Black History Month: Top African-American Television Characters

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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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