Black History Month: Top African-American Television Characters

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  • 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
  • Michael K. Williams
  • Queen Latifah
  • Jackée Harry
  • Jaleel White
  • Sherman Hemsley/Isabel Sanford
  • Good Times
  • Martin Lawrence

Joan (Tracee Ellis Ross) and Aaron (Richard T. Jones) in Girlfriends

Just as Mara Brock Akil's hit show accurately portrayed the complexities of female friendships, it didn't hold back when it came to Joan's long-awaited relationship. From Joan's awkward proposal to Aaron's deployment to Iraq, this couple managed to keep it real even on a sitcom.

(Photo: Lisa Rose/THE CW)

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