No Sassy Black Girl Or Token Friend Here: 10 Shows And Movies We Love That Showcase Strong Black Female Leads

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The Color Purple: Whoopi Goldberg

The gritty classic, The Color Purple showcased Goldberg as Celie Harris, a young woman who has suffered violence at the hand of every man who has ever been in her life. She survives the sexual abuse and impregnation by her father and she eventually escapes the controlling hand and strangling hold of her callous husband, Mister (Danny Glover) who married her when she was just a child. Throughout the movie you see how women of her era struggle against oppression, and manage to maintain a great deal of strength, resilience and prevalence.

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