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Black actresses who are phenomenal and you didn’t even know it


It’s been several months since Lupita Nyong’o accepted her Oscar for her work in 12 Years A Slave. Many breakthrough stars, including actresses like Nyong’o and Quvenzhané Wallis, were pretty much unknown and underrated before catching their big break.

But they are not alone. From the big screen to the small screen, the following women have made massive moves in their field and without much acclaim. Hit the flip for five black actresses who are phenomenal and you didn’t even know it. – ruthie hawkins/@ruubabie

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  1. Greg L. on May 4, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I watched The Walking Dead from the beginning and only recently found out that she is an award winning playwright. Jimmy Kimmel mentioned it when she was on his show. Danai Gurira is a talented, poised woman and it doesn’t hurt that she’s absolutely gorgeous. I’m glad you included her on this list.

  2. butter bean sugar on May 7, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    love gina torres ,she is married to lawrence fish born of course she is great ….. all these ladies are phenomenal i dont see any men in there

  3. ForPostsSake on May 8, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    You know what would have made this a good read? Descriptions as to why they are phenomenal. They are all, of course, gorgeous and talented in their acting abilities, but I don’t know know what else they do aside from that. Additions in that regard would be great!.

  4. Harold Melvin on August 19, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    it’s all about Rutina Wesley