Girl Power: Ten Powerful Black Women in Films and Television

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  • Pam Grier
  • Danai Gurira
  • Angela Bassett
  • Zoe Saldana
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Kerry Washington
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Viola Davis
  • Gabrielle Union
  • Halle Berry

Angela Bassett in Strange Days

Set in the dystopian future of 1999, Strange Days is one of the few fantasy films to explicitly tackle issues of race, class and sex. Bassett, in one of her most celebrated — and underrated — roles, plays Mace, best friend and bodyguard to Black marketeer Ralph Fiennes and the voice of conscience in the film.

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