#Boss: Black Women Dominating Television

Taraji, Viola and others killing it on the small screen.


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#BlackGirlMagic - From Viola Davis's history-making role in How to Get Away With Murder to Taraji P. Henson becoming everyone's fave in Empire, Black girls are rocking television like never before. Though, as Davis pointed out in her Emmys acceptance speech, we have a long way to go to achieve true diversity on television, it's definitely a better time than ever to be a woman of color in the industry. In anticipation of the premieres of HTGAWM, Scandal and Empire this week, here's a rundown of Black women who are dominating television.(Photos from Left: Christopher Fragapane/Fox, Craig Sjodin/ABC)


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Wendy Williams - This talk show host has turned her gift of gab into ratings gold, climbing the Nielsen rankings season after season. After breaking records and becoming the top-rated talk show among young women last season, The Wendy Williams Show shows no signs of slowing down this year. Work it, Wendy! (Photo: The Wendy Williams Show)


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Gabrielle Union - The leading lady's character on BET's hit drama series Being Mary Jane is as successful professionally as she is a mess personally — and we love her for it. Union plays news anchor Mary Jane Paul to perfection, proving that women can be both strong and vulnerable at the same time. The new season premieres on October 20, and we can't wait! (Photo: BET Networks/Annette Brown)


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Viola Davis - Rhimes's leading lady just made history at the Emmys for playing a tough, no-nonsense law school professor in How to Get Away With Murder. Though the Times refers to Davis as "less than classically beautiful," we think she's one of the sexiest, strongest and coolest women on prime-time. Her acceptance speech after she won the Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series — a first for a Black woman in the ceremony's 67-year history — is already legendary. (Photo: ABC)

Are Shows Like The Walking Dead Making You Fat? - Watching action-packed television may cause you to gain more weight, says researchers from Cornell Food and Brand Lab. Shows like The Walking Dead and films like The Island urge you to snack twice as much while watching them compared to watching news talk shows. Even watching films without sound stimulated folks to eat 38 percent more. (Photo: Gene Page/AMC)

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Danai Gurira - As lone warrior Michonne on The Walking Dead, Gurira is the ultimate survivor. Wielding just her "katana," Michonne is able to fend off zombies and protect her friends. She's definitely someone we'd want on our team if we had to survive the apocalypse. (Photo: Gene Page/AMC)


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Chandra Wilson - Seattle Grace's no-nonsense chief resident Dr. Miranda Bailey has her work cut out for her, dealing with unwieldy interns, egotistical doctors and the everyday issues of life and death. Wilson has played Dr. Bailey for nearly 10 years, and in that time has become one of the most beloved, and feared, characters on TV.  (Photo: ABC)


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Kerry Washington - Ever since Washington's debut as a Washington crisis fixer with, well, strong ties to the president, fans have been asking, "What Would Olivia Pope Do?" Though typically the picture of confidence and capability, we've seen Olivia's tough exterior give way to vulnerability, fear and even some bad decisions in recent seasons. Now that Scandal comes back on the air tonight, we're dying to see what our favorite TV heroine does next. (Photo: ABC/Ron Tom)


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Tracee Ellis Ross - Ross pairs up with The Game writer Kenya Harris to bring the experiences of the Black upper middle class to mainstream audiences this fall. As Anthony Anderson's ultra-liberal wife in Black-ish, Ross gets to flex her comedy skills, which she honed on Girlfriends, to a new demographic. (Photo: AP Photo/ABC, Adam Taylor)


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Halle Berry - In Extant, Berry plays an astronaut who returns home from a mysterious intergalactic mission. The actress was hand-picked by Steven Spielberg, the show's executive producer, for the role, which is her first foray into prime-time.  (Photo: CBS) condition 


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Nicole Beharie - Beharie has earned rave reviews for her portrayal of a big city detective forced to partner with, of all people, 18th-century Revolutionary soldier Ichabod Crane to take on the evil Headless Horseman. Crane's belief that women belong in the home and African-Americans are still in chains leads to understandable tension between himself and his new partner.  (Photo: FOX)


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Angela Bassett - Bassett continues to flex her range in American Horror Story. The actress was nominated for a prime-time Emmy Award this year and the series returns next month.   (Photo: Michele K. Short/FX)