Sexiest Dark-skinned Women Addendum [no hierarchy intended]by jamesrainchecklarkin | created - 20 Oct 2012 | updated - 27 Sep 2013 | Public
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.**
Actress | New Jack City
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney is the second child born to Felix and Belle. 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 Begley...
New Jack City, more
Actress | After the Sunset
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 ...
Actor | Hungry for You Honey
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 ...
5. Ledisi Young
Soundtrack | Selma
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 ...
Actress | The Wayne & Shuster Comedy Special
Deborah Roberts was born on September 20, 1960 in Perry, Georgia, USA as Deborah Ann Roberts. She is an actress, known for The Wayne & Shuster Comedy Special (1967), Nashville (2012) and 20/20 (1978). She has been married to Al Roker since September 16, 1995. They have two children.
Actress | U.S. Marshals
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 ...
Actress | Get Out
Actress/writer Erika Alexander (Living Single, The Cosby Show, Beyond, Queen Sugar), appeared in the Academy Award-winning film, Get Out. In 2017, she launched a multi-platform content company called Color Farm Media. Her new banner's slate of film, television and digital projects features diverse ...
Living Single, more
9. Janet Hubert
Actress | The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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 (1990).
Janet Hubert spent most of her childhood growing up in Momence, IL. That changed when she won a scholarship to Julliard ...
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, more
10. Alek Wek
Actress | Suspiria
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, ...
international super model
11. Grace Jones
Actress | A View to a Kill
Grace Jones was born May 19, 1948 in Spanish Town, St Catherine - Jamaica, to Marjorie Jones (née Williams) and Reverend Robert W. Jones. Though born in Jamaica, when she was twelve, she moved to Syracuse, New York, joining her family who had moved there previously. Jones would eventually study ...
Mad Max, singer, more
12. Vanessa Williams
Actress | Candyman
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 ...
Candyman, New Jack City, more
13. Lauryn Hill
Soundtrack | Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
Lauryn Hill, 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". That ...
14. Marie Zoumanigui
Actress | The Blacklist
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 ...
16. Remy Ma
Actress | Queen of the South
Remy Ma was born on May 30, 1980 in South Bronx, The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Reminisce Smith. She has been married to Papoose since December 17, 2015. They have one child.
17. Cicely Tyson
Actress | The Help
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
18. Aïssa Maïga
Actress | Paris, je t'aime
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 ...
19. Yolanda Adams
Soundtrack | The Sum of All Fears
Yolanda Adams was born on August 27, 1961 in Houston, Texas, USA as Yolanda Yvette Adams. She was previously married to Timothy Crawford Jr. and Troy Mason.
20. Cherine Anderson
Actress | Dancehall Queen
21. Heather Simms
Actress | The Nanny Diaries
Heather Simms was born on February 25, 1970 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. She is an actress, known for The Nanny Diaries (2007), Broken Flowers (2005) and Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony (2009).
Head of State, more
22. Taral Hicks
Actress | A Bronx Tale
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 ...
Belly, Class Act, more
Actress | Minority Report
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 ...
Friday, Amen, more
24. Jackie Joyner
Self | Marathon
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 ...
25. N'Bushe Wright
Actress | Blade
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 ...
Blade, Chappelle Show, more
26. Sasha Morfaw
Actress | Black Panther
Sasha Morfaw is an American actress. Her family is originally from Cameroon, Africa. She attended Elon University for BFA in Musical Theater. She spent several summers performing in local and regional theater before deciding to move to Los Angeles. After moving to LA she started working in ...
27. Diana Theodore
Actress | Seinfeld
28. Kimberly Elise
Actress | Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Kimberly Elise was born on April 17, 1967 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Kimberly Elise Trammel. She is an actress, known for Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005), The Manchurian Candidate (2004) and John Q (2002). She was previously married to Maurice Oldham.
John Q., more
29. Sheryl Swoopes
Actress | The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Sheryl Swoopes was born on March 25, 1971 in Brownfield, Texas, USA. She is an actress, known for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019), Swoopes on Hoops (1995) and Martin (1992). She was previously married to Eric Jackson.
WNBA basketball star athlete
30. Ellen Cleghorne
Actress | Armageddon
Saturday Night Live, more
31. Debra Wilson
Actress | Batman: The Enemy Within
Debra Wilson was born on April 26, 1962 in South Ozone Park, Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Debra Renee Wilson. She is known for her work on Batman: The Enemy Within (2017), Over the Hedge (2006) and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008). She has been married to Cliff Skelton ...
33. Rose Jackson
Actress | Dead Presidents
Hangin' With The Homeboys, more
Actress | Get Hard
Edwina Findley Dickerson made her prime-time debut as "Tosha Mitchell" on HBO's The Wire, followed by four seasons as "Davina Lambreaux" on HBO's drama series Treme, set in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Edwina received a 2017 Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance as "Melva Neddy" in ...
36. Angie Stone
Actress | The Hot Chick
silky soul singer
37. Olunike Adeliyi
Actress | She Never Died
Olunike Adeliyi was born in Toronto, Ontario to Sunday Adeliyi, a Nigerian computer scientist and Roxiana Bell, a Jamaican nurse. Raised in both Jamaica and Canada, the well travelled actress ultimately earned a place at the highly coveted American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. After ...
Actress | CIS: Las Gidi
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 ...
Soundtrack | Romeo + Juliet
Des'ree was born on November 30, 1968 in London, England as Desiree Weeks.
international r & b singer
Actress | +1
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 ...
41. Akosua Busia
Actress | The Color Purple
Akosua Busia was born on December 30, 1966 as Akosua Cyamama Busia. She is an actress, known for The Color Purple (1985), Tears of the Sun (2003) and Low Blow (1986). She was previously married to John Singleton.
Tears of the Sun, more
42. Serena Williams
Actress | Pixels
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 ...
tennis great athlete, model
44. Aunjanue Ellis
Actress | Men of Honor
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...
Ray, Undercover Brother, more
45. Missy Elliott
Soundtrack | Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
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, talent ...
46. Octavia Spencer
Actress | Hidden Figures
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, ...
47. Vera Ephraim
Actress | Omena
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 ...
49. Viola Davis
Actress | Fences
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), ...
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 ...
51. Tichina Arnold
Actress | Everybody Hates Chris
Tichina Arnold was born on June 28, 1969 in Queens, New York, USA as Tichina Rolanda Arnold. She is an actress, known for Everybody Hates Chris (2005), Little Shop of Horrors (1986) and Martin (1992). She was previously married to Rico Hines and Lamon Brewster.
Everybody Hates Chris, Martin, more
52. Loretta Devine
Actress | Crash
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 ...
Waiting To Exhale, more
54. Dawnn Lewis
Actress | A Different World
Dawnn Lewis was born August 13, 1961. She is remembered mostly from her role as Jaleesa Vinson on A Different World (1987). Dawnn composed the theme song with Bill Cosby and Stu Gardner that was used for the series. She left the show in 1992 to join the cast of Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (1992) as ...
A Different World, more
55. Charnele Brown
A Different World
56. Niecy Nash
Actress | Claws
Niecy Nash was born on February 23, 1970 in Palmdale, California, USA as Carol Denise Ensley. She is an actress and producer, known for Claws (2017), Reno 911! (2003) and Guess Who (2005). She has been married to Jay Tucker since May 28, 2011. She was previously married to Don Nash.
Reno 911, more
58. Anika Noni Rose
Actress | The Princess and the Frog
Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose recently finished filming the lead role of the pilot episode Beast Mode (TBS / Macro), which is based on life of legendary boxing trainer Ann Wolfe. Anika is also serving as Co-Executive Producer.
In 2018, Anika starred in the title role of 'Carmen Jones' in John ...
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...
61. Danielle Spencer
Actress | What's Happening!!
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 ...
62. Roxie Roker
Actress | The Jeffersons
Roxie Roker was born on August 28, 1929 in Miami, Florida, USA as Roxie Albertha Roker. She was an actress, known for The Jeffersons (1975), Fantasy Island (1977) and ABC Afterschool Specials (1972). She was married to Sy Kravitz. She died on December 2, 1995 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
63. Daniele Gaither
Actress | The Thundermans
Mad TV, more
64. Madge Sinclair
Actress | Coming to America
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 ...
65. Renn Woods
Self | TruInside
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 (1977). Her unforgettable interpretation of "Aquarius" in ...
67. Alfre Woodard
Actress | Star Trek: First Contact
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 ...
69. Sheryl Lee Ralph
Actress | Oliver & Company
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 1970s. She has been Married to Vincent Hughes since July 30, 2005 a Pennsylvania state senator. She was ...
72. RaéVen Kelly
Actress | A Time to Kill
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...
73. Regina Taylor
Actress | Courage Under Fire
While TV audiences best remember Regina Taylor for her empathic portrayal of housekeeper Lilly Harper in the critically lauded series I'll Fly Away (1991), 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 ...
74. Maryam Myika Day
Actress | Smartass
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 ...
Actress | Hudson Hawk
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 thrilling performance has won her glowing reviews from ...
76. Gwen Ifill
Actress | House of Cards
Gwen Ifill was born on September 29, 1955 in Queens, New York, USA as Gwendolyn L. Ifill. She was an actress, known for House of Cards (2013), Washington Week in Review (1967) and PBS NewsHour Special: Questions for President Obama (2016). She died on November 14, 2016 in Washington, District of ...
Actress | The Amazing Spider-Man
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 ...
80. 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...
81. 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...
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: ...
83. Gladys Knight
Actress | Hollywood Homicide
Gladys Knight was born on May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Gladys Maria Knight. She is an actress, known for Hollywood Homicide (2003), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) and Licence to Kill (1989). She has been married to William McDowell since April 12, 2001. She was previously married to Les...
85. 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 ...
89. Crystal Michelle
Stunts | Avengers: Endgame
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...
90. Patti LaBelle
Soundtrack | Licence to Kill
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". ...
91. Nona Gaye
Actress | Ali
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, which ...
Producer | The Search
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 ...
93. Regina King
Actress | Ray
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 (1985), followed by a role in Boyz n the Hood (1991). She began to be recognized by a mainstream audience after her role as Cuba ...
The Boondocks, Ray, Friday, 227, more
94. India Arie
Soundtrack | Miami Vice
96. Tomiko Fraser
Actress | Monster-in-Law
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 ...
Actress | Good Times
BernNadette Stanis is best known as Thelma from Good Times (1974), 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 ...
100. Nat Dixon
Actress | Cross
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.