Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesTheater & Acting · 1 decade ago

Name some good black actresses?

Besides Halle Berry.

Whenever I ask people to they only know her! There are a lot out there, who are your favorites?


ACTRESSES, which means female!

10 Answers

  • Peace
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Black female actors are very underrated! My favorites are:

    Persia White, Rachel True, Rosario Dawson, Thandie Newton, Gabrielle Union, Naomie Harris, Lisa Bonet, & Alfre Woodard.

    Other honorable mentions:

    Aisha Tyler, Tawny Cypress, Marsha Thomason, Michael Michele Williams, Tamara Taylor, Whoopi Goldberg, Dorothy Dandridge, Essence Atkins, Rashida Jones, Sophie Okonedo, Pam Grier, Lark Voorhies, Trina McGee, Robin Givens, Vanessa Williams, Rae Dawn Chong, Nia Long, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, Tatyana Ali, Tracie Thoms, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Lee Chester, Lena Horne, Fredi Washington, Joy Bryant, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Stacey Dash, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Kristen Wilson, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Drena De Niro, Erika Alexander, Gloria Foster, Michele Lamar Richards,Tracee Ellis Ross, Jada Pinkett, Reagan Gomez-Preston, Danielle Nicolet, Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry, Salli Richardson, Renee Jones, Keshia Knight Pulliam, & Rochelle Aytes.

  • 1 decade ago

    Halle Berry, Angela Bassett, Tonea Stewart, Nicole Ari Parker, Judy Pace, Eartha Kitt, Whoopi Goldberg, Mari Morrow, Diana Ross, Paula Patton, Vanessa L. Williams, Charlayne Woodard, Meagan Good, Aisha Tyler,Tatyana Ali, Phylicia Rashad, Jada Pinkett Smith, Rashida Jones, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Queen Latifah, Diahann Carroll, Vivica A. Fox, Jennifer Hudson, Regina King and Audra McDonald.

    Late actresses:

    Nell Carter, Dorothy Dandridge, Hattie McDaniel, Beah Richards, Tamara Dobson

  • 1 decade ago

    I agree with the other actresses listed above: Queen Latifah, Cicely Tyson, & Halle Berry.

    To that list, I would also add Phylicia Rashad, Sabrina Le Beauf, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Diahann Carroll, Angela Bassett, Alfre Woodard (definitely!), Margaret Avery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Eartha Kitt, Vanessa L. Williams, Jada Pinkett Smith, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Hudson, Audra McDonald.

    But the best black actress I have seen... and possibly one of the best actresses of any race I have seen, you've probably never heard of:

    Franchelle Stewart Dorn

    She has done some TV and Film, but she mainly does theatre. I got to see her in a production of Othello with Patrick Stewart (of Captain Picard fame). She played Emilia... and she just made him look like an amateur. Without a doubt, she was the best actor on that stage.

    Here is someone who isn't famous, but really should be!


    Others agree:

  • 1 decade ago

    Brenda Braxton is terrific in Chicago on Broadway.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I like Thandie Newton after watching Crash!

  • Will
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Cicely Tysen is the best in my humble opinion.

  • 1 decade ago

    ruby dee, margaret avery dorothy dandridge,juanita moore

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Queen Latifah.. i agree!

  • 1 decade ago

    Will Smith, Martin Lawrence ....humm I can't remember his name but he made the Rush Hour movies.

  • tater
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago


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