N'Bushe Wright

N'Bushe Wright (/ənˈbʃ/ ən-BOO-shay;[1] born September 20, 1970) is an American actress and dancer. She attended and trained as a dancer at the Alvin Ailey Dance Center and the Martha Graham School of Dance.[2] She is known mainly for her role as Dr. Karen Jenson in the 1998 feature film Blade.[3]

N'Bushe Wright
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Wright in the film His & Hers
Born (1970-09-20) September 20, 1970 (age 50)
EducationHigh School for the Performing Arts
OccupationActress, Dancer
Years active1992-present


Within a year of attending Stella Adler's Studio, Wright was starring in Anthony Drazan's Zebrahead (1992). She received positive reviews for her moving portrayal of the drug-addicted older sister of the title protagonist in Boaz Yakin's Fresh (1994). The following year, Wright played an idealistic member of the Black Panther Party in the Hughes Brothers' feature film Dead Presidents (1995). Wright played Dr. Karen Jenson in Blade (1998).

In 1992, Wright played the recurring role of Claudia, a black civil rights activist fighting for equal opportunities in education in the acclaimed but short-lived NBC television drama I'll Fly Away. She has made guest appearances on several other television series, including New York Undercover, Homicide: Life on the Street, Chappelle's Show and Third Watch.

Wright also recorded a public service announcement for Deejay Ra's Hip-Hop Literacy campaign[4].

Personal lifeEdit

Wright attended the Manhattan High School for the Performing Arts.[2] A native of Brooklyn, Wright’s mother was a psychologist with the New York City Board of Education, who died in 2009 after 40+ years of marriage to Wright’s father, jazz musician Stanley Wright a.k.a. Suleiman-Marim Wright, who was murdered in 2011.[5]


Year Name Role Other notes
1992 Zebrahead Nikki
1992–93 I'll Fly Away Claudia Bishop TV series; 5 episodes
1994 Fresh Nichole
1995 Dead Presidents Delilah Benson
1996 New York Undercover Carol TV series; 5 episodes
1996 Johns X-Mas Junkie
1997 Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground HBO movie; segment "The Red Shoes"
1997 Squeeze Juliana
1997 Close to Danger Detective Maggie Sinclair TV movie
1997 His and Hers Selena
1997 A Woman Like That
1998 Blade Dr. Karen Jenson
2000 3 Strikes Juanita
2001 UC: Undercover Keisha TV series; 3 episodes
2002 Widows Bella TV mini-series; 4 episodes
2002 Civil Brand Nikki Barnes
2003 Platinum Maxine 'Max' Colt TV series
2003 MVP Nia
2004 Chappelle's Show Calvin's girlfriend Season 2, Episode 2; Wac Arnold's skit
2004 He Say... She Say... But What Does GOD Say? Alexandra Knight
2004 Joy Road Nia
2005 God's Forgotten House Ebony
2006 Restraining Order Carla
2018 A Talent for Trouble Marissa Montez


  1. ^ Longsdorf, Amy (October 6, 1995). "'Dead Presidents' Stars Elect to Explore the Dark Side of Life". The Morning Call. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Hecht, Tony. "N'Bushe Wright Biography". IMDb. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  3. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (July 16, 2018). "Blade Oral History: Wesley Snipes and the Cast Look Back at a Modern Cult Classic". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "N'Bushe Wright/Deejay Ra Release Literacy PSA". Cision PR Web. June 29, 2005. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  5. ^ D'Auria, Carol (May 11, 2011). "Musician Stanley Wright Found Dead In Storage Trunk At Brooklyn Home". CBS New York. Retrieved December 17, 2018.

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