From ‘The Lion King’ to Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Actress Shahadi Wright Joseph Is Proving Age Is Just a Number


Actress, Shahadi Wright Joseph, is the next young upcoming actress that we should support.

Joseph first had her breakout in the entertainment business when she landed the role of Nala in The Lion King on broadway. She may also seem familiar to other broadway enthusiasts for her role as Maddison in School of Rock. The actress then switched from stage work to TV and landed the role of Little Inez Stubbs in Hairspray Live!

2019 was a big year for Joseph. She starred in the horror film US, the Jordan Peele movie everyone was buzzing about playing Zora and her sinister doppelgänger Umbrae. Then returned back to her roots as the voice of Young Nala in the live-action remake of The Lion King.

At just 15 years old, Joseph has done it all and she is also taking a shot at the music industry. Joseph released her first-ever single “Wallpaper.”


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UPDATE: So, we decided to let the song live on all of the streaming platforms as scheduled. If you’d like to check it out on my Spotify page, feel free to do so, but we won’t be doing any big marketing right now. Let’s stay in touch and keep uplifting each other. FULL TRANSPARENCY:I have concerns! (feedback needed) My single, WALLPAPER is a story about a teen girl who feels so shy around a boy she likes that when he’s around she feels like she literally “fades into the wallpaper”. To be honest…it’s a bop. BUT, one of the lines in the chorus includes “I can’t breathe”. Although, the song was written and recorded in 2018, My team has been struggling with the idea that the phrase “I can’t breathe” is simply triggering right now. Especially since it will be made available on JUNETEENTH (total coincidence) To no fault of their own, UNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN chose the date since it had to be delayed on their side repeatedly because……THE PANDEMIC. It’s incredibly important that I maintain my true dedication BLM movement (beyond the org) and re-think the timing of this project. Tell me what you think.

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When the actress isn’t busy, she is rocking out to Hamilton with friends.

Shahadi Wright Joseph has accomplished so much in her early teens and there is much more to come from the talented actress. Make sure to stream her new song on music platforms and follow her on social media for future projects.