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Beautiful Black Women
Alicia Keys, Halle Berry, Toni Braxton, Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union and more.
Okay, I really didn't know how to approach this article.
Should it be the most beautiful Black women or the most beautiful African American women?
Not being very PC myself (and also not really paying attention to Indian or Native American in my own case) I went with Black.
So here are some of the women that I consider the most beautiful
Alicia Keys was born on January 25, 1981 in New York City, New York.
Alicia started out rough, being raised by her single mother in Hell's Kitchen area in Manhattan.
But she began to get breaks early, making her debut at the age of four on The Cosby Show.
She went on to graduate from the Professional Performing Arts School at the age of sixteen.
Alicia's debut album, Songs in A Minor, sold over 12 million copies worldwide and she has gone on to win 12 Grammy Awards.
She has released three studio albums (her fourth The Element of Freedom is scheduled to be released in late 2009) and one live album.
Alicia made her big screen debut (along with rapper Common) in the 2006 film, Smokin' Aces as a hit woman.
Halle was born on August 14th, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio.
During her career, Halle has racked up an impressive awards list, including an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, and an NAACP Image awards and being the first black woman to win the BAFTA Award for best actress in 2001.
Before becoming an actress, Halle was a beauty queen. She was a runner up in the 1986 Miss USA pageant, and she won the Miss USA World 1986 title.
Her first acting role was in the 1989 sit com, Living Dolls.
Halle's film debut was in the 1991 Spike Lee film, Jungle Fever.
She has gone on to appear in over thirty films including The X-Men series (as Storm), Boomerang (with Eddie Murphy), Swordfish (which reunited her with her X-Men co-star Hugh Jackman), Die Another Day, Monster's Ball and the TV film, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, that was nominated for and won a ton of awards.
In 2008, Esquire Magazine voted Halle the "Sexiest Woman Alive".
Meagan Good was born on August 8th, 1981 in Panorama City, California.
She started acting (like Alicia) at the age of four, doing commercials and extra work on shows like Doogie Howser, M.D.
Meagan made her big screen debut at the age of thirteen in the movie Friday. She has gone on to appear in over twenty films and nineteen TV shows.
She also starred in one of my favorite cult fims, 2004's D.E.B.S.
On top of all that, Meagan has appeared in several music videos by artists like 50 Cent, Imajin, Tyrese, and Will Smith.
Toni Braxton was born Toni Michelle Braxton on October 7th, 1966 in Severn, Maryland.
She was raised in a very religious family and she started out signing in her church choir.
In one of those "Hollywood moments" Toni was discovered because she was signing while pumping gas.
She has released five albums (her sixth will be released in 2010) and she has sold over 19.5 million albums.
In acting, Toni has scored a couple of "number one" moments.
She was the first black woman to play Belle in the Broadway production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and she was also the first black woman to star in a Disney musical on Broadway.
Toni also appeared in the 2001 comedy-drama film, Kingdom Come and made a guest appearance on the UPN show Kevin Hill.
This is one actress that I knew was going to be a hit the first time I saw her.
Gabrielle was born on October 29th, 1972 in Omaha, Nebraska.
She was quite an athlete in high school, participating in soccer, basketball, and track.
Gabrielle started out wanting to become a doctor and enrolled in the University of Nebraska then Cuesta College and finally UCLA.
While at UCLA, she moved into fashion modeling, then acting.
Her first role was in 1993 on the TV show Family Matters.
Gabrielle did several more TV shows before making her big screen debut in the 1999 film, She's All That, but 2000s Bring it On, really put her in the spotlight.
She has gone on to appear in over twenty movies and several TV series including some of my favorites like Life and FlashForward.
Beyonce was born Beyoncé Giselle Knowles on September 4th, 1981 in Houston, Texas.
And besides being beautiful, she is a singer, songwriter, record producer, actress and model.
She pretty much does it all.
Beyoncé was the lead singer of Destiny's Child originally. and if you combine the groups record sales with her single sales, Beyonce has sold over one million albums.
She came in fourth on Forbes magazines 100 Most Powerful and Influential Celebrities in the World in 2009, and came in number one of the list of Best-Paid Celebs Under 30, having earned over eighty-seven million dollars between 2008 and 2009.
So far Beyonce has released three studio albums, three EPs, twenty-four singles, two live DVDs, one video anthology album and a video remix album.
She has appeared in several movies including The Fighting Temptations, Dreamgirls and Austin Powers in Goldmember.
Sanaa Lathan was born on September 19th, 1971 in New York City, New York.
She is an actress that has not only appeared in films and TV, but on Broadway as well.
Her first film role was Blade's mother in the original Blade film.
Sanaa has gone on to appear in Life (with Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence), Brown Sugar (with Taye Diggs) and Disappearing Acts (where she kinda reunited with Wesley Snipes) and Alien vs. Predator.
She has also appeared in a recurring role on the FX drama Nip/Tuck and she does the voice of Donna Tubbs on the Fox animated series, The Cleveland Show.
And just so you don't think that Alien vs. Predator and The Cleveland Show has "dumbed her down", she will be starring with the legendary James Earl Jones in the West End theater production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Gorgeous actress and model Lauren London was born on December 5th, 1984 in Los Angeles, California.
She started out appearing in music videos but quickly transitioned to TV and film.
Lauren is currently starring in BET's "The Game" as Kiera Whitaker.
Although some people may know the absolutely gorgeous Candice Patton from Tori in the BET television series The Game, of course I know her as Iris West in The Flash.
Candice was born on June 24th, 1988 in Jackson, Mississippi but she was raised in Plano, Texas.
In 2014, BuddyTV ranked her number 5 on its "TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2014" list.
And then in May 2015, she was ranked Number 61 in the Maxim Hot 100 List.
Besides The Flash and The game, Candice has appeared in The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, Entourage, Castle, Heroes, Days of Our Lives and Grey's Anatomy,
Nigerian actress and singer Genevieve Nnaji was born on May 3, 1979 in Mbaise, Imo, Nigeria.
Genevieve has a body of work that would make any Bollywood actress proud.
She made her acting debut in 1998 and since then has appeared in 126 films.
In 2009, Oprah Winfrey called Genevieve, "the Julia Roberts of Africa".