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10 Most Successful African-American Actresses in Hollywood

/ June 14, 2015

8. Queen Latifah

We’ve watched this rapper, actress, model, producer, comedienne, and talk show host morph her career from the daughter of a teacher and police officer in New Jersey to the Hollywood superstar that she is today. She has earned a Golden Globe Award and a Grammy Award among others including an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in “Chicago.” Latifah is the first hip-hop artist to be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She’s also a celebrity spokesperson for CoverGirl cosmetics, and has her own line of cosmetics for women of color called the CoverGirl Queen Collection.

7. Whoopi Goldberg

This actress, comedian, singer, talk show, political activist and author host was the first African American woman to host the Academy Awards solo in 1994. She is also in the EGOT Winner’s Circle: an elite group to have won an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony and an Emmy. She won her first Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of Celie in “The Color Purple” in 1985. It was also her film debut! Whoopi became moderator of the longtime-running daytime talk show “The View” in 2007. We’ll always love her for work in “Ghost” playing the wacky psychic Oda Mae Brown alongside Patrick Swayze, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1990.

Whoopi Goldberg

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