Black History Month: Top African-American Television Characters

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  • Martin Lawrence
  • The Game
  • 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

Will Smith playing "Will Smith" in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

This is a story all about how…Will Smith went from obscurity to becoming the biggest star in the world. It all started when producers at NBC plucked the rapper out of a recording studio and, recognizing his off-the-charts charisma, built a show around him. The rest is pop-culture history.

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