Time for another TOP 10 TUESDAY. This week I thought I would list the Top 10 African-American Actresses (past and present). When I think of a good actor/actress, I think of someone who allows me to get into their character and forget they were acting. These women below work to master their craft, and I have the utmost respect for them. I consider them all to be beautiful black women. The following is my Top 10 African-American Actresses list…
10. Jada Pinkett-Smith
I struggled with this last spot. So many good actresses left, and Jada seems to be quite off in the head right about now. She has had some garbage films along the way, but when I think back to her roles in flicks like Set it Off or Menace II Society…she was raw. Then you had her on A Different World, and Jason’s Lyric. Plus my kids liked her in Madagascar. lol.
9. Regina King
8. Ruby Dee
Takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’. Ruby been acting forever. She was just recently in American Gangster. She technically should be higher on this list, but I am fairly young, and trying to mix old/new.
7. Angela Bassett
6. Queen Latifah
Some may argue QL being above Basset, but hear me out. Most will agree Bassett’s performance in What’s Love Got To Do With it should have won an award, but since then what has she done? Stella was decent, but her roles have been pretty bland. Say what you want about Cover Girl, but in each role she is given, she delivers.
5. Diahann Carroll
4. Margaret Avery
3. Phylicia Rashad
2. Kimberly Elise
1. Cicely Tyson
Angelle Brooks, Beyonce Knowles, CCH Pounder, Debbie Allen, Diana Sands, Dorothy Dandridge, Eartha Kitt, Elise Neal, Gabriel Union, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, Gina Torres, Gloria Hendry, Halle Berry (not the most talented, but not the worst…looks definitely didn’t hurt her career, and her getting an award for that couch scene was pure nonsense), Hattie McDaniel, Heather Headley, Holly Robinson-Peete, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Janet Jackson, Jasmine Guy, Jennifer Lewis (a plum fool), Journee Smollett (watch out for her…this girl came a long way from Eve’s Bayou…acted her tail off in The Debaters), Joy Bryant, Kerry Washington, Khandi Alexander, Lela Rochon (Sunshine), Lena Horne, Lonette McKee, Loretta Devine (he’s watching me walk), Malinda Williams, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Maya Rudolph, Meagan Good, Naomi Harris, Nell Carter, Nia Long, Nicole Ari Parker, Oprah Winfrey, Paula Patton (beautiful up and coming actress), Pam Grier, Penny Johnson Jerald (still can’t believe she did that to the president on 24), Raven-Symone, Rosalind Cash, Salli Richardson (Low Down Dirty Shame…just wrong), Sanaa Lathan (can’t really act, but I love all her movies), Sheila Frazier, Stacy Dash, Tamala Jones, Tamara Dobson, Taraji Henson, Thandie Newton, Tisha Campbell-Martin (my head’s not that big Martin), Tonea Stewart, Tyra Banks, Vanessa Williams, Vivica Fox, Vonetta McGee, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Zoe Saldana
* No disrespect intended for those not listed, but I am tired of typing.