Black History Month: Top African-American Television Characters

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  • Danielle Spencer
  • Diahann Carroll
  • Redd Foxx
  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
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  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Viola Davis
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Simon Adebisi (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) in Oz

Don't let the jaunty little hat fool you. Prisoner #93A234 means business. Adebisi became one of the most recognizable characters on the HBO prison drama Oz, both for his strong accent and his ruthless ways. 

(Photo: Courtesy HBO)

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