List of darker-skinned Black actresses

by karxnbxxchxr | created - 10 Jul 2017 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

1. 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 ...

2. Aja Naomi King

Actress | The Birth of a Nation

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. ...

3. 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 ...

4. Brandy Norwood

Actress | I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

Brandy Norwood was born on February 11, 1979 in McComb, Mississippi, USA as Brandy Rayana Norwood. She is known for her work on I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), Moesha (1996) and Osmosis Jones (2001).

5. Yindra Zayas

Actress | Sharp Objects

Yindra Zayas (who was named after her mom) was born in Miami, Florida, on October 27, 1994, to Yindra Zayas who is of Cuban descent. She is Afro-Cuban and is the second child out of five children. She begin her acting career in plays at the age of five and as time passed her love for acting grew. ...

6. Leslie Jones

Actress | Ghostbusters

Leslie Jones was born on September 7, 1967 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Ghostbusters (2016), Masterminds (2016) and Saturday Night Live (1975).

7. 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, ...

8. Issa Rae

Producer | Insecure

Issa Rae was born on January 12, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a producer and actress, known for Insecure (2016), The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (2011) and Little (2019).

9. Michaela Coel

Actress | Chewing Gum

Michaela was born on October 1st 1987 as Michaela Boakye-Collinson to Ghanaian parents and brought up in Tower Hamlets by her mother, a devout member of the Pentecostal church who instilled her religion into Michaela and her sister - something that she would later draw on for her play 'Chewing Gum ...

10. Raven Goodwin

Actress | The Station Agent

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

11. Danielle Brooks

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Danielle Brooks was born on September 17, 1989 in Augusta, Georgia, USA. She is an actress, known for Orange Is the New Black (2013), The Angry Birds Movie (2016) and Clemency (2019).

12. Sierra Aylina McClain

Actress | Daddy's Little Girls

Sierra Aylina McClain was born on March 16, 1994. She is known for her work on Daddy's Little Girls (2007), Shrink (2009) and Mindhunter (2017).

13. Yvonne Orji

Actress | Insecure

Yvonne Orji is known for her work on Insecure (2016), Night School (2018) and Spontaneous.

14. 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....

15. 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 ...

16. Erica Michelle

Actress | The Quad

Erica Michelle is an American Actress born in Meridian, Mississippi. She was raised in El Dorado, Arkansas where she studied drama her Freshman year of high school. She later went on to fulfill her biggest dream in live to becoming Homecoming Queen.

Michelle's passion for acting led her to pursue a ...

17. Jazz Raycole

Actress | Jericho

Jazz Raycole is a professionally trained dancer. By four years of age, she was involved in dance competitions, and has trained with many top choreographers. She is currently dancing under the supervision of multi-talented choreographer Debbie Allen.

After deciding to break into acting, Raycole and ...

18. Danai Gurira

Actress | Black Panther

Danai Gurira was born in Grinnell, Iowa, to Josephine and Roger Gurira, who were from Zimbabwe. Her father was then teaching Chemistry at Grinnell College. When she was five, the family moved back to Zimbabwe, residing in the capital Harare. Gurira later returned to the United States, and studied ...

19. Lupita Nyong'o

Actress | 12 Years a Slave

Lupita Amondi Nyong'o was born March 1, 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Kenyan parents, Dorothy Ogada Buyu and Peter Anyang' Nyong'o. Her father, a senator, was then a visiting lecturer in political science. She was raised in Kenya. At age 16, her parents sent her back to Mexico for seven months to...

20. Uzo Aduba

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Aduba began earning recognition for her work in 2003, with a performance in "Translations of Xhosa" at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that won her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Play. Her Broadway debut was in 2007 as Toby in "Coram Boy". She was...

21. Florence Kasumba

Actress | Captain America: Civil War

Florence Kasumba is a German actress living in Berlin. She has been filming in the English, German and Dutch languages since 2000. She is best known for her work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the films Captain America: Civil War (2016), Black Panther (2018) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). ...

22. 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), ...

23. Justine Skye

Actress | Already Gone

Justine Skye is an American musical artist and known for her role on The Fashion Fund, during which she acted as a model for Gypsy Sport. The Fashion Fund is a documentary-style TV show featuring behind-the-scenes action from the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the Vogue Competition for...

24. Ryan Destiny

Actress | Star

Ryan Destiny was born on January 8, 1995 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Ryan Destiny Irons. She is an actress, known for Star (2016), Low Winter Sun (2013) and The Black Child (2020).

25. Diamond White

Actress | The Lion Guard

Diamond White is an actress, known for The Lion Guard (2016), Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) and Transformers: Rescue Bots (2011).

26. Hope Olaide Wilson

Actress | Wonderland

Hope Olaide Wilson was born on August 16, 1985 in the UK as Hope Adjoko Olubunkonla Olaide Wilson. She is an actress and producer, known for Wonderland (2019), Solace (2018) and I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009).

27. 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).

28. Yetide Badaki

Actress | This Is Us

Yetide Badaki is an actress, writer and producer known for This Is Us, American Gods and Call of Duty Infinite Warfare. She wrote, produced and starred in Hollywoodland. Yetide was born and raised in Nigeria and has also lived in England, Canada and the United States. She was nominated for Joseph ...

29. Lashana Lynch

Actress | Brotherhood

Lashana Lynch (born 27 November 1987) is a British actress. She plays the leading role of Rosaline in the ABC period drama series Still Star-Crossed.

Lynch is a graduate of the BA Acting course at ArtsEd drama school in London. She made her film debut in the 2011 drama film Fast Girls. She later ...

30. Khalilah Joi

Actress | Grey's Anatomy

Khalilah Joi is known for her work on Grey's Anatomy (2005), Project Blue Book (2019) and A Violent Man (2017).

31. DeWanda Wise

Actress | Someone Great

In television, film, theater, writing, and producing, DeWanda Wise has established herself as one of the industry's most exciting talents. In the Netflix adaption of "She's Gotta Have It," created by Spike Lee, Wise appears as the iconic 'Nola Darling.' Based on Lee's 1986 film of the same name, ...

32. Letitia Wright

Actress | Black Panther

Letitia Wright is a British-Guyanese actress. She is known for her portrayal of Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning in 2018 with Black Panther (2018) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and for the film Urban Hymn (2015). She has also starred in The Commuter (2018) and Ready Player One...

33. 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...

34. Mouna Traoré

Actress | The Drop In

Traoré began acting at a young age. She attended classes at the Young People's Theatre. She later graduated from the Etobicoke School of the Arts, and completed a Bachelor of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto. Traoré's most notable roles are Crystal Markes on Rookie Blue, and Rebecca ...

35. Adrienne Warren

Actress | Quantico

Adrienne Warren is an actress and production manager, known for Quantico (2015), Blue Bloods (2010) and Orange Is the New Black (2013).

36. Trinitee

Actress | K.C. Undercover

Trinitee Stokes is an actress best known from starring on Disney Channel's live-action series "K.C. Undercover," for 3 seasons. Stokes starred as Judy, a no-nonsense tween, and youngest child in the Cooper family who was actually a sophisticated humanoid robot. She brought sass, attitude and energy...

37. Reiya Downs

Actress | Degrassi: Next Class

Reiya Downs is an actress, known for Degrassi: Next Class (2016) and Four Brothers (2005).

38. Riele Downs

Actress | The Best Man Holiday

Riele Downs was born on July 8, 2001 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Riele West Downs. She is an actress, known for The Best Man Holiday (2013), Henry Danger (2014) and The Gabby Douglas Story (2014).

39. Skai Jackson

Actress | Arthur

Skai Jackson stars as the adorable "Zuri Ross" on the Disney Channel sitcoms Jessie (2011), with Debby Ryan, and Bunk'd (2015). Before that, we've seen her in small roles on Boardwalk Empire (2010) and Royal Pains (2009), and even in the film, The Smurfs (2011).

40. Sanai Victoria

Actress | No Good Nick

Sanai Victoria was born January 15, 2007. From the time she was born, it was evident that Sanai Victoria was destined for the spotlight. At the tender age of 2 ½, she had already begun piano, gymnastics, voice and dance lessons and has continued to excel at the performing arts. At age 6, Sanai ...

41. Dawntavia Bullard

Writer | Brownsville High

Dawntavia Bullard is an actress and writer, known for Brownsville High (2018), Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011) and Sounds of Poetry (2009).

42. DomiNque Perry

Actress | Get Hard

DomiNque Perry is an actress and dancer from the wonderful city of Houston, TX. Her love for acting was noticed very early on by her mother and those around her. Realizing her daughter had a thing for entertaining and "showing out" for everyone, DomiNque's mother enrolled her at the prestigious ...

43. Milauna Jackson

Actress | Strike Back

Milauna Jackson was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is an actress, known for Strike Back (2010), Dexter (2006) and How to Get Away with Murder (2014).

44. Tanyell Waivers

Actress | Ma

Tanyell Waivers was born on January 6, 1990 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Tanyell Quian Waivers. She is an actress, known for Ma (2019), The Demonologist (2019) and Bayou Caviar (2018).

45. Bre-Z

Actress | Empire

Bre-Z is an actress, known for Empire (2015), All American (2018) and 16 Bars (2020).

Real name: Calesha Murray

46. Edwina Findley Dickerson

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 ...

47. Tasha Smith

Actress | The Whole Ten Yards

Tasha Smith was born on February 28, 1971 in Camden, New Jersey, USA. She is an actress and director, known for The Whole Ten Yards (2004), Why Did I Get Married? (2007) and Couples Retreat (2009). She was previously married to Keith Douglas.

48. 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 N-Secure (2010). She has been married to Kevin Boutte since 2003. They have one child.

49. Anna Diop

Actress | Titans

Anna Diop is a Senegalese-American actress.

Diop was born in Senegal, but moved to United States when she was six. In 2006, she made her television debut, appearing on Everybody Hates Chris. In the following years, she guest starred on Lincoln Heights, Whitney, and Touch. In film, Diop had a role ...

50. Coco Jones

Actress | Good Luck Charlie

Coco Jones was born on January 4, 1998 in Columbia, South Carolina, USA as Courtney Jones. She is an actress, known for Good Luck Charlie (2010), Flock of Four (2017) and Grandma's House (2016).

51. Michelle Mitchenor

Actress | Chi-Raq

Michelle Mitchenor, a New Jersey native started in the industry as a professional dancer working with top recording artists such as Rihanna, Beyoncé, Pharrell, Cee-lo Green, and several more. In 2015 she completely transitioned into the acting world and starred in her first feature "Chi-Raq" ...

52. Meagan Holder

Actress | Pitch

Meagan Holder was born on October 3, 1984 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Meagan Courtney Holder. She is an actress, known for Pitch (2016).

53. Lillias White

Actress | Hercules

Lillias White was born on July 21, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Lillias Diane White. She is an actress, known for Hercules (1997), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) and Hercules (1998).

54. Thishiwe Ziqubu

Director | Emoyeni

Thishiwe Ziqubu is an award-winning actress, writer and director based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

She stars in the BET mini-series Madiba opposite Laurence Fishburne, as well as Book of Negroes, also starring Aunjanae Ellis and Cuba Gooding Jnr.

Thishiwe has won several best actress awards for ...

55. Karen Malina White

Actress | Lean on Me

Karen Malina White was born on July 7, 1965 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Lean on Me (1989), Caged (2016) and Malcolm & Eddie (1996).

56. 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...

57. Tracy Ifeachor

Actress | Legends of Tomorrow

Tracy Ifeachor was born and raised in the sea-side city of Plymouth in Devonshire, England. After being crowned Senior Verse Speaking Champion of the South-West at the age of 15, Tracy was keen to go to drama school to study acting but her father, a Professor of Electronic engineering, an ...

58. Kelly Jenrette

Actress | The Handmaid's Tale

Kelly Jenrette is an actress and writer, known for The Handmaid's Tale (2017), Grandfathered (2015) and Frisky Dingo (2006).

59. Ebonee Noel

Actress | Still Star-Crossed

Ebonee Noel is an actress, known for Still Star-Crossed (2017), Long Nights Short Mornings (2016) and I Love You, Daddy (2017).

60. Aïssa Maïga

Actress | Les poupées russes

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 ...

61. 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 ...

62. Imani Hakim

Actress | Everybody Hates Chris

Imani Hakim was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and by the age of 7 she had already developed a strong passion for acting. She soon began studying acting at Cleveland Ohio's historic Karamu House Theater, where she appeared in many of its stage productions.

In 2005 she landed her first television role as ...

63. Jessica White

Actress | Big Momma's House 2

Jessica White was born in 1984 in Buffalo, New York, USA. She is known for her work on Big Momma's House 2 (2006), Easter Egg (2020) and Little Erin Merryweather (2003).

64. Leslie Silva

Actress | Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Born in Schenectady, New York, Leslie Silva was raised primarily in Saratoga, New York, but also lived in Connecticut, Iowa and Georgia, moving frequently because her father worked as a nuclear engineer. She attended the University of Connecticut at Storrs, and received a BFA from the School of ...

65. Nia Long

Actress | Big Momma's House

Stunning pop culture icon, Hollywood leading lady and three-time NAACP award winner Nia Long returns to the big screen this fall in the highly anticipated Universal Pictures sequel The Best Man Holiday (in theaters November 15th) where she reunites with original castmates Taye Diggs ("Private ...

66. Keke Palmer

Actress | Hustlers

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 ...

67. Ninja N. Devoe

Actress | Green Book

Theatrically trained actress Ninja N. Devoe has played challenging roles in some of the biggest film and television projects of the past few years. Highlights include fan favorite Aisha Axton, a street-smart Harlem girl in Marvel's LUKE CAGE, opposite Mike Colter and Emmy Award-winning Ron Cephas ...

68. 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. Currently Keesha can be seen recurring on the ...

69. Asha Bromfield

Actress | Riverdale

Asha Bromfield is an actress, singer and writer. With an extensive musical theatre background, Asha is most notably recognized for her work in NBC's Full Out and Nickelodeon's Max and Shred. Asha will star as Melody Jones, a legendary member of the Josie and the Pussycats in CW's Riverdale, based ...

70. Ashleigh Murray

Actress | Riverdale

Ashleigh Murray portrays Josie McCoy in the CW's new teen drama Riverdale. Ashleigh was born in Kansas City, MO. In the 5th grade, she went to Oakland, California, to live with her aunt for 2 years, where Murray enjoyed studying piano, jazz and hip-hop. After graduating high school back in Kansas ...

71. Danielle Moné Truitt

Actress | Rebel

Danielle Moné Truitt was destined to entertain. She is the true definition of a Triple Threat. The actor, singer, and dancer hails from Sacramento, California where she studied Theatre and Dance at Sacramento State University before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television and film. ...

72. Stefanée Martin

Actress | The Get Down

Stefanée Martin is an actress and producer, known for The Get Down (2016) and Skin in the Game (2019).

73. Kelly Rowland

Actress | Freddy vs. Jason

Kelly Rowland was born on February 11, 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Kelendria Trene Rowland. She has been married to Tim Weatherspoon since May 9, 2014. They have one child.

74. Missy Elliot

Actress | Te Makutu (The Curse)

Missy Elliot is an actress, known for Te Makutu (The Curse) (2017).

75. Naomi Campbell

Actress | The First Night of 'Pygmalion'

Naomi Campbell is an actress, known for The First Night of 'Pygmalion' (1969).

76. Erika Alexander

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 ...

77. 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 ...

78. Jill Marie Jones

Actress | Girlfriends

Jill Marie Jones was born on January 4, 1975 in Dallas, Texas, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Girlfriends (2000), Drool (2009) and Sleepy Hollow (2013).

79. Golden Brooks

Actress | Girlfriends

Golden Brooks was born on December 1, 1970 in Fresno, California, USA as Golden Ameda Brooks. She is an actress and writer, known for Girlfriends (2000), Beauty Shop (2005) and The Inheritance (2011).

80. Cocoa Brown

Actress | Ted 2

COCOA BROWN is undeniably one of the most talented performers of this era. The Newport News, Virginia native, born Farah Brown, assails her craft with such passion and soul searching veracity, when she claims the stage the ensuing act is nothing short of a force of nature. COCOA BROWN audaciously ...

81. Carla Jeffery

Actress | American Vandal

Carla Jeffery was born on July 10, 1993 in Houston, Texas, USA. She is an actress, known for American Vandal (2017), Southland (2009) and Phat Girlz (2006).

82. 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 ...

83. Phyllis Yvonne Stickney

Actress | Die Hard: With a Vengeance

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...

84. 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...

85. Kenya Moore

Actress | I Know Who Killed Me

Kenya Moore was born on January 24, 1971 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Kenya Summer Moore. She is an actress and producer, known for I Know Who Killed Me (2007), Dolls of Voodoo (2013) and The Confidant (2010). She has been married to Marc Daly since June 10, 2017. They have one child.

86. Kandiss Edmundson

Actress | Inside Man

Kandiss Edmundson is known for her work on Inside Man (2006), Us: A Love Story (2009) and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000).

87. Saycon Sengbloh

Actress | The Passage

Saycon Sengbloh was born in Atlanta, GA. to an American mother and Liberian father. She has been a featured actress and vocalist in the newest generation of contemporary shows on Broadway and off-Broadway, embracing a new sound of pop, rock, & soul music and production including Rent, Oprah ...

88. Lorrie Odom

Actress | Isn't It Romantic

Lorrie Odom is an actress, known for Isn't It Romantic (2019), Person of Interest (2011) and Gotham (2014).

89. Tonya Pinkins

Actress | Enchanted

Tonya Pinkins has won or been nominated for nearly every award there is in the American theater. She is a Fulbright Specialist. As a producer, writer and director she conceived "Truth and Reconciliation of Womyn; Narrative Stories and Songs for the Soul in ten minutes or less." The women involved ...

90. Robinne Lee

Actress | Hitch

Robinne Lee (born July 16, 1974) is an American actress and author. She made her screen debut in the 1997 independent film Hav Plenty, and later has appeared in films National Security (2003), Deliver Us from Eva (2003), Hitch (2005), Seven Pounds (2008), Fifty Shades Darker (2017), and Fifty ...

91. Tracey Graves

Actress | The Wedding Ringer

Tracey is an RPCV, meaning a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. She served 1.5yrs in two villages in Muchinga Province, Zambia from Feb 2018- September 2019.

She holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Tracey hit the ground running in Los Angeles and has ...

92. Brittany S. Hall

Actress | Ballers

Brittany S. Hall is an American actress born on September 30th, 1987 in Washington D.C She was raised in the D.C./MD area, where she discovered her love for the performing arts. She performed in varies dance recitals and plays starting at an early age, which continued until she graduated high ...

93. Danielle Deadwyler

Actress | Reckoning

Danielle Deadwyler is an actress and producer, known for Reckoning (2019), Gifted (2017) and Watchmen (2019).

94. Andrene Ward-Hammond

Actress | Loving

Andrene Ward-Hammond is a native of Brooklyn, New York. Growing up in a Jamaican household, she was exposed to a diverse element of culture and art. Her love for entertaining grew from observing the figures in her family and neighborhood, as well as, the films she digested growing up. Many of her ...

95. Christine Horn

Actress | American Crime Story

Christine Horn was born in New York and raised in Atlanta. She studied with the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta and attended the American Musical Dramatic Academy in New York City. She is a Broadway/Film Actress, Singer and Producer known for, "Complications" (2014), "Reckless" (2014) ...

96. Laura Harrier

Actress | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Laura Ruth Harrier (born March 28, 1990) is an American actress and model. Harrier was first recognized for her portrayal of Destiny Evans in the short-lived reboot of the American soap opera One Life to Live in 2013. In 2017, she made her major film debut portraying Liz Allan in Spider-Man: ...

97. 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 ...

98. Kelli Pardo

Passengers

Kelli Pardo is an actress, known for Passengers (2016), Finding Carter (2014) and Being Mary Jane (2013).

99. Margaret Avery

Actress | The Color Purple

Slender, attractive actress Margaret Avery, spellbinding in her role of Shug in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple (1985), is certainly no "one-hit wonder". Although filmgoers may be able to trace her back only to that once-in-a-lifetime part, Margaret has been a talented player on the large and ...

100. Mo'Nique

Actress | Precious

Mo'Nique received a standing ovation when she stepped on stage for the first time in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, giving her confidence to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian. After numerous stand-up performances, she took a leap forward with one of the starring roles in The Parkers (...



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