Best Black African-American Actresses in Hollywood

 

Here is my list for the best African-American actresses in Hollywood

 

Best African-American actresses in Hollywood 1 -- HALLE BERRY

Among all the African-American actresses here, I am biased to Halle Berry because she is an epitome of beauty and acting.

Halle Berry is a beauty queen, fashion model turned actress and is one of the highest paid actress in the Hollywood. She is beautiful and a very good actress. She gained Oscars award for her film Monsters Ball. Other award giving bodies which gave recognition for her work are the Emmy, Golden Globe, Golden Raspberry, SAG and BAFTA. I like her in the film Monster Ball and X-Men: The Last Stand too.

Berry received an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, and an NAACP Image award for the movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. She is, as of 2009, the only African American woman to have won the award for Best Actress at the Oscar.

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Halle Berry 2
Halle Berry
Halle Berry
ANGELA BASSETT
ANGELA BASSETT
Whoopi Goldberg -- image courtesy of http://i.esmas.com/image/0/000/003/613/Whoopi_N.jpg
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Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah
JADA PINKETT SMITH AND WILL SMITH
JADA PINKETT SMITH AND WILL SMITH

 

 

Best African-American actresses in Hollywood 2 -- ANGELA BASSETT

She portrayed Tina Turner in the movie “What’s Love Got To Do With It” and I liked her role there. She received an award for her debut role in that film too. She is the only African-American woman to win an award for a musical or comedy. She also played the role of mother of Michael Jackson in the television series ‘The Jacksons: An American Dream’. She is good in her performance in the movies; Betty Shabazz in the film Malcolm X, Panther, Rosa Parks in the film “Rosa parks Story” and her performance in the film “Notorious“. She started her career starting 1986.

Best African-American actresses in Hollywood 3 -- WHOOPI GOLDBERG

Whoopi Goldberg is a multi talented actress-comedian, singer, song writer and a co-host of “The View”. She is the First African American woman in 1994 to host the Academy Award. She won an Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy, and by that alone she stands out as one among the best. Her first film was in 1985 “The Color Purle” and she played the role of Celie, and was nominated for Best actress in Oscars but she lost, but then she won the same for Golden Globe award. She appeared in “the Ghost” movie winning best supporting actress in the Golden Globe. I like her in the “Sisters Act“, “Made in America” and “How Stella got her Groove“, :Girl Interrupted” and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Best African-American actresses in Hollywood 4 -- QUEEN LATIFAH

Just like Whoopi Goldberg, she also won different awards given by Golden Globe award, Grammy and Academy award nomination. She is a singer-rapper, actress and have been honored to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was already very famous when she was cast as Mama Matron in the film Chicago. She received an Oscar nomination for Best actress in a supporting role. She is a hip hop artists too and she is one of the two to received any nomination in Oscars for the same film “Chicago” in 2002.

She also starred in the films “Bringing Down the house“, “Scary Movie 3“, “Barbershop 2“, “Beauty Shop“, “Hair Spray” and “Last holiday“.

Best African-American actresses in Hollywood 5 -- JADA PINKETT SMITH

JADA PINKETT SMITH Aside from being a wife to Will Smith this pretty lady is a mother of two and a hardworking woman. She is an actress, singer-songwriter, producer, director, model, author, businesswoman and they have charity together with his husband.

She started her career in 1990, in a film “True Colors“, “A Different world“, “The Nutty Professor“, “Menace II society” and “Set it Off“. She has appeared in more than 20 films in a variety of genres, and gained wider recognition for her roles in the films like Ali, “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolution“.

I like her as she stood by her husband and their marriage is a model to many people specially in Hollywood.

Other good actresses include Regina King, Kerry Washington, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Cree Summer, Naomie Harris, CCH Pounder, Sophie Okenedo. PLease feel free to add to the list.

Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington
CREE SUMMER
CREE SUMMER
SOPHIE OKENEDO
SOPHIE OKENEDO
NAOMI HARRIS
NAOMI HARRIS
Regina King
Regina King

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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Now I feel complete. I appreciate the artistry of all the talented ladies pictured here and the one who organized this hub. Thanks.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thanks for the read REV< they are awesome ladies, Maita


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

You really didn't leave much room for other African American actresses, Maita! The only one that comes to mind is Vanessa L. Williams (apparently there are two Vanessa Williams and so she changed her name a bit).

Great tribute, Maita! Thanks for sharing this one.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Halle Berry... very beautiful lady. Nice post, Maita.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

I'm glad you mentioned Cree Summer because I haven't seen her in awhile and I was always a fan. I've seen Queen Latifah in movies and was just amazed at how she transformed into her role. Darn, I can't remember her tear jerker video I watched a couple weeks ago. I try not to get emotionally involved in movies but she got me there.

Thanks for a fun hub!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

oh Dohn, yes Vanessa Williams is one too, I like her voice also, thanks for the addition Dohn, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Chris, yes, Halle is one beautiful and awesome actress too, thanks for the read, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi BK< I will not forget Cree, she is awesome, thanks BK, Maita


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

all great actresses, I also think Gabriel Union is really good. Thanks Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi nitin, ok nex time, thanks for the read,


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi Truth, thanks for the add yeah, Gabriel is good, thanks Truth, maita


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Nera Woods 6 years ago

yes, I like Jada Pinkett too. what a lovely family she has. And her children -- so good looking and talented.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thanks Nera for the read, maita


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K Partin 6 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

Hey you. nice hub. Don't know if Halle Berry is the best actress but sure is a good looking one for sure! Thanks K.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi K, yes shes beautiful, best actress too, Maita


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I like these actresses also. Lately Kerry Washington and Sophie Okenedo. I remember Kerry from an episode of Psyche and Sophie from an "Ace Ventura Call of the Wild" movie.

Thanks, Michael


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ehern33 6 years ago

Another great selection I also think THANDIE NEWTON would be a good choice.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Micky, good am, they are all both good I agree, didn't watch that film of Sophie though, thanks again, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

oh ehern, yes I should include her too, she is good, thanks for the read, Maita


"Quill" 6 years ago

Morning Maita, great hub and as I was readig we are truly blessed with great talent. An all time vavorite also is Whitney Houston and her role in acting. A lady that has traveled many of the same paths as I have and survived to come back and bless us again and again.

Merry Christmas filled with His peace


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sabrebIade 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

You know who gets over-looked a lot?

Tamara Taylor, Dr. Camille Saroyan on Bones.

I swear that woman can say more with just a facial expression than most actors can say with a full page of dialogue!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thanks Quill, she is one of the fallen singer-actress and I am going to write a hub about singers, black-african american, she is on top of the list, thnaks Quill for the read, maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thanks sabre for your opinion, she is one of the great really, thanks also for reading this hub, maita


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Ladybird33 6 years ago from Georgia USA

Excellent list here, I just love Regina King! Very good idea for an article.


eddie 6 years ago

I think these women are an inspiration to a lot of younger ladies. I like the way they talk and move their body-their face and smiles move at the same time they express feelings.

My favorite black ladies are Angela Basset,Beyonce,Hale Berry, and the beautiful Tyra Banks.Merry Christmas to all!!


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Halley Berry and Tyra sure are gorgeous it's true. But I think hanging out with Whoopi, say going for a hike, or drinking martinis would be so much fun!

I enjoy your take here PKH!

Ben


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GeneralHowitzer 6 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Great great tribute the Afro-Americans... Good job you just whipped out hehehe... :D


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi Ladybird, thanks for your comment and for reading this hub, maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Eddie, yes they are all gracious ladies, and they are all good and nice actresses, thnaks Ed for the read here


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Ben, hmmm Whoopi, yes she is hilarious, thnaks for the read,Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi GH< thnaks for dropping by here, Maita


sytor 6 years ago

Halle is stunning!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi sytor, thanks for the read,


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Zac828 6 years ago from England

Hi, liked this alot, some really talented and beautiful people here. What about Zoe Saldana? She's been a standout recently in well made films.

Really good post and the list could go on and on...


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

yes Zac, Zoe is also good, thanks for the visit here too,


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Nice hub enjoyable reading!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thanks you enjoy this hub, Maita


audrey glenn 6 years ago

What about Sanaa Lathan? Nia Long? Tiraji Henson (sp?)


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi audrey, they are all great! thanks for mentioning them, Maita


dandruff 6 years ago from Bangalore, INDIA

average pics


propeshka 6 years ago

I always find Spike Lee's sister,Joie Lee, to be very interesting.

I'm curious, have you seen "Precious"? I don't recall the actress's name, but she happens to give a powerful performance from what I've heard. She also very evidently bucks the norm of beauty...


cini143 6 years ago

they are really most talented actress.......

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi dandruff, thanks for the read here, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi propeshka, never saw precious yet?? I will check it out, thanks for the read, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

cini, thanks for dropping by to look at this article, Maita


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blondepoet 6 years ago from australia

What gorgeous women!!! Halle Berry she is beyond awesome.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi blonde, thanks for dropping by here, yes Halle is beyond awesome I agree LOL< she sis my fav actually among them, Maita


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pddm67 6 years ago from Queens, New York

Great hub Maita. All wonderful actresses and well deserving of the accolades! Rock on! - Pattie


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thanks Pattie, and they really rock too, how are you today by the way? Maita


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pddm67 6 years ago from Queens, New York

I'm fine - thanks for asking. Just finished baking cookies and taking it easy until it's time to make dinner. How are you doing? Enjoying your weekend so far?


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

oh, cookies I am hungry now, I will eat and read some of your articles when I come back, thank you Pattie, you seem to really cook as well, (I learned that from your hubs the other day), lucky are your children and hubby, thank you, Maita


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floating mind 6 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

Very nice hub. An enjoyable read and viewable hub. Thanks!


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pddm67 6 years ago from Queens, New York

I actually made the cookies from one of my hubs today - the raspberry thumbprint ones. I'm not a great baker and those are my no fail go-to cookies. I'm lucky I have any left with the kids smeaking into the kitchen every five minutes. Finally had to hide them :-) I'll catch up with you later. Enjoy your night. - Pattie


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi Pat,, well i can still smell the cookie now, and I know they are good, I am hungry now, hows your night by the way? I hope you have a good weekend, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi floating mind, i am happy you find it easier to read and viewable too, thank you also for reading this hub, hows your weekend going? Maita


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MikeNV 6 years ago from Henderson, NV

I really like Rosario Dawson although I'm not sure she is African American... I believe she has a mixed heritage. Vanessa Williams is another.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

oh MikeNV, Rosario Dawson,s mom is latina but the dad is Native American. She is beautiful and a good actress too, thanks for reading this hub Mike, Thanks, Maita


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june of ages 6 years ago

Halle Berry is number one in my books with Whoopie Goldberg and Queen L coming in a close second and third.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi June, we are the same Halle rocks too, thanks, maita


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maudine_05 6 years ago from United States

Grabe n ito mare..super bagyo tlga mga hubs mo ..Congrats!!! Nicely done.


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sweetie1 6 years ago from India

Helly beery looked so good in James Bond Movie and even though she has a kid sh still looks so beautiful.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi maudine thank you, hows your work, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi sweetie1, thanks for the read here, Maita


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shin_rocka04 6 years ago from Maryland

sanaa lathan ftw ^_^


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niall walsh 6 years ago from London

Halle Berry all the way, thanks


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi niall thanks for the read here, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi shin_rocka04, thanks for the add to the list, enjoy your day, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi niall, thanks for dropping by here, Maita


Kenrick Chatman 6 years ago

Nice article and list Maita... Halle is definitely the best in this group.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Thank you Kenrick, I agree with you, Maita


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online scam check 6 years ago from United Kingdom

I admire them all. Thanks for putting this together


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi online, they are beautiful isn't it, Thanks, Maita


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dlstern0226 6 years ago from California

Enjoyed the article. I'm a big fan of Halle Berry.

Thanks,

Dana L. Stern


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Dana, am glad you like this one, morning to you, Maita


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MAFLORIDA 6 years ago

Just so you know, African American is incorrect. Black American is infinitely more proper, since you may not reside in both Africa and America at one moment. Black American with African ancestry would be proper. It's the same way that calling American Indians or Western Indians is more correct than "Native Americans," since the Indians were no more native to the country(or even the North American continent) than whites. They came across the Bering Strait, so they were not native to these lands; rather, they were native to Africa, where it is likely all races originated. =]


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thirdmillenium 6 years ago from Here, There, Everywhere

She is good but what about Vanessa Williams?


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi MAFLORIDA< thanks for your information and insights and for visiting this hub,I didnt know all of what you said, just now so thanks again, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

she is a good singer too third, Vanessa Williams, Maita


The Curmudgeon 6 years ago

I can't believe a "bad" photo of Halle Berry is possible.

I must take exception to the last comment by MAFLORIDA! If you were born in Africa, you're a "Native African". Likewise: we who were born here are "Native Americans". (So are those born in Canada or Mexico.) "HERITAGE" is entirely a different issue.

I consider myelf an "Italian-German-American" - by heritage; a "Cheesehead" by birth.


The Curmudgeon 6 years ago

Was sidetracked -- and meant to mention an omission, IMHO. Though more of a singer than actor, I'd nominate LENA HORNE. Not only was she a "Beauty" visually, but her voice and her talent in using it must be rated as "UNEXCELLED".


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Curmedgeon

I agree with your comment about heritage and Native Americans, like it very much.

Halle is always beautiful, she is on top of my list!

I will check on Lena it seems she got it because you endorse her, thank you and take care, Maita


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Sa Toya 6 years ago from England

I am also very biased to Halle...Love me some of her but then again I love all the others you've mentioned.

I remember watching Sophie and Naomi on TV before they hit the big time here in England....off to read the other actress' hubs :)

I'd like to add Pam Grier.

and if we can make requests if you've not yet can you do French actresses I love Marion Coutillard and Audrey Tautou x


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Sa Toya, I am glad for your visit here, I will find time next week to feature beautiful and best French actresses, you have good choices, I like them both as well, Pam is great, I will add her here, Thank you, Maita


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

Halle Berry is my favorite. Thanks for sharing this hub. Very enjoyable.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi samboiam, She is my favorite as well, thank you for the visit, TC, Maita


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

great hub posted to my blog


arun 6 years ago

for me halle berry is hottest black woman in hollywood


Black Women 5 years ago

Halle Berry is still the hottest!


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paghallurka 5 years ago from Lahore, Pakistan

Tamara Taylor, Dr. Camille Saroyan on Bones.

I swear that woman can say more with just a facial expression than most actors can say with a full page of dialogue!


Binki Carmichael 5 years ago

Don't forget MONYQUE THOMPSON SCOTT? She's the brilliant actress from Lie To Me, Touye Pwen, and Losing Ground. Not only is she beautiful, but she's uber talented... definitely leading lady material. Sexy, intelligent, powerful, and an action star. What more can I say? see for yourself on imdb


Tina 4 years ago

An actress who was not mention was Taraji P. Henson. She is very talented and also beautiful.


JACKIE 4 years ago

YOU HAVE THIS JUST RIGHT... BUT WHERE ARE OUR BLACK TV SHOW


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DarylnCochrane 4 years ago from New York, NY

I would also like to add that, although she was most famous for her singing, Diana Ross was a great actress as well. She did a wonderful job as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues and Mahogany.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

Great list, thank you for sharing.


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editorsupremo 4 years ago from London, England

Good list of African-American actresses. However, I would include the likes of Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson, beautiful singers who also transformed into credible actresses, Thandie Newton (although more black british), and the old time greats like Lena Horne and Hattie McDaniel who was the first African-American to win an Academy award for her role as Mammy in Gone with the wind.


subeer 3 years ago

thats image is fantastic and really support the african american hollywood acters special quen latifah


martyboy 3 years ago

Angela Basset is the best when it comes to acting, cant believe shes not won an oscar or has she? i dont thinkso anyway

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