Black History Month: Top African-American Television Characters

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  • Michael K. Williams
  • Queen Latifah
  • Jackée Harry
  • Jaleel White
  • Sherman Hemsley/Isabel Sanford
  • Good Times
  • Martin Lawrence
  • The Game
  • Will Smith
  • Tracee Ellis Ross
  • Diahann Carroll
  • Bill Cosby
  • Danielle Spencer
  • Diahann Carroll
  • Redd Foxx
  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
  • Soul Food
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  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Viola Davis
  • Kerry Washington
  • Gabrielle Union
  • Jussie Smollett
  • Chandra Wilson
  • In Living Color
  • Jasmine Guy/Kadeem Hardison

Sandra Clark (Jackée Harry) in 227

Before becoming everybody's favorite adoptive sassy mom on Sister, Sister, Jackée Harry was the uber popular and high-maintence lady in 227. Though the show was created as a vehicle for Marla Gibbs, even she would have to admit that Jackee Harry stole the show as vampy, gossipy neighbor Sandra. In fact, Harry was meant only to be a guest star on the series, but strong audience response prompted NBC to give her a permanent spot on the stoop.

(Photo: Courtesy NBC)

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