Thursday, November 29, 2007

BG Jurnee Smollett's Journey to Stardom

You may remember her as the cute kid from CBS’s hit TV show Cosby, not The Cosby Show, but the show that came after the pop culture hit. Whether you remember her from that show or as the precocious young girl in Eve’s Bayou or the sassy teen in Roll Bounce, you’re sure to remember 21-year-old Jurnee Smollett after what seems to be a riveting performance in the Oprah Winfrey produced and Denzel Washington directed film, The Great Debaters.

Inspired by a true story, the movie tells the story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas who encourages African-American students to form the school’s first debate team.

I’ve only viewed an extended trailer of the upcoming film, but the clips that I have seen, have shown Jurnee performing an excellent portrayal of an impassioned lawyer and orator in the South during the mid 1930s.

With the undoubtedly helpful Oprah and Denzel promotion and influence, I’m sure that the film will be a box-office hit, which will surely make her the hottest young African-American female actress in Tinseltown.

Watch the Great Debaters Trailer here:

Here are 5 Facts about Jurnee:

She has 4 brothers and 1 sister and all of their names begin with the letter “J.”

She did a TV show with her brothers and sisters called, On Our Own on ABC in 1994.

She’s been in front of the camera since she was 10 months old.

She appeared on ABC’s Full House several times.

She is on the Board of Directors of “Artists for a New Africa,” a group dedicated to dealing with HIV/AIDS in Africa.


KreativeMix said...

Wow!!! She's definitely all grown up and very pretty :-)

K-Bear said...

It's nothing short of amazing when you watch these kids grow up right before your eyes. It's hard to believe she's that same little girl. I'm so happy for her and I will definitely check out her latest endeavor! What I really like about this girl is her true ability to act. She is one of the few child stars who didn't get on my nerves by over doing it. She's a natural at what she does and a natural beauty!

Anonymous said...

I remember her, i used to watch her on Full House and "on our own", and Eve's Bayou is one of my fave movies,...another great addition to young black hollywood

Nicole said...

I love her. I was wondering what happened to her after eve's bayou. I will support her new film!

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nilla cookie said...

She's so pretty! I didn't recognize her at first until you mentioned where she was from - my how the years pass us, huh? :)

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yummy411 said...

bbg! omg.. she was just the curly head baby a few years ago, the teen with chunky braces and now a full fledged woman with an adult role!!! i am so amazed. most ppl in their 20's are still playing teen roles!

i am so happy for her and happy for this movie... the trailer has moved my heart already!

Divine Blackness said...

I can not believe how much she's grown up! I remember watching her sassyness on Full House and "On Our Own". She is gorgeous now! I can not WAIT to see this movie. It looks incredible.

SolShine7 said...

Cool blog!!! Jurnee is one of my favorites.