The Most Badass Black Female Movie Heroines

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We’re in the midst of an industry-wide call for inclusivity. Hollywood is finally acknowledging a lack of diversity as one of its weaknesses. And it’s about time.
The acknowledgment is the first step, but it hasn't exactly echoed throughout the industry. The 2019 awards season was overwhelmingly white and male, with Cynthia Erivo being one of the few Black and female stars to be recognized for their work last year. Outside of her? Very white. Very male.
Viola Davis already reminded us that it’s opportunity, not talent, keeping Black women from the roles that are so readily available to white women. This is especially true in movies. But that doesn’t mean that Black actresses haven’t played some amazing characters on the big screen.
Scroll through for some of my favorite badass Black female characters.

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