Standing The Test Of Time: 13 Seasoned Black Actresses Still Working In Hollywood

July 15, 2013 ‐ By Kelly Franklin

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On Oprah’s “Next Chapter” special on Black Actresses in Hollywood,  Viola Davis said it best when she shared, “We’re in crisis mode as black actresses.” Beautiful, black and talented actresses play our favorite characters on the big screen, with the ability to make us laugh, cry or high-five our sisters in solidarity (think Angela Bassett torching her cheating husband’s things on Waiting To Exhale). Unfortunately, despite the success, fame, and riches, black actresses still face a shortage of opportunities and limited types of roles in Hollywood. If you factor in the competitive nature of this career, it’s amazing we can even say there are thriving black actresses in Hollywood. But when it comes to these women that’s the case. And what’s even more remarkable about these ladies is that they’ve been excelling in the industry for decades. Check out the list.

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  • CoCo Lee

    Why is Diahann Carroll not on this list???

  • Patricia

    PLease note: Not one of these beautiful black women made the news for cussing, fighting or acting a fool on television. They did it the old fashion way………………..hard work.

    • MsLadyE

      And they did it with dignity and class!

  • TJwatts

    Halle Berry was not the first black actress to win an Oscar. Please don’t forget Hattie McDaniel or Whoppi Goldberg… I know it was probably just a typo since Halle was the first black actress to win a best actress oscar.