Black Actresses

  • Valarie Pettiford: A Multifaceted Talent in Show Business

    Valarie Pettiford: A Multifaceted Talent in Show Business

    The legacy of Black actresses, like Valarie Pettiford, is an incredible constellation of hard work, drive, determination, and sheer raw talent. From up-and-coming Black starlets to iconic legends, there’s no shortage of Black talent on stage and screen. Today, we’re going to talk about the incredible Ms. Pettiford, an actress who can do it all. Her decades-spanning career has seen…

  • Spotlight on the Cast of ‘Scandal’: Where Are They Now?

    Spotlight on the Cast of ‘Scandal’: Where Are They Now?

    With more than 120 episodes spread out over seven seasons, “Scandal” was a television sensation during its six-year run on ABC. Kerry Washington took center stage as the first Black actress to lead a network drama in almost 40 years. She and many other members of the cast have been recognized for their outstanding performances throughout the…

  • Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins: A Rising Star in Black Hollywood

    Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins: A Rising Star in Black Hollywood

    Okay, so I’ll admit I don’t love pigeon-holing Ashley Blaine Featherson-Jenkins as being a star only in “Black” Hollywood with the title that I chose. Her talent, which we’ll dig into, is not confined to her ethnicity, as she’s a force to be reckoned with across Hollywood—period. Yet I used “Black Hollywood” anyway. Why? Because…

  • Essence Atkins: Movies, TV Shows & An Impactful Career

    Essence Atkins: Movies, TV Shows & An Impactful Career

    Essence Atkins: An Impactful Black Actress When it comes to the top Black actresses of her time in Hollywood, Essence Atkins is not usually mentioned. Names like Octavia Spencer, Regina King, Viola Davis and even the newly minted Zendaya often top the list of the best Black actresses of the past decade. But just because…

  • 10 Black Actresses from the 90s Who Defined an Era

    10 Black Actresses from the 90s Who Defined an Era

    You’ve seen them in action and are left wanting more – there’s no denying the impact Black actresses from the 90s had on the iconic era in film and television. But with the endless entertainers from the 90s bringing love and light into our homes, it’s hard to name a handful of people who contributed…

  • 7 Iconic Roles Played by Black Actresses in the 90s You Can’t Forget

    7 Iconic Roles Played by Black Actresses in the 90s You Can’t Forget

    The 90s were an amazing time, made even better by the ebony queens that charmed audiences nationwide (often using humor, class, and sophistication to do so). From Queen Latifah to Vanessa Williams, this list is filled with women who have embodied their roles and left a lasting legacy for Black women to aspire to. Let’s…

  • Top Black British Actresses

    Top Black British Actresses

    Some of the best Black actresses working today aren’t African-American– they’re British and Black! These leading ladies from across the pond are featured in many Hollywood films, indie projects, and TV shows. Do you know who these Black British actresses are? You very well might, but you might not know that they’re from the UK!…

  • Black Actors Under 30: Watch Them Work

    Black Actors Under 30: Watch Them Work

    Black talent is thriving like never before, especially in the increasingly-open world of Hollywood, where black actors are showing an incredible range of skills at a young age. The numerous black actors under 30 dominating today’s film and television industry are a testament to how far the community has come in embracing and shining a…

  • The Cast of “Empire” (ABC): Where Are These Black Actors Now?

    The Cast of “Empire” (ABC): Where Are These Black Actors Now?

    It was a sad day for fans when the final episode of “Empire” aired on April 21, 2020. Because it was an unexpected and early series finale, fans who had been enraptured by the show since the first season were left reeling by the unknown. Continue reading to see what the cast of “Empire” has…

  • All 13 Major Roles from Issa Rae TV Shows and Movies 

    All 13 Major Roles from Issa Rae TV Shows and Movies 

    If you aren’t a fan of the oh-so-multi-talented Black actress and producer Issa Rae (who really has too many titles to name at this point), you just haven’t seen her in a role that speaks to you yet.  As the beloved representative for awkward Black girls everywhere, co-creator of the hit HBO TV show Insecure,…