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Viola Davis feels she’s always been limited to very particular on-screen roles. The Academy Award-winning star, who appears in the new Steve McQueen-directed heist movie Widows, has claimed that in spite of being one of Hollywood’s best-known actresses, she is rarely afforded the opportunity to play characters who are “motivated by love and grief.” Asked why she…

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Alexandra Shipp believes “colorism” is still prevalent in Hollywood. The X-Men: Apocalypse actress insists it is a “real thing” that directors feel more comfortable offering her a lead role than they would a darker-skinned actress, and she finds people are not afraid to ask her “offensive” questions because she’s mixed race, but she wants to use her position to…

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By anyone’s standards, Tika Sumpter is a beautiful woman. More importantly, she’s a talented actress who has earned roles in Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots,” HBO’s Bessie, the “Ride Along” movie series, and even as Michelle Obama in the upcoming Barack Obama biopic Southside. Although Sumpter is successfully making her way up the Hollywood…

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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…

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Black actresses with and without makeup Being a black actress in Hollywood means being applauded for portrayals in television series, on Broadway and in blockbusters. Furthermore, it means gaining a gaggle of fans who not only admire your work but your beauty both on and off the screen. What happens, however, when these beautiful black actresses are…

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With the popularity of TV characters such as “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope, we can’t help but take a look back at some of TV’s top black actresses and the roles they played. Check them out below. –ruthie hawkins

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Although Black History Month is over, the following actors are absolutely deserving of a little extra credit. Click continue to see some of the most influential black actors who paved the way for contemporary stars. –ruthie hawkins

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Kerry Washington broke ground on a path that African Americans hadn’t walked in years when she made her debut as the lead actress in the instant hit drama, “Scandal,” last season. And now that the door has been opened again for black actors to carry dramatic shows, Meagan Good has joined Washington in prime time TV land…

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With Oscar season right around the corner, we want to take a minute to reflect on some of the last years best performances. While many of the following actresses have never won an Oscar, their abundance of talent does not go unnoticed. Click to continue for 10 of Hollywood’s top black actresses and the roles…

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