Believe it or not, Logan Browning is a name you’ve heard for most of your life. Whether you first saw her on “Summerland,” “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide,” or “Meet the Browns,” it’s no secret that Logan is a staple on our screens—and for good reason.
Outspoken, confident, and supportive, Logan Browning has become our metaphorical teacher on the importance of self-reflection, action, and growth, both on and off screen,
Now, starring alongside Kimberly Elise on VH1’s Hit The Floor, and the Netflix Original Series, Dear White People, Browning is proving that she’s not just an actress, but an activist, and we’re loving every minute of it.
By: Emily Dinenberg
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Browning moved to Los Angeles at age 14, and jump-started her acting career with her role as Carrie on the CW series Summerland, and Nickelodeon’s Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. After graduating high school in Georgia, Logan returned to Hollywood as Sasha in Bratz: The Movie, but put her acting career on hold again to attend college at Vanderbilt University.
While we love how much our #WCW values education, we love her charisma even more. Which she continues to exude and implement to put her talents and education to use.
Drawing on her experience as a woman of color at a predominantly white university, Browning brought Samantha, the protagonist of Netflix’s Dear White People, to life. She even learned a few things in the process.
In an interview with ESPN W, Browning stated,
One of my favorite quotes from poet and author Maya Angelou is: ‘I have learned that I still have a lot to learn.’ That is what my character Samantha also taught me about myself. I’ve been really vocal about social issues […] in the past few years, and I have often reacted immediately from a place of passion. I learned that in order to have a strong and credible voice, I needed to do more research into the history of Black people in America while simultaneously digesting new and pertinent news.
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Self-reflection and action appear as common themes in Browning’s life, and valuable lessons she strives to teach others.
Follow Logan on Twitter, and your timeline will be filled with nuggets of wisdom, such as, “I don’t really need to wait until December 31st to say my triumphs and failures have taught me a lot about myself. #grateful”
These lay among re-tweets of news and social justice triumphs (such as the Los Angeles vote to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day). Although her messages are under 160 characters, Logan’s philosophy seems to be clearly summed up: live and learn.
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This is the same philosophy she’s used time and again in her acting career.
When asked by ClichéMag which of her roles has been a personal favorite, she replied,
For me, it’s hard to pick a favorite role because each holds a special place in my heart and has propelled my career in a favorable direction. For each project, I am grateful for the lessons and memories.
These lessons were even taken literally. In VH1’s Hit The Floor, Browning plays Jelena Howard, a mean girl and the captain of the dance team. With no professional dance experience, Logan trained extensively after shooting the pilot, taking both ballet and jazz classes.
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While we all may not have the opportunity to take dance classes or work in TV, we can take a few cues from Browning’s method.
Learn from past experiences in order to become the best versions of yourself.
When asked about her keys to success by Cliché Mag, Browning’s reply pretty much summed up why she’s our #WCW:
- Work hard
- Have gratitude
- Have fun
- Be prepared
- Constantly improve
For Browning, you can consider it done.
Who inspires you to reflect and grow? Let us know in the comments!