More Than A Token: Underrated Black Actors Who Steal The Show Every Time

January 21, 2013 ‐ By Meg Butler

Black actors have come a long way in the last few decades. These stars may be one of the only black actors on their shows but not only do they hold it down, they steal almost every scene they are in. If you haven’t tuned in to any of these shows, click through for a reason to.


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Last year, RZA gave us a reason to watch Californication, a show starring David Duchovny as a boozing writer who slores around town. In it, RZA plays a rapper named Samurai Apocalypse (of course). Since RZA is basically playing himself — a ride or die preacher/prophet with a sharp tongue — he is a lot of fun to watch.

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  • Christopher C

    This a retarded article, is it because they’re black or because they’re good actors? And why ask this question if blacks or any other ethnic background are trying to distance themselves from racism and stereotyping?

  • Angelie

    I thought Sonja Sohn was Angela Bassett for a second. Are they related?

  • chanela

    what about adam rodriguez?hes not black either but lawdddddd

  • chanela

    damon wayans jr was HILARIOUS in the movie “the other guys” i loveee that movie!

  • sammi_lu

    Lamorne Morris’s stock is thru the roof with me right now after checking out his “No Gold Anything” parody of Trinidad James on youtube. Who knew he was soooo funny!?! Love him!

  • On HOL Roscoe doesn’t have a identity crisis! He knows who he is a gay,young black man! And I applaud this show for breaking ground on such a important topic that some communities see as a plague! And I love that Col. Taylor plays Marty’s dad.

  • MizNash

    Dear Donald Glover,

    Can you be mine?! Thank you


    Miz. Nash

    • Lulu012

      Have you seen his Comedy Central stand up special? It’s like hanging out with one of your chillest, funniest and most imaginative friends that you just love to death. He’s so great.

  • realadulttalk

    Why not just underrated minorities to avoid the later disclaimers?

  • Dee

    Dule Hill from Psych should be on this list

    • Lulu012