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Top 5 African American Actresses in daytime of All Time

Posted by timeaftertime on August 22, 2009 at 3:06 PM


When it comes to African American actresses in daytime you often hear me talk about the greats and compare them to the new school.  Christel Kahlil , Carla Mosley, Chaunteé Schuler, Tika Sumpter, Daphnee Duplaix Samuel, and Denise Vasi represent the new generation of actresses currently working. 


Christel Kahlil, Carla Mosley, Chaunteé Schuler, and Denise Vasi are four actresses who often get the brunt of my criticism of their acting abilities or the lack there of.  Therefore, when it comes to any African American actress in daytime unless you are bringing something completely new and not done then you are held to the standard of the greats who brought it from day one.  And none of them are bringing anything new to daytime that hasn't been done before. 


White actresses are held to the same standard.  Molly Burnett (Days), Crystal Hunt (OLTL), Caitlin Van Zandt (GL), Vail Bloom (Y&R), and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (B&B) are just a few actresses who equally get their share of acting criticism if not more. 




Back in the day, African American actresses on soaps came on with the kind of talent and gusto that they didn't need to "grow" into the role.  And "grow" is code word for an actor in training.  They can act, but have not developed a sense of self and have not put the STAMP on the role.  They are unable to make acting choices that develop special personality traits that the character they play are known and remembered by.  They are not the type that could "carry" the show if need be or ones who can truly lead storylines. 


With that being said, I am going to list for you in my personal order the top 5 African American Actresses in daytime who brought it from day one.  Who put a STAMP on their role!  Moreover, "growing" only meant they got expanded screen time to display their stellar talent.  In addition, these actresses could run acting circles around the current generation of African American actresses (or any young actress for that matter) and could teach them a thing or twenty about developing their character into something phenomenal.  Watch the scenes of each actress and see if you don't get my point. 


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5. Tamara Tunie (Jessica Griffin, ATWT)

 

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4. Amelia Marshall (Gilly Grant, GL, Liz Saborune, Passions)

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3. Debbie Morgan (Angie Hubbard, AMC, Chantel Marshall, Generations, Ellen, Port Charles)

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2. Renee Jones (Lexie Carver Dimera, Days)

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1. Victoria Rowell (Drucilla Winters, Y&R)

 

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Now share with me your top 5 African American actresses in daytime and your thoughts. Also Members post your top 5 favorite African American actress clips here: Memebers Soap Clips

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9 Comments

Reply e-trim
2:05 AM on October 17, 2010 
PAT says...
you trully must b out of your f-in mind pat!! cristel khalil is a terrible actress, Davetta sherwod was better in that part then that little valley girll wit no personality. she is jest terrible!!!!!!!!
I have to disagree about Chistel Khalil. I think she is very good!!!
Reply JillyC
2:56 AM on February 7, 2010 
I love all your picks and thank God you have have included Amelia Marshall, but my list would include all yours minus one. 5. Amelia Marshall, 4. Renee Elise Goldsberry, 3.Tamara Tunie, 2. Victoria Rowell, 1. The most excellent Debbie Morgan!
Reply PAT
9:02 AM on January 29, 2010 
I have to disagree about Chistel Khalil. I think she is very good!!!
Reply Genoa City
11:30 PM on January 5, 2010 
Genoa City says...
Since Michelle Stafford is going out on maternity leave after having her first baby, they defintely should bring Drucilla back. It is perfect timing and maybe Phyllis will settle in and learn from a pro. After acting with MS and during a taping on the show I dont know if I would want to be in the same room with this chick. She spit in Drucillas face and it wasnt even on the script. She told the heifer to apologize and she refused to be in any parts with her in it. I dont know if this is true but if it is I would be SALTY about that incident and the Y&R brass wouldnt make her admit she was wrong. We need our DIVA back, shes taken a back seat long enough.
Reply Genoa City
11:27 PM on January 5, 2010 
Since Michelle Stafford is going out on maternity l;eave after having her first baby, they defintely should bring Drucilla back. It is perfect timing and maybe Phyllis will settle in and learn from a pro. After acting with MS and during a taping on the show I dont know if I would want to be in the sae room with this chick. She spit in Drucillas face and it wasnt even on the script. She told the heifer to apologize and she refused to be in any parts with her in it. I dont know if this is true but if it is I would be SALTY about that incident and the Y&R brass wouldnt make her admit she was wrong. We need our DIVA back, shes taken a back seat long enough.
Reply karen
7:51 PM on October 25, 2009 
Joss says...
I wish that evil Lexi could make a return to Days. Days gives little opportunity for Jones and James Reynolds to have decent storylines. Lexi is a Dimera. Why can't she be more of gray character, someone who walks the line between good and evil, like Y&R's Phyllis?

Same question i have. She is such a wasted talent. I would love to see her go back to being bad. again too. Something to give them a storyline.
Reply Joss
7:41 PM on October 25, 2009 
I wish that evil Lexi could make a return to Days. Days gives little opportunity for Jones and James Reynolds to have decent storylines. Lexi is a Dimera. Why can't she be more of gray character, someone who walks the line between good and evil, like Y&R's Phyllis?
Reply Joss
7:38 PM on October 25, 2009 
Wow!!! Tamara Tunie and Michael Swann were HOT!! I wish that they could have a big reunion and romance on ATWT.
Reply Gene
11:48 PM on August 22, 2009 
Great list, David, these are strong AA actresses that should can carry the show and a couple of them should still be on daytime soaps.

5. Renee Jones-
4. Amelia Marshell
3. Tamara Tunie
2. Renee Elise Goldsberry & Debbie Morgan
1. Victoria Rowell

Honorable Mentions-Naprielle Danielle Groves, Brooke Kerr, Tonya Lee Williams, Tanya Boyd and Tracey Ross