Shadow and Act’s RISING Awards Digital is honoring several stars on the rise in Hollywood. This year, our honorees in the actors + talent category include TV and film actors who have challenged and entertained us with their talent. Our honorees are: Brandee Evans, O-T Fagbenle, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Naomi Smalls, Dominique Fishback, Chante Adams, MeKai Curtis and Saniyya Sidney.

Brandee Evans stars in the critically-acclaimed Starz show P-Valley as Mercedes. As one of the breakout stars of the show, Evans has one the NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress. She is expected to return for the series’ second season.

Evans has also starred in popular TV shows and miniseries including BET’s The Family Business, Games People Play and The Bobby Brown Story and Fox’s Lethal Weapon.

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