Girl Power: Ten Powerful Black Women in Films and Television

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

Zoe Saldana in Star Trek

No stranger to playing tough chicks after films like Avatar and even the ballet drama Center Stage, Saldana's no-nonsense attitude really got to shine in the Star Trek franchise reboot. As Uhura, the Starship Enterprise's most competent lieutenant, Saldana was the perfect choice to take over Nichelle Nichols' iconic role.

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