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Fictional Characters...Most Badass Black Women

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This was my Sex and the City growing up.
She was strong, smart, and independent. Also, when she realized that the Doctor wasn't going to return her feelings, she left him and did what was best for her own happiness.
She’s the first black lesbian superhero on TV. Even though she is literally powerful because she has superpowers, she’s also emotionally powerful. Her city is completely controlled by gangs and crime lords, and she’s always participating and organizing protests and rallies. And once she discovers her powers, she uses them to fight for what’s right. As a queer woman myself, Anissa inspires me a lot
She’s hella dynamic — she’s a big soft nerd, but also a total badass. She wasn’t ashamed of who she was, she was open-minded, she was intensely loyal to her friends...even when they weren’t there for her, and she didn’t let anyone or anything stop her shine. She deserved better. 
The original Aunt Viv was beautiful, strong, smart AF, and the first really DARK-skinned woman I looked up to.
She is the definition of badass. She doesn't have to worry about guys taking care of her and helping her. She can take care of own damn self.
A strong, educated, sophisticated, loving, intelligent, beautiful, and inspiring black woman, and a great mother. Seeing someone like this during the '80s was groundbreaking.
Not only is she ridiculously fashionable, but her spin-off has given her more room to grow outside of her cool oldest-sibling persona on Black-ish.
She’s just great. She plays a strong black female character, she’s a main character on the show, she’s a badass, and she’s an overall role model.
She knows what she wants and she goes for it. She never puts anybody’s happiness over her own. She is confident and iconic! 
She was just the realest.
All those heroes would be completely screwed and/or dead ten times over without her. She’s the most non-super superhero ever, and I love her for it.
She was my idol growing up! She was fabulous, smart, strong, professional, and didn't take any of Martin's crap. She also loved him ferociously and was down to be silly when she wanted to.
She has always been one of my favorite characters ever. The amount of strength and patience she exhibits is amazing, as is the love she shows.
Miranda Bailey is an all-powerful goddess of medicine that knows no bounds! Her character also brought attention to the lack of awareness for mental health in the black community. After her diagnosis, she did not back down. She continued to kick butt while managing her OCD. —hannahvictoriag
She basically saved everyone’s asses hundreds of time, AND took on literal hellfire. Need I say more?
The whole cast was great, but Synclaire especially. When I was a kid, some boy called me Synclaire as an insult, but now I have no problem with it. She was kind of spacey, but she was the heart of the group.
She does whatever she wants — breaking every rule in the park — and is just an all-around badass. Even if at the end it's revealed that her choices weren't actually hers, and just part of her programming, that doesn't take away from how cool she is throughout the season. Also, in her final scene she makes her first real choice: choosing to save her daughter even if she knows that their relationship isn't real, proving that emotions are stronger than reason.
I hope they develop her character more in Season 2, but every appearance she had in Season 1 just showed what a strong, independent, single-ish mom she is…plus, Zazie Beetz is a QUEEN.
She's a powerful black woman whose career is front and center and in the public eye, unlike a lot of other strong women on TV who work mostly behind-the-scenes. She's classy, sophisticated, and is unashamed of making her career the priority in her life.
There isn't much representation on TV for biracial girls and she does a great job of showing what it's actually like to be us. (The episode "Being Bow-racial" is AMAZING.) —
What I liked about Freddie is that she was always true to herself and didn't have any problem whatsoever with being quirky and unique. She didn't bow to social pressures to change who she was. She always stood up for herself and what she believed to be right. 
She brought issues like eating disorders front and center, and she embraced body positivity, which was hard to find back in the day. 
I love Issa! Every black woman portrayed on TV doesn't have to be strong, sassy, and confident. I love that she's awkward, emotionally immature at times, and a little ratchet. It's refreshingly relatable to watch her make mistakes and grow as a woman. It's like watching my 20s. 
Viola Davis is beyond incredible, and I love a female character that is neither the untouchable pure light of good, nor the epitome of evil. Annalise is complex — she has huge flaws, but also an incredible amount of strength. She has given me so much strength when dealing with dismissive and demeaning men in the work place. If following my gut and advocating for myself means that I'm considered a bitch, I’ll take being a bitch alllll day, every day
Her life and family is messed up, but she handles it so well. Cookie came from nothing, but fought to make something of her life. Plus, Taraji plays her so well.
She is a fearless, brave, and absolutely badass black woman. She never takes no for an answer and will do anything for the people she loves, even though it can get her into trouble. Women like her in television make me proud of my black heritage.
She doesn’t care what people think about her, and she just does what she thinks is best for her. She went from not having a clue about what to do with her life to getting an awesome promotion at work (which she demanded in a respectful and powerful way), becoming a surrogate for a friend who desperately wanted a baby, and becoming more serious with her boyfriend. I really admire her.
She's honestly the best TV role model for any black woman going into the corporate world. She manages her private life quietly, commands respect from her employees, and lets everyone know she'll always be the HBIC. Plus, her outfits and confidence are always 10/10! 
She is one of those women who strives really hard to balance it all: having a career; being an amazing, fierce, and supportive mom; and being a wonderful wife. I love her sass and humor, and I especially love her vulnerability. I can never stop thinking about that time she broke down after William's death, claiming her own grief and need for comfort. Beth Pearson is the kind of person I really look up to.

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