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20 Year Industry Veterans Under 35

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Congratulations Brandy!

The entertainment business is one of the most vicious industries to be in. It can eat you up and spit you out with no remorse for your well being, especially child and teen stars. Many children niave to the real world get fixated in this fictional world of drugs, lust, and alcohol. However in the midst of it all there are quite a bit of young stars that continue to thrive.

Brandy just celebrated her 20 year mark in the industry with heart felt messages from other celebrities influenced by her success. While we praise Ms. Norwood on how far she has come and continues to go, take a look at other celebs 35 and under that are 20 year industry veterans.

Raven Symone

Raven Symone

After Rudy there was Olivia. The sassier but just as cute new member of the Cosby Show. Not only an actress but a brand name, Ms. Symone has done very well for her self at the young age of 27. 

Keshia Knight Pulliam

Keisha Knight Pulliam

She got her big break at the tender age of 3 as Rudy in the Cosby Show. She took a mini break to get her degree but once she graduated she was back where her heart lives, in acting. 

Tatyana Ali

Tatyana Ali

She started her career on Sesame Street in 1985 but it was her role on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air as the pretty, cool, very rich Ashley Banks that made her mark in Hollywood. Almost 30 years in this industry, Ms. Ali can be seen in two upcoming movies this year. 



Slated as the next Michael Jackson, Usher began his career with local r&b group NuBeginnings. But it wasn't until LaFace discovered him on Star Search did his talents soar. He's a dancer, actor, singer, and most importantly father who has remained on the top of the music industry since his self-titled debut.

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Jurnee Bell Smollett

Probably one of the few child stars to get a TV show surrounding her and her siblings in the early 90s. She began her career in TV but made her film debut in the New Orleans base movie Eve's Bayou. The married actress starred in Tyler Perry's Confessions of a Marriage Counselor earlier this year.


Monica at So So Def 20th Anniversary


At age 11 Dallas Austin saw Monica's greatness and offered her a record deal. Over 20 years later her careers blossomed into a Grammy (4 nominations) and 5 Billboard Music Awards.


Meagan Good

Meagan started her career at age 4. She made her first movie spot in 1995's Friday when she was 13. And on the brink of her 3rd decade of this industry under her belt, this newly married actress can be seen in Think Like a Man 2, that hits theaters next year.


Kristen Dunst

While many of us credit Kristen Dunst for her role in our favorite cheer movie Bring It On, this movie came many years after her debut short film Oedipus Wrecks. Twenty four years into this industry her resume continues to flourish.

Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci

Ms. Ricci had her debut role as Wednesday in The Addams Family and Kat in Casper. Twenty two years later she continues to grow in all aspects of her acting career.

Photo Credit: TV Week

Marques Houston

Marques Houston

Although Marques Houston started with his group Immature in 1992 the same year he got his first acting gig as a voice over for the animated comedy Bebe's Kids. Over 20 years later he's still acting and making music and recently announced IMX will be getting back together.

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Keke Wyatt has news to share that concerns expanding her family tree. On Monday (Oct. 14), the "If Only You Knew" singer revealed that she's pregnant with her tenth child.

"My husband Zackariah Darring and I are so happy to announce that we are expecting our new bundle of joy!" she wrote on Instagram. "We are excited to welcome the 10th addition to our beautiful family."

The vocalist continued to state that fans can follow her pregnancy journey on her YouTube series The Keke Show where she gives an intimate look at how she balances her career and motherhood.


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My husband Zackariah Darring and I are so happy to announce that we are expecting our new bundle of joy! We are excited to welcome the 10th addition to our beautiful family. Stay tuned for the release date & information for my new YouTube Series “The Keke Show” where you will see me balancing Wife, Mommy and Artist!!! Trust me.. it’s never a dull moment with my family. Love ya sugars💋💋💋 photo credit: @keever_west Styled/Designed by: @keever_west Asst: @freddyoart

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"I just don't believe in shutting down. I believe in that's what the Lord had for me," she said. "Babies don't get in the way of careers, we get in the way of careers. If that's what the Lord had for me from the very beginning, there's nothing nobody can do and nobody can say."

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Summer Walker's Debut Album Inspires Drake To Write New Music

Summer Walker's debut album Over It has everyone's heart aflutter, including Drake.

Off the heels of her debut project, the Atlanta songstress shared Drake's admiration for her project Sunday (Oct. 6) which included collaborations from Jhene Aiko, Usher. 6LACK and Bryson Tiller. Drake had a strong reaction to "Fun Girl," a track that speaks to the acoustic aura of her precious project, CLEAR.

Sharing his love with more than a few emojis, the rapper reveals the song inspired him to pen two new songs at the crack of dawn.


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So I guess fun girl is his favorite song on the album, mines isss... BODY🥰 what’s yours ?

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Summer and Drake worked together for the remix to her breakout hit, "Girls Need Love." In Billboard's  “You Should Know” series, the singer says the two met via Instagram after he gushed about her visuals to the original track. "He said, 'I saw your video on a bowling alley monitor. Thought it was cool,'" she recalled. She added it was Love Renaissance's Justice Baiden who talked her into asking Drake for the remix. The singer is signed to the label along with Grammy-nominated singer 6LACK.

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Tinashe fans rejoice! After a hiatus, the Joyride artist resurfaced on Instagram Saturday (Sept. 28), in a brief video expressing that she's “back and better.”

After a tumultuous relationship with her label RCA, the singer-songwriter broke ties with the company. Since then, she's been hibernating in her “cave,” as she puts it.

"Creatively, I just feel like I needed to go through what I went through in order to be the person that I am today and to get back to my roots," she explained. "You pretty much put your heart and soul and emotions into all these songs and then you put them out there for the world to judge and tear down and pick apart. It's terrifying and it can really mess with your head."


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In an interview with VIBE, Tinashe expressed how important it is for her to stay true to herself and artistry. “It’s not even necessarily speaking up but coming to your own conclusions yourself and owning your own instincts and trusting in yourself and creative power,” she said. “I think that’s something that is always important to continue to maintain. It’s easy for that sometimes to get derailed, and it’s important to come back to that.”

During her recent statement, she broke down the importance of art and how it should be expressed through individuality and free expression, sans any boxes or limitations. Making people happy through her music is the goal.

"Music and art are supposed to be these wonderful beautiful things that bring people joy and happiness, and that's really why I started making music in the first place—to give people something that means something to them,” she said.

Although Tinashe did not say when fans can expect new music, she did share a snippet of what she’s been working on in the studio in a separate post. “I’m too emotional.”


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I’m too emotional

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