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10 Most Successful African-American Actresses in Hollywood

/ June 14, 2015

6. Regina King

It all started in 1985 when she played Brenda Jenkins on the NBC sitcom “227.” But we know her from films like “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous,” “Poetic Justice,” “Friday,” “Enemy of the State,” “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde,” and her supporting role in the feature film “Jerry Maguire.” She’s made her way back to television with a recurring role on “Big Bang Theory,” voicing characters Huey and Riley Freeman on the animated series “Boondock Saints,” and as Detective Lydia Adams on TNT’s popular “Southland.” Her role on “Southland” earned her two nominations for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Regina King

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5. Angela Bassett

This sexy starlet started her career in the film “What’s Love Got to Do with It” in 1992 portraying Tina Turner. Actually, Angela has become well known for her biographical film roles portraying real-life women. In addition to portraying Tina Turner, she has played Rosa Parks in “The Rosa Parks Story,” Voletta Wallace in Notorious,” Katherine Jackson in “The Jacksons: An American Dream,” and Betty Shabazz in “Malcolm X” and “Panther.” Bassett won a Golden Globe and earned an Academy Award nomination for her work in “What’s Love Got to Do with It.” She was the first African-American to win the Golden Globe Award in the category of Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

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