Most Beautiful Black Female Celebrities

You gotta be cool, you gotta be strong, you gotta be wiser…

If you think white actresses have trouble finding roles, try being one of the dazzling pack of talent pushing Hollywood to go color-blind.

Hollywood has never fully em braced actresses of color. Only two have won Oscars Hattie McDaniel, best supporting actress for Gone With the Wind, and Whoopi Goldberg, best supporting actress for Ghost and the awards came 51 years apart. With that history, the fact that you can now name a half-dozen young black actresses on the Hollywood fast track is progress. We’re talking Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Whitney Houston, Jada Pinkett and supermodels Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell. Call them the post-Whoopi generation. Much of the credit goes to trailblazer Goldberg, who roams freely from comedy to drama and can ignite a blockbuster like Sister Act. And to black filmmakers, who create films with roles (though not necessarily nonsexist ones) for black actresses.

Recent watersheds, big and small:

• Angela Bassett’s best-actress nomination for Whats Love Got to Do With It.

• Whitney Houston’s The Bodyguard, an interracial romance in which skin color was never mentioned; it grossed more than $100 million domestically.

• Halle Berry as Fred’s sexy secretary in The Flintstones, a role that could have gone to a femme fatale of any color.

• Berry’s rejection of the part that put Sandra Bullock on the bus route in Speed. (Not enough dialogue, she reasoned.)

• Jada Pinkett’s tough, troubled street kid in Demon Knight a role that was written for a white actress.

That Pinkett auditioned for the female lead in Speed and the key role of a park ranger in Broken Arrow, an upcoming.

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