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1. Our Top 7 Favorite Black Female Performances

Our Top 7 Favorite Black Female Performances

From Viola Davis’s tour de force performance in ‘Fences, to classic portrayals like Angela Bassett in ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ and Diana Ross in Billie Holiday, here are seven of our favorite Black female performances.

2. Halle Berry In ‘Introducing Dororthy Dandridge’

Halle Berry racked up the statuettes for her portrayal of Dorothy Dandridge in the TV film ‘Introducing Dororthy Dandridge.’ From Image Awards to Golden Globes and SAG Awards, critics and fans alike raved about her performance, calling it one of the best of her career.

3. Monique In ‘Precious’

Mo’Nique’s diabolical portrayal of the fictional character ‘Mary’ in the 2009 film ‘Precious’ earned the comedienne an Oscar for ‘Best Supporting Actress.’ It was Mo’Nique’s grit and vulnerability that gave her character such depth. While we pitied Mary, we empathized with her in the final, most heart-wrenching scene.

4. Lonette McKee In ‘Sparkle’

With her stunning looks and angelic voice, Lonette McKee transformed into ‘Sister’ in the 1976 musical drama. With Aretha Franklin’s music and Curtis Mayfield’s production serving as the film’s score, ‘Sparkle’ has become a cult classic.