Born and raised on the South side of Chicago, Genesis Denise Hale is definitely Chi-town approved and making her own mark on the world.
Genesis Denise Hale is a multi-talented young woman who has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry. Born and raised in Chicago, Genesis discovered her passion for acting while traveling with her mother for the Lion King production. At just 12 years old, she landed a leading role on Showtime’s hit series “The Chi,” portraying the role of “Maisha,” a quick-witted school bully with a heart of gold. Her ability to dive into characters without restraints has made her a natural performer and a fan favorite.
Despite experiencing bullying in her elementary school years, Genesis turned her pain into passion and has become an anti-bullying advocate. She believes in the importance of being authentically oneself without seeking validation from others. In addition to her acting career, Genesis is also a rapper, singer, poet, and member of the LTAB poetry troupe. She is the host of Content Culture Life, where she hopes to shed light on the experiences, thoughts, and feelings of GenZ as a collective.
Genesis will be attending college this coming fall. Despite her stardom, she takes pride in being a daughter, big sister, and friend, balancing her personal life with her blossoming career. With her raw and real personality, generational experience as a GenZ-er, and impressive resume, Genesis is undoubtedly destined for greatness.
Genesis got her first agent at 10 -years-old through an open call held at a local church on the South side of Chicago. She began being sent out for various shows and commercials and finally landed her first reoccurring role as "Miasha" on The Chi at 12-years-old.
She has been gracing stages throughout most of her life. She traveled all over the nation with her mother who was casted in the role of "Shenzi" in the iconic Broadway Las Vegas company and National Tour of "Disney's The Lion King." Together, they traveled to over 40 cities for over 4 years while Genesis was home schooled on the road. Little did her mother know, Genesis was taking (and giving) notes all along the way.
Once Genesis left the road to attend school, she lived with her grandparents and father. It was during this time that Genesis learned how to not only endure the struggles of being bullied by peers, but also how to translate those experiences through the arts. She went on to be a member of "Little Lyric" (the youth arm of the legendary "Lyric Lagoon" aka "Lyric Squad") where she was introduced to the techniques of stage presence, articulation, cadence and confidence.
After leaving the toxic environment of school bullies, she was welcomed by her neighborhood school with open arms. Her academic abilities soon took focus and she went on to graduate 6th in her class. Genesis went on to join several clubs and groups including the world renown Chicago Children's Choir- Englewood branch and LTAB (Louder Than A Bomb) poetry club. Through her involvement and exposure to hip-hop and theatre, she began to craft and perform her own poems and pieces with ease, which helped lead her high school LTAB team to place 2nd in the the LTAB 2020 semi-finals.
While she might make it look easy, Genesis remains a dedicated student who knows what she wants out of life and will be attending college this fall.
All in all, Genesis stays true to her family, her friends, her city and most of all- herself. This is how she shines.