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Kerry Washington – “Scandal”

Washington has broken down barriers as the lead of “Scandal” — becoming the first black woman in nearly 40 years to lead her own TV drama on American network TV.  Now the popular series season three finale is upon us. And fans of the show are celebrating the end to another successful season with Washington playing gladiator Olivia Pope. Since the success of “Scandal,” more networks are producing dramas featuring black female leads. But the road to having successful shows featuring a black female lead hasn’t always been easy. MadameNoire compiled a list of notable black women who played lead roles on TV dramas from the struggling past to the blossoming present and future.

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