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The Best Black TV Characters In 2019  

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2019 is shaping up to be an amazing year for TV, with some of the best shows sporting more diverse cast members than ever before. That's why we thought now would be a good time to rank the best current black characters. From the sheer strength and measure of Annalise Keating (Viola Davis from How to Get Away with Murder) to the outrageous wit of Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), the best black TV characters command the stage and keep us coming back for more.

The best current shows with black characters include dramas like Empire and hilarious satires like Atlanta. Both of these award-winning shows have produced a handful of memorable characters, including local rapper Paper Boi and queen bee Cookie Lyon. Seriously, is anyone on TV as ruthless as Cookie? Who do you think are the best African-American TV characters in 2019?

Let us know by voting up all the best characters. Don’t see one of your favorites? Go ahead and add them to the list. 

list ordered by
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Professor Annalise Keating is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
How to Get Away with Murder

Viola Davis

 

2
Randall Pearson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
This Is Us

Sterling K. Brown

 

3
Dre Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
Black-ish

 Anthony Anderson

 

4
Cookie Lyon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
Empire

Taraji P. Henson

 

5
Lucious Lyon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
Empire

Terrence Howard

 

6
Beth Pearson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
This Is Us

 Susan Kelechi Watson

7
Zoey Johnson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
Zoey Johnson Grown-ish

Yara Shahidi

 

8
Rainbow Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
Rainbow Johnson Black-ish

Tracee Ellis Ross

 

9
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
Jack Johnson Black-ish

Miles Brown

 

10
Earnest Marks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
Earnest Marks Atlanta

Donald Glover

 

11
Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
Black Lightning Black Lightning

Cress Williams

 

12
Samantha White is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
Samantha White Dear White People

Logan Browning

 

13
Issa Dee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
Issa Dee Insecure

Issa Rae

14
James 'Ghost' St. Patrick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
James 'Ghost' St. Patrick Power

Omari Hardwick

 

15
Brandon Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
Brandon Johnson The Chi

Jason Mitchell

 

16
Nate Lahey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
Nate Lahey How to Get Away with Murder

Billy Brown

 

17
Samantha White is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
Samantha White Dear White People
18
Charley Bordelon West is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
Charley Bordelon West Queen Sugar

Dawn-Lyen Gardner

 

19
John Diggle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
cityofeverythingeverything added Arrow
20
Lawrence Walker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
Lawrence Walker Insecure

Jay Ellis

21
Vanessa
Vanessa "Van" Keefer Atlanta
22
Suzanne
Orange Is the New Black

Uzo Aduba

 

23
Anissa Pierce is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
Anissa Pierce Black Lightning

Nafessa Williams

 

24
Nova Bordelon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
Nova Bordelon Queen Sugar

Rutina Wesley

 

25
Mo Monroe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black TV Characters In 2019
Mo Monroe Black Monday

Don Cheadle