African-American actresses who paved the way in Hollywood

7. Tika Sumpter

Tika Sumpter is an American actress, producer, television host and model from Queens, New York. Sumpter made her film debut in Stomp The Yard: Homecoming and she had supporting roles for What’s Your Number? in 2011 and Think Like A Man the following year.

She played Layla in the ABC daytime series One Life to Live from 2005-2010. Sumpter was nominated for an NCAA Image Award for Best Actress in a Daytime Drama series in 2008.

She has a leading role as Candace Young on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s primetime soap opera, The Haves and the Have Nots. And in 2016 she played Michelle Obama in Southside with You which was an independent film about Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's first date in 1989.

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