You’d probably recognize Tanika from her co-host job on Extra.
Before then, you could’ve caught her as both an actress and a dancer.
She danced behind Will Smith, Brandy, and Aaliyah.
You might’ve even seen her in shows like Living Single and Family Matters.
She attended the HBCU Spelman College and went on to study theater at NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of Arts.
Taraji P. Henson
Where would some of our favorite movies be without Taraji P. Henson?
We’ve seen her as Yvette in Baby Boy and Shug in Hustle & Flow.
Her list of films is supplemented by numerous memorable roles in movies like I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Think Like a Man, Hidden Figures, and Acrimony.
She’s even been on TV with shows like Empire and Person of Interest.
Prior to the start of her career, she was studying electrical engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University before she transferred to Howard University where she graduated with a degree in drama.
Tatyana M. Ali
You know her as Ashley Banks.
You might even know her as a singer.
Tatyana Ali got her acting start very young at six years old on Sesame Street.
She then rose to fame on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air before also appearing in The Young and the Restless.
While she has appeared in smaller roles after starting her family, this all comes after graduating from Harvard University in 2002 with a degree in African-American Studies and Government.
Tatyana is definitely up there as one of the top famous sexy black women.
Thandie Newton is another actress who just carries herself like she has infinite wisdom.
While she began her career in 1991, she would receive recognition for roles like the 1998 film Beloved and 2004 movie Crash.
Since then, she’s been in films like The Pursuit of Happyness, W, and the TV series Westworld.
At the cusp of her career, she studied social anthropology at Downing College, Cambridge.
We couldn’t have one twin on the list without the other.
Just like her twin, Tia Mowry also attended Pepperdine University.
While many TV shows and movies are the same in the twins’ past, Tia forged her own lane from her sister as well.
While Tia and Tamera acted together in Sister, Sister and Twitches, Tia has been seen on her own in TV shows like The Game and Instant Mom.
After graduating from high school, Tika Sumpter studied communications at Marymount Manhattan College.
Following this, she would begin her career.
While she is recognized for her work on screen, she first began as a model.
She would then appear in TV shows like One Life to Live and received recurring roles in shows like Gossip Girl and The Game.
Tika has starred in the Tyler Perry series The Haves and the Have Nots since 2013 and has recently signed on to star in Mixed-ish.
There’s a lot of wisdom in the novelist Toni Morrison.
There’s knowledge in everything she puts to word.
While her talent can only be described as natural, we’re sure some helped from her education.
Toni first got her bachelor’s degree from Howard University before getting her master’s from Cornell.
That’s not where she stopped.
She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for Beloved before receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.
This all comes before Barak Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Tracee Ellis Ross
She’s our… girlfriend!
How can we not love Tracee Ellis Ross?
First, we loved her in Girlfriends and now we love her in Black-ish.
While she hasn’t had tons of big roles on TV and film, that doesn’t make her impact any less.
After high school, she went on to study theater at Brown University where she graduated in 1994.
Let’s give it up for the first black woman to be crowned Miss America!
We don’t care if she was pressured into resigning.
Vanessa Williams has been everywhere.
While she sings, be might be impartial to her acting.
Tell me, where would we be without Soul Food?
Can you believe she turned down the Presidential Scholarship for Drama to attend Carnegie Mellon?
She chose instead to attend Syracuse where she wouldn’t receive her degree until 25 years later – but she got it!
Viola Davis is one of the few people in the world who have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting.
That means she’s won an Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award.
Now we just need her to get on someone’s soundtrack so she can be an EGOT winner.
There are so many Viola Davis works that we love starting with How to Get Away with Murder and including other works like Fences and The Help.
Prior to the start of her career, she received a degree in theater from Rhode Island college before studying at Julliard for four years.
Get ready for some laughs.
You’ve seen Wanda Sykes on TV, in movies, and on stage.
Not only is she an actress, but she’s a writer as well.
You might’ve caught her in Curb Your Enthusiasm or movies like Monster-in-Law and License to Wed.
Before then, you would’ve caught her on the campus of Hampton University where she received where she got a degree in marketing.
Wendy Raquel-Robinson always comes to life on TV.
Depending on the decade, you were either watching her as Regina Grier in The Steve Harvey Show or as Tasha Mack on The Game.
She’s also had roles in a few notable classic black films like A Think Line Between Love and Hate and Two Can Play That Game.
Before her acting debut, she graduated with honors from Howard University with a degree in fine arts.
Do you want to be on top?
Yaya surely did!
We first saw Yaya when she appeared on season 3 of America’s Next Top Model.
While she first had hopes of being a model, she soon branched that into acting as well.
Yaya has been in shows like All My Children, Ugly Betty, and currently stars in Chicago Med.
Prior to joining America’s Next Top Model, she was accepted to Brown University where she graduated with degrees in Africana Studies and International Relations.
To finish of the list, we have Yolanda Adams ready to sing the house down!
With an unmistakable voice in Gospel, Yolanda has sold millions and millions of albums.
After high school, the singer attended Texas Southern University before graduating and becoming a teacher.
Beautiful Black Women Conclusion
And there you have it!
This list is filled with actresses, singers, comedians, politicians, writers, and more!
From some of Hollywood’s biggest names to a few smaller entertainers, this list is the best of the best.
Let us know who your favorite person on the list is!