Mahogany Cafe is a tribute to the many beautiful and talented yet most times underworked and very underappreciated black actresses in Hollywood. Some of these women are very well known yet most are not recognizable to mainstream audiences. Actresses range from Halle Berry, Angela Bassett, Sanaa Lathan, Tonea Stewart, Nicole Ari Parker, CCH Pounder, Loretta Devine, Kent King, Maya Rudolph, Marsha Thomason, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Kasi Lemmons, Judy Pace, Eartha Kitt, Anna Deavere Smith, Ruby Dee, Angelle Brooks, Whoopi Goldberg, Mari Morrow, Donzaleigh Abernathy, Irma P. Hall, S. Epatha Merkerson, Diana Ross, Paula Patton, Thandie Newton, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Vanessa L. Williams, Charlayne Woodard, Meagan Good, Aisha Tyler, Tamara Tunie, Adilah Barnes and Kellita Smith to Nona Gaye, Tatyana Ali, Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall, Tina Andrews, Naomie Harris, Joy Bryant, Phylicia Rashad, Jada Pinkett Smith, Rashida Jones, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Robinne Lee, Queen Latifah, Kerry Washington, Beyonce Knowles, Diahann Carroll, Nia Long, Tyra Banks, Vivica A. Fox, Vonetta McGee, Penny Johnson Jerald, Zoe Saldana, Samaria Graham, Tonya Lee Williams, Tangi Miller, Michelle Hurd, Holly Robinson Peete, Eve, Rosario Dawson, Jurnee Smollett, Alexia Robinson, Jennifer Hudson, Regina King and Audra McDonald. Also included are late actresses Nell Carter, Lynne Thigpen, Dorothy Dandridge, Hattie McDaniel, Beah Richards, Fredi Washington, Rosalind Cash, Nina Mae McKinney, Gloria Foster and Tamara Dobson.

Many of the actresses listed have won various awards including Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Tony Awards and NAACP Image Awards. Some have established their careers in television, some in film, some in television and film and quite a number have performed on Broadway, television and film. One actress is a former Miss America. Another actress is a former Miss USA. They've starred in night-time and daytime television, appeared in numerous telefilms for network and cable tv, guest starred in numerous television shows, appeared in a wide range of feature films from small independent films to blockbuster commercial films and appeared on Broadway, Off Broadway and regional theater.

The only place you can find information on the majority of the actresses is located at the Internet Movie Database, which is by the way one of the best sites for information about your favorite actors and actresses in tv and film.

For an excellent article on Hollywood's underappreciation of black actresses, check out Invisible Women by Stephanie Zacharek at

Just click on the links below to read about some amazing actresses.

The Ladies
Angela Bassett Whoopi Goldberg Kent King Thandie Newton
Halle Berry Nia Long Sanaa Lathan Vanessa L. Williams
Gabrielle Union Maya Rudolph Alfre Woodard Rachel True
Dorothy Dandridge Regina King Anais Granofsky Regina Taylor
Tamala Jones Jennifer Beals Sydney Tamiia Poitier Pam Grier
Lynn Whitfield Lonette McKee Cicely Tyson Nicole Ari Parker
Marianne Jean-Baptiste Rae Dawn Chong Vanessa Williams Salli Richardson
Victoria Rowell Khandi Alexander Lena Horne Audra McDonald
Valarie Pettiford Bianca Lawson Debbi Morgan Wendy Raquel Robinson
CCH Pounder Fredi Washington Michael Michele Rowena King
Leslie Silva Aunjanue Ellis Kimberly Elise Drena De Niro
Loretta Devine Lela Rochon Lynne Thigpen Theresa Randle
Sharon Leal Kenya Moore Malinda Williams Persia White
Kerry Washington Rosario Dawson Diahann Carroll Vivica A. Fox
Joy Bryant Gloria Reuben Jada Pinkett Smith Kasi Lemmons
Phylicia Rashad Tracee Ellis Ross Penny Johnson Jerald Meagan Good
Nicole Lyn Victoria Dillard Viola Davis Golden Brooks
LaTanya Richardson Nina Mae McKinney Cynda Williams Lisa Gay Hamilton
Rashida Jones N'Bushe Wright Lorraine Toussaint Taraji P. Henson
Elise Neal Stacey Dash Queen Latifah Essence Atkins
Robinne Lee Carmen Ejogo Jayne Kennedy Anne-Marie Johnson
Debbie Allen Troy Beyer Hattie McDaniel Nona Gaye
Brenda Sykes Kellita Smith Gina Torres Kristen Wilson
Denise Nicholas Renee Jones Nell Carter Michele Lamar Richards
Tyra Ferrell Robin Givens Tamara Tunie Jill Jones
Merrin Dungey Lynne Moody Anna Maria Horsford Tamara Taylor
Jenifer Lewis Tatyana Ali Oprah Winfrey Sheryl Lee Ralph
Tonea Stewart Holly Robinson Peete Beah Richards Aisha Tyler
Karyn Parsons Beyonce Knowles Naomie Harris Vanessa Bell Calloway
S. Epatha Merkerson Zoe Saldana Juanita Moore Jasmine Guy
Rosalind Cash Marsha Thomason Irma P. Hall Tisha Campbell-Martin
Regina Hall Renee Elise Goldsberry Charlayne Woodard Samaria Graham
Alexia Robinson Angelle Brooks Donzaleigh Abernathy Eve Jeffers
Telma Hopkins Lisa Bonet Eartha Kitt Tyra Banks
Tina Andrews Ruby Dee Diana Ross Tangi Miller
Adilah Barnes Jurnee Smollett Anna Deavere Smith Mari Morrow
Vonetta McGee Tonya Lee Williams Gloria Foster Michelle Hurd
Megalyn Echikunwoke Diana Sands Sharon Warren Sophie Okonedo
Barbara McNair April Grace Gail Fisher Phyllis Yvonne Stickney
Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon Brook Kerr Mary Alice Keshia Knight Pulliam
Anika Noni Rose Tracie Thoms Ellen Holly Reagan Gomez-Preston
Chandra Wilson Lisa Arrindell Anderson Keke Palmer Tichina Arnold
Sherri Saum Esther Rolle Rochelle Aytes Nichelle Nichols
Napiera Groves Tonya Pinkins BernNadette Stanis Kandyse McClure
Kristen Ariza Novella Nelson Ryan Michelle Bathe Erika Alexander
Margaret Avery Danielle Nicolet Carol Speed Tamara Dobson
Judy Pace Paula Patton Jennifer Hudson

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2nd Lt. Emily J.T. Perez
2nd Lt. Emily J.T. Perez

Check out the new book "Get Your Own Damn Beer,
Iím Watching the Game!: A Womanís Guide To
Loving Pro Football" by actress
Holly Robinson Peete with Daniel Paisner

Check out Robyn McGee's book
"Hungry for More: A Keeping-it-Real
Guide for Black Women on
Weight and Body Image"

The Gentlemen
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Ray Charles Hottest TV Hunks Jamie Foxx Taye Diggs
Men of The Year Don Cheadle Screen Gems RIP Ossie Davis
Morgan Freeman Denzel Washington Terrence Howard Idris Elba
Wentworth Miller RIP Richard Pryor Top 10 Sexiest Men Tyler Perry
Harry Lennix Samuel L. Jackson Hollywood's Sexiest New
Leading Men
Andre Braugher
Men On Fire Three black men
take the lead
in hourlong dramas
Being A Black Man Black Men Quietly
Combating Stereotypes
Can Young Black
Men Be Saved?
RIP Ed Bradley The Top 10 Best
Dressed Black Men
Essence Magazine's
Do Right Men
Where Have The
Black Men Gone
Forgotten Genius
Additional Gentlemen


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Waiting To Exhale Oscar Ready: So What Are We Waiting For? Superwomen The Women Of Summer
Essence Magazine's 50 Women Who Are Shaping The World Honey Magazine's Hollywood Issue Shoshana Johnson Sitcom Sisters
The 2004/2005 TV Season Summer Movies 2004 In Praise Of The Original Divas Triple Platinum
Noemie Lenoir Serena & Venus Williams RIP Isabel Sanford The 70's
Liya Kebede Fall TV 2004 Second Time Around Fall Movies 2004
2004 Black History
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Beah: A Black Woman Speaks Ray Women Who Are Shaping The World
The 50 Most Intriguing Blacks Of 2004 Hair Show Sophisticated Ladies Saving Face
Daytime's Other Drama Hotel Rwanda Take Back The Music 2006 Black History Month On HBO
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On The Star Track Why Can't A Black Actress Play The Girlfriend Are We There Yet? Their Eyes Were
Watching God
50 Favorite Movies On DVD Hollywood Distorts Black Romance Guess Who Beauty Shop
Dear 'Diary': Black Women Are Mad About You The Decency Police Crash Bad Actors
In Full Bloom The Beautiful Ones Genesis Of A Supermodel Summer Movies 2005
The Honeymooners Hustle & Flow What's Not On My Coffee Table The 2005/2006 Tv Season
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Nicole & Boris Top 10(Plus) Influential Films How Do You Define A 'Black' Movie The Color Purple
50 Cent's ladies
in rich roles
Holiday Movie Guide Building Character In Hollywood The Gospel
Rent Everybody Hates Chris Where Have All the Black Girls Gone? Love is no longer
color-coded on TV
Denzel, Halle & Jamie The Black Role In Movies 60 Years Of TV Rhonda Ross
Lift Every Voice And Write Dreamgirls Something New 2006 Black History Month On PBS
Playing Second Fiddle Hits Sour Note Oscars still pimpin in 'raploitation' Hollywood Families swap race on Black.White. The New Amos & Andy?
RIP Octavia Butler Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett & Gabrielle Union Is Black Not Beautiful? Akeelah & The Bee
Is The Black Sitcom Dying? Black Like Who? Race & Hollywood: Black Images On Film RIP Katherine Dunham
Time to Move Beyond the 'Mammy' Stereotype The Stars Shonda Rhimes The Bold & The Beautiful
Hollywood's Finest Are They Worth It? 'Gangsta lit' poisons
black audiences
An Image Popular in
Films Raises Some
Eyebrows in Ads
Looking For Mr. White:
Interracial Relationship Survey
Banish The Bling Should Black Women Re-Think Their Loyalty To Black Men Idlewild
Black Women Demand Respect More Minorities Make It To Primetime TV Black Actors in Love Scenes: No Need to Apply Will Secret Prejudice Hurt 'Dreamgirls' At The Oscars?
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Silver Screen In Sepia The Power List 2006 Black Execs Describe Obstacles in Film Industry Countdown to the 79th Annual Academy Awards
Screen Actors Guild Awards PBS Celebrates Black History Month- 2007 African American World- PBS Dreamgirls
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Ray After The Sunset Alfie Alexander
Brother To Brother The Polar Express Beauty Shop Hotel Rwanda
Hair Show Million Dollar Baby The Woodsman Fat Albert
Oceans Twelve Blade: Trinity Coach Carter Are We There Yet
King's Ranson Diary Of A Mad Black Woman Lackawanna Blues Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise & Fall of Jack Johnson
Slavery & The Making Of America Their Eyes Were Watching God Hitch Be Cool
Guess Who Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous Crash Sometimes In April
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Stealth Mr. & Mrs. Smith Monster-In-Law Madagascar
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The Honeymooners Fantastic Four Hustle & Flow The Skeleton Key
Aeon Flux Akeelah & The Bee Four Brothers Roll Bounce
Serenity The Gospel The Island Proud
G Rent Get Rich Or Die Tryin' Jarhead
Syriana Dreamgirls Glory Road Last Holiday
The Second Chance Freedomland The Pink Panther Something New
Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion Tsotsi Big Momma's House Scary Movie 4
X-Men: The Last Stand Inside Man Take The Lead Constellation
Neo Ned The Heart Of The Game A Prairie Home Companion Waist Deep
Little Man Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Haven Idlewild
When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts The Last King Of Scotland The Grudge 2 The Gridiron Gang
Bobby Stranger Than Fiction Catch A Fire Deja Vu
Blood Diamond Tsunami, The Aftermath The Pursuit Of Happyness Norbit
Children of Men Stomp The Yard Smokin' Aces Daddy's Little Girls
The Dead Girl I Think I Love My Wife Pride Reign Over Me
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