Jajube Mandiela as Chantay Black
Jajube returns to the eleventh season of Degrassi as playful power squad teammate and gossip lover Chantay.
With a strong gymnastics background with the University of Toronto Gymnastics Club, she had no trouble jumping into the role as a Degrassi spirit squad cheerleader. Other sporty skills include Hip Hop and West African dance, which helped land her the part of Yolanda Brooks in Disney's 2007 TV movie Jump In! Jajube is no stranger to the stage either, having received rave reviews for her portrayal of Binti, a young Malawian girl orphaned by AIDS in Theatre Direct Canada's production of Binti's Journey. In 2010, Jajube brought to the life the title role in the stage play Sia. About a former Liberian child soldier and his sister, Sia was a huge success at the Toronto Fringe Festival, receiving 5 stars, an extended run, and being chosen as a Patron's Pick. Jajube also traveled to India in 2010 to build a school with the organization "Free The Children". A documentary of the trip was made for MuchMusic in Canada. When not on stage or in front of the camera the mezzo soprano singer also enjoys playing the guitar and piano, skating, rock climbing, Taekwondo, and snowboarding.
Chantay continues to strive toward her dream of working as an entertainment journalist, and takes her place behind the desk as lead anchor for Degrassi's new current events TV channel. We'll see her navigate her "celebrity", some possible love connections, and a scandalous news story that will mean some big changes for the school.
Degrassi is a fictional, dramatic television series that tackles tough teen issues in a realistic way. The internationally acclaimed Emmy-nominated series is the winner of a Television Critics Association Award, the Peabody Award and two Teen Choice Awards. Heralded as the most authentic teen drama on television, Degrassi explores an interesting group of adolescents and young adults going through the trials and tribulations of teendom at Degrassi Community School. In its twelfth season, the series follows Fiona (Annie Clark, Clare (Aislinn Paul), Alli (Melinda Shankar), K.C. (Sam Earle), Connor (AJ Saudin), Jake (Justin Kelly), Katie (Chloe Rose), Imogen (Cristine Prosperi), Jenna (Jessica Tyler), Dave (Jahmil French), Drew (Luke Bilyk), Adam (Jordan Todosey), Bianca (Alicia Josipovic), Eli (Munro Chambers), Owen (Daniel Kelly), Marisol (Shanice Banton), Tori (Alex Steele), Maya (Olivia Scriven), Tristan (Lyle O'Donohoe) and Zig (Ricardo Hoyos). Faculty include Ms. Oh (Cory Lee) and Principal Simpson (Stefan Brogren). Season 12 introduces new characters Mike Dallas (Demetrius Joyette), Cam (Dylan Everett), Becky (Sarah Fisher) and Luke (Craig Arnold) to the show.