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12 Black Prodigies You’ve Probably Never Heard Of


Artel J. Great

Artel Great, the first Black valedictorian of UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television, received a Cinema Research Institute Fellowship for innovation. He is the founder of Project Catalyst and has recently launched the Project Catalyst App.

According to, Project Catalyst is a transmedia organization that combines creative community-building practices with cinema, visual art, music and technology. Great is currently touring major cities in the U.S. to continue promoting the app’s launch.

Thessalonika Arzu-Embry

Thessalonika Arzu-Embry

Thessalonika Arzu-Embry graduated from college with a 3.9 GPA and a degree in psychology at 14 years old. The young prodigy plans to further her education with a graduate degree in clinical psychology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science or Stanford University before opening a clinic with her mother.

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