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

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  • 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
  • Idris Elba, Luther
  • Wendy Raquel Robinson, The Game

Harold Perrineau as Augustus Hill

What did a living hell-on-earth maximum security TV prison like HBO's Oz do to help balance the madness of life behind bars? They added a poetic young griot named Augustus Hill to navigate audiences through the jungles of incarceration. Each episode, Perrineau helped to remind viewers to see the humanity of  the series' prisoners.

(Photo: HBO)

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