9 Black Child Stars Who Are Still Killing It

Child stars tend to fade into obscurity (or a haze of drugs and scandals). Not the ones on this list! 

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Child stars tend to fade into obscurity (or a haze of drugs and scandals). Fortunately, that's not always the case. Some manage to stay sane and stable and go on to reach even greater success. Here are nine black child stars who are still making a name for themselves.

1. Keke Palmer

Lauren Keyana "Keke" Palmer first started making a name for herself at only 12 years old, when she landed the starring role (opposite screen legends Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett) in Akeelah and the Bee. Now 21, Keke has even more to be proud of. Last year, she became the youngest person to ever host their own talk show (Just Keke), as well as being the only black actress to star as Cinderella on Broadway.

 2. Imani Hakim


Imani began her acting career as the lovably sassy younger sister Tonya on Everybody Hates Chris. At 22, she's starred in the 2014 Lifetime movie, The Gabby Douglas Story, and played the love interest opposite Robert Ri'chard in Chocolate City.

3 & 4. Tia and Tamera


You can't talk about child stars without mentioning Tia and Tamera. The Mowry twins first became a household name in the '90s with Sister, Sister, and the twins have gone on to continued success - separately. Tia starred on sitcoms The Game and Instant Mom, while Tamera is currently a co-host on talk show The Real.

5. Tyler James Williams

Tyler portrayed a young Chris Rock on the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris for four years, to rave reviews. Since the show ended in 2009, he's been on screens both big and small, starring in the 2014 film Dear White People, and guest starring on AMC hit The Walking Dead.

6. Janet Jackson


Janet started her career in the '70s, starring with her brothers in the variety show The Jacksons. She later went on to become a fan favorite as Penny on Good Times. This, of course, was all a prelude to what seems to be Ms. Jackson's true calling as one of the most influential artists in the history of pop music.

7. Brandy Norwood

Brandy has been singing since she was a child, and her self-titled debut album made a splash in the '90s. Her acting career really took off, though, when she landed the starring role in the UPN series, Moesha. Now 36, Brandy has continued to make a name for herself in music as well as on the small screen. Brandy starred had a starring role on The Game for five seasons, and her sixth album, Two Eleven, was released in 2012 and was critically praised.

8. Romeo Miller

As the son of hip hop artist Master P, Romeo Miller has music in his blood. He made his debut as rapper Lil Romeo when landed his first record deal at the age of 5. He still holds the record as the youngest person to ever hold the number 1 spot on the Billboard 200 (beating out Michael Jackson). Since then, he's been involved in music, fashion, basketball, and even modeling.

9. Keisha Knight Pulliam

Everyone knows Keisha as Rudy from the Cosby Show, which is why it came as such a shock when she re-emerged, fully grown and nearly unrecognizable, in a 2004 music video for Chingy's "One Call Away." Her activities since then include starring in Tyler Perry'sHouse of Payne and competing on shows like The Celebrity Apprentice.

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