Senegalese-born actress and model Anna Diop, who is set to star alongside Lupita Nyong'o this spring in Jordan Peele's social thriller Us, is more than just a gorgeous face and captivating actress. With a recurring role on OWN’s hit series Greenleaf and her portrayal of Starfire—the orange alien from DC Comics’ Teen Titans live action TV series—Diop is set for a incredible 2019. But in the midst a whirlwind year of cinematic gains, she’s creating space for her activism, too.
In between acting, she’s using her talents and influence to support several initiatives that support disadvantaged children across the globe. In Africa, she is involved in programs that help to maintain the libraries in Kenya for blind children. She continues her advocacy work by partnering with the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness as well as nonprofits that serve students by encouraging art in inner city schools. It is here where her work meets youth culture; by ensuring young Africans have access to the arts, she is not only on-screen representation, she is helping to expand their worldview.