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Women of color have had an unprecedented year on the small screen. With the onslaught of rich and nuanced characters like Empire’s Cookie Lyon and How To Get Away With Murder‘s Annalise Keating, it’s been fulfilling to watch brown faces reign supreme on TV.

As a testament to this new normal, Taraji just nabbed her first Critics Choice Award, making her the first Black woman to be awarded Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Her win solidified her status in the small but elite club of talented Black actresses that have rocked our tubes.

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and count down the top 14 Black TV actresses of all time with GlobalGrind’s Makho Ndlovu, Blog Xilla, and Christina Coleman.

Did they nail it? Who did they leave out? Chime in to let them know what you think.

Black Excellence: All The Black People Who Have Won Oscars
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