Top 25 Best Black Actresses

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  • Angela Bassett
  • Ruby Dee
  • Cicely Tyson
  • Halle Berry
  • Viola Davis
  • Lonette McKee
  • Gabrielle Union
  • 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

Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee has had a long and prosperous career in film, from her role in the epic Black movie and play Raisin in the Sun in 1961 to her Oscar-nominated role in American Gangster in 2008. She also had memorable roles alongside husband Ossie Davis in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever. (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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