The Black Academy | Co-Founder & Co-Chair

Stephan James (If Beale Street Could TalkHomecomingRaceSelma; 21 Bridges#FreeRayshawn) is an Emmy®-, Golden Globe®-, and NAACP Image Award-nominated and Canadian Screen Award-winning Canadian actor from Scarborough, ON.  James is the inaugural recipient of the CSAs’ Radius Award, given to a Canadian film or television professional who is making waves internationally, and a TIFF Rising Star (2015).  In 2016, James co-founded B.L.A.C.K with his brother Shamier Anderson.  Alongside his brother, he is the co-chair and co-founder of The Black Academy, a division of B.L.A.C.K, which aims to combat systemic racism while honouring, celebrating, and inspiring Black talent in Canada.  James was recently appointed to the Canadian Academy’s board of directors and sits on the Academy’s Equity Committee.