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Seven Sistas of Television, 2016

To quote the great show Hamilton Musical: “Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now.” On the latest Cinema in Noir, we chatted about how it’s almost an embarrassment of riches with the amount of quality television that is being produced.  And many of these amazing series feature women of color in prominent roles.  2016 marks my 5th year doing my year-end seven sistas post and this year it was particularly hard narrowing this list to seven. But here they are, my seven sistas of television, 2016.

1. Erica Ash as “M-Chuck” on Survivor’s Remorse and “Bridgette” on The Real Husbands of HollywoodErica Ash is one of the most underrated women working in television. She pulls double duty bringing the drama on Survivor’s Remorse and hilariously goes toe to toe with Kevin Hart on the Real Husbands of Hollywood. Erica was included in my Seven Sistas of 2015 last year as an honorable mention. In 2016 she was a shining star.

2. Kylie Bunbury as “Ginny Baker” on PitchPitch is a show about being the first.  But this isn’t my first time raving about it’s star, Kylie Bunbury. Back in 2013, I fell in love with Kylie in the now defunct series Twisted.  Today she portrays the first woman signed to a major league baseball team. And Kylie does so with the same strength and vulnerability that first caught my attention.

3. Michaela Coel as “Tracey” on Chewing GumI heard about the series Chewing Gum for the first time a couple of months ago. At the time, I added it to the never-ending-Netflix-queue and moved on. When I finally watched Chewing Gum this week I literally laughed the entire time.  Michaela Coel is the quirky black girl icon we have been clamoring for.

4. Issa Rae as “Issa” on InsecureIssa Rae was a Hollywood MVP before Hollywood knew her name.  I first fell in love with her work back in 2011 when she released her web series Awkward Black Girl. Fast-forward to 2016 and Issa is bringing the same unique perspective and fresh voice that the world deserves to the masses via Insecure.

5. Jurnee Smollett as “Rosalee” on UndergroundJurnee Smollett has been delivering stand out performances for over almost 20 years.  In Underground she portrays Rosalee, a house slave turned runaway with the same dignity, strength, and badassery that we have come to expect from her performances.

6. Lorraine Toussaint as “Donna Rosewood” on Rosewood

Yall know how much I love me some Lorraine Toussaint. It is well documented. This season, I was ecstatic that her character on Rosewood got a storyline worthy of her amazing talent. And in true Lorraine form, she delivered an amazing performance.

7. Rutina Wesley as “Nova Bordelon” on Queen SugarIt is a revelation to watch Rutina Wesley on screen.   As Novalee, she embodies the spirit of a loving sister, a loyal friend, and fierce protector.  Rutina’s portrayal of the perfectly imperfect Nova is one of the best of 2016.

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I could go on and on, but yall already know!

Who would you put on you Seven Sistas of Television, 2016 list?


Seven Sistas of Television, 2013

Khandi Alexander as “Maya Lewis” on  Scandal

RS KAScandal fans have been clamoring to know more about the family of Olivia Pope.  At the end of last season we met her father and this season we got to meet  Mama Pope.  Khandi shines as the mysterious Maya.  A highlight of the season?  Her ode to the walking dead, arm gnawing scene.  THAT took guts.


Angela Bassett as “Marie Laveau” on American Horror Story: Coven


Angela Bassett always delivers, so I wasn’t surprised by how much I enjoy her as the voodoo queen who goes toe-to-toe with witches of the coven.  But I was ultra impressed by her cool, calm, and collected characterization.  Angela’s portrayal of  Marie is totally bad ass.


Nicole Beharie as “Lt. Abbie Mills” on  Sleepy Hollow


I have admired Nicole Beharie for a long time now.  So I was super excited when i heard she was starring in her own show.  What makes it even better is that it’s a sci-fi series, a genre that has long excluded people of color. Abbie Mills is complex,   funny,  and kick-ass. Nicole totally rocks as Abbie.


Kylie Bunbury as “Lacey Porter” on Twisted


I was unfamiliar with Kylie prior to Twisted but she has become on of my faves. As Lacey, a girl torn between her past and present, peer pressure and what she thinks is right, Kylie exudes strength and vulnerability in her portrayal.


Tia Mowry-Hardrict as “Stephanie” on Instant Mom


I was so happy when I found out Tia was returning to television.  And Instant Mom is the perfect vehicle for her.  She get’s to flex her comedic chops as the young step-mother of the three kids. Tia really shines in comedy and has found her niche on the show



Sherri Saum as ‘Lena Adams” on The Fosters



Sherri got her start on the soap operas Sunset Beach and One Life to Live, so she is no stranger to drama.  On The Fosters Sherri  has opportunity to explore the ins and outs of a same sex relationship ass one-half of a couple with three children and two foster children.  As Lena, we see Sherri’s altruistic and soft-hearted side (quite a contrast to Keri Reynolds on OLTL).


Gabourey Sidibe “Queenie” on American Horror Story: Coven


Gabourey is one of my faves.  I have loved her in almost every role she has been in since Precious.  As Queenie she holds her own against a racist maid and her fellow witches in the coven and  she has definitely gotten to do some wild and crazy things this season, namely Minotaur sex.  I just hope that Queenie survives this latest trauma and returns for the second half of the season


Who else gave a memorable performance this year?  Who is your favorite sista of television for 2013?