Top 25 Best Black Actresses

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  • 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
  • Thandie Newton
  • Alfre Woodard

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah, a former rapper, gained notoriety for her acting in Set It Off, in which she played a tough lesbian bank robber. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the musical Chicago and for an Emmy for her role in the AIDS drama Life Support. (Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Lifetime)