Girl Power: Ten Powerful Black Women in Films and Television

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

Theresa Graves in Get Christie Love!

Graves'  career was as short-lived as it was notable. Her greatest role was in the 1974 Blaxploitation-inspired television show Get Christie Love! Graves played a tough cop with a great catchphrase: "You're under arrest, Sugah." The show, which made Graves the first Black woman to star in an hour long drama in network history, was based on the highly-popular made-for-TV movie of the same name.

(Photo: Universal TV, Wolper Productions)

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