Preface edited on 5/27/13: This is a supplement to user *cleverthug*'s list "Sexiest Dark-skinned Women" in entertainment. I was unable to comment on his post because I don't have a Fayceb00k account. No particular order or ranking. I don't discriminate but I have an affinity for dark-complected women. More names to come. Not included on the list are musicians Patra, Lil Mo', WNBA forward Rushia Brown, fashion designer Samata Angel. The list is small because I don't watch a lot of television these days, and darker (female) complexions are not often represented in media. @Rosa Thomas, [I appreciate your comment. The list may seem "bizarre" to you in this--uhhh--post-racial America. It doesn't seem very p.c. and it objectifies women. However, this list is more eye candy for those who are attracted to the phenotype than a social commentary. Hollywood makes films like Jungle Fever or Guess Who, but what about Black-on-Black jungle fever? You never see that because of our issues with esteem and many of our girls and boys would still fare poorly in a Clark doll experiment. I believe that a child's first exposure to racism is of an internal nature. Why do we still refer to one another loosely as n****s or hoes? Internal racism is the reason that women and men in places like Jamaica or Philippines bleach their skin and many Blacks treat their hair chemically. A person cannot help who they are attracted to, but we all lose when we make generalizations to bad mouth a brother or sister of any race or complexion [edited on 8/2/2013]. By the way, your coworkers are risking their children's health, of course, if the child is being exposed to an excessive amount of sunrays for the purpose of a darker skin tone].
Hint: This listing borrows from IMDb post "Blacktresses: From Gabourey Sidibe to Diahann Carroll" and I have also included lighter-complected women and non-actors in this list who exude beauty and class.
**This is a TWO-page list on here. Thanks to all for comments and suggested names.**
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney is the second child born to Felix and Belle NOT the oldest. Phyllis Yvonne Stickney was one of the first comedians of color to perform at the Juste Pour Rire Comedy Festival in Montreal. Canada. She performed with the late John Candy as well as being introduced at the festival by Ed Bagley Jr...
“ New Jack City, more ” - james larkin
Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi is best known for her work as a Victoria's Secret lingerie model and a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model. She appeared in six Victoria's Secret Fashion shows in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007. She appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue four times from 2005 to 2008...
Christine E. Dassi
Christine Eumerode Dassi was born and raised in Cameroon, Africa. After earning a Bachelors degree in Economics, she went to Germany where she earned her MBA at the "Technische Universität Berlin". Despite her educational achievement, she felt unfulfilled and moved to Hollywood to pursue her passion which has always been acting...
Ledisi Anibade Young
Ledisi Anibade Young born March 28,1972 is an American R&B and jazz recording artist, songwriter and actress. Ledisi is known and respected for her jazz influenced vocals and soulful sound. Ledisi, has released a number albums since the mid 1990s. She formed LeSun Records in 1995, receiving many awards & Grammy Award nominations nine times since 2008.
“ songstress ” - james larkin
“ journalist ” - james larkin
LaTanya Richardson Jackson
She graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1971. While a student at Spelman (an all-female institution), she met Samuel L. Jackson
, who was a student at Morehouse College (the all-male institution affiliated with Spelman), who would later become her husband. She and Jackson have one daughter named Zoe.
“ Living Single, more ” - james larkin
Janet Louise Hubert was born in Chicago, IL. She is best known for playing the sassy, witty, outgoing, protective mom on the hit TV sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
. Janet Hubert spent most of her childhood growing up in Momence, IL. That changed when she won a scholarship to Julliard School in New York City...
“ Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, more ” - james larkin
Alek Wek is a fashion model best known for being one of the first mainstream dark-skinned African models to appear on fashion magazine covers and work both campaigns and fashion shows in mid 1990's. Wek appeared on the covers or been featured in many international fashion magazines including Elle, Glamour...
“ international super model ” - james larkin
Grammy-nominee and three-time Saturn Award-nominee, Grace Jones can claim a career in show business by birthright. Her grandfather (on her mother's side) was a musician who traveled with Nat 'King' Cole
. She was born May 19, 1948 in Spanish Town, St Catherine - Jamaica, to Marjorie Jones (née Williams) and Reverend Robert W...
“ Mad Max, singer, more ” - james larkin
Born and raised in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York, Vanessa Williams became a member of the New York City Opera's Children's Chorus at age 11. Vanessa then signed with a talent manager and booked her first audition, a commercial for Frito Lay. Her pattern for success clearly set, her winning streak had only just begun...
“ Candyman, New Jack City, more ” - james larkin
, a native of South Orange, New Jersey, first came to attention with the multi-talented Fugees
. Their first album, "Blunted On Reality", went virtually unnoticed by the public; their real breakthrough came with the sophomore album, "The Score", which featured "Killing Me Softly"...
“ rapper/singer ” - james larkin
Marie Zoumanigui is a New York City-based actress and model originally from Conakry, Guinea. As a young child growing up in Guinea she was exposed to Bollywood films and enjoyed imitating her favorite African artist. It was when she moved to the U.S. that she found her passion for acting and has been doing it ever since.
“ rapper ” - james larkin
Cicely Tyson was born in Harlem, New York City, where she was raised by her devoutly religious parents, from the Caribbean island of Nevis. Her mother, Theodosia, was a domestic, and her father, William Tyson, was a carpenter and painter. She was discovered by a fashion editor at Ebony magazine and...
“ Touched By An Angel, more ” - james larkin
Aïssa Maïga is a French actress. She was born in Dakar, Senegal, in 1975 to a Senegalese-Gambian mother and Malian father, an acclaimed journalist. She moved with her family to France when she was 4. She discovered her vocation as an actress in middle school, and won various professional roles while studying theater in high school...
“ gospel singer ” - james larkin
“ reggae artist ” - james larkin
“ Head of State, more ” - james larkin
Taral Hicks (born on 21, September 1974 in Queens, New York) is an African American R&B singer and actress, sister of singer D'Atra Hicks. She began her film career with a role alongside Robert De Niro in the 1993 film "A Bronx Tale." Her subsequent film roles were small, 1995's "Just Cause" with Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne...
“ Belly, Class Act, more ” - james larkin
Anna Maria Horsford
Anna Maria Horsford was born and raised in Harlem, New York. Her parents immigrated to the United States from the island nation Antigua & Barbuda, in the West Indies (then a British colony), during the 1940s. Anna grew up not really feeling American but not West Indian either, just somewhere in between...
“ Friday, Amen, more ” - james larkin
Jacqueline "Jackie" Joyner-Kersee (born March 3, 1962) is an American retired track and field athlete, ranked among the all-time greatest athletes in the women's heptathlon as well as in the women's long jump. She won three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals, in those two events at four different Olympic Games...
“ Olympic athlete ” - james larkin
Beautiful N'Bushe Wright started out as a dancer, trained at the prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance Center and the Martha Graham School of Dance, but then switched to acting, enrolling at Stella Adler's studio. Within a year, Wright was starring in Anthony Drazan's Zebrahead (1992). That year, she won the recurring role of Claudia...
“ Blade, Chappelle Show, more ” - james larkin
Sasha Morfaw is an American actress and singer from Winston- Salem, North Carolina. From a very young age she began to show interest in performing arts. She started dancing at age two in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop and modern. After performing in several plays and musicals through out high school, she auditioned and got accepted into the music theater program at Elon University on scholarship...
“ Seinfeld, more ” - james larkin
“ John Q., more ” - james larkin
“ WNBA basketball star athlete ” - james larkin
“ Saturday Night Live, more ” - james larkin
“ MadTV, more ” - james larkin
“ Hangin' With The Homeboys, more ” - james larkin
Edwina Findley Dickerson
Edwina Findley Dickerson is an award-winning film, television, and theatre actress, hailed by critics as "A marvel to watch." She made her prime-time debut as "Tosha Mitchell" on HBO's critically acclaimed series THE WIRE, followed by four seasons as "Davina Lambreaux" on HBO's Emmy-Nominated drama series Treme...
“ silky soul singer ” - james larkin
Olunike Adeliyi was born in Toronto, Canada and raised in both St. Anne's, Jamaica and Brampton, Ontario in Canada. She got the acting bug at a very young age after being cast as the Artful Dodger in her middle school play "Oliver Twist". She studied her craft at The Canadian Academy of Method Acting...
Billie Suliat Baker was born to Nigerian parents Adisa Mukyle Bashua and Yetunde Margaret Solanke in Lagos Nigeria. At age 13, she moved to the United Kingdom. After attending Barking and Dagenham College where she acquired a BTech in Performing Arts, She went on to graduate from Central School of Speech and Drama in 1998 with a B.A Honors degree in Acting...
“ international r & b singer ” - james larkin
Ronke is a college grad who studied psychology and minored in dance at Univ of Maryland. She is known for her achievements as a print model in the hair industry. Ronke films as an actress with a background in dance. She is fluent in Yoruba (Nigeria) and English. She has worked on camera on several television commercials and feature films.
“ Tears of the Sun, more ” - james larkin
Serena Williams, is one of the top female tennis player in the world, has always maintained a level of interest. She earned her first grand slam singles title at the U.S. Open back in 1999, and made a string of four straight grand slam singles title wins - the 2002 French, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open titles...
“ tennis great athlete, model ” - james larkin
Aunjanue Ellis was born in San Francisco, California. She graduated from the Brown University, and later attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. During her career, Ellis performed on Off-Broadway theater, appeared in many film, and had roles on television. In film, she is best known for her roles in "Men of Honor" (2000)...
“ Ray, Undercover Brother, more ” - james larkin
Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, Hip-hop emcee and R&B songwriter Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott has become one of the most esteemed figures in contemporary American music, providing material for artists including MC Lyte
, Adina Howard
, and Jodeci
, as well as working as an arranger, producer...
“ rapper/producer ” - james larkin
Spencer is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, which she claims is the proverbial buckle of the Bible belt. She's the sixth of seven siblings and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Auburn University. A "closet" lover of acting, this practical Alabamian knew that she'd someday work in the film industry, but never dreamed it would be in front of the camera...
Vera Ephraim's full name is Vera Nkechi Anenyeonu. She is from Anambra state, Nigeria. "Ephraim" is her dad's first name, she decided to use it for her professional name as a sign of his support in her life. Her parents died when she was very young. Vera Nkechi Anenyeonu, actor, Dancer and Choreographer...
Actress Viola Davis was born on her grandmother's farm, at the then-Singleton Plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina. When she was two months old her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, where her father, Dan Davis, worked as a horse groomer and trainer. Her mother, Mary Alice (Logan), a maid and factory worker...
Indigo was born Alyssa Ashley Nichols in 1984, in Los Angeles, CA. Coming from an artistic family, she was exposed early on to various facets of the arts and attributes much of her interests in them to this. She booked her first commercial for Armour Hot Dog at age 5, and spent the next several years doing various student films and industrials...
“ Everybody Hates Chris, Martin, more ” - james larkin
Loretta Devine was born August 21, 1949 in Houston, Texas, to Eunice O'Neal (née Toliver), a beautician, and James Devine, who worked as a laborer. Loretta grew up in the Acres Home area of Houston and later enrolled at the University of Houston, where she earned a a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Drama...
“ Waiting To Exhale, more ” - james larkin
“ A Different World, more ” - james larkin
“ A Different World ” - james larkin
“ Reno 911, more ” - james larkin
Anika Noni Rose
Anika Noni Rose followed her work in the feature film "Dreamgirls" with a role in the comedy feature "Just Add Water," in which she co-stars with Danny DeVito, Dylan Walsh, Jonah Hill and Justin Long, under the direction of Hart Bochner. In 2004, Rose was honored with a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in the widely acclaimed Broadway show "Caroline...
Yaani King Mondschein
New York native Yaani King began her career off-Broadway in "The Alchemist" at The Classic Stage Company. She segued into film and television with "The Prince and Me" with Julia Stiles, and "Sex and the City." After studying at The Actors Centre in London, Ms. King moved to Los Angeles and almost immediately landed a series regular role on the hit TNT show Saving Grace with Holly Hunter...
Danielle Spencer was born in Bronx, New York, USA. After 'What's Happening' got canceled in 1979, Danielle in 1983, went to University Of California to pursue a degree in medicine, she was inspired to by her stepfather, Tim Pelt who died in an automobile accident in 1977. Spencer only attended the University for two years and went back to participate in the sequel of What's Happening...
“ Mad TV, more ” - james larkin
Madge Sinclair was born Madge Dorita Walters on April 28 1938 in Kingston, Jamaica, married young and had two sons. Madge worked as a teacher in Jamaica until she was 30. She left her two boys with their father and went to New York City to be an actress. She began modeling and later acted with the New York Shakespearean Festival and at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre...
Renn Woods is a legendary icon in stage, TV and film, an amazing vocalist and talented emerging playwright. As a child star and teenage heartthrob, Renn is best-known for her roles as "Fanta" in the Emmy Award-winning TV mini-series Roots
. Her unforgettable interpretation of "Aquarius" in Milos Forman
's movie musical, Hair
, is an official classic...
Alfre Woodard was born on November 8, 1952 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the youngest of three children of Constance, a homemaker, and Marion H. Woodard, an interior designer. She was named by her godmother, who claimed she saw a vision of Alfre's name written out in gold letters. A former high school cheerleader and track star...
Sheryl Lee Ralph
Sheryl Lee Ralph was born December 30, 1956 in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA. She is known for her roles in Moesha (1996), Its A Living (1980), and Instant Mom (2013). Her Career Began in the late 1970's. She has been Married to Vincent Hughes since July 30, 2005 a Pennsylvania state senator. She was previously married to Eric Maurice.
RaéVen Larrymore Kelly continues to make her celebrity count with a cause. RaéVen has had the fortune of performing in a wide range of high quality projects for film and television: John Grisham's "A Time to Kill" as Tonya Hailey with Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, director Joel Schumacher; "What's Love Got To Do With It?" as young Tina Turner with Laurence Fishburne...
While TV audiences best remember Regina Taylor for her empathic portrayal of housekeeper Lilly Harper in the critically lauded series I'll Fly Away
, which rewarded her with a Golden Globe for best actress, an NAACP Image Award, and two Emmy nominations, this Dallas-born talent has made even greater strides in recent years as a playwright...
Maryam Myika Day
A New York City native, Maryam cut her teeth in the business by studying with some of the greats in acting, the late Israel Hicks, Susan Batson, and master teacher, Ivana Chubbuck. She holds a BFA from Temple University and her first role out of college was the role of the Buxom Chorine the 2001 Tony Award Winning Broadway Revival of "42nd Street"...
SAG Award and Critics Choice Award winner for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Lorraine Toussaint shocked audiences on the smash hit Netflix original series "Orange is the New Black" as the viciously seductive inmate Vee. Toussaint's epically thrilling performance has won her glowing reviews from the likes of TV Guide and Vanity Fair...
“ journalist/correspondent ” - james larkin
Barbara Eve Harris
Barbara Eve Harris was born in Trinidad and Tobago of Jamaican parents, and moved to Canada at the age of 6 with her family. Raised and educated in Ottawa, the national capital, she graduated from the University of Ottawa with a B.A. (concentration in Theatre and Philosophy). The initial plan was for Law School...
When Aisha Hinds' junior high school tap dance instructor observed that she needed an outlet for expression that surpassed her tap shoes, she was guided to the High School of Performing Arts in New York - where her formal acting training began. Hinds' numerous television credits include a supporting role on "Detroit 1-8-7"...
Naturi Naughton is an American Singer and Actress best known for her performance as "Lil Kim" in Fox Searchlight's hit film "Notorious", and her role in MGM's remake of the classic film "Fame". Naughton has starred in various other projects such as: Lottery Ticket, The Playboy Club, Mad Men and The Client List...
Alysia Joy Powell
Alysia Joy Powell is a native of Southern California. Born of two parents who met in an acting class, however, started her entertainment career late in her 20's with Gospel music. First as an artist, singing with the likes of Richard Smallwood, Yolanda Adams and GMWA, and singing back up for Artists like Mary J...
“ r&b singer ” - james larkin
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...
Born in Southern California and raised in Northern California, Crystal Michelle deftly navigates careers in film and television, modeling, and community work with at risk youth. Crystal was nominated for outstanding performance by a stunt ensemble in a television series for "True Blood" 2010 & 2011...
Patti LaBelle, born Patricia Louise Holt-Edwards, is an American singer, author, and actress. Patti began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer of the band Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. A decade later the group changed their name to Labelle and recorded the hit song "Lady Marmalade". Patti became a solo artist in 1976 and her debut album was another success...
“ pop singer ” - james larkin
It was inevitable that Nona Gaye
would become a singer - she is the granddaughter of Cuban jazz great Slim Gaillard
, the niece of R&B singer/songwriter Frankie Gaye
and the daughter of soul legend Marvin Gaye
. Signed to Third/Stone Atlantic at 14, Nona released "Love for the Future" in 1992...
“ singer/ actress ” - james larkin
Elizabeth D. Allen
Elizabeth Allen is an African American Writer, Producer, and Director born in Nigeria. She moved to the US at age 5. The first of four children, she was brought up in a middle-class environment in New Jersey. She was raised by her mother who works as a middle school teacher. Elizabeth eventually went Montclair State University earning a BA in Justice studies...
Regina King was born in Los Angeles, California, to Gloria, a special education teacher, and Thomas King, an electrician. She began her career in the television show 227
, followed by a role in Boyz n the Hood
. She began to be recognized by a mainstream audience after her role as Cuba Gooding Jr.
's character's wife in Jerry Maguire
“ The Boondocks, Ray, Friday, 227, more ” - james larkin
“ soul singer ” - james larkin
Fraser was born and raised in Bronx, New York. Fraser attended Cardinal Spellman High School in New York City. Fraser aspired to be a school teacher because of her love of learning. Her parents divorced when she was a child. She is 1 of seven children - she has 3 maternal siblings and 4 paternal siblings...
BernNadette Stanis is best known as Thelma from Good Times
, but there's much more to her than that. In the 1970s she was the personification of black beauty. As sophisticated and graceful as she was, she still became TV's first black sex symbol or "It" girl. Thelma/BernNadette and the Evans family also proved many stereotypes wrong about the ghetto and the young black girl...
“ Good Times ” - james larkin
Nat Dixon was born on the island of Jamaica. She later moved to New York City at the age of fifteen, where she entered the world of modeling. After attended the University at Buffalo State where she earned Two degrees, she moved to LA to pursue her dream of acting, where she now resides.