Top 25 Best Black Actresses

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  • Thandie Newton
  • Alfre Woodard
  • Lena Horne
  • Dorothy Dandridge
  • Queen Latifah
  • Monique
  • Regina King
  • Nia Long
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Nicole Berharie
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Hattie McDaniel
  • Diana Ross
  • Sanaa Lathan
  • Angela Bassett
  • Ruby Dee
  • Cicely Tyson
  • Halle Berry
  • Viola Davis
  • Lonette McKee
  • Gabrielle Union
  • Kerry Washington
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Pam Grier
  • Whoopi Goldberg

Lena Horne

Singer Lena Horne is also a pioneer of Black film, having starred in Stormy Weather and Cabin in the Sky in 1943. She would continue her legacy in music and film, starring in The Wiz as Glenda the Good Witch in 1978. (Photo: CBS/Landov)