February 12, 2017


Future Black History Month: Shameik Moore's 'Dope' Rise to Stardom

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John Lamparski/WireImage

Fuse is once again celebrating an extended Black History Month by highlighting a variety of rising forces who are creating Future Black History before our very eyes. Today we are honoring Shameik Moore, who is one of the exciting new stars to join Hollywood.

The 21-year-old first entered the entertainment scene as an actor and made his big break in 2015's Dope. His portrayal of Malcolm Adekanbi in the movie was witty and relatable. It was refreshing to see a young black man play an awkward geek in a leading role, and Moore's impressive performance stuck with you until the end.

Following Dope, the actor scored a big role in Netflix's hot new show The Get Down. The series (which premiered in August 2016) is a product of Baz Luhrmann's creation, and is set in '70s-era South Bronx. Its mix of the exciting birth of hip-hop combined with the somber death of disco, along with a high volume of drugs and violence, makes for a thrilling series that allows Moore to show off his natural talent.

The music found in The Get Down is a direct reflection of the actor's other passion. Along with being an actor, Moore is also a rapper and singer. He released his debut '30058 EP two years ago and recently updated his Soundcloud with new song "Jiggle It," which is inspired by his Jamaican roots.

"To embrace my greatness, not to let anybody hold me back. To be all that I am, because I am all that I am. Stay focused," Moore once said of the best advice friend A$AP Rocky has given him. If he maintains that passionate mentality, the actor will no doubt have a solid place in future black history.

We're celebrating Future Black History all month long! Tune in to Fuse and come back to Fuse.tv every day for profiles, videos and more. Find Fuse in your area with our Channel Finder.