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2021 40fyd+ Fearless Award Recipient Aunjanue Ellis

Aunjanue Ellis is hands down one of the most talented actresses in the business. Her commitment to positive portrayals of Black women are uniquely authentic and captivating all at once.


What we love about Aunjuane is her incredible commitment to her craft and the representations of Black women she brings to the screen. Her body of work is conscious and captivating, as her portrayals are rich in familiar nuances that are strong, proud and ultimately beautiful. She most recently starred with Will Smith in the hit movie King Richard as Oracene Price, the mother of Venice and Serena Williams. Her many successful works include: The Book of Negroes, Quantico, If Beele Street Could Talk, Love Craft, When They See Us and The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel to name a few.


While she is well known for acting, Aunjanue is also an activist. For years she has fought for the removal of the confederate flag in her home state of Mississippi and in July of 2020 history and success were made and the flag was removed. Currently she is working on a project under her own production company entitled "Sunflower" about the heroic civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer from Mississippi.


Aunjanue graduated from Brown University, and later attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.


Join us as we celebrate Aunjanue Ellis, the 2021 Phenom Honoree on Facebook Live on Dec. 30th at 7:00pm.



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