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.
The Top Ten
Of course I have to go with my girl Halle Berry! I've always been a fan & extremely impressed with her acting skills from the beginning! I do have many others that I also admire & consider to be great actresses as well but we can only choose one! Halle is not alone as a great black female actress! She is no doubt a great/amazing actress!
WOW GOOD ACTING, BEAUTIFUL GIRL, Versatile ACTRESS, GORGEOUS ALL OVER. ONE OF THE BEST EVER
Not in Catwoman though, was found wanting, but she is generally a good actress, like in frankie, swordfish etc
I don't think she's a great actress, her acting is ok she has looks that's what gets her over.V 43 Comments
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.
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!
I love Angela Bassett. I think she's beautiful and graceful. She sets a perfect example for actresses like myself. I had the pleasure of meeting her once and she told me to be persistent. I will always remember and forver be greatful for that encounter.
She has a very wide range of rolls that she plays and in my opinion is one of the most sexist lady's out thereV 26 Comments
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?
Love this woman beyond all reasonV 72 Comments
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
She was amazing in The Help!
One of the best in general disregarding raceV 6 Comments
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
I love her on that's so ravenV 11 Comments
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
Queen Latifah is indeed the prettiest black actress I ever seen. She should be in 1st place because she is the most prettiest singer and actress in the universe.V 14 Comments
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 deedsV 4 Comments
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 LOVABLE,SEXY,HOT,CUTE
I REALLY REALLY LOVE HER,I WISH SHE WAS MY SISTER
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!
How is it that she is not among the top 5?!
She is an impeccable actress
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.
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.V 5 Comments
Great on screen presence and longevity - Greenmean
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.V 7 Comments
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.
Sh is a wonderful actress and she is beautiful to and is so real.V 8 Comments
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.
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 greaterV 1 Comment
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.V 4 Comments
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
I LOVED PAM GRIER IN BONES AND IN FOXY BROWN.
Best Actress bar none! Black, White, Red, Orange,
Her Courage and Fire! O Lord, can someone please
Dig up the movies from the '70s
Featuring Pam Grier! Halle Berry tried to bring it
In Monsters Ball, and was rewarded with an Oscar!
Overshadowed by Bill Cosby and the small children on the Cosby Show she is under appreciated and overlooked for her talents. Watching her guest star in various roles on other series allows one to truly see the pure talent and ability she has to hold her own and even rise above the talent around her. She makes others look even better.
One of the most beautiful and convincing T.V. actresses!
She is funny pretty too
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