African American leading actresses

Halle Berry won 1st Oscar for a black leading actress: Black History Month  April 20, 2013 – 11:03 am
Plenty of Leading Black Ladies, But Very Few Leading Black Roles

AP fileAn emotional Halle Berry makes Hollywood history by winning an Academy Award for "Monster's Ball."

As part of Black History Month, we feature Halle Berry, the Cleveland-born actress whose beauty and acting skills have won her a place as one of Hollywood's leading ladies.

In 2001, she became the first and only black woman to win an Academy Award for best actress, for her role in "Monster's Ball."

She was born Maria Halle Berry on Aug. 14, 1966. Her parents legally dropped her first name in 1971 and she became Halle Berry, named after the legendary Cleveland department store.

Berry got her first taste of fame in 1985 when she won the Miss Teen All-American Pageant, representing Ohio. In 1986, she was first runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant, which led to her first job, in the 1989 television show "Living Dolls."

Her breakthrough role in movies came in 1991 in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever."

Next to her Oscar-winning performance, perhaps her most acclaimed role was as actress Dorothy Dandridge in made-for-cable's "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge" in 1999. She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries for the role.


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As an African American I found the whole black thing to be patronizing. I'm not saying Denzel or Halle didn't deserve their award. But what was the point of the Sidney Poitier award? Winning an Oscar should be a big deal, but not because you are black, it should be becuase of the performance. Halle thinks we've arrived, well I thought we arrived a long time ago. Not winning an Oscar is not about the award itself, its about getting the parts necessary to even be considered in the first place. Who was the last black actress to having a leading role before Halle? Alfre Woodard in Passion Fish? Angela Bassett in 'Whats Love Got To Do

Black History 365: Entertianment : Daytime

Actress Tracey Ross (no relation to the famous Ross Family) has made History as the single longest running African American actess on a soap opera at one time.
You might be thinking about Victoria Rowell, she has left and returned from The Young and The Restless twice in her tweleve years total on the show. And is currently off the show.
Anyways, Tracey Ross stars as Dr. Eve Russell on Passions which as since left NBC and now airs on Direct TV. She has been the only African American Actress in Daytime to consistantly have frontburner storylines all the nine years she has been on the soap

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