When We Admired Black Women On TV: Our Favorite Characters of Yesteryear

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The Huxtable Girls and Clair, “The Cosby Show”

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who would argue that the Huxtable family wasn’t a positive representation of a black family on television. Though you will find people who claim the family was too perfect. Whatever your stance on the issue, you can at least say that the Huxtables represented a pretty diverse character set, especially when it came to the women. Though Sandra was a bit bland, there are certainly people in our families who take a more backseat role in the family dynamic. Then there was Denise, the free-spirited daughter who was always looking for new ways to express her creativity. Vanessa, who started off just wanting a dog like most of us; but as she got older her interest expanded to boys and she even became a bit more rebellious in her teenage years. (Remember when she snuck out the house to go to that concert?) There was Rudy, the youngest sister who was constantly fighting to be noticed and acknowledged in her larger family. And then Mama Clair. Was she not the epitome of fabulous? With so many plates to juggle, Clair never seemed to drop one. She could balance being a wife, mother and attorney to perfection. And she really impressed us when she’d start singing or speaking in Spanish. The girl was bad!

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