11 Absolutely Epic Monologues From Black Women in Film

(Photos from left: David Lee/Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, New Line Cinema)

11 Absolutely Epic Monologues From Black Women in Film

Celebrate Women’s History Month with these amazing actresses.

Published March 3, 2017

To celebrate Viola Davis's deserved Oscar win for her incredible role in Fences, we decided to look back at some of our favorite monologues by some of Hollywood's most talented actresses.

While some may not have gotten the recognition Davis received, we can all agree that these performances were just as powerful.

Take a look at our favorite monologues by our most beloved Black actresses, below:

  1. Viola Davis, 'Fences' (2016)

    "Don't you think I had dreams and hopes? What about my life? What about me? Don't you think it ever crossed my mind to want to know other men? That I wanted to lay up somewhere and forget about my responsibilities? That I wanted someone to make me laugh so I could feel good? You not the only one who's got wants and needs. But I held on to you, Troy. I took all my feelings, my wants and needs, my dreams and I buried them inside you."

  2. Ruby Dee, 'American Gangster' (2007)

    "I never asked you where all this stuff came from, because I didn't want to hear you lie to me. Please... Don't lie to me! Don't... don't do that. Do you want to make things so bad for your family that they'll leave you? Because they will. She will leave you. I will leaving you!"

  3. Angela Bassett, 'Waiting to Exhale' (1995)

    "A white woman is probably the onIy one who'll tolerate your smug ass! Yeah, I was your white woman for 11 years! Couldn't have started that damn company without me! Hell, I worked my ass off. I mean, I got a master's degree in business... and there I was his secretary, his office manager and his computer!"

  4. Queen Latifah, 'Set it Off' (1996)
  5. Oprah Winfrey, 'The Color Purple' 1985

    "Hell no."

  6. Debbie Morgan, 'Eve's Bayou' 1997

    "You're too young to understand. But when I was with Hozea, it was like my whole body was burning. I'd come home and I'd have to rub ice on my face and neck to cool down. If Maynard knew he never said a word. And then one night, Hosea showed up at the door. He said, 'Pack your bags, woman, I've come to take with me.'"

  7. Kimberly Elise, 'Woman Thou Art Loosed' (2004)


  8. Rosie Perez, 'Fearless' (1993)

    "I lied in the confession, I lied to the whole church, to everybody. Oh my God, my God."

  9. Vanessa Williams, 'Soul Food' (1997)

    "Oh, f*ck the family! I let the family into my house, and you know what happened? The family f*cked my husband."

  10. Halle Berry, 'Losing Isaiah' (1995)

    "I threw him away. My baby. I threw him in the garbage can. I killed him, killed him. You got a book about that?"

  11. Mo'Nique, 'Precious' (2009)

    "Who else was going to love me? Hm? Since you got your degree and you know every f*ckin’ thing, who was gonna love me? Who was gonna make me feel good? Who was gonna touch me and make me feel good?"

See how Viola Davis was the star of this year's Academy Awards with BET Breaks, above.

Written by Evelyn Diaz

(Photos from left: David Lee/Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, New Line Cinema)


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