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Hailed as the “Next Big Thing” by The Hollywood Reporter, Teyonah Parris is taking the town by storm. Whether lighting up the Sundance hit DEAR WHITE PEOPLE or stealing scenes in the blockbuster Golden Globe® and Emmy Award©-winning TV series Mad Men as Don Draper’s assistant “Dawn Chambers,” Parris is the most electric talent to hit Hollywood in a generation, with an award-winning leading role opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett in the Spike Lee film CHI-RAQ and a starring role on the Starz comedy Survivor’s Remorse, there’s no stopping this Julliard grad on her way to superstardom.

Making her debut on the silver screen in 2010 opposite Reese Witherspoon and Jack Nicholson in the James L. Brooks-directed romantic comedy HOW DO YOU KNOW, in addition to a run on Broadway that same year in the John Guare (‘Six Degrees of Separation’) directed play ‘A Free Man of Color’ with Jeffrey Wright and Mos Def, Parris has quickly established herself as one to watch.

With a southern charm, unparalleled drive and a trademark smile, Parris is a self-proclaimed tomboy and beauty queen, always thriving on being unique and never adhering to stereotypes. She started her journey in front of audiences by participating in pageants and modeling. As a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, Parris has already worked with such notable names as Debbie Allen and George C. Wolfe, amongst many others. She has also trained under distinguished professors, Richard Feldman and Wendy Waterman. During her time in undergrad, Parris performed in numerous productions crediting “Celimene” in Moliere's 'The Misanthrope,' as her favorite role to date.


Rising actress Teyonah Parris is devoting her efforts to the mission of helping black girls uniquely define, discover and become who they are by joining Philadelphia based organization, UNIQUELY YOU SUMMIT, INC. (UYS).

Parris will serve as the UNIQUELY YOU organization’s Ambassador and "MEGA MENTOR." She will assist in designing and implementing meaningful programs that give black girls the resources they need on their journey to womanhood.

Teyonah Parris’ passion for the organization and its cause will be highlighted at the annual UNIQUELY YOU SUMMIT in June 2016. Themed #ForTheLoveOfBlackGirls, this one-of-a-kind summit host 500, 11 to 18 year old black girls and young women from the northeastern United States. The two-day event engages girls in gripping dialogue about the dynamics of being 'black and female' in America.

Discovering who you are as a young woman is one of the most important steps in womanhood, and the UNIQUELY YOU organization is a wonderful support system and network for young girls – providing them with invaluable tools for self-awareness, identity, self-care and self-love. I am so happy to align my efforts with UYS as we continue to unapologetically serve black girls!
— TEYONAH PARRIS

Since 2009, the UNIQUELY YOU SUMMIT has hosted more than 2,000 girls in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. With Teyonah’s partnership, UYS anticipates expanding its programming to impact girls in other regions.

I’m beyond excited to have Teyonah on the team. She truly has a heart for it, and she wants to help us uphold the self-efficacy of black girls on a very personal level, and in a very hands-on way. She’s young and successful, and her career is on the rise. She could be doing anything, but she has dedicated her time to doing this work. That says so much about who she is.
— SHALEAH LACHÉ SUTTON, Founder and President of UYS