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

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  • Kerry Washington, Scandal
  • 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 as Olivia Pope

There are many great Black characters on TV.  For Black History Month, BET.com had to give them the spotlight in a sequel (see part 1 here). 

As Scandal's designer clothes-clad crisis manager Olivia Pope, Kerry Washington cleans up Washington's most gasp-worthy messes. Also, her character's sizzling affair with the hit drama's fictional POTUS always steams up our TV sets. Washington made small screen history by becoming the second Black woman to lead a network television drama (after Diahann Carroll's Julia), and she now personifies must-see primetime TV.


(Photo: ABC)

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