Blacktresses: From Gabourey Sidibe to Diahann Carroll

by PeggyFromMannix | created - 29 Oct 2011 | updated - 11 Jan 2014 | Public

Aunjanue Ellis, Raven-Symone, Jurnee Smollett, Gabrielle Union and the women (many of them faceless here on IMDb) that blazed the trail.

A child of the 70's looks back.

[Note: I'm continuously updating when names come to me. Most recent additions: Sufe Bradshaw, Barbara Eve Harris]

1. Gabourey Sidibe

Actress | Precious

Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, the star of Precious (2009), was born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, is a former special education teacher who gave up her career and became a street performer/singer, while her father, Ibnou Sidibe, is a cab driver....

2. Sufe Bradshaw

Actress | Veep

Chicago native Sufe Bradshaw was born into a family of nine siblings, learning early on the value of hard work and dedication from her Sicilian dad and her mother of Ghanain roots. She began her acting odyssey at the Los Angeles City Theatre Academy, where she earned a degree in Theatre. Soon after...

3. Alysia Joy Powell

Actress | The Sitter

Alysia hails from Los Angeles. Born of parents who met at an acting class, it was no wonder that she would have the gift. Some of those gifts are acting, singing, writing (poetry and screenwriter), stand up comedy, directing, and producing. She's had a career in Film and TV including credits like: ...

4. Zoë Soul

Actress | Prisoners

Zoë Soul is an actress, known for Prisoners (2013), The Purge: Anarchy (2014) and Reed Between the Lines (2011).

5. Ashley Madekwe

Actress | How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

Ashley Madekwe was born on December 6, 1981 in London, England as Ashley Ifeoma Madekwe. She is an actress, known for How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008), Salem (2014) and Cassandra's Dream (2007). She has been married to Iddo Goldberg since June 17, 2012.

6. Kali Hawk

Actress | Fifty Shades of Black

Kali Hawk was a child prodigy, beginning high school at the age of 12, and gaining acceptance to prestigious New York arts university SUNY Purchase before she was 16 years old. While in a play on campus, she was introduced to a friend's agent and began doing commercials and plays in Manhattan's ...

7. Shanola Hampton

Actress | Shameless

Shanola Hampton was born May 27 in Charleston, South Carolina, to a Car Salesman and an IRS agent. She was raised in Summerville, South Carolina with her four sisters. In college she earned a degree in Theater, with emphasis in Performance from Winthrop University along with a Masters Degree in ...

8. Nadine Ellis

Actress | Hairspray

Nadine Ellis is an actress, known for Hairspray (2007), Live Free or Die Hard (2007) and Iron Man 2 (2010).

9. Joyful Drake

Actress | Get Him to the Greek

Joyful Drake was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her love for performing began at a young age, earning her two State Speech Performance Titles for reciting and delivering a re-enactment of Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have A Dream" speech and President Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address."...

10. Retta

Actress | Parks and Recreation

Retta was born as Marietta Sangai Sirleaf. She is an actress, known for Parks and Recreation (2009), Fracture (2007) and To the Bone (2017).

11. Yaani King Mondschein

Actress | The Prince & Me

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 (2004) with Julia Stiles, and Sex and the City (1998).

After studying at The Actors Centre in London, Ms. King moved to Los Angeles and...

12. Kat Graham

Actress | How It Ends

Kat Graham is a music artist, actress and producer, known for her starring role on the hit TV show The Vampire Diaries (2009).

Graham was born Katerina Alexandre Hartford Graham in Geneva, Switzerland, and speaks four languages - English, Spanish, French, and Hebrew. Her father, Joseph, is a ...

13. Amber Riley

Actress | Glee

Amber Riley was born on February 15, 1986 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Amber Patrice Riley. She is an actress, known for Glee (2009), The Wiz Live! (2015) and Glee: Director's Cut Pilot Episode (2009).

14. Denyce Lawton

Actress | Castle

Multiethnic (African-American / Korean) actress Denyce Lawton is best known for her four seasons on the six-time NAACP Best Comedy Series Winner series House of Payne (2006) from producer Tyler Perry.

Denyce was born and raised in the New Jersey communities of Belmar and Neptune (familiar to viewers...

15. Mekia Cox

Actress | Gotham

The consummate triple threat, Mekia Cox burst on the scene when she was cast as the vivacious DJ Sasha, on The CW's hit series "90210". From there, the Florida State University graduate was able to work with other industry icons including J.J. Abrams and producer Josh Reims when she was a series ...

16. Rutina Wesley

Actress | True Blood

Rutina Wesley is known for the character Tara Thorton, on the gritty Southern vampire drama, True Blood (2008). She was born in the city most renowned for glitz and glamour, Las Vegas, Nevada and was exposed to the arts at a very early age; in fact entertainment runs through her veins. Her father, ...

17. Kendyl Joi

Actress | Miami Medical

Kendyl Joi is an actress, known for Miami Medical (2010), Arnolds Park (2007) and Life (2007).

18. Keke Palmer

Actress | Grease Live!

Keke Palmer was born Lauren Keyana Palmer in Harvey, Illinois, a south suburb 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 ...

19. Amber Stevens West

Actress | 22 Jump Street

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 Stevens (Chyna Rose Stevens). She is a graduate of Beverly Hills High School. Her father is Caucasian (of Norwegian...

20. Raven Goodwin

Actress | Lovely & Amazing

Raven Goodwin was born on June 24, 1992 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Raven Tyshanna Goodwin. She is an actress, known for Lovely & Amazing (2001), The Station Agent (2003) and Snatched (2017).

21. Naturi Naughton

Actress | Power

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...

22. Bresha Webb

Actress | Meet the Blacks

Bresha Webb was born as Breshae Renee Webb. She is an actress, known for Meet the Blacks (2016), Ride Along 2 (2016) and I Really Hate My Ex (2015).

23. Kimberly Jeppson

Actress | The Big Bang Theory

Kimberly Jeppson was born on October 8, 1985 in California, USA. She is an actress, known for The Big Bang Theory (2007), Days of Our Lives (1965) and Private Practice (2007).

24. Sharon Pierre-Louis

Actress | Switched at Birth

Sharon Pierre-Louis is a multilingual Haitian-American fluent in Creole, American Sign Language, and conversational French. She is a classical/Opera singer and has 5 siblings, including a Deaf older brother. Her parents came to the United States during the 1980s in search of a better future. Years ...

25. Tamela J. Mann

Actress | Madea Goes to Jail

Tamela J. Mann was born on June 9, 1966 in Limestone County, Texas, USA as Tamela Jean Johnson. She is an actress and producer, known for Madea Goes to Jail (2009), Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005) and Meet the Browns (2008). She has been married to David Mann since June 9, 1988. They have four ...

26. Denise Boutte

Actress | Why Did I Get Married?

Denise Boutte was born on January 19, 1982 in Maurice, Louisiana, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Why Did I Get Married? (2007), Extreme Movie (2008) and Young Justice (2010). She has been married to Kevin Boutte since 2003. They have one child.

27. Annie Ilonzeh

Actress | Person of Interest

Annie Ilonzeh was born on August 23, 1983 in Grapevine, Texas, USA as Annie Ngasi Illonzeh. She is an actress, known for Person of Interest (2011), He's Just Not That Into You (2009) and Arrow (2012).

28. Tika Sumpter

Actress | Southside with You

Tika Sumpter was born in New York and graduated from Marymount Manhattan College. Sumpter began her career as model, before she landed the role of "Layla Williamson" in ABC's daytime soap opera, One Life to Live (1968) (2005-2010, 2011).

After she left the soap, Sumpter won a recurring role in the ...

29. Indigo

Actress | Weeds

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 ...

30. Candice Coke

Actress | La La Land

Hails from New York, where she studied Educational Theater at NYU while on a scholarship for spring board diving. She started her career dancing for icons like Michael Jackson, Prince, and many others in the States and internationally. Eventually she made the transition to Los Angeles where she has...

31. Nicole Beharie

Actress | Shame

Nicole Beharie is an American actress.

Her critically acclaimed film debut was in the film American Violet (2008) alongside Alfre Woodard, Tim Blake Nelson and Will Patton. Beharie also played Ernie Davis' girlfriend in the movie The Express (2008). Her upcoming projects include My Last Day Without ...

32. Shannon Kane

Actress | Brooklyn's Finest

Shannon Kane is an actress, known for Brooklyn's Finest (2009), The Collection (2012) and Blood and Bone (2009).

33. Freema Agyeman

Actress | Doctor Who

Freema Agyeman was born on March 20, 1979 in London, England as Frema Agyeman. She is an actress, known for Doctor Who (2005), Law & Order: UK (2009) and Torchwood (2006).

34. Nicole Fiscella

Actress | Gossip Girl

Nicole Fiscella was born on September 15, 1979 in Rochester, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Gossip Girl (2007) and Luxury Unveiled (2006).

35. Jasika Nicole

Actress | Fringe

Jasika Nicole grew up in Birmingham, AL and studied musical theatre, dance and studio art at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC before moving to NYC to work in theatre. There she performed in Off and Off-Off Broadway musicals and plays before starting her career in TV and film. Identifying as a queer...

36. Lisa Tucker

Actress | The Vampire Diaries

Lisa Tucker was born on June 13, 1989 in Newport Beach, California, USA as Lisa Gabrielle Tucker. She is an actress, known for The Vampire Diaries (2009), Zoey 101 (2005) and The Game (2006).

37. Gabrielle Dennis

Actress | Insecure

Gabrielle Dennis is an actress and comedian best known for her work in television as Janay on the hit series "The Game" (CW & BET) and as Denise Roy on Spike Tv's "Blue Mountain State".

With a background as a trained dancer, actress, and singer that stretches all the way back to age 4 Gabrielle ...

38. Shanti Lowry

Actress | Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

Shanti Lowry was born on April 2, 1982 in Boulder, Colorado, USA as Shanti Misha Lowry. She is an actress and director, known for Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), D.E.B.S. (2003) and Louis (2010). She has been married to Anthony Schubert since 2004.

39. Yaya DaCosta

Actress | The Butler

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 ...

40. Zoë Kravitz

Actress | Mad Max: Fury Road

Zoe Isabella Kravitz, the daughter of singer/actor Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, was born on December 1, 1988 in Los Angeles, California. She is of half African-American (from her father's mother and her mother's father) and half Ashkenazi Jewish (from her father's father and her mother's ...

41. Erica Hubbard

Actress | Chicago Med

Erica Hubbard started her career in 1988 doing voice-overs and starring in commercials such as: McDonald's, MCI, Reebok and Sears. She has worked in many markets, including Chicago, New York and California.

Ms. Hubbard has performed in feature films distributed by Paramount, 20th Century Fox and ...

42. Sophie Okonedo

Actress | Hotel Rwanda

Sophie Okonedo was born on August 11, 1968 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Hotel Rwanda (2004), Æon Flux (2005) and After Earth (2013).

43. Shareeka Epps

Actress | Half Nelson

Shareeka Epps was born on July 11, 1989 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Half Nelson (2006), Mother and Child (2009) and My Soul to Take (2010).

44. Sandi McCree

Actress | The Wire

Actress, youth advocate and educator, Sandi McCree, known for her edgy, street-tough performance as "Delonda Brice" on HBO's The Wire, has been on the front line of arts education and media literacy for over 21 years years.

McCree began acting at age 4 growing up in Washington, D.C. where she gained...

45. Demetria McKinney

Actress | House of Payne

Demetria Dyan McKinney (born August 27, 1979) is an American actress and singer. From 2006 to 2012 she starred in the TBS sitcom Tyler Perry's House of Payne. Her other series regular roles include Tv One sitcom The Rickey Smiley Show, Bounce TV prime time soap opera Saints & Sinners and Syfy ...

46. Fantasia Barrino

Soundtrack | The Butler

Fantasia Barrino was born on June 30, 1984 in High Point, North Carolina, USA as Fantasia Monique Barrino. She has been married to Kendall Taylor since July 19, 2015.

47. Lauren London

Actress | ATL

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 ...

48. Jennifer Hudson

Soundtrack | Dreamgirls

Jennifer Hudson is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author. Bright and booming talent Hudson is a perfect example of how NOT winning the title of American Idol (2002) can actually be a boon to your career and not necessarily the end of a ...

49. Eva Marcille

Actress | The Young and the Restless

Eva Marcille was born on October 30, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Eva Marcelle Pigford. She is an actress and producer, known for The Young and the Restless (1973), I Think I Love My Wife (2007) and Crossover (2006).

50. Deidrie Henry

Actress | Beyond the Lights

Deidrie Henry, who was born in Barbados where she lived until her family moved to Atlanta when she was 10, originally thought she would be flying the friendly skies after graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. But after graduating with a degree in Aeronautical ...

51. Jaime Lee Kirchner

Actress | The Mob Doctor

Jaime Lee Kirchner was born in Germany to a white father of German descent and a black mother. She considers herself "mixed". Jaime began performing at The Roxy Regional Theater in Tennessee at the age of 8. Kirchner's first big break came when she was was just 17-years-old and still in high school...

52. Kellee Stewart

Actress | Guess Who

Kellee Stewart was born on March 31, 1976 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress, known for Guess Who (2005), Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015).

53. Tessa Thompson

Actress | Creed

The amazing actress Tessa Lynn Thompson was born on October 3, 1983 in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of singer-songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson and the granddaughter of actor-musician Bobby Ramos. She was raised in Los Angeles before moving to Brooklyn, New York. Her father is of ...

54. Sophina Brown

Actress | Because I Said So

Sophina Brown was born on September 18, 1976 in Saginaw, Michigan, USA. She is known for her work on Because I Said So (2007), Shark (2006) and Numb3rs (2005). She has been married to Henry Simmons since May 2010.

55. Anika Noni Rose

Actress | The Princess and the Frog

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 ...

56. Chandra Wilson

Actress | Grey's Anatomy

Houston, Texas native Chandra Wilson began performing in musicals at the age of five with Theatre Under the Stars. She attended Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and later went on to acquire her BFA in Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts through which she spent four ...

57. Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Actress | Belle

Gugu Mbatha-Raw was born Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England. Her father, Patrick Mbatha, is a Black South African doctor, and her mother, Anne Raw, is a Caucasian English nurse. Her parents separated when she was a year old, and she was brought up by her mother ...

58. Paula Patton

Actress | Precious

Paula Patton was born in Los Angeles, California, to Joyce (Vanraden) and Charles Patton. Her father is African-American and her mother, who is caucasian, has German, English, and Dutch ancestry. Her family lived across the street from the 20th Century Fox lot when she was growing up and she was a ...

59. Rose Rollins

Actress | The L Word

Rose Rollins was raised in Yonkers, New York, growing up with five brothers. She is an accomplished actress who has garnered attention on both the big and small screens.



Rollins now stars in ABC's The Catch opposite Mireille Enos. The series centers on a gutsy female forensic accountant who exposes ...

60. Tiffany Hines

Actress | Real Artists

Tiffany Hines was born on September 2, 1983 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. She is an actress, known for Real Artists (2017), Nikita (2010) and Bones (2005).

61. Chrystee Pharris

Actress | Media

Chrystee Pharris was born on March 7, 1976 in Middletown, Ohio, USA. She is known for her work on Media (2017), Scrubs (2001) and Passions (1999). She was previously married to Tron Larkins.

62. Victoria Gabrielle Platt

Actress | Star-Crossed

Victoria Gabrielle Platt is an actress, singer and producer, known for Star-Crossed (2013), The Gates (2010), All My Children, Guiding Light (1952), 'Round Midnight (1986) and Winchell (1998). She was born to a West Indian mother and Polish father in Queens, NY. Victoria and Terrell Tilford have ...

63. Marlyne Barrett

Actress | Night Call

Marlyne Barrett was born on September 13, 1978 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Marlyne Nayokah Afflack. She is an actress and producer, known for Night Call (2017), Heist (2001) and Hitch (2005). She has been married to Gavin William Barrett since May 15, 2009.

64. Faune Chambers Watkins

Actress | Epic Movie

Faune Chambers Watkins was born on September 23, 1976 in Florida, USA as Faune Alecia Chambers. She is known for her work on Epic Movie (2007), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and White Chicks (2004). She has been married to Fonzworth Bentley since July 10, 2010. They have one child.

65. Tawny Cypress

Actress | Brooklyn's Finest

Among her studies, Tawny Cypress has done stints at Boston University; Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey; and Mason Gross at Rutgers University. She is also a former student of Barbara Marchant and The William Esper Studio in New York City.

66. Naomie Harris

Actress | Moonlight

British actress Naomie Harris was born in London, England, the only child of television scriptwriter Lisselle Kayla. Her father is from Trinidad and her mother is from Jamaica. They separated before she was born, and Harris was raised by her mother and has no relationship with her father. She ...

67. Chelsea Tavares

Actress | Fright Night

Chelsea Royce Tavares (born September 22, 1991) is an American actress and singer. She best known for her role as Cranberry on the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous and as Autumn on Just Jordan. Tavares was born in Panorama City, Los Angeles, California and is of Cape Verdean descent. Tavares' other ...

68. Nicole Pulliam

Actress | Inception

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Nicole knew from a very young age that she wanted to pursue a career as a performer. To that end, she participated in several school productions while growing up, and completed numerous acting classes throughout her life. She started out slowly by taking on ...

69. Dana Davis

Actress | Prom Night

She is a native of Davenport, Iowa. Attended Davenport North High School in Davenport, Iowa. Graduated with a music degree from Loyola Marymount University in 2001. Was a singer with the group "Necessity."

70. Megalyn Echikunwoke

Actress | House of Lies

Megalyn Ann Echikunwoke was born May 28, 1983 in Spokane, Washington. Her father was Nigerian and her mother is of English and Scots-Irish 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 ...

71. Tanya Wright

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

TANYA WRIGHT BIO Tanya is a two time winner of the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) Award, Best Acting Ensemble for her portrayal of Crystal Burset in Orange is the New Black. She appears as NSA Adviser of the United Staes in Season 5 (2018) of CBS' Madame Secretary and starred for 7 seasons as Deputy ...

72. Jill Scott

Actress | Why Did I Get Married?

Born in 1972 in North Philadelphia, Jill Scott grew up in the ghetto with her mother, Joyce, and grandmother. A deeply loved and gifted child, she learned to talk at only eight months and was reading by age four. Always the center of attention, her principal in elementary school described her as a ...

73. Kiely Williams

Actress | The House Bunny

Kiely Williams was born on July 9, 1986 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA as Kiely Alexis Williams. She is an actress, known for The House Bunny (2008), The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006) and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008). She has been married to Brandon Cox since December 17, 2016.

74. Sharon Warren

Actress | Ray

Warren's parents - her father is a policeman, her mother is an administrator at the Tuskegee Institute - steeped her in literature and theater when she was growing up. After leaving Auburn University, she decided to pursue acting. For a couple of months, she had to live in a car. Then she got her ...

75. Rashida Jones

Actress | Parks and Recreation

Rashida Jones was born in Los Angeles, California, the younger daughter of media mogul, producer, and musician Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton. She has an older sister, Kidada Jones, and five half-siblings by her father's other relationships. Her father is African-American and her mother is ...

76. Yvette Nicole Brown

Actress | Community

Yvette Nicole Brown was born on August 12, 1971 in East Cleveland, Ohio, USA. She is an actress, known for Community (2009), Repo Men (2010) and Pound Puppies (2010).

77. Rochelle Aytes

Actress | Trick 'r Treat

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 (2004) as Denise Porter; her role in Left 4 Dead 2 (...

78. Joy Bryant

Actress | Bobby

Joy Bryant was born in a modest home in The Bronx, New York and as a young woman, was enrolled in an inner-city outreach organization called "A Better Chance," designed to encourage minority talent. Joy was also blessed with brains as well beauty and remained an excellent student throughout her ...

79. Tracie Thoms

Actress | Rent

Tracie Thoms was born on August 19, 1975 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Tracie Nicole Thoms. She is an actress, known for Rent (2005), Death Proof (2007) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006).

80. Rowena King

Actress | The Bucket List

Directly after graduating from Mountview Theatre School London in 1990, Rowena joined The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Upon Avon, working with renowned directors Danny Boyle, Roger Michell and Nicholas Hytner. Rowena's first feature film appearance was in Hanif Kureishi's 1991 drama, London...

81. Zoe Saldana

Actress | Avatar

Zoe Saldana was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Asalia Nazario and Aridio Saldaña. Her father was Dominican and her mother is Puerto Rican. 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 ...

82. Merrin Dungey

Actress | Alias

Merrin Dungey was born on August 6, 1971 in Sacramento, California, USA. She is an actress, known for Alias (2001), Deep Impact (1998) and The King of Queens (1998). She has been married to Matthew Drake since May 2007. They have two children.

83. Kerry Washington

Actress | Scandal

Kerry Washington was born on January 31, 1977 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Kerry Marisa Washington. She is an actress and producer, known for Scandal (2012), Django Unchained (2012) and Save the Last Dance (2001). She has been married to Nnamdi Asomugha since June 24, 2013. They ...

84. Valarie Pettiford

Actress | The X Files

Valarie Pettiford's career glitters like the lights on Broadway. An award-winning triple-threat, Valarie has worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment, but has never let her brushes with fame go to her head. Although some would argue that she is a celebrity in her own right, Valarie is...

85. Monique Coleman

Actress | High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Monique Coleman was born on November 13, 1980 in Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA as Adrienne Monique Coleman. She is an actress and producer, known for High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008), High School Musical (2006) and High School Musical 2 (2007). She has been married to Walter Jordan since...

86. Aisha Hinds

Actress | The Next Three Days

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...

87. Merle Dandridge

Actress | Greenleaf

Merle was born in Okinawa, Japan to a mother of Korean and Japanese descent and an African-American father serving in the U.S. Air Force. After graduating high school in Papillion, Nebraska, she attended the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University in Chicago on a full-ride scholarship and ...

88. Eve

Actress | Barbershop

Eve was born on November 10, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Eve Jihan Jeffers. She is an actress, known for Barbershop (2002), xXx (2002) and Whip It (2009). She has been married to Maximillion Cooper since June 14, 2014.

89. Tamyra Gray

Soundtrack | Rachel Getting Married

Tamyra Gray was born on July 26, 1979 in Takoma Park, Maryland, USA as Tamyra Monica Gray. She has been married to Sam Watters since September 2, 2006. They have one child.

90. Sydney Tamiia Poitier

Actress | Death Proof

Sydney Tamiia Poitier was born on November 15, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Death Proof (2007), Grindhouse (2007) and True Crime (1999). She has been married to Dorian Heartsong since June 2012. They have one child.

91. Shondrella Avery

Actress | Napoleon Dynamite

Shondrella Avery was born in Los Angeles, California, USA as Shondrella Dupre Avery. Before her career in Hollywood, Shondrella made a name for herself as a model and a stand up comic. She is an actress and producer, known for Napoleon Dynamite (2004), End of Watch (2012), Deja Vu (2006), and The ...

92. Sonja Sohn

Actress | Slam

Sonja Sohn was born as Sonja Williams. She is an actress and director, known for Slam (1998), The Wire (2002) and Bringing Out the Dead (1999). She was previously married to Adam Plack.

93. Drew Sidora

Actress | Step Up

Drew Sidora was born on May 1, 1985 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Drew Sidora Jordan. She is an actress and producer, known for Step Up (2006), White Chicks (2004) and Wild Hogs (2007). She has been married to Ralph Pittman since August 21, 2014. They have two children.

94. Keesha Sharp

Actress | Lethal Weapon

Award-nominated actress, writer, and director Keesha Sharp has become known in the entertainment industry for her innate ability to bring complex characters to life on screen, her steadfast professionalism, and her irrefutable beauty, inside and out. In 2018 Sharp can be seen starring as Trish ...

95. Michael Hyatt

Actress | Nightcrawler

Born in England of Jamaican parents (her mother Vera an art historian and museologist and her father Charles an actor/broadcaster/comedian), Michael received her earliest education and what she considers her most formative years abroad. At the age of ten she migrated to the United States with her ...

96. Beyoncé

Soundtrack | Dreamgirls

Beyoncé was born & raised in Houston, Texas. Her father, Mathew Knowles, manages Destiny's Child. Her mother, Tina Knowles designs their glittering costumes. Solange, her sister (they're about 5 years apart), has released her debut album. She dances with her big sister during DC-3 concerts. Beyoncé...

97. Taraji P. Henson

Actress | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Taraji P. Henson was born on September 11, 1970 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Taraji Penda Henson. She is an actress and producer, known for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Hidden Figures (2016) and Hustle & Flow (2005).

98. Sharon Leal

Actress | Dreamgirls

Sharon Leal is a military brat. She was born in Tuscon, Arizona. Sharon then moved with her parents to the Philippines, till she was 6 years old. She went to prayer-school there. Then, her parents packed up to move back to the US and settled in Fresno, California. Her mother, Angelita, who is ...

99. Erica Tazel

Actress | Justified

Erica Tazel is an actress, known for Justified (2010), Roots (2016) and Mafia III (2016).

100. Brooklyn Sudano

Actress | 11.22.63

Brooklyn Sudano was born on January 5, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is an actress, known for 11.22.63 (2016), Taken (2017) and The Unit (2006). She has been married to Mike McGlaflin since October 8, 2006.



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