Top Ten Black Actresses

Talented, beautiful and all too often overlooked, these are the very best black actresses. Hopefully some of the recent accolades directed towards these women will bring them even more prominent and important roles in films to come.

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1Halle Berry

WOW GOOD ACTING, BEAUTIFUL GIRL, Versatile ACTRESS, GORGEOUS ALL OVER. ONE OF THE BEST EVER

You just gotta love halle. She's. Beautiful, and just like fine wine, she gets better! And I think she's beautiful on the inside too.

No doubt about it, hands down. Halle Berry has to be at the top of the list under black actresses.

Always been a favorite of mine. Can't wait to see her in more movies.

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2Angela Bassett

I like Angela Bassett because she is talented, and she can make even a bad film tolerable. I have seen in various films and television shows, that showed off her talent, and I think that what makes a part of this top ten.

I know for a fact that Angela Basset is an aspiring and great person t look up to. I love her work and she was the perfect person to play Tina Turner. I look up to her and she has inspired me

The most graceful, beautiful, talented, and passionate actresses to ever take the screen. Very selective about her roles. Doesn't take any film JUST for the money or the costar list. Beautiful and poised. She is my acting role model and I want to be just like her!

Angela Bassett is 10 times better then Whoopi she doesn't deserve to be #2 over Angela the GOAT

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3Whoopi GoldbergCaryn Elaine Johnson, known professionally by her stage name Whoopi Goldberg, is an American actress, comedian, and television host.

She is the most succesful black actress according to box office and the oscars. - israel08

She's believable, versatile, talented, endearing and in possession of brilliant comedic timing.

So awesome so talented! Why the heck not choose her?

Always my number one

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4Raven-Symoné

Raven-Symone is Voted the best Black Actress of all-Time because she Truly is. She is not Overrated like Halle Berry because her Ethnicity she can actually Act, and is Kind to everyone she meets. Raven also can Sing, Rap, Act, and Produce.

rose from a show in Disney and becoming very popular - anthonybecerra831

The best Actress Ever, and should be doing big things in 2010.. We haven't seen much of her lately

She is incredibly sweet and an excellent actress. Plus she is beautiful and can sing, very kind and humble - dragonfly99

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5Thandie Newton

so beautiful and talented its amazing she doesnt own Hollywood!!

definately one of the better actresses. She was superb in Beloved, Crash and MI but also some of her lesser known british films

Should be listed among the top ten actresses, period.

She was great in good deeds

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6Viola DavisViola Davis is an American actress and producer. After graduating from the Juilliard School in 1993, Davis began her career on stage and won an Obie Award in 1999 for her performance as Ruby McCollum in Everybody's Ruby.

It's ridiculous that she isn't at LEAST in the top 5. Not only is she one of the best black actresses working today, she's one of the best actresses working PERIOD. I don't know if everyone here hasn't seen Doubt, The Help, or Fences but by seeing her so far on this list I'm just gonna assume that no one has. Viola Davis is one of the best actresses working today.

A wonderful actress who brings passion and dignity to the screen

This woman is fierce. She should be #1.

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7Gabriel Union

She looks and acts like the perfect angel. Gorgeous, sexy and very talented.

Just love her! Very Good actress, I know for a fact she is one of the best ones out there, I think so anyway..

I am upset that you guys have her name spelled wrong. I love her though. Stunningly gorgeous and seems like she is an all around positive person to be around on and off screen. I watched a documentary about her visiting China to take part firsthand bringing awareness to young girls and education. It was beautiful.

She is so amazing

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8Queen LatifahDana Elaine Owens, known professionally by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, actress, model, television producer, record producer, comedian, and talk show host.

Queen Latifah is the sweetest black woman I can ever adore. She kind of looks like a hottie version of Ice Cube. Really! She does. She might be thick and big boned, but she still got a sexy body, I like the way that God created her, and she still a fine sweet honey. I hope people aren't judging her about her size, because that was unacceptable, very inappropriate, and it's gotten way out of hand. But she's alright. I just had a little crush on Queen Latifah, that's all.

Come On! Quenn Latifah should be much further up then this are you kidding? Have you not seen The Secret Life Of Bees? - Dinky2191

She looks good and I love hearing her voice very soothing! Can relax when ever a queen latifah movie is on! Very good actress

She is such a versatile actress, I just love the many different characters she has played.

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9Octavia SpencerOctavia Lenora Spencer is an American actress and author. She is best known for her role as Minny Jackson in the 2011 film The Help, for which she won the BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG, Critics' Choice, and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

She's the best she started from nothing and now an oscar winning actor I love her acting so much

Love her acting wish she had gotten the role in the Butler!

Octavia Spencer is an amazing actress. I loved her in The Help, she was hilarious!

Can do comedy and drama. Overrated.

10Kimberly Elise

Honestly, this woman is severely underrated.. I wish I could see more from her, she can play any part, she is not the most beautiful but surely the most dedicated. Kimberly elise has to be the only actress I see to come on looking horrible and acting broken. Then totally switch to a role of strong and radiantly gorgeous character

Easily one of the best young actress around. A true scene stealer in just about everything she does. Commands attention on screen without having to remove her clothes. Top shelf.

Someone must have been napping, this fine actress belongs in the top 10. Let's put it this way, she will be the next black actress to win an Oscar, wait and see.

This lady should be #2 on the list. Powerful actress.

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The Contenders

11Nia Long

Nia Long is a powerful, black actress.She brings so much force and intensity to a movie "The Best Man" she gave an outstanding performance and have a unique beauty I wish we seen her more often.

She has great potential. I love her.

Underrated power actress that is remembered too much for Friday and not enough for "Love Jones" and "Are we there yet"

I can really relate to Nia Long in the documentary Behind the Color Line.

12Sanaa Lathan

sanaa should be number 1 she is gorgeous andd she starred in the best movie ever love and basketball also she has her own natural hair and she is a philanthripist. she's amazing - terren65

I loved her in Love and Basketball. I know that movie is loved by everyone because of her perfomace with Omar Epps. They both did the damn thing! I give her props for that one. And also for Brown Sugar and AVP.

Love Sanaa! Would love to see her in more movies, series.. Whatever. She rocks! She should be in top 5... No doubt! Gorgeous too!

This generation lady is very talented.

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13Ruby Dee

Great on screen presence and longevity - Greenmean

14Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett plays good in all her roles. She's very beautiful and she knows how to act.

She's the best actress remember the set it off movies she is so greater

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15Taraji P. Henson

I thank she is wonderful, I have enjoyed every movie she has appeared in. She has been great as a supportive actress. I know she would be great in a lead role. So please give her the recognition she deserves.

She is Hot Hot Hot! Loved her since 'Baby Boy'! Cried at 'I Can Do Bad By My Self'. Rejoiced when she got got Oscar nod for ;Benjamin.. As Brad "Mom".

She puts everything into every role she plays. She's versatile and never loses her femininity in any role.

She can carry every movie or T.V. series by herself.

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16Pam Grier

Beautiful, sexy and used the camera to her benefit. Not many new stars can
Measure up to her.

None like her today. No comparison... Awesome Awemsome... Unbelievable is I can say... Endless love for this lady... Utmost quality... Epitome of talent beauty and brains... All rolled into one... What more can one ask for

Going to a party and have to dress as favorite ac tor and Pam it is wish me luck

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17Loretta Devine

Does not get the props she deserves. Excellent actress.

Excellent actress, would like to see her on this list

This woman is phenominal. No matter what she is in, I stop to see her perform. I am always proud to say to anyone else that she is an educated woman and can act with the very best.

18Cicely Tyson

She's phenomenal. Period. What's sad is that as iconic and influential as she has been to women like Viola Davis, Oprah, and Angela Bassett, she is not universally known to the younger generation, and THAT is the definition of tragic.

Cicely Tyson is by far the best actress of any race to have ever acted and also the most unrecognized and underrated ever.

Incredible range, every performance that I've seen was absorbing. One of best actors of any sex.

She should be in the top 5 if not #1. This is outrageous.

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19Jennifer HudsonJennifer Kate Hudson is an American singer, actress and spokesperson. She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, coming in seventh place.

An oscar award, she overshadows Beyonce in Dreamgirls! She can sing really well and also being well recognised as a great singer and role model.

One of the best young actress 2 come around in awhile dream girl is an all time favorite

THIS is who should play Nina Simone! Very similar facial features,
Amazing vocalist, & talented actress. Remember dream girls?

20Meagan Good

She's the impossible, the hope of all, beautiful, cute, sexy, sweet, (I hope), loveable, adorable, inspirational... Hot, edgy, street, fun, hood, suburbia, and all of the above... MY WIFE...! Soon to be my life...

Meagan good is the most beautiful african american actress

all I can say is this girl is too hot for t. v. this girl is one of my favorite I wish she was mine

I don't like married women because they're extremely unlucky for me. That's no good.

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