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As the sword wielding zombie killer Michonne in The Walking Dead, Danai Gurira redefined what a strong Black woman on TV looked like. Fearless, tough and an ultimate survivor, the 35-year old epitomized a modern day warrior woman. She also expanded her depth and range as an actress as Adenike Balogun in the Andrew Dosunmu-directed drama Mother of George. By playing a conflicted wife with a dilemma that threatens her marriage, Gurira allowed viewers to glimpse all colors of her genius.