Girl Power: Ten Powerful Black Women in Films and Television

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  • Kerry Washington
  • Halle Berry
  • Pam Grier
  • Theresa Graves
  • Debbie Allen
  • Danai Gurira
  • Angela Bassett
  • Zoe Saldana
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Vivica A. Fox

Pam Grier in Coffy

In 1973’s Coffy, Pam Grier played a nurse-turned-vigilante (or, according to the tagline, a “one-chick hit squad”), known as much for her killer moves as her killer curves. Coffy's ensembles, comprised mostly of hot pants and triangle bikini tops, could disarm any enemy.

(Photo: American International Pictures)

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