Black History Month: Top African-American Television Characters

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  • 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
  • Diahann Carroll
  • Bill Cosby

The Cast of Soul Food

Picking up where the hit movie of the same name left off, the series focused on how the Joseph family coped after the death of matriarch Mother Joe. Set in the Midwest, the lives of this tight-knit family showed the world a side of African-American culture rarely seen on TV. With the likes of Nicole Ari Parker, Malinda Williams and Vanessa Williams starring, the show had a lot of eye candy that is yet to be beat.

(Photo: Courtesy SHOWTIME)

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