Black History Month: Top African-American Television Characters

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  • 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
  • Will Smith
  • Tracee Ellis Ross

Dee Thomas (Danielle Spencer) in What's Happening!

Proving that hustlers can come in small, cute packages, Dee's street smarts and know-it-all attitude seemed to foreshadow a bright future in taking other people's money, one quarter at a time. Paving the way for young hustlers everywhere, Dee's the original OG.

(Photo: Courtesy ABC)

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