80 Hottest Black Women in Entertainment

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La La Anthony
La La Anthony is an actress and producer, known for her roles in Think Like a Man and Think Like a Man Too, in which she starred alongside Kevin Hart and Taraji P. Henson, Spike Lee's Chi-Raq, and television shows Unforgettable on A&E with Poppy Montgomery and Starz' hit show Power, executive produced by 50 Cent and starring Omari Hardwick...
 
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Keri Hilson
Soundtrack, Burlesque
 
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Meta Golding
Meta Golding is of Haitian descent but was raised in the United States, India, France and Italy as well as Haiti itself. She competed on ice as an Italian national figure skater, but when an injury ended her skating career she started acting in Italian theatre. Later she returned to the USA to attend Cornell University where she earned degrees in Theatre Arts and International Relations...
 
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Rochelle Aytes
Rochelle Aytes was born in New York City. She attended LaGuardia High School and graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Dance from SUNY Purchase College Conservatory for Dance in 1998. She is best-known for her role in White Chicks as Denise Porter; her role in Left 4 Dead 2 as a news producer; and more recently in the TV series The Forgotten as Detective Grace Russell...
 
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April Clark
Actress, ATL
 
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Michelle Van Der Water
Actress, Minotaur
Michelle Van Der Water is a South African native born in Cape Town. Her parents moved the family to Australia soon after Michelle's birth. The family settled in a small town just an hour outside of Sydney. Michelle attended and graduated from Inaburra High School in the Sutherland Shire before going on to attend Wollongong University...
 
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Gabrielle Union
Actress, Bad Boys II
Gabrielle Union was born on October 29, 1972, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Theresa (Glass), who managed a phone company, and Sylvester E. Union, a military sergeant and business executive. At the age of 8, her family moved to Pleasanton, California, where she grew up and attended high school. In high school...
 
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Gina Torres
Actress, Serenity
Gina was born in New York City and is youngest of three children in a close-knit Cuban American family. Attended New York City's High School of Music and Art She is a gifted mezzo soprano and was trained in opera and jazz and also sang in a gospel choir.
 
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Yaya DaCosta
Yaya DaCosta was born and raised in New York City along with her sister and two brothers. She got her first acting gig at the age of eleven when her junior high school drama teacher, Ann Willis Ratray, encouraged her to audition for educational films. She continued to perform in school shows throughout high school and college and in 2005...
 
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Zoe Saldana
Actress, Avatar
Zoe Saldana was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Asalia Nazario and Aridio Saldaña. She was raised in Queens, New York. When she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to the Dominican Republic where they would live for the next seven years. While living in the Dominican Republic...
 
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Stacey Dash
Actress, Clueless
Stacey Dash was born in the Bronx, New York. Stacy knew that she wanted to act, and from an early age began to act professionally. She made regular appearances on The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and also St. Elsewhere. At 21 she made her feature film debut in Enemy Territory, which was quickly followed by Moving...
 
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Thandie Newton
Thandie Newton was born in London. She is the daughter of a Zimbabwean mother, Nyasha, a health-care worker from the Shona tribe, and Nick Newton, a British father who worked as a lab technician. She lived in Zambia until political unrest caused her family to move back to the UK. She then lived in Cornwall in the southwest of Britain until the age of 11...
 
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Lauren London
Lauren London first appeared in the film, ATL, opposite actor and recording artist, Tip "TI" Harris. Due to London's breakout success in ATL, she received an offer to star in the film, This Christmas, with Loretta Devine, Idris Elba and Regina King. Her next film role was in the teen romantic comedy...
 
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Tiffany Hines
Actress, Bones
 
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Keke Palmer
Keke Palmer was born Lauren Keyana Palmer in Robbins, Illinois--a small town 20 miles south of Chicago-- to Sharon and Larry Palmer, both former actors. Palmer showed vocal promise as a five-year-old, when she belted out "Jesus Loves Me" in her church choir. A year later the singer-actress had a solo in her kindergarten play but...
 
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Tanya Chisholm
Actress, Big Time Rush
Tanya Chisholm is blossoming into one of the most sought after young talents in Hollywood. The actress currently stars as "Kelly Wainwright" on Nickelodeon's hit "boy band" series Big Time Rush. Before hitting the "big time", Tanya's gift to tell interesting and compelling stories earned her the recurring...
 
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Amber Stevens West
Stevens was born in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of actor and radio announcer Shadoe Stevens, and former model Beverly Cunningham. She has a younger sister named Chyna Rose Stevens. She is a graduate of Beverly Hills High School. Her father is Caucasian (of Norwegian, German, English, and Dutch descent) and her mother is African-American (and part Comanche).
 
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Linara Washington
Linara Washington was born in the little town of Beaufort, SC to a beautiful Brazilian woman and an American son of a preacher man. Her mother spoke no English at the time, which has given Linara the added benefit of being fluent in Portuguese. She is currently adding German to her list of languages and is hoping to conquer French, Italian, Japanese, and Hebrew...
 
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Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Actress, Underground
Jurnee Smollett-Bell was born on October 1, 1986 in New York City, New York, USA as Jurnee Diana Smollett. She is an actress, known for her role as Jess Merriweather on the Emmy Award winning TV series, Friday Night Lights (2011). She is also known for her roles in The Great Debaters (2007), Eve's Bayou (1997)...
 
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Jessica Pimentel
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jessica Pimentel is an American actress whose parents were immigrants from the Dominican Republic. She is a Latina of mixed heritage including Taino Native American. She is a graduate of the High School for the Performing Arts (a.k.a. "Fame") in New York City and the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts...
 
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Michael Michele
Michael is the eldest of two daughters. Her white father, Jerry, is an entrepreneur. Her African American mother, Thersa, is a corporate manager. In high school she played volleyball, basketball, and ran track. After high school, she moved to New York and quickly got commercial work. This led to a role in Eddie Murphy's 1989 film Harlem Nights...
 
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Azur-De
Actress, Cartel
 
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Randa Walker
Actress, Somewhere
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, this southern girl was destined to be in the Entertainment industry. From a very early age she remembers finding it easy to identify with the various characters from television, film, and her novels. As a result, much to her parents amusement, and sometimes despair...
 
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Nichole Galicia
Nichole Galicia is a film and television actress whose extraordinary journey to the big screen began as a high fashion model on the catwalks of Europe. Most recently, acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino hand picked Galicia for his film, Django Unchained, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx. Galicia...
 
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Brenda Vivian
Brenda Vivian was born October 20, 1977 in Los Angeles, California and is of Vietnamese, African, Irish and Native American descent. Brenda's family moved to San Jose, California when she was a small child and she lived there until high school graduation. Brenda attended UCLA and majored in psychology and journalism...
 
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Megalyn Echikunwoke
Actress, Spyder Games
Megalyn Ann Echikunwoke was born May 28, 1983 in Spokane, Washington. Her father is Nigerian and her mother is of Caucasian descent. Her last name Echikunwoke means "leader of men" and Megalyn is the granddaughter of a Nigerian tribal leader of the Igbo, which technically makes her African royalty. She is known for playing "Nicole Palmer" in the first season of 24...
 
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Tasia Sherel
Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, Tasia Sherel never intended to pursue a career in entertainment, but fate and raw talent intervened. As an only child, Sherel had dreams of becoming a hairstylist and make up artist. However, she found herself at a local community college earning her degree in cosmetology...
 
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Brandi Magee
Editorial Department, Larry King Now
 
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Hayley Marie Norman
Actress, Top Five
Hayley Marie Norman is an American film and television actress. Hayley was born and raised in Agoura Hills, California, the daughter of a retired baseball player. Her father is African-American and her mother is of Russian, German, and distant Dutch, descent. On her mother's side, Hayley is the great-granddaughter of production manager/assistant director Gene Anderson...
 
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Simone Missick
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Simone always knew she was meant to perform. Growing up, Simone spent years playing the violin, singing, and playing sports before she decided to focus on acting. While in her first year as an English major at Howard University, she decided to take a theatre for non-majors course...
 
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Aja Naomi King
King appeared in several short films before landing guest roles on the CBS procedurals Blue Bloods and Person of Interest. Her big break came in 2012 when she was cast as new surgical intern Cassandra Kopelson on the CW drama Emily Owens, M.D. The series was canceled after a single season in 2013. She later starred in the Amazon Studios comedy pilot The Onion Presents: The News...
 
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Esther Baxter
With her exotic beauty, on-screen charisma, and business savvy, the multi-racial Miami native of African America, Indian, Cuban, Norwegian, Italian and Puerto Rican descent Esther Baxter reigned queen of the urban model scene as one of the industry's most sought-after "Video Vixens" and has continued her path of success as a rising actress in both TV and Film...
 
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Phire Dawson
Phire Dawson was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and raised in the suburbs of southern Connecticut. She is one of six children and began performing as a dancer and cheerleader at age eight. Phire attended Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. While in Atlanta, Phire went on to cheer and dance for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons...
 
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Nydia McFadden
Actress, Funny People
Nydia McFadden was born in New York City and raised in Brooklyn by an artistic family, German-Jewish grandparents and mother, African-American father and his extended clan. At an early age, Nydia was plucked from public school by Eliot Feld's Ballet Tech to be a part of their school and company. She danced for years...
 
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Zee James
Actress, Mistresses
Zee James was born and raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, the hometown of Elvis Presley. Being a performer has always been her destiny. She's more than a pretty face and is exceptionally skilled as a stunt performer. As an actress, Zee has appeared in Think Like A Man Too, Life Partners and Epic Movie. As a stunt performer...
 
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Robin Thede
Robin Thede is a comedy writer and comedic actress. She is the daughter of Dave Thede, a teacher, and Phyllis Thede, Iowa House Representative. She has two sisters, Acacia and Mackenzie. She attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, earning a B.S.J. degree in Broadcast Journalism and African-American Studies...
 
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Chastity Dotson
Actress, Kingston High
Chastity Dotson has written and performed seven one-woman shows and was previously invited to perform her solo piece "Little Book of Battles" for Danny Hoch's Hip Hop Theater Festival at The Public Theater in New York City. After studying at University of Southern California's BFA acting program, Chastity...
 
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Genevieve Nnaji
Genevieve Nnaji grew up in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria. The fourth of eight children, she was brought up in a middle-class environment. Her father worked as an engineer and her mother worked as a teacher. She attended the Methodist Girls College Yaba before heading to the University of Lagos...
 
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Elle Young
Actress, Black-ish
Chicago-born Elle Young has an extensive performance history, as an Actor, On-Camera Host and Professional Dancer. She is the Co-Host and Announcer of Nickelodeon's re-vamped game show "Figure It Out", the Official Host of "Power TV," part of the American Heart Association's "Power To End Stroke" campaign...
 
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Aeriél Miranda
Aeriél Miranda is a Dallas, Texas native, born and raised, having lived in Boston and New Orleans. Her family origins are rooted in exotic Cape Verdean. And in every way she embodies the diverse ethnic background of this region, which combines West African, Portuguese, French, German and Jewish culture...