Cynda Williams *
While most Spike Lee joints produce strong female characters, if not leads, with the exception of Kerry Washington, most don’t blow up when the movie ends. If you’ve watched the awesomeness that is Mo’ Better Blues, her first film role, then you probably remember Williams as the very ambitious and beautiful Clarke Bentancourt. She was lucky as hell, playing one of the arm pieces of Denzel Washington’s Bleek, even though he was getting his polyamorous-ness on by seeing other women. She was great in the movie, and afterwards she attained quite a few roles, but none that big or notable. Let’s see, there was one guest role on “New York Undercover,” the film, Black Rose in Harlem, “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” (the TV movie starring Halle Berry), MacArthur Park, Divine Intervention, and she just finished the movie Turning Point this year. She’s back!