Girl Power: Ten Powerful Black Women in Films and Television

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

Debbie Allen in Fame

Before there was Glee, there was Fame. One of the few cast members who was in both the 1980 movie version and the TV series, Allen played the cane-tapping dance instructor Lydia Grant, whose quote “fame costs, and right here is where you start paying—in sweat” is one of the most quotable lines in television history.

(Photo: MGM Television)

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