Black History Month: Top African American Television Characters (Part Two!)

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  • Idris Elba, Luther
  • Wendy Raquel Robinson, The Game
  • Tichina Arnold, Martin
  • Marla Gibbs, The Jeffersons
  • Harold Perrineau, Oz
  • Eartha Kitt, Batman
  • Audra McDonald, Private Pracctice
  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner, The Cosby Show
  • Kim Fields, Living Single
  • Brandy, Moesha
  • Kerry Washington, Scandal

Tichina Arnold as Pamela James

Before she was Chris Rock's fictional mom on Everybody Hates Chris, everybody loved Tichina Arnold as Gina's BFF Pamela James on Martin. Whether trading barbs with Martin about her buckshots, romancing jobless Tommy or having her pal's back in hilarious situations, Arnold's character helped reinvent the role of the female TV sidekick.

(Photo: FOX Network)

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