Where Have You Been? Black Actresses Whose Talents Need To Be On The Big-Screen More Often

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April 19, 2013 ‐ By Nicole Akoukou Thompson

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There are some actresses (i.e,. Halle Berry, Thandie Newton, Kerry Washington) who get all of the glory, and there are some that don’t get nearly as much recognition. Phenomenal acting abilities have gone with a lack of praise while mediocre performances by non-black women are seen as unparalleled (even when they’re just okay…). You can Google lists of top black actresses, and find that while those women are great at what they do, a great deal of them haven’t even had a leading role in years (if at all). Maybe they’ve decided to take a break from acting, or maybe they are just struggling to grab those big roles, but it’s about time that Hollywood is reminded that there are strong black actresses in Hollywood, and these women need to have their faces back in somebody’s movie sooner than later.

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  • Hazel Montana

    Ummm what about my girl Angela Bassett?!! I can’t believe you guys left her off of this list..THAT is an underrated woman…
    What’s love got to do with it, Waiting to Exhale, How Stella got her groove back, The Jackson Five: American Dream, Akeelah & The Bee, Boyz N the Hood, Notorious…etc, etc…
    My girl definitely needs to be on this list!

  • Black Santa

    Who needs black actresses when you have ratchet reality stars!

  • http://youtube.com/ICANDIGUOUT whatsgoodwitchu

    Jurnee did her thing in Tyler’s Temptation so hopefully she’ll get more big screen roles thereafter. Raven needs a role like the one given to Jurnee for her to sink her teeth into. At least she had that successful run on Broadway.

  • Ifuaskme2

    MN…..surely you JEST?

  • Bunny

    What about N’BUSHE WRIGHT ?

    • Sepia830

      Agreed. I really miss seeing her on screen.

    • http://youtube.com/ICANDIGUOUT whatsgoodwitchu

      Yeah, she was a presence wasn’t she?

  • scandalous7

    Anika!!!! yes!

  • LilScrappy_w/his_irrelevant_az

    What about Heather Headley? People think she is just a singer but she made her start on the stage and is an AMAZING broadway performer. She was Nala in the broadway version of Lion King and in Aida just to name a few

  • LilScrappy_w/his_irrelevant_az

    What about Heather Headley? People think she is just a singer but she made her start on the stage and is an AMAZING broadway performer. She was Nala in the broadway version of Lion King and in Aida just to name a few

  • Jacquiline Perkins

    they need to take a page from…Viola Davis .did TV showed what she could do until the right role came a long…she a house hole name even if the movie is not good she well be….

    • chanela

      What on earth is a house hole?

  • Rees

    All credibility was lost when Ashanti was added to this list

  • Rees

    All credibility was lost when Ashanti was added to this list

    • Jacquiline Perkins

      Whats up with that…see can’t sing either….

    • Jacquiline Perkins

      Whats up with that…see can’t sing either….

  • WhoMe

    what about Kimberly Elise?

    • Jacquiline Perkins

      AMEN…

    • Jacquiline Perkins

      AMEN…

    • Sepia830

      I like Kimberly Elise but IMO she lacks versatility as an actress. She is a powerful dramatic actress who is good at portraying victims.

  • FromUR2UB

    Oprah? Oprah?? I’m amused. She does the same voice for every role. She even had Halle Berry doing it in ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’. That bad southern drawl. Oprah must have been her acting coach.

    • Jacquiline Perkins

      it was good,,,

    • Jacquiline Perkins

      it was good,,,

    • LilScrappy_w/his_irrelevant_az

      Maybe Im on my own but I loved Their Eyes Were Watching God and the one where she was in the mental institute way back in the day and she was married to Danny Glover

    • LilScrappy_w/his_irrelevant_az

      Maybe Im on my own but I loved Their Eyes Were Watching God and the one where she was in the mental institute way back in the day and she was married to Danny Glover

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/thesapphireempress96?feature=results_main A.J.

    Anika Noni-Rose is pure awesomeness! She’s one of my favorite actresses, and she definitely has the chops to be in the spotlight more.

    • Jacquiline Perkins

      that is the truth….

    • Jacquiline Perkins

      that is the truth….

    • Sepia830

      Agreed. She really impressed me in ‘For Colored Girls’. I’m looking forward to seeing her acting alongside Thandie in ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’. The book was great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1604244 Raimi Nicte

    A note of correction… For the Tia and Tamera slide, Strong Medicine came on long before The Game, so technically Tamera struck out on her own first.

  • YolandaG

    I think this list is 5 click too many…Ashanti…really MN

  • very_ opinionated

    I loveeeee Jurnee Smolett-Ball. She is the only reason i went to see Temptation. She is THE most under rated. Queen Latifah was amazing in Set It Off. A classic movie. And i would love to see more of Tia and Tamera they are such good role models/actresses