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    16 Creative Indigenous Australians Who Are Killing It Right Now

    Australia’s new wave.

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    1. Nakkiah Lui

    Twitter: @nakkiahlui

    Lui is a writer and actor on ABC's Black Comedy, an Indigenous sketch series. Lui is also a published writer, with articles featuring on The Australian Women's Weekly Online, Junkee, and The Guardian. Read her powerful article for The Guardian on youth suicide here.

    2. Miranda Tapsell

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    Tapsell is a talented stage and screen actor, best known for her performance in the movie The Sapphires and TV drama Love Child. She also made a killer speech at the 2015 Logie Awards, urging directors to put "more beautiful people of colour on screen".

    3. Rob Collins

    ABC / Via Twitter: @IndigenousX

    After starring in the Lion King musical as Mufasa, Rob is now working on the new ABC show Cleverman.

    4. Briggs

    Facebook: senatorbriggs

    (Adam) Briggs is a rapper, record label owner, and comedy writer. He's worked with artists such as Hilltop Hoods, Drapht, and Funkoars and in recent times has branched out into acting, with appearances on both Black Comedy and Cleverman.

    5. Thelma Plum

    6. Lyn-Al Young

    Instagram: @Lyn_al / Via

    Fashion designer Lyn-Al Young is only 21 years old, but is already making a name for herself after being showcased during Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Indigenous Project. Her designs are inspired by her cultural heritage, and the family stories and histories that shape her identity.

    7. Hunter Page-Lochard

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    Also starring in Cleverman, Page-Lochard has already had quite the acting career, with roles in Bran Nue Dae and The Sapphires. Performing is in his blood, he’s the son of choreographer and Bangarra artistic director Stephen Page.

    8. Kahl Wallis

    Fronting the band The Medics, as well as touring as a solo artist, Wallis is a powerful and compelling musician, with his lyrics showcasing a rich history and the story of his people.

    9. Ella Havelka

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    Ella became the Australian Ballet’s first Indigenous dancer back in 2013, after performing with Indigenous dance company Bangarra for four years. She also paints, and has works on display at the Wagga Wagga art gallery.

    10. Jonathan Jones

    Twitter: @carolridinghigh

    Working across a range of mediums from drawing, to sculptures, and printmaking, Jonathan Jones draws on his Kamilaroi/Wiradjuri culture for inspiration, as well as current socio-political concerns. This year Jones has been commissioned to rebuild the frame of Sydney’s infamous Garden Palace which mysteriously burned to the ground in 1882.

    11. Jessica Mauboy

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    Since coming second on Australian Idol back in 2006, Jess has had a successful singing and acting career. She’s also an ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Project which provides books and learning materials to remote areas, and is an ambassador and fundraiser for the Yipirinya School in Alice Springs, which is bi-cultural and teaches four Indigenous languages.

    12. Meyne Wyatt

    Instagram: @meyneg / Via

    For a 26-year-old, Meyne has appeared in an impressive number of TV shows, movies, and stage productions, including The Sapphires and Redfern Now, which earned him a Logie nomination. He was also the first-ever Indigenous actor to appear on Neighbours.

    13. Samantha Harris

    Instagram: @sam_harris / Via

    After winning a Dolly modelling competition when she was 11 years old, Samantha has walked for many high-end Australian fashion labels, and appeared on the cover of Vogue Australia in 2010. She was also an ambassador for David Jones, along with Miranda Kerr and Megan Gale.

    14. Jada Alberts

    ABC / Via Twitter: @jadaj

    Darwin born Jada Alberts stormed the Australian theatre scene in 2014 with her multi-award nominated play Brothers Wreck. She’s also had success as an actor appearing in Red Hill, Wentworth and Redfern Now. This year, Jada was named Writers Fellow by the Bell Shakespeare company.

    15. Shareena Clanton

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    Though she’s starred in a handful of TV roles, Shareena is probably best known for her role on Aussie prison show Wentworth for which she received critical acclaim and a Logie nomination.

    16. Casey Donovan

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    Another Australian Idol alumni, Casey Donovan has been singing and acting since winning the show at the age of 16. She is also an Advocate for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, and has lately been heavily involved in stage and musical acting.

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