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

Jada Pinkett-Smith in The Matrix

"I love being badass," Jada Pinkett Smith declared when talking about her role as Niobe in the Matrix trilogy. The role of the ship captain in the films was specifically created for Pinkett Smith by the Wachowskis, who were equally impressed by her take-charge demeanor and impressive physical form. 

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