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Best Black African-American Actresses in Hollywood

 

Here is my list for the best African-American actresses in Hollywood

 

Best African-American actresses in Hollywood 1 -- HALLE BERRY

Among all the African-American actresses here, I am biased to Halle Berry because she is an epitome of beauty and acting.

Halle Berry is a beauty queen, fashion model turned actress and is one of the highest paid actress in the Hollywood. She is beautiful and a very good actress. She gained Oscars award for her film Monsters Ball. Other award giving bodies which gave recognition for her work are the Emmy, Golden Globe, Golden Raspberry, SAG and BAFTA. I like her in the film Monster Ball and X-Men: The Last Stand too.

Berry received an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, and an NAACP Image award for the movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. She is, as of 2009, the only African American woman to have won the award for Best Actress at the Oscar.

Halle Berry 2

Halle Berry 2

Halle Berry

Halle Berry

ANGELA BASSETT

ANGELA BASSETT

Whoopi Goldberg -- image courtesy of http://i.esmas.com/image/0/000/003/613/Whoopi_N.jpg

Whoopi Goldberg -- image courtesy of http://i.esmas.com/image/0/000/003/613/Whoopi_N.jpg

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah

JADA PINKETT SMITH AND WILL SMITH

JADA PINKETT SMITH AND WILL SMITH

 

 

Best African-American actresses in Hollywood 2 -- ANGELA BASSETT

She portrayed Tina Turner in the movie “What’s Love Got To Do With It” and I liked her role there. She received an award for her debut role in that film too. She is the only African-American woman to win an award for a musical or comedy. She also played the role of mother of Michael Jackson in the television series ‘The Jacksons: An American Dream’. She is good in her performance in the movies; Betty Shabazz in the film Malcolm X, Panther, Rosa Parks in the film “Rosa parks Story” and her performance in the film “Notorious“. She started her career starting 1986.

Best African-American actresses in Hollywood 3 -- WHOOPI GOLDBERG

Whoopi Goldberg is a multi talented actress-comedian, singer, song writer and a co-host of “The View”. She is the First African American woman in 1994 to host the Academy Award. She won an Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy, and by that alone she stands out as one among the best. Her first film was in 1985 “The Color Purle” and she played the role of Celie, and was nominated for Best actress in Oscars but she lost, but then she won the same for Golden Globe award. She appeared in “the Ghost” movie winning best supporting actress in the Golden Globe. I like her in the “Sisters Act“, “Made in America” and “How Stella got her Groove“, :Girl Interrupted” and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Best African-American actresses in Hollywood 4 -- QUEEN LATIFAH

Just like Whoopi Goldberg, she also won different awards given by Golden Globe award, Grammy and Academy award nomination. She is a singer-rapper, actress and have been honored to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was already very famous when she was cast as Mama Matron in the film Chicago. She received an Oscar nomination for Best actress in a supporting role. She is a hip hop artists too and she is one of the two to received any nomination in Oscars for the same film “Chicago” in 2002.

She also starred in the films “Bringing Down the house“, “Scary Movie 3“, “Barbershop 2“, “Beauty Shop“, “Hair Spray” and “Last holiday“.

Best African-American actresses in Hollywood 5 -- JADA PINKETT SMITH

JADA PINKETT SMITH Aside from being a wife to Will Smith this pretty lady is a mother of two and a hardworking woman. She is an actress, singer-songwriter, producer, director, model, author, businesswoman and they have charity together with his husband.

She started her career in 1990, in a film “True Colors“, “A Different world“, “The Nutty Professor“, “Menace II society” and “Set it Off“. She has appeared in more than 20 films in a variety of genres, and gained wider recognition for her roles in the films like Ali, “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolution“.

I like her as she stood by her husband and their marriage is a model to many people specially in Hollywood.

Other good actresses include Regina King, Kerry Washington, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Cree Summer, Naomie Harris, CCH Pounder, Sophie Okenedo. PLease feel free to add to the list.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

CREE SUMMER

CREE SUMMER

SOPHIE OKENEDO

SOPHIE OKENEDO

NAOMI HARRIS

NAOMI HARRIS

Regina King

Regina King

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Comments

martyboy on January 28, 2013:

Angela Basset is the best when it comes to acting, cant believe shes not won an oscar or has she? i dont thinkso anyway

subeer on January 13, 2013:

thats image is fantastic and really support the african american hollywood acters special quen latifah

editorsupremo from London, England on July 02, 2012:

Good list of African-American actresses. However, I would include the likes of Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson, beautiful singers who also transformed into credible actresses, Thandie Newton (although more black british), and the old time greats like Lena Horne and Hattie McDaniel who was the first African-American to win an Academy award for her role as Mammy in Gone with the wind.

Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on July 02, 2012:

Great list, thank you for sharing.

Daryln Cochrane from New York, NY on February 17, 2012:

I would also like to add that, although she was most famous for her singing, Diana Ross was a great actress as well. She did a wonderful job as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues and Mahogany.

JACKIE on January 29, 2012:

YOU HAVE THIS JUST RIGHT... BUT WHERE ARE OUR BLACK TV SHOW

Tina on December 19, 2011:

An actress who was not mention was Taraji P. Henson. She is very talented and also beautiful.

Binki Carmichael on June 10, 2011:

Don't forget MONYQUE THOMPSON SCOTT? She's the brilliant actress from Lie To Me, Touye Pwen, and Losing Ground. Not only is she beautiful, but she's uber talented... definitely leading lady material. Sexy, intelligent, powerful, and an action star. What more can I say? see for yourself on imdb

paghallurka from Lahore, Pakistan on May 21, 2011:

Tamara Taylor, Dr. Camille Saroyan on Bones.

I swear that woman can say more with just a facial expression than most actors can say with a full page of dialogue!

Black Women on October 30, 2010:

Halle Berry is still the hottest!

arun on August 01, 2010:

for me halle berry is hottest black woman in hollywood

Barry Rutherford from Queensland Australia on May 30, 2010:

great hub posted to my blog

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on February 24, 2010:

hi samboiam, She is my favorite as well, thank you for the visit, TC, Maita

samboiam from Texas on February 23, 2010:

Halle Berry is my favorite. Thanks for sharing this hub. Very enjoyable.

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on February 23, 2010:

Hi Sa Toya, I am glad for your visit here, I will find time next week to feature beautiful and best French actresses, you have good choices, I like them both as well, Pam is great, I will add her here, Thank you, Maita

Sa Toya from England on February 23, 2010:

I am also very biased to Halle...Love me some of her but then again I love all the others you've mentioned.

I remember watching Sophie and Naomi on TV before they hit the big time here in England....off to read the other actress' hubs :)

I'd like to add Pam Grier.

and if we can make requests if you've not yet can you do French actresses I love Marion Coutillard and Audrey Tautou x

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on February 16, 2010:

Hi Curmedgeon

I agree with your comment about heritage and Native Americans, like it very much.

Halle is always beautiful, she is on top of my list!

I will check on Lena it seems she got it because you endorse her, thank you and take care, Maita

The Curmudgeon on February 15, 2010:

Was sidetracked -- and meant to mention an omission, IMHO. Though more of a singer than actor, I'd nominate LENA HORNE. Not only was she a "Beauty" visually, but her voice and her talent in using it must be rated as "UNEXCELLED".

The Curmudgeon on February 15, 2010:

I can't believe a "bad" photo of Halle Berry is possible.

I must take exception to the last comment by MAFLORIDA! If you were born in Africa, you're a "Native African". Likewise: we who were born here are "Native Americans". (So are those born in Canada or Mexico.) "HERITAGE" is entirely a different issue.

I consider myelf an "Italian-German-American" - by heritage; a "Cheesehead" by birth.

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on February 02, 2010:

she is a good singer too third, Vanessa Williams, Maita

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on February 02, 2010:

Hi MAFLORIDA< thanks for your information and insights and for visiting this hub,I didnt know all of what you said, just now so thanks again, Maita

thirdmillenium from Here, There, Everywhere on February 02, 2010:

She is good but what about Vanessa Williams?

MAFLORIDA on February 01, 2010:

Just so you know, African American is incorrect. Black American is infinitely more proper, since you may not reside in both Africa and America at one moment. Black American with African ancestry would be proper. It's the same way that calling American Indians or Western Indians is more correct than "Native Americans," since the Indians were no more native to the country(or even the North American continent) than whites. They came across the Bering Strait, so they were not native to these lands; rather, they were native to Africa, where it is likely all races originated. =]

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on January 28, 2010:

Hi Dana, am glad you like this one, morning to you, Maita

dlstern0226 from California on January 27, 2010:

Enjoyed the article. I'm a big fan of Halle Berry.

Thanks,

Dana L. Stern

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on January 25, 2010:

Hi online, they are beautiful isn't it, Thanks, Maita

online scam check from United Kingdom on January 25, 2010:

I admire them all. Thanks for putting this together

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on January 23, 2010:

Thank you Kenrick, I agree with you, Maita

Kenrick Chatman on January 23, 2010:

Nice article and list Maita... Halle is definitely the best in this group.

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on January 10, 2010:

hi niall, thanks for dropping by here, Maita

Abid Ali Lakho on January 10, 2010:

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prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 26, 2009:

Hi shin_rocka04, thanks for the add to the list, enjoy your day, Maita

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 26, 2009:

hi niall thanks for the read here, Maita

niall walsh on December 25, 2009:

Halle Berry all the way, thanks

shin_rocka04 from Maryland on December 22, 2009:

sanaa lathan ftw ^_^

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 22, 2009:

Hi sweetie1, thanks for the read here, Maita

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 22, 2009:

hi maudine thank you, hows your work, Maita

sweetie1 from India on December 22, 2009:

Helly beery looked so good in James Bond Movie and even though she has a kid sh still looks so beautiful.

maudine_05 from United States on December 21, 2009:

Grabe n ito mare..super bagyo tlga mga hubs mo ..Congrats!!! Nicely done.

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 21, 2009:

Hi June, we are the same Halle rocks too, thanks, maita

june of ages on December 21, 2009:

Halle Berry is number one in my books with Whoopie Goldberg and Queen L coming in a close second and third.

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 20, 2009:

oh MikeNV, Rosario Dawson,s mom is latina but the dad is Native American. She is beautiful and a good actress too, thanks for reading this hub Mike, Thanks, Maita

MikeNV from Henderson, NV on December 20, 2009:

I really like Rosario Dawson although I'm not sure she is African American... I believe she has a mixed heritage. Vanessa Williams is another.

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 20, 2009:

Hi floating mind, i am happy you find it easier to read and viewable too, thank you also for reading this hub, hows your weekend going? Maita

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 20, 2009:

hi Pat,, well i can still smell the cookie now, and I know they are good, I am hungry now, hows your night by the way? I hope you have a good weekend, Maita

pddm67 from Queens, New York on December 19, 2009:

I actually made the cookies from one of my hubs today - the raspberry thumbprint ones. I'm not a great baker and those are my no fail go-to cookies. I'm lucky I have any left with the kids smeaking into the kitchen every five minutes. Finally had to hide them :-) I'll catch up with you later. Enjoy your night. - Pattie

floating mind from Chicago, Illinois on December 19, 2009:

Very nice hub. An enjoyable read and viewable hub. Thanks!

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 19, 2009:

oh, cookies I am hungry now, I will eat and read some of your articles when I come back, thank you Pattie, you seem to really cook as well, (I learned that from your hubs the other day), lucky are your children and hubby, thank you, Maita

pddm67 from Queens, New York on December 19, 2009:

I'm fine - thanks for asking. Just finished baking cookies and taking it easy until it's time to make dinner. How are you doing? Enjoying your weekend so far?

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 19, 2009:

thanks Pattie, and they really rock too, how are you today by the way? Maita

pddm67 from Queens, New York on December 19, 2009:

Great hub Maita. All wonderful actresses and well deserving of the accolades! Rock on! - Pattie

6inchboot on December 19, 2009:

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prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 17, 2009:

hi blonde, thanks for dropping by here, yes Halle is beyond awesome I agree LOL< she sis my fav actually among them, Maita

blondepoet from australia on December 17, 2009:

What gorgeous women!!! Halle Berry she is beyond awesome.

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 17, 2009:

cini, thanks for dropping by to look at this article, Maita

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 17, 2009:

Hi propeshka, never saw precious yet?? I will check it out, thanks for the read, Maita

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 17, 2009:

hi dandruff, thanks for the read here, Maita

cini143 on December 17, 2009:

they are really most talented actress.......

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propeshka on December 16, 2009:

I always find Spike Lee's sister,Joie Lee, to be very interesting.

I'm curious, have you seen "Precious"? I don't recall the actress's name, but she happens to give a powerful performance from what I've heard. She also very evidently bucks the norm of beauty...

dandruff from Bangalore, INDIA on December 16, 2009:

average pics

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 16, 2009:

hi audrey, they are all great! thanks for mentioning them, Maita

audrey glenn on December 15, 2009:

What about Sanaa Lathan? Nia Long? Tiraji Henson (sp?)

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 15, 2009:

thanks you enjoy this hub, Maita

Coolmon2009 from Texas, USA on December 15, 2009:

Nice hub enjoyable reading!

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 15, 2009:

yes Zac, Zoe is also good, thanks for the visit here too,

Zac828 from England on December 15, 2009:

Hi, liked this alot, some really talented and beautiful people here. What about Zoe Saldana? She's been a standout recently in well made films.

Really good post and the list could go on and on...

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 14, 2009:

hi sytor, thanks for the read,

sytor on December 14, 2009:

Halle is stunning!

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 14, 2009:

Hi GH< thnaks for dropping by here, Maita

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 14, 2009:

Hi Ben, hmmm Whoopi, yes she is hilarious, thnaks for the read,Maita

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 14, 2009:

Hi Eddie, yes they are all gracious ladies, and they are all good and nice actresses, thnaks Ed for the read here

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 14, 2009:

hi Ladybird, thanks for your comment and for reading this hub, maita

Gener Geminiano from Land of Salt, Philippines on December 14, 2009:

Great great tribute the Afro-Americans... Good job you just whipped out hehehe... :D

Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on December 13, 2009:

Halley Berry and Tyra sure are gorgeous it's true. But I think hanging out with Whoopi, say going for a hike, or drinking martinis would be so much fun!

I enjoy your take here PKH!

Ben

eddie on December 13, 2009:

I think these women are an inspiration to a lot of younger ladies. I like the way they talk and move their body-their face and smiles move at the same time they express feelings.

My favorite black ladies are Angela Basset,Beyonce,Hale Berry, and the beautiful Tyra Banks.Merry Christmas to all!!

Ladybird33 from Fabulous USA on December 13, 2009:

Excellent list here, I just love Regina King! Very good idea for an article.

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 13, 2009:

thanks sabre for your opinion, she is one of the great really, thanks also for reading this hub, maita

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 13, 2009:

thanks Quill, she is one of the fallen singer-actress and I am going to write a hub about singers, black-african american, she is on top of the list, thnaks Quill for the read, maita

sabrebIade from Pennsylvania on December 13, 2009:

You know who gets over-looked a lot?

Tamara Taylor, Dr. Camille Saroyan on Bones.

I swear that woman can say more with just a facial expression than most actors can say with a full page of dialogue!

"Quill" on December 13, 2009:

Morning Maita, great hub and as I was readig we are truly blessed with great talent. An all time vavorite also is Whitney Houston and her role in acting. A lady that has traveled many of the same paths as I have and survived to come back and bless us again and again.

Merry Christmas filled with His peace

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 13, 2009:

oh ehern, yes I should include her too, she is good, thanks for the read, Maita

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 13, 2009:

Hi Micky, good am, they are all both good I agree, didn't watch that film of Sophie though, thanks again, Maita

ehern33 on December 13, 2009:

Another great selection I also think THANDIE NEWTON would be a good choice.

Micky Dee on December 13, 2009:

I like these actresses also. Lately Kerry Washington and Sophie Okenedo. I remember Kerry from an episode of Psyche and Sophie from an "Ace Ventura Call of the Wild" movie.

Thanks, Michael

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 13, 2009:

hi K, yes shes beautiful, best actress too, Maita

K Partin from Garden City, Michigan on December 13, 2009:

Hey you. nice hub. Don't know if Halle Berry is the best actress but sure is a good looking one for sure! Thanks K.

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 13, 2009:

thanks Nera for the read, maita

Nora Tamba on December 13, 2009:

yes, I like Jada Pinkett too. what a lovely family she has. And her children -- so good looking and talented.

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 13, 2009:

hi Truth, thanks for the add yeah, Gabriel is good, thanks Truth, maita

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 13, 2009:

hi nitin, ok nex time, thanks for the read,

Truth From Truth from Michigan on December 13, 2009:

all great actresses, I also think Gabriel Union is really good. Thanks Maita

nitin kumar singh on December 13, 2009:

More Hot Actress Pics

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 12, 2009:

Hi BK< I will not forget Cree, she is awesome, thanks BK, Maita

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 12, 2009:

Hi Chris, yes, Halle is one beautiful and awesome actress too, thanks for the read, Maita

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 12, 2009:

oh Dohn, yes Vanessa Williams is one too, I like her voice also, thanks for the addition Dohn, Maita

BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on December 12, 2009:

I'm glad you mentioned Cree Summer because I haven't seen her in awhile and I was always a fan. I've seen Queen Latifah in movies and was just amazed at how she transformed into her role. Darn, I can't remember her tear jerker video I watched a couple weeks ago. I try not to get emotionally involved in movies but she got me there.

Thanks for a fun hub!

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on December 12, 2009:

Halle Berry... very beautiful lady. Nice post, Maita.

dohn121 from Hudson Valley, New York on December 12, 2009:

You really didn't leave much room for other African American actresses, Maita! The only one that comes to mind is Vanessa L. Williams (apparently there are two Vanessa Williams and so she changed her name a bit).

Great tribute, Maita! Thanks for sharing this one.

prettydarkhorse (author) from US on December 12, 2009:

thanks for the read REV< they are awesome ladies, Maita

RevLady from Lantana, Florida on December 12, 2009:

Now I feel complete. I appreciate the artistry of all the talented ladies pictured here and the one who organized this hub. Thanks.