Black History Month: Best African-American Film Debuts

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  • Anthony Mackie
  • Will Smith
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Jennifer Hudson
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  • Whitney Houston
  • T.I.
  • Prince
  • Black Hollywood
  • Lupita Nyong'o
  • Ice Cube
  • Queen Latifah
  • Gabourey Sidibe
  • Tyler Perry
  • Diana Ross
  • Tupac Shakur

Oprah Winfrey in The Color Purple

Though she's omnipresent in the media, Winfrey has been remarkably choosy about her film roles. Her debut performance in this adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was pitch perfect and earned her the only Oscar nomination of her career.

(Photo: Courtesy Warner Bros Pictures)

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