Ashley Blaine Featherson

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Ashley Blaine Featherson
Ashley Blaine Featherson, June 2017.png
Featherson in 2017
Born (1987-12-04) December 4, 1987 (age 33)
Alma materHoward University
Years active2013-present
Known forDear White People

Ashley Blaine Featherson (born December 4, 1987)[1] is an American actress. She is best known as the co-creator and star of Black&SexyTV's Hello Cupid. She currently stars as Joelle in the Netflix series Dear White People.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Featherson is from Maryland and grew up in a predominately white community.[3] She first acted at age four in a school production and enjoyed it from that age.[4] When she was 14 she began to perform at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC and studied under costume designer Reggie Ray.[2] Featherson attended Howard University and graduated from the Fine Arts department where she majored in musical theater.[4] She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.[2] Featherson has stated that she most admires the career and work of Vanessa Williams.[5]

Featherson co-created the digital series Hello Cupid with Lena Waithe in 2012.[1] The show was distributed by Black & Sexy TV and eventually rebooted.[4] Featherson also starred in the series opposite Hayley Marie Norman.[2]

Her first feature film was Dear White People in 2014.[2] She reprised the supporting role of Joelle in the 2017 Netflix television series adaptation of the same name. Dear White People's fourth season has not yet announced a premiere date.[6]

She co-starred in the 2018 web series Leimert Park, which premiered at Sundance.[7][8] Featherson also appeared in the re-creation of the photograph "A Great Day in Harlem", organized by Netflix's Strong Black Lead initiative.[9]

Featherson collaborated with The Lip Bar on a makeup campaign.[10] She also helped develop a three-piece collection for darkskinned women with Mented Cosmetics.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b "Ashley Blaine Featherson". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Dear White People Interview: Actresses Talk Netflix Series". Vibe. 2017-04-27. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  3. ^ Wills, Cortney (2019-09-25). "Ashley Blaine Featherson is even cooler than Joelle Brooks". TheGrio. Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  4. ^ a b c "Vixen Chat: Ashley Blaine Featherson's 'Hello Cupid' is Back For V-Day". Vibe. 2014-02-14. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  5. ^ "10 THINGS - Ashley Blaine Featherson". REGARD MAGAZINE. 2017-07-14. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  6. ^ Nguyen, Hanh (2019-02-13). "'Dear White People': Justin Simien Reveals Season 3 Directors, Including Cheryl Dunye and Kimberly Peirce". IndieWire. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  7. ^ "'Dear White People' Star Ashley Blaine Featherson Signs With ICM Partners (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  8. ^ "'Leimert Park' Gives Us A Girlfriend's Guide To Love, Sex And Navigating A Gentrifying Los Angeles". Essence. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  9. ^ Anderson, Tre'vell. "Everything you need to know about that Netflix 'Strong Black Lead' spot you saw during the BET Awards". Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  10. ^ a b Kai, Maiysha. "Dear White People's Ashley Blaine Featherson Is Our Best Friend in Our Heads—but She's Nobody's Sidekick". The Glow Up. Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  11. ^ Franklin, Ericka (2019-07-24). "Ashley Blaine Featherson Talks 'Dear White People' Season 3, Mented Cosmetics Collaboration | Hollywood Reporter". Retrieved 2020-09-10.

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