Top 25 Best Black Actresses

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  • 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 McDanie
  • Diana Ross
  • Sanaa Lathan
  • Angela Bassett
  • Ruby Dee

Viola Davis

Viola Davis received a great deal of critical acclaim for her roles in Doubt and The Help, which earned her two Oscar nominations. She also starred in the Oscar-nominated films Traffic and Syriana and won a Tony Award for her Broadway performance in Fences. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)