4. Phylicia Rash?d
Sure, we all associate the talented Phylicia Rash?d with her run on The Cosby Show. But did you know that the NAACP hailed this Tony Award-winning entertainer as “the mother” of the African American community? This 64-year-old altered the playing field for African-American actresses with her numerous Broadway, film, and television credits, including a stint as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls and a starring role in Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls.