Maternal Instincts: Our Favorite Movie Mamas

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  • 050212 celebs movie mamas cicely tyson diary of a mad black woman
  • 050212 celebs movie mamas lynn whitfield madeas family reunion
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  • 050212 celebs movie mamas jennifer lewis think like a man
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Oprah Winfrey, The Women of Brewster Place

Winfrey's character Mattie Michael was the collective den mother to all the women of Brewster Place. Between the hardships she faced raising her own son and her struggles with her parents, Mattie's advice often came from a place of experience, and represented the best of what African-American women could be: supportive, wise and strong. 


(Photo: Courtesy Harpo Productions)

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