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Annie comes out in theaters today! Fans and critics are already raving about Quvenzhane Wallis’ performance and portrayal as the title character. Wallis has garnered a wave of positive roles for herself — becoming Hollywood’s pint-sized “it” girl and a role model for little Black girls out there to watch.

But she isn’t alone! Other young Black women managed to break down barriers in Hollywood and star in roles positive for children to watch and look up to.

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