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

Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx) in Sanford and Son

He was the most lovable, unlovable character on television for half a decade. Fred Sanford's sarcasm, cantankerousness and — let's face it — indiscriminate prejudice somehow managed to endear him to viewers across all races. You hate to love it and you love to hate him.

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