If you live or have visited the City of Angels, chances are that you have seen those illustrious stars on the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame located on both sides of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. The stars honor the best of the best in entertainment with a new class of inductees announced each year.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame Class of 2024 is no exception regarding the upcoming list of honorees, which includes five Black actors and singers representing Black excellence in their respective fields.
The preeminent actor, the late Chadwick Boseman, leads the 2024 class of honorees in Motion Pictures. Boseman, the beloved star of the superhero film “Black Panther,” whose portrayal of T’Challa earned him rave reviews and heralded his performance as one of both “regal confidence and real vulnerability.” “Black Panther” would make $1.3 billion globally.
Boseman brought to life historical figures such as Jackie Robinson in “42,” James Brown in” Get on Up,” and the honorable Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in “Thurgood Marshall.” He would earn an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Emmy Award for his work in August Wilson’s award-winning play, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottoms.” Boseman died at age 43 from stage 4 colon cancer and will be honored posthumously.
Here is the list of Black artists who will receive their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2024.
Kerry Washington, the formidable and Emmy-winning actress portraying crisis management expert Olivia Pope in the Shonda Rhimes hit show, “Scandal,” made Thursday nights in America must-see TV. Washington has become a sought-after producer and director and continues her career as a mighty fine actor. She will receive her star in the category of Television along with Sheryl Lee Ralph.
Emmy winner Sheryl Lee Ralph, the dynamic actress of film, Television, and theater, will receive her star on the Walk of Fame in 2024. Ralph stars in the hit television show “Abbott Elementary” as elementary school educator Barbara Howard. Ralph’s portrayal of the educator won her an Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and her acceptance speech, singing from the stage Dianne Reeves “Endangered Species,” brought the house down. This isn’t Ralph’s first-time portraying characters near and dear to our hearts. She was the originator of the stage role of Deena Jones in the 1981 musical “Dreamgirls” alongside Jennifer Holliday and Loretta Devine. We loved her as our favorite principal, Dee Mitchel, in the hit television show “Moesha.” And who can forget her performance as Lola Quinn, the tough, lovable estranged wife of Denzel Washington in the “Mighty Quinn.” An early and strong advocate in the HIV fight, Ralph remains a force to be reckoned with.
In the Recording category, three exceptional artists will receive honors: Seven-time Grammy Award winner and the first recipient of the inaugural D. Dre Global Impact Award, Andre ‘Dr. Dre’ Young will receive his star. Young, the venerable producer and former member of “NWA,” has sold more than 16 million albums (“2001,” “The Chronic”) worldwide, and you can’t walk, drive, or fly anywhere without seeing someone sporting Beat headphones, an audio brand founded by Dr. Dre.
Joining Walker in this category is one of the best-selling female artists of all time, the seven-time Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton. The songstress known for her sultry vocals also made Broadway history, appearing as ‘Belle’ in “Beauty and the Beast.” Braxton serves as a global ambassador for ‘Autism Speaks.’
Brandy Norwood rounds out the Recording category, an artist who doesn’t need a last name – she is our adored ‘Brandy’ and ‘Moesha’ from the hit television show “Moesha.” According to RIAA, Brandy has 10.5 million gold and platinum certifications. She has sold over 30 million records worldwide. Brandy starred with the late Whitney Houston in the made-for-television movie “Cinderella,” and was the voice of Leah in “Osmosis Jones,” and has starred in “I Know What You Did Last Night,” and “Queens.”
In the Live Theater/Live Performance category, two-time Grammy Award winner Otis Redding will be honored posthumously. Redding is considered one of his generation’s most “charismatic and beloved soul singers.” His 1968 hit “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” remains one of the most streamed recordings in American music.
The actor Carl Weathers will be honored in the category of Sports Entertainment. Weathers is known for his role as Apollo Creed in the first four Rocky films. He also starred in “Action Jackson” and “Predator.”
A former football player, Weathers helped his college, the San Diego Aztecs, win the 1969 Rose Bowl. Weathers helped the Oakland Raiders secure the AFC West Division title as a professional football player.
For the complete 2024 Hollywood Hall of Fame inductees class list, visit walkoffame.com.