It is a known fact that throughout history the African-American women didn’t particularly have it easy- forced into slavery to being shunned by the society for racial factors. But none of these stopped these courageous women to fight for what they deserve and make the world a better place for their future generations. Rewinding and looking back at history, there are tons of successful stories that shed a light on these Black women who have made it big from politics to films. Zooming into the movies sphere, Black actresses have changed the course of cinema for the longest of time. Actresses like Viola Davis, Queen Latifa, Zoe Saldana, and Kerry Washington have all set their standards to an unattainable height. There are still so much to learn and be inspired to end from these game changers who changed the fabric of film for the longest time! Keep reading and find out more!
Gabrielle UnionGabrielle Union
29 October 1972, American
Actress
AaliyahAaliyah
16 January 1979, American
American singer

Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston
09 August 1963, American
Singer

Diahann CarrollDiahann Carroll
17 July 1935, American
Actress

Halle BerryHalle Berry
14 August 1966, American
Actress

Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi Goldberg
13 November 1955, American
 
Keke PalmerKeke Palmer
26 August 1993, American
Actress

Zoe SaldanaZoe Saldana
19 June 1978, American
Actress

Queen LatifahQueen Latifah
18 March 1970, American
Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Aactress,

Patti LaBellePatti LaBelle
24 May 1944, American
Singer
Amandla StenbergAmandla Stenberg
23 October 1998, American
Actress

Taraji P. HensonTaraji P. Henson
11 September 1970, American
Actress, Singer
Janet JacksonJanet Jackson
16 May 1966, American
Singer-Songwriter

Angela BassettAngela Bassett
16 August 1958, American
Actress

Lauryn HillLauryn Hill
26 May 1975, American
 
Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928, American
Author

Missy ElliottMissy Elliott
01 July 1971, American
Rapper
Tatyana AliTatyana Ali
24 January 1979, American
Actress

Skai JacksonSkai Jackson
08 April 2002, American
Child Actress

Faith EvansFaith Evans
10 June 1973, American
American singer
Aisha TylerAisha Tyler
18 September 1970, American
Actress, TV Host

Meagan GoodMeagan Good
08 August 1981, American
Film actress
Sanaa LathanSanaa Lathan
19 September 1971, American
Actress

Tia MowryTia Mowry
06 July 1978, American
Actress

Tamera MowryTamera Mowry
06 July 1978, American
Actress

Dorothy Jean DandridgeDorothy Dandridge
09 November 1922, American
Actress
Tichina ArnoldTichina Arnold
28 June 1969, American
 
Lola FalanaLola Falana
11 September 1942, American
Singer, Dancer, and Actress

Della ReeseDella Reese
06 July 1931, American
Singer, Actress

Kenya MooreKenya Moore
24 January 1971, American
Actress & Model

Hattie McDanielHattie McDaniel
10 June 1895, American
Actress
Tami RomanTami Roman
17 April 1970, American
Television Personality

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Ryan Michelle BatheRyan Michelle Bathe
27 July 1976, American
Actress

Sydney Tamiia PoitierSydney Tamiia Poitier
15 November 1973, American
Actress

Florence KasumbaFlorence Kasumba
26 October 1976, German
 

Madge SinclairMadge Sinclair
28 April 1938, Jamaican, American
Actress
Erika AlexanderErika Alexander
19 November 1969, American
Actress

Tamara TaylorTamara Taylor
27 September 1970, Canadian
Actress
Toukie SmithToukie Smith
25 April 1955, American
Actress, Model

Joie LeeJoie Lee
22 June 1962, American
Actress, Screenwriter

Destiny EtikoDestiny Etiko
12 August 1994, Nigerian
Actress
Ms. Juicy BabyMs. Juicy Baby
04 January 1972, American
Actress

Momma DeeMomma Dee
21 September 1963, American
Actress, Singer
Renee Elise GoldsberryRenee Elise Goldsberry
02 January 1971, American
Actress

Tessa ThompsonTessa Thompson
03 October 1983, American
Actress

Gladys KnightGladys Knight
28 May 1944, American
Singer, Actor, Composer, Musician, Television

Ella BalinskaElla Balinska
04 October 1996, British
Actress

Holly Robinson PeeteHolly Robinson Peete
18 September 1964, American
Actress
Michelle HurdMichelle Hurd
21 December 1966, American
Actress

Anika Noni RoseAnika Noni Rose
06 September 1972, American
Actress

Yvette Nicole BrownYvette Nicole Brown
12 August 1971, American
Actress

Omarosa ManigaultOmarosa Manigault
15 February 1974, American
Writers
Chanel ImanChanel Iman
01 December 1990, American
Model

Taylour PaigeTaylour Paige
05 October 1990, American
Actress
Golden BrooksGolden Brooks
01 December 1970, American
Actress

Sophie OkonedoSophie Okonedo
11 August 1968, British
Actress

Anna DiopAnna Diop
06 February 1988, Senegalese, American
Actress
Tiffany PollardTiffany Pollard
06 January 1982, American
Television personality

Wendy Raquel RobinsonWendy Raquel Robinson
25 July 1967, American
Actress
Bresha WebbBresha Webb
06 May 1984, American
Actress

Angela GriffinAngela Griffin
10 July 1976, British
Actress

Felicia PearsonFelicia Pearson
18 May 1980, American
Actress
Tracie ThomsTracie Thoms
19 August 1975, American
Actress

Merle DandridgeMerle Dandridge
31 May 1975, Japanese, American
Actress
Amanda BrugelAmanda Brugel
24 March 1978, Canadian
Actress

Theresa RandleTheresa Randle
27 December 1964, American
Actress

Sara MartinsSara Martins
19 August 1977, French, Portuguese
Actress

Simone BattleSimone Battle
17 June 1989, American
Actor, Singer, Television actor
Beverly JohnsonBeverly Johnson
13 October 1952, American
Film producer, Television actor, Film actor,
MC LyteMC Lyte
11 October 1971, American
Rappers

Sheryl Lee RalphSheryl Lee Ralph
30 December 1956, American
Actress

Kelly McCrearyKelly McCreary
29 September 1981, American
Actress

Phyllis HymanPhyllis Hyman
06 July 1949, American
Singer
Jada FireJada Fire
01 September 1976, American
Actress

Clare-Hope AshiteyClare-Hope Ashitey
12 February 1987, British
Actress

Sasheer ZamataSasheer Zamata
06 May 1986, American
Actress

Diona ReasonoverDiona Reasonover
06 January 1992, American
Actress

Cassi DavisCassi Davis
30 July 1964, American
Actress
Paula Jai ParkerPaula Jai Parker
19 August 1969, American
Actress

Debbi MorganDebbi Morgan
20 September 1956, American
Actress
Chip FieldsChip Fields
05 August 1951, American
Actress

Erica AshErica Ash
19 September 1977, American
Actress

Rosalind CashRosalind Cash
31 December 1938, American
Actress
Claudia JordanClaudia Jordan
12 April 1973, American
Actor, Model, Television actor

Dawn RichardDawn Richard
05 August 1983, American
Singer-songwriter
Noma DumezweniNoma Dumezweni
28 July 1969, Swazi
Actress

Kathleen BradleyKathleen Bradley
10 January 1951, American
Actor, Model, Television actor

Pearl MackiePearl Mackie
29 May 1987, British
Actress

Adepero OduyeAdepero Oduye
11 January 1978, Nigerian, American
Actress