Top Ten Black ActressesTalented, 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. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.
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I LOVED PAM GRIER IN BONES AND IN FOXY BROWN.
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
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Great on screen presence and longevity
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Her acting is flawless and she looks like me! Her roles are versatile and she really gets into character for every film
love her acting in the movie LIGHT IT UP next to usher gosh I would watch dat movie all day
When it comes to acting Naomi Harris is the best black actress by miles. White Teeth, 28 Days and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Still looks like a teenager
She is a great Actress she, and is very attractive. She was Chris Rock love interest in the Head Of State.
She is one of the most successful singer turned actress and producer without a flop to her name.
One of the true "original black actresses". The FIRST African-American to win an Oscar.
Had one of the great comebacks of all-time when black journalists criticized her for playing maids. "I'd rather play a maid than be one, " said Hattie.
she was wonderful and very beautiful.
Dorothy Dandridge has to be the MOST GREATEST actress ever... she was the first African-American woman to appear at the Las Vegas Frontier and to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress!.. She broke color lines back then... she is the person that gives confidence and inspiration to African-American actresses and inspiring actresses, like myself, to go out for those big roles!
I CAN'T believe you people have Dorothy at no. 17! It's obvious that you don't know great actresses when you see them. This list is bias! How can you rate actresses that are alive with actresses that are NOT ALIVE! Sorry! I hate this listing!
one of the most overlooked actresses of all
THIS is who should play Nina Simone! Very similar facial features,
amazing vocalist, & talented actress. Remember dream girls?
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.
she's just an amazin' actress period. Been in the game for along time and she still looks beautiful as ever!
I like Elise Neal she playsed Tia on All of Us
Elise Neal is the finest. Malinda Williams is fine too.
I'm 25 yrs old and most would be surprised I even know who this woman is, but she's one of my favorites... Sparkle is my favorite movies. I still watch clips of this woman on YouTube lol
I really wished she had gotten more significant parts in movies. She really has acting chops. She should have been pushed long before someone like Halle Berry :-/
Very pretty in Neil Simon's California Suite. Hope to meet her some day.
In her appearances on Martin and The Cheetah Girls 2, she looked smoking hot that I couldn't control myself. If I ever met her in the street and she looked the way she did then, I'd grab that sweet ass and kiss her hard. It's a compliment.
Lynn is very underrated. Shes beautiful, very talented and full of class
I'll say this. She's a great actress and a total fox. I imagine that she's my drama teacher ('because I'm sure she could teach it well) and that I have a thing for her, then we eventually make love on the sofa of the drama room. That's how great I think she is, in more than one way.More comments about Lynn Whitfield
This women should be way up that list people need to realize the influential roles that she has chosen to do and do well.
I like to see her do more work. I think there is something to her. I enjoyed her performance in Idlewild. She really resonates with the camera. I hope one day she can give Halle Berry a run for her money. She's just as pretty and more importantly...she can Act, unlike Ms. Berry
Did she get a grammy for Precious lol but for real I don't have cable! But even before Precious I have always loved Mo'Nique... she is truly an inspiration!
Very Beautiful, I like her role in one of Martins sitcom.. Plus she has a good voice.. Know I would love to meet this women!
Beautiful and acts so refined. Her films include Ritual (2000), The TV series V. I. P.
drop dead gorgeous, fierce yet with a dose of simplicity and great charm on the stage, an immense strength shining from somewhere within... but when her mouth opens and her voice takes flight, oh man, nobody can sing and act Aida like she does. Beyonce doesn't stand a chance.
Was in the movie The Secret Life of Bees. Just starting to act.
Aaliyah is a legend and was an incredible actress who was destined for so much success, shame she's no longer with us :'(
Aaliyah had great success with her Dance skills her beauty and her acting skills and music she was a entertainer she could do it all her Dance moves were precise and good her acting was really good too, Queen of the Damned was her role of portraying a vampire she made Queen Akasha look so scary channel T.V. guide's ranked her number 18 on T.V. guide's sexiest beasts of All time she is a great Dancer, singer and actress love Aaliyah.
I love Aaliyah so much she'll be missed, she was such a great actress in Queen of the Damned and Romeo must Die, R.I.P Aaliyah.More comments about Aaliyah
Brazilian actress who became the first black actress to appear as a main character in a telenovela (soap) on Brazilian television.
Ms. Avery is a screen legend and acting Royalty. Her emmy-nominated performance in 'the color purple' is unforgettable. As a young child, I remember watching her play "shug" and thinking "if she's beautiful, successful and colored" (as my grandma used to say) than I can be, too.
Kady, My wife and kids, Sure she's only a child actress but she's an extremely natural talent and will no doubt go on to be a very good adult actress.
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Brazilian television actress. She was discovered on the streets of Salvador and became a model.
She's the brilliant actress from Lie To Me, Touye Pwen, and Champion Road 1 & 2. 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?
Hotel Rwanda, Secret Life of Bees and Skin were really good because of Spohie's stupendous acting skills!
Loved her in the T.V. Series Fame, as Lydia Grant. Great actress and dancer.
She hasn't been acting for long because she's 10, but she plays the amazing role of Zuri Ross in the Disney Channel show JESSIE. I think that they couldn't have chosen a cuter and better actress than her! With her sass and her cuteness than you've got yourself the best Zuri Ross on the market.
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Updated Wednesday, December 04, 2013