Lee Thompson Young: A Flame That Dimmed Too Soon

If you were a kid growing up in the 90’s, you may remember the hit Disney Channel's first original series The Famous Jett Jackson, starring Lee Thompson Young. Premiering in 1997, the television series was based on an African-American pre-teen by the name of Jett Jackson (Lee Thompson Young), who played a secret agent on a fictional TV show within a show called Silverstone. The series had guest appearances from numerous entertainment industry giants like Beyonce’ and Megan Good. This show placed a young Black male in a leading role, while not entertaining some of the common negative stereotypes you typically see on television pertaining to people of color, especially young Black males. Lasting for three successful seasons, The Famous Jett Jackson was a huge win for people of color everywhere and was a major staple in Young’s acting career.