladies!! All of which I went to #Juilliard with and look at us standing here at the #BlackWomeninHollywood #Essence event!! God is Great!! And myself, @daniebb3 , and @nikkibeharie are all from SC and passed through the same high school!! #LookatGod”