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.
The Top Ten
israel08More comments about Whoopi Goldberg
rose from a show in Disney and becoming very popular
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.
The best Actress Ever, and should be doing big things in 2010.. We haven't seen much of her latelyMore comments about Raven-Symoné
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.
She's the best she started from nothing and now an oscar winning actor I love her acting so much
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
Great on screen presence and longevity
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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.
She is one of the best and is fully under rated. She always get the job done she is just amazing I wish people could see that
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.More comments about Kimberly Elise
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beautiful and good actress
Very versatile and talented actress/singer. Not to mention Underrated and overlooked!
Hands down. Did you see her in the family that prays. She was an evil bitch. She was also in love and Basketball which was a good movie.
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
She's a man's dream woman.More comments about Sanaa Lathan
Jada Pinkett plays good in all her roles. She's very beautiful and she knows how to act.
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.
Kerry Washington should definitly be in the top list of 10 black actresses. She has done amazing work from save the last dance,to The Last King of Scotland. I aspire to have a career as diverse and interesting as hers.
she is beautiful and great in every movie she is in
Best black actress and one of the most beautiful women in the world. Put $ that she will become one of the best actresses of any ethnic backgroundMore comments about Kerry Washington
Still looks like a teenager
Cicely Tyson is by far the best actress of any race to have ever acted and also the most unrecognized and underrated ever.
a great actress, very dramatic and genius in all her roles
Incredible range, every performance that I've seen was absorbing. One of best actors of any sex.More comments about Cicely Tyson
She is a great Actress she, and is very attractive. She was Chris Rock love interest in the Head Of State.
Aside from being exceptionally beautiful, sexy and classy, Vivica is A FOX who has superb acting skills. She is great in film and on stage. I think she was especially dynamic in "Two Can Play That Game. "
she be in the top 10 if not #1 she has style, class, beauty, she just it going. i just love the woman to death.
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
She is one of the most successful singer turned actress and producer without a flop to her name.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Was in the movie The Secret Life of Bees. Just starting to act.
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.
Brazilian television actress. She was discovered on the streets of Salvador and became a model.
"Baker was the first African American female to star in a major motion picture, to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer. (wikipedia)" she broke the glass ceiling for all these other women. she was a visionary and revolutionary and knew how to sell the goods. she rocks on forEVER.
Love her. Saw her in Newark, N.J. when I was about nine years old..
Being a shy kid I did not go to the stage when she (Ms Baker) asked the children in the audience to come to the stage to receive a gift.. It was a silk handkerchief... Now I am 71 years and still wish I had gone to meet her.. Chmaroki4
French Actress who is one of the highest paid black women in Europe.
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 Tuesday, May 21, 2013