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Rych McCain's 2014 Youth List - TV/Film
By Rych McCain International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist
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Rych McCain’s 2014
TOP TEN LIST OF HOLLYWOOD’S MOST TALENTED YOUTH!
It is that time of year again where I personally select favorites for my Rych McCain's TOP TEN LIST OF HOLLYWOOD’S MOST TALENTED YOUTH! The candidates (18 yrs and under) are selected strictly from the interviews that I have conducted with them, which intern ran in my Weekly Internationally/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Column as a photo-interview feature. If I didn’t interview you – you don’t qualify for my list! It’s that simple (hint publicists, young artists and anyone else who feels left out)!
As with every year, my hat goes off in a major salute to the parents of these exceptional young artists who have made untold sacrifices well beyond what many parents would be willing to make such as pulling up stakes and moving the entire family to LA or whatever else it took for their child or children to make it in the biz. The ten winners selected are without question the best of the best! They too have sacrificed, trained hard, done without and burned gallons of the midnight oil it took to get to where they are and they are just getting started! Rych McCain salutes all ten of you who are now a part of my media family and I wish that the best is yet to come for each of you! May continued success be yours!
This year is a first where I have included the entire youth principal cast of the smash hit ABC-TV show “Black-ish” and the Relativity Studios sci-fi movie “Earth To Echo.” The awardees are listed alphabetically starting with:
|Brian "Astro" Bradley|
1. Brian “Astro” Bradley (Age 18); Played Tuck Simms in “Earth To Echo;” made a memorable performance as TJ in “A Walk Among Tombstones” opposite Liam Neeson and got his break when he appeared on “The X Factor” as a rapper. Bradley also is a regular on the ABC-TV series “Red Band Society.”
2. Miles Brown (Age 9); Is the second and youngest son as Jack Johnson on the hit ABC-TV comedy “Black-ish” This is his debut TV role.
|DJ Young 1 (Nhandi Craig)|
3. DJ Young 1 (Nhandi Craig) (Age11); She is the youngest at age 10 to graduate from the Scratch DJ Academy founded by the late Jam Master Jay. DJ Young 1 has spun the 1’s and 2’s on “The Queen Latifah Show” and for The Grammys gifting suites. She has even spun at the White House’s Annual Easter Egg Roll for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative promoting healthy eating and exercising and met the President and first family.
4. Teo Halm (Age 15); Played the role of Alex Nichols in the sci-fi movie “Earth To Echo.”
5. Reese Hartwig (Age 16); Portrayed a fun and colorful Munch Barrett in “Echo To Earth.”
6. Marsai Martin (Age 9); She rounds out the Johnson family as the baby twin daughter Diane on the ABC-TV series “Black-ish” where she also make the TV debut.
7. Leroya Sanford (Age 12); Up and coming stand-up comic who was the youngest to headline “The Comedy Store” in Hollywood at age 10. She has performed on ABC-TV’s “The View” and was the special guest opener for the forth coming 2nd season of Bob Sumner’s Laff Mobb “We Got Next” for Magic Johnson’s ASPiRE Cable TV Network. This is Leroya’s second showing on this list.
8. Marcus Scribner (Age 14); Is the big brother in charge as Andre Jr. of the Johnson Family on the smash hit ABC-TV sit-com “Black-ish.”
9. Yara Shahidi (Age 14); Makes her second appearance on this list. Shahidi plays the Johnson family’s eldest daughter Zoey on the hit ABC-TV smash hit sit-com “Black-ish.” She definitely served notice when she portrayed the young Olivia Pope on “Scandal.” She was the daughter of two superstars on the big screen i.e., Eddie Murphy in “Imagine That” and Tyler Perry in “Alex Cross.”
10. Ella Wahlestedt (Age 15); Plays the cutie-pie next door that all of the boys secretly have a crush on in “Echo To Earth.” Wahlestedt is also seen on the Lifetime Network’s “Army Wives” as Caroline Hall.
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