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Most Iconic Black Female Lead Role
Dorothy Dandridge, Carmen Jones
Cicely Tyson, Sounder
Diana Ross, Lady Sings the Blues
Diahann Carroll, Claudine
Whoopi Goldberg, The Color Purple
Angela Bassett, What’s Love Got to Do With It
Pam Grier, Jackie Brown
Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
Viola Davis, The Help
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    This poll is inspired by ENGLAND’s thread about “Why Best Actress Is So Hard For Women of Color”.

    In the history of cinema, only a hand full of Black actresses have led the reins on some of the most iconic roles ever.

    Which of these performances have impacted our culture most significantly? Which are your favorites? Are there any roles that deserve more praise? Let’s discuss.

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    It’s between Angela and Whoopi. Both amongst my fav performances of all time. They really acted the hell out of their roles

    They deserved

    All of these performances minus Halle were great

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    In terms of iconography, Dorothy Dandridge as Carmen Jones seems most significant.

    It’s a role that’s constantly referenced or re-imagined in other films, photo shoots, music, etc.

    In terms of pure performance, Whoopi in The Color Purple is iconic asf!

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    Out of the ones I watched, my favorites are Pam Grier who was terribly snubbed and Whoopi Goldberg who deserved to win in that lineup. Sidibe and Davis were good too while Berry was awful and is one of the worst winners.
    I’ll make sure to watch the rest, What’s Love has been on my watchlist for a long time already.
    Outside of the poll, I really liked Marianne Jean-Baptiste in Secret & Lies altough the film is quite overrated.

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    Other performances I couldn’t fit in the poll:
    Lena Horne, Stormy Weather
    Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard
    Janet Jackson, Poetic Justice
    Sanaa Lathan, Love & Basketball
    Anika Noni Rose, The Princess & the Frog
    Taraji P. Henson, Hidden Figures

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    I’d say Whoopee Goldberg with Angela Bassett as the runner up.

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    From this poll, I voted for Dorothy Dandridge. Must give credit where credit is due! For most iconic black female role ever, I would pick a supporting one: Hattie McDaniel in “Gone with the Wind.”

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    RACHEL MARRON – WHITNEY HOUSTON (THE BODYGUARD) hands down

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    RACHEL MARRON – WHITNEY HOUSTON (THE BODYGUARD) hands down

    Whitney’s performance wasn’t the best per se. But that role made history! No one could’ve done The Bodyguard but Nippy!

    She should’ve gotten a Golden Globe nomination.

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    Whitney Houston for the win! Oh wait, she isn’t even on the list.

    Halle Berry should be on the list for Jinx (Bond Girl)

    Where is Zendaya in Spiderman movies?

    Lupita as Red?

    Naomi Harris in 28 Days Later is so iconic, where is she????

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    Lupita’s performance in Us is on its way to becoming iconic. I’d give it a few more years.

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    Hard to chose b/w Dorothy, Diana, Whoopi, Pam, Whitney, and Angela.

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    Does playing an alien count? Zoe Saldana as Neytiri and Gamora.

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    Does playing an alien count? Zoe Saldana as Neytiri and Gamora.

    Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone ? …… -_-

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