Black History Month: Top African-American Television Characters

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  • 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
  • The Game

Julia Baker (Diahann Carroll) in Julia

While some say the single mother made famous by Diahann Carroll in this late '60s sitcom didn't realistically portray the struggles of Black America, Julia undoubtedly made history. It became the first network show that featured an African-American lead in a non-stereotypical role. That's a pretty amazing feat. Not to mention Carroll doesn't seem to have aged a day since then.

(Photo: Courtesy NBC)

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