Rappers have been excoriated by the urban community for rarely, if ever, using brown-toned and dark-skinned models in their videos in favor of the almost-white subset.

Denzel Washington is one of the few major and respected Hollywood stars who was brutally honest with his own daughter when she admitted that he gave her a stern lecture about life and Hollywood, according to hellobeautiful.com.

“You’re black, you’re a woman, and you’re dark-skinned at that. So you have to be a triple/quadruple threat. I said: ‘You gotta learn how to act. You gotta learn how to dance, sing, move onstage.’ That’s the only place, in my humble opinion, you really learn how to act. I said: ‘Look at Viola Davis. That’s who you want to be. Forget about the little pretty girls; if you’re relying on that, when you hit 40, you’re out the door. You better have some chops.’”

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Senate Majority Leader, was also exemplifying candidness, albeit by accident, when the old-school white legislator let it slip in 2008 that what he liked most about then Sen. Barack Obama was that he was “light-skinned” [black] who had “no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one.”

Much like the radioactive subject of race in America, the issue of light-skinned and dark-skinned blacks simmers just beneath the surface of until it explodes through the surface with volcanic ferocity, much like the case when Lil Wayne allegedly said he wanted no more dark-skinned children even though his daughter is dark.

During Women’s History Month, we are here to celebrate the female species in general, but particularly the women who often have it hardest in Hollywood and the rest of society. Here are the sexiest dark-skinned celebrity women.

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