Serayah McNeill may be the only person in the world who can make riding a hoverboard—or at least learning to ride one—look cool. It’s mid-afternoon at L.A.’s Mondrian Hotel, and McNeill is spinning around on the board in the sunshine, alternating between flashing joyful smiles, nervous grins, and looks of complete calm. For every brief moment when it looks like she might fall, she balances herself and maintains a cool serenity.
Actress Serayah talks about having five songs on the “Empire” soundtrack and what’s next for her “Empire” character, Tiana Brown. Plus, what was it like working with Taylor Swift on the “Bad Blood” music video? “Empire” airs Wednesdays at 9 PM ET/PT on FOX.
As “Empire” prepares for its highly anticipated spring return, there is one star who has done an admirable job of carving a place for herself that exists outside of the show. Enter Serayah, the ravishing beauty who captivated our attention as Tiana Brown. With a recently announced CoverGirl deal completed, as well as the ink drying on a new record contract with Sony Music, things are suddenly looking rosy in the land of Serayah.
If things go according to plan, this will be the year that you learn her name.
In celebration of Martin Luther King Day and the approaching black history month Kode Magazine’s 10th issue celebrates 6 of the most talented young black actresses of today, christened #GenerationNoir. Disney and Style Maven Zendaya Coleman, Singer and star of Vampire Diaries Kat Graham, Empire’s Serayah, from 2015’s film festival standout Dope Kiersey Clemons, Blackish’s Yara Shahidi, and from How To Get Away With Murder Aja Naomi King. In the interview piece by Ricky Bennick all the ladies discuss upcoming projects as well as what it truly means to be a black women in hollywood and why it matters so much. In the beautiful Black and White shoot shot by photographer Bradford Rogne and Styled By Editor AllanTroy with assistance from Bianka Franco and Law Roach for Zendaya the ladies don pieces from designer such as Stella McCartney, August Getty, 4th and Reckless, Nine Muses, Adolfo Sanchez and more. Everyday this week Kode will release each girls solo cover story as well as their full interview piece, so check back daily for updates.