The Most Influential Black Actresses
African-American actresses have struggled for generations to become visible in Hollywood. For a long time, black actors would only be seen in roles in which they serve white people. Over time, some actresses were able to break those barriers and captivate the hearts of their audience, no matter what their skin color.
These women inspired generations of future actresses of color and showed them if Hollywood doesn’t have a part for you, then create one. The slide show below honors the few black actresses who have made history with their ability to tell a story.
Hattie McDaniel, AP
Lena Horne, AP
Dorothy Dandridge, AP
Phylicia Rashad,AP photographer: Peter Kramer
Angela Bassett,AP photographer: Nick Ut
Halle Berry,AP photographer: Matt Sayles
Viola Davis,AP photographer: Evan Agostini
- written by kcusic on October 28th, 2011
- posted in Writing for the Web