Top 25 Best Black Actresses

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  • Kerry Washington
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Pam Grier
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • 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

Pam Grier

Pam Grier got her start playing a bad sexy mama in Blaxploitation movies like Coffy and Foxy Brown. In the '90s, she was nominated for a Golden Globe for the title role in Quentin Tarrantino's Jackie Brown and in the 2000s she had a critically acclaimed role in the Showtime drama lesbian, The L Word. (Photo: Ben Rose/PictureGroup)