Top 12 Black Female Actresses 2016

The years 2016 as well as 2017 are prepping up to a BIG show down for black female actresses in Hollywood. Never ever before have we seen so many films showcasing black actresses in strong, prominent roles on the big screen. From Academy Award winners Octavia Spencer and also Lupita Nyong’ O to big names like Tika Sumpter and even Oprah Winfrey. Here are the top 12 leading ladies to watch when their movies hit the cheaters the year.

Lupita Nyong’ O

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We’ll always remember exactly how stunningly gorgeous Nyong’ O was in her light blue Cinderella-esque Prada dress at the 2013 Oscars. And she became the very first Kenyan to win an Academy Award for her amazing role as Patsey in “12 Years a Slave.” The Mexican-Kenyan actress took home the award for the Best Supporting Actress, which also makes her the fourth Mexican actress to be nominated for an Oscar. People Magazine named her the most beautiful woman on the planet in 2014, and we couldn’t agree more.

Tika Sumpter

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In the film Southside With You on the chronicle of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s (played by Tika) very first date in 1989. It premiered at the 2016 Sundance Festival with excellent reviews. The movie is a Chicago love story and premiered on August 26, 2016 in the US.

Pearl Thusi

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South African super hot actress, radio DJ as well as model Pearl Thusi became well known as the co-host of the kid’s program iCrew on SABC3. She played as an orphan, Samkelisiwe Nkambule on the SABC1 drama series Zone 14 (2011-2012) as well as Palesa Motaung on SABC3’s popular soap opera, Isidingo. Other tv shows she has worked on include My Perfect Family. She has had a very lucrative and also successful modeling job, landing big jobs with Toyota, KFC, Vodacom, DStv, Jet, SANBS and many more. Born as well as raised in Durban, Thusi has turned into one of South Africa’s beloved actress.

Angela Bassett

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Angela Bassett has played numerous strong roles however her most powerful ones originated from playing real life stories, featuring as Malcolm’s spouse, Betty Shabazz, in Malcolm X and also Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It. In 2016, Bassett went back to the series’s sixth cycle, American Horror Story: Roanoke playing a reenacted character, Lee, as the sixth series concentrates on a true horror story.

Danai Gurira

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Afeni Shakur may not be with us anymore but the story of she and also her kid, killed rapper Tupac, will live forever. The Walking Dead starlet as well as Eclipsed playwright Danai Gurira also geared to star as the former Black Panther in the upcomping Pac biopic All Eyez on Me.

Oprah Winfrey

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Ms. Winfrey is going back to the big screen in a HBO movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks starring as Deborah Lacks the daughter of Henrietta Lacks, the African American woman whose cells were utilized to create the first immortal human cell line. The true story is set through Deborah’s eyes as she finds out about her mother’s contribution to science after two samples of her cervix removed– a heathy part as well as a malignant component– without her consent which were subsequently used for research study following her death in 1951. Winfrey will not only star in the project but she will produce the movie as well which began shooting summer of 2016.

Zoe Kravitz

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The Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has produced another remarkable name for its cast: Zoe Kravitz. Kravitz has actually been developing a strong career over the past couple of years. She starred in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, the Divergent movie franchise with Shailene Woodley, Sundance hit Dope as well as indie thriller Vincent N Roxxy. She also will be featuring in HBO series Big Little Lies with Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Woodley. Kravitz is represented by Paradigm and also Untitled Entertainment.

Kerry Washington

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Kerry Washington may be best known for her television role on Scandal however she has a really notable filmography also. She played Ray Charles’ wife in Ray, Chris Rock’s temptress in I Think I Love My Wife and the widow of a Black Panther in Night Cathes Us.

Aja Naomi King

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Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation talks about How to Get Away with Murder’s Aja Naomi King as the lady by his side. King stars as Cherry, a household slave that fell in love with Parker’s character Nat Turner. Even before the movie debuted in cinemas it was already breaking records, as Fox Searchlight purchased the movie worldwide rights for a staggering $17.5 million deal, making it the largest sale in Sundance history. Birth of a Nation will strike theaters on October 7.

Natalie Becker

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The beautiful screen-goddess Natalie Becker is considered one the country’s greatest names in the movie industry. Starting her career as an radio host on Great Hope FM. Becker’s acting profession came in light with her performances in motion pictures such as The Deal, Disgrace as well as The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior. Her tv credit include the long-running glamour program Top Billing. The active actress, speaker, and voice-artist also won a SAFTA Award in 2009. Becker was born in George, Western Cape district and also raised in Cape Town.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell

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She grew up right in front of our eyes and is making her path to become a leading actress. She started her job as a child actress appearing on television sitcoms, with her most prominent regular role in On Our Own (1994 to 1995). She obtained critical acclaim and Critic’s Choice Award for playing title role in the 1997 independent drama movie Eve’s Bayou.

Jurnee Smollett had one objective when she was cast in WGN America’s slavery-era drama series, Underground, which is to do the story justice. As Rosalee, a quiet house slave among those planning their escape, Smollett-Bell had her work fit well for her, recognizing completely the physical as well as emotional toll this role would certainly have on her.

Letoya Luckett

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At the Cannes Film Event, Dionne Warwick announced that Letoya Luckett will play her in this biopic. The movie will chronicle the vocalist’s life and also profession over the decades from 1962 to 1968.

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