10 Black Actresses from the 80s and 90s That We Loved

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7. Ola Ray

If you were anything like me, you were a MJ stan. I had the red leather jacket and everything. One part of that was knowing the entire dance to Thriller, shortly after finding this out, someone asked me if I knew who the video girl was in the music video. I didn’t at the time… but then I found out.

8. Detective Moreno

This where it started right here… I told folks on Twitter a week ago that I really can’t remember anything about NY Undercover except the women. I remember when Ice T killed Sandy and I remember all the episodes with Detective Moreno. This was the first time that I can remember really being attractive to that Puerto Rican NYC accent.

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  • AfterMath

    You're forgetting
    – Ashley Banks from Fresh Prince
    – Brenda Jenkins (Regina King , who is still hot) from 227
    – Regina (Kim Fields) from Living Single
    – Justine / Myra (Michelle Thomas) from the Cosby Show and Family Matters (may she rest in peace)

    And we gonna need to work on that ordering.
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    • Dr. J

      I had to invoke the Olivia rule on Ashley and Rudy… them girls wasn't even 14 when they was on TV back then… I couldn't in good faith add them to the list. It just seems nasty. Although Ashley did get older… after picking Tyra and Nia from Fresh Prince they fell off.

      Regina King is personal to me and I didn't want to share her on SBM. Nuff said. #Southland

      Sucki Sucki now… I just couldn't get down with her on that show, something about her just always ruined it for me.

      Myra was crazy man! Chill son! I would add Maxine to the list from Family Matters though. Maybe even Judy… #butletskeepwhyonthelow

      • Mr. SD

        lol Doc you seen Judy like I seen Judy??!!

        • Dr. J

          #butletskeepwhyonthelow

        • Mr. SD

          yezzir..lol

        • BlueSteele

          Smh, you two lol

      • AfterMath

        The way I see it – if they're my age I can look at them that way. Now if you were talking about Rudy from The Last Dragon, then I might have to call the feds on you – that's just creepy.
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      • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com Tristan.

        Myra was stupid dumb thick tho…Urkel was wilding

    • http://singleblackmale.org/author/wisdomismisery WisdomIsMisery

      MYRA! You took me back on that one, son. Had the BIGGEST crush on her. Even when she was in that gap-toothed R&B group's video whose name isnt coming to mind and I'm too lazy to search for, she was FINE!

      ….RIP.

    • Andrea

      yes and also Ashley Banks from the fresh Prince, Laura Winslow from Family Matters! I lovethem!

  • Uncle Hugh, BP

    Most of them were light-skinned! And Detective Moreno wasn't even black! You're a victim of colorism, and your mind has been manipulated by the media!

    • Dr. J

      LMAO… I am waiting for those flutes to go off…

      • MaggK

        LMAO yeah Doc they are all beige!!!

        • Dr. J

          No they are not. Cmon now!

        • MaggK

          lolll hope u know i'm not serious!

        • heyheynow

          tyra banks not hardly beige

        • heyheynow

          and lisa turtle ya'll silly she not beige either

    • 2cool4school

      Damn that's how bad its gotten of late, cause I was also waiting for the colorism shoe to drop.

      Uncle Hugh said what they usually say but this is the internal transcript:
      "You have just wrote an article praising women that not only aren''t me but do not look like me. I do not like this because I am naive enough to believe that everyone that looks like me should not only like me but prefer me above all else. Since this is not the case I will read your mind and correct you because as an adult you don't know who/what your attracted to but this guilt trip is going to get you back on the right track." SMDH

      Sorry but many of these accusations of colorism are wrapped up in narcissism

    • Sith King Jordan

      *points the finger*

      see now we know where it alll started…lol

  • hlbb

    Fact: I have done the Whitley Gilbert routine.

    But, no love for Freddie?

    • Dr. J

      I left Freddie and Lena off the list. Freddie always seemed to be flighty to me and Lena scared the sh(t out of me.

      • cynicaloptmst81

        You were scared of Lena?! Cute, hood, classy, and smart all rolled into one?!

        Why come???? lol

        She excels amongst theives…in a dark alley and the boardroom! A double win! Lol

        • Dr. J

          You ever notice that only hood girls use the word classy?

          I can't call it, Jada just always has scared me like she would punch me in the face. Didn't like her in Jason's Lyrics, Set It Off, or Low Down Dirty Shame.

        • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com Tristan.

          You ever notice that only hood girls use the word classy?

          Truth.

        • Larry

          lol!!! #ItsFunnyBecauseItsTrue

        • cynicaloptmst81

          "You ever notice that only hood girls use the word classy?"

          *throws down the flag*

          LMBO! I don't even know how to take that comment!!!!! LMBO!

        • Bree

          lmbao cause Jada Pinkett is like 5'1 or 5'2 and probably not even a buck twenty soaking wet. Really Doc J…..you scared of Jada Pinkett Smith???? "C'mon Son" Stop Playin! lmbao again.
          But then u don't strike me as the type to go for B-more chick, and she is from B-more and is a straight up B-more chick.

    • AfterMath

      Freddie was much more of a crush of mine than Whitley. I always hated that Dwayne was so in love with Whitley, meanwhile crackhead friend Ron dated both Freddie and Kim. Just a sign of things to come.
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  • LadyRazorback

    No Laura Winslow? I thought Pam was hotter than Gina. As a woman I was even captivated by Denise Huxtable. Not quite sure what it was either.

    • Smilez_920

      Yea I would have to go with Pam. I saw Tichina Aronald at an event a few months ago, she still looked awesome .

      Laura was also very pretty. She had all the joints.

      • AfterMath

        Pam definitely gets points for the longevity.
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      • Bree

        lmao…My uncle and a few guys I knew back in the day said the same thing about Pam. Reason why they liked her more than Gina was cause of all dat wagon she was draggin…lol They thought Gina was prettier though and would've been Gina's man but cheated on her with Pam…lol. Thats what they told me…smdh…."men"

    • MaggK

      I know right! Where is Laura?

  • Joe Sargent

    Tia > Tamera

    IDC IDC IDC

    • AfterMath

      I don't know who is who, but one is always laughing and that just annoys me. I always preferred the other one.
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      • Smilez_920

        Tamara was the funny one, Tia was the smart one.

    • Muze

      tia has always been prettier. idk what it is. i think tamara just has a more "goofy" look to her. even after shedding the goofy twin image.

      • MaggK

        awww sorry im with Doc, i prefer Tamera!!!

  • Smilez_920

    Cool list but I have to drop Whitley for Dwayne ex-fiancé Key-nu . She gave Whitley a run for her money. Always felt like Whitley had a tight face.

    Nia long been beautiful forever # nuffsaid

    • Dr. J

      You know Kinu would not have flown around these parts…

  • AfterMath

    I'd also add Claire Huxtible and Vivian Banks (the first one) to that list. Sure they were older, but tell me those aren't what we look to now trying to find a perfect woman?
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  • MaggK

    No Francesca from the Jamie Foxx Show?

    • Dr. J

      That show really didn't get popular until we were much older, so it doesn't really count for the era that I gave.

  • Smilez_920

    What about Mia Campbell from ” in the house” with LL Cool J. ( Before she went crazy) . I thought she was pretty. Ooo and Reagan Gomez from the Parent Hood . It came out around 1995. It was the show with Robert Townsend , Reagan played Zaria. She’s pretty .

    • Joe Sargent

      Had forgotten her name, but Reagan Gomez was nice *Fab voice*

    • Dr. J

      Good catch on Reagan Gomez. Maia Campbell would have made the list if she didn't end up strung out on the crack. I also hated that baby hair she tried to make stay around much too long.

      • Kinectic

        Lark Voorhies was/is just as strung out as Maia Campbell…yet she made the list.

      • GoldenG

        ^^^^Sheesh Talk about Anal 0_o

    • Larry

      Wasn't Reagan Gomez in "Trois 3" or something? She ended up at the end being….well, I guess I won't ruin it for y'all, like y'all care….but she can't be trusted!! lol.

  • AfterMath

    OOh and what about my girl Jada from Different World. I wasn't a fan of those last few seasons, but Jada was/is beautiful.
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  • AfterMath

    And you've got to name THELMA from Good Times
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  • cynicaloptmst81

    Topanga has a pass in Black America…you coulda named her, LOL!

    Well…at least I'da been cool wit it, LOL…

    • Mr. SD

      Loved me some Topanga! She ain't have noazzzz tho..lol

      • cynicaloptmst81

        Hey look…I wasn't looking at that, lol.

      • Dr. J

        Nah yo… Topanga has ass for days. Peep when she got older.

    • Muze

      word. i always wanted to be friends with Topanga. lol

      which is why i'm HYPE that Girl Meets World is coming.. with Cory and Topanga as her parents. pow.

      it better be good.
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      • Mr. SD

        She was weird. I love weird girls.

        • Dr. J

          I read that the wrong way lol.

          "She was white. I love white girls."

      • cynicaloptmst81

        Me too…and ME TOO!

        I def can't wait to check that out! :-)

        #nostalgia

      • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com Tristan.

        i was always mad that angela wasn't cuter tho…like yall couldn't cast a better looking girl who didn't rock like 5 lbs of weave
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      • BlueSteele

        Yeah I can't wait to see how that turns out.

      • KitKatCuty84

        WHAT????!!!! Is this real? I seriously never missed an episode and had the HUGEST crush on Rider Strong. I used to read his articles in Bop Magazine and everything. Yo, if they're back on "Girl Meets World", I'm getting cable again just for whatever network it comes on, if it's not on Hulu. It's THAT serious.

        • Muze

          yepppp.

          but from what i read, Rider won't be on the show. sad face.
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    • http://singleblackmale.org/author/wisdomismisery WisdomIsMisery

      …and you would've been the ONLY one cool with it.

      I'M SLEEP!

    • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com Tristan.

      Topanga taught a generation of white boys to get them a thick chick

      • BlueSteele

        And how to pass a hood name like it's regular as hell.

  • http://singleblackmale.org/author/wisdomismisery WisdomIsMisery

    *pole vaults over the colorism*

    I'm looking at that Lisa Turtle pic with a more discerning eye now that I'm older – and maybe it's just me – but it DO look like she got the crazy eye. Sadly, perhaps we shouldn't be shocked by the Lisa Turtle that greets us today. Mama told me there'd be days like this.

    • cynicaloptmst81

      Eh…

      I was thrown by the pic too. Not sure if we should be judging her…or the horrible job the make-up artist did.

      Gotta have make-up/hair folks that can hook US up…smh.

      • 2cool4school

        Yep some of that 80/90s cake foundation had actresses looking like the Walking Dead for real. Maybe that's why so may of them look better now in their 40s than late 20s/30s

    • Smilez_920

      Even the Lisa Turtles of the world have bad picture days. Anybody remember Mercedes from that show “In the House” she played Carlton’s gf . She also played in the episode of Martinez when him and Gina first broke up, and he met that woman at the club.

    • BlueSteele

      That near-unibrow threw me 0_o

  • Mr. SD

    Vaness's friends was always hott. I wanted the one that talked fast. Cant remember her name tho.

  • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com Tristan.

    My top 3

    1. Lisa Turtle- white girl who I could actually bring home and not get sideeyes, im with it
    2. Jackie- I think Carlton killed her…she was never seen since he took her home then he pops up at a cemetary
    3. Kimberly Reese- Fredi seeemed to weird, Whitley was never cute to me, Kim was my favorite

  • Amos Banks

    What? 59 replies and nobody mentioned Jeanie Boulet from E.R.?

  • BlueSteele

    What about teenage Ashley Banks?

  • 2cool4school

    What about Six from Blossom I thought Jenna van Oy had a black pass after the Parkers.

  • http://www.singleblackmale.ord jprince

    dr jay you also did not mention kellita smith from the bernie mac she was a bad one. and elise neal on dl hughley show

  • Young Heaux

    Wow what happened to black programming? So many great shows. Fresh Prince, Martin, Living Single, Family Matters…. I miss the 90s.

    Also Lisa Turtle is gorgeous, that picture did not do her justice
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