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I am often inspired by black actors in creating characters for my books or screenplays. These are some folks who have caught my eye.

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Raven-Symone serving up up some serious glamour! You betta work Raven!

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Raven-Symone serving up up some serious glamour! You betta work Raven!

Rutina Wesley aka Tara Thornton from "True Blood" looking stunning! - Great pic!

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Nelsan Ellis Photos Photos: Premiere Of DreamWorks "The Soloist" - Arrivals

Nelsan Ellis Photos - Actor Nelsan Ellis arrives at the premiere of Dreamworks Pictures' "The Soloist" held at the Paramount Studios Theater on April 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) * Local Caption * Nelsan Ellis - Premiere Of DreamWorks "The Soloist" - Arrivals

Nelsan Ellis - Lafayette Reynolds is the very best part of True Blood. Also, damn, is he pretty. <3 His almond shaped eyes!

I'm Here For Sookie!: Photo

Yes, I was one of the millions obsessed with True Blood.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 16:  Actress Uzo Aduba attends the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards press room held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)

Here Are the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Winners

Uzo, Allison Janney, and Bob's Burgers all won.

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Calder Michaels - Covert Affairs

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Danai Gurira, actress & playwright. She is best known for her role as Michonne on AMC's The Walking Dead. She won Obie & Outer Critics Circle Awards for writing, and a Helen Hayes Award for the off-Broadway play In the Continuum. She also starred in The Visitor, for which she won Method Fest Film Festival for Best Supporting Actress. She has appeared in Ghost Town, My Soul to Take & Law & Order. She currently appears in People magazine’s World’s Most Beautiful issue. She has an MFA from NYU.

Danai Gurira, actress & playwright. She is best known for her role as Michonne on AMC's The Walking Dead. She won Obie & Outer Critics Circle Awards for writing, and a Helen Hayes Award for the off-Broadway play In the Continuum. She also starred in The Visitor, for which she won Method Fest Film Festival for Best Supporting Actress. She has appeared in Ghost Town, My Soul to Take & Law & Order. She currently appears in People magazine’s World’s Most Beautiful issue. She has an MFA from NYU.

Anne-Marie Johnson, actress and impressionist. She is best known for her roles as Althea Tibbs on the TV drama In the Heat of the Night and as Nadine Hudson Thomas on the sitcom What's Happening Now!! She joined In Living Color in its last season and Melrose Place for 1 season. She has appeared on Diff'rent Strokes, Hill Street Blues, Babylon 5, Living Single, That's So Raven, Girlfriends, & The Parkers. A graduate of UCLA, she also served as First Vice-President of the Screen Actor's Guild.

Anne-Marie Johnson, actress and impressionist. She is best known for her roles as Althea Tibbs on the TV drama In the Heat of the Night and as Nadine Hudson Thomas on the sitcom What's Happening Now!! She joined In Living Color in its last season and Melrose Place for 1 season. She has appeared on Diff'rent Strokes, Hill Street Blues, Babylon 5, Living Single, That's So Raven, Girlfriends, & The Parkers. A graduate of UCLA, she also served as First Vice-President of the Screen Actor's Guild.

Holly Robinson Peete, actress & singer. She is known for her roles as Judy Hoffs on the TV drama 21 Jump Street, Vanessa Russell on the sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, & Dr. Malena Ellis on the sitcom For Your Love. She also served as an original co-hosts of the The Talk and appears on the webseries drama Blue. Her children's book, My Brother Charlie, won her an NAACP Image Award, and she & her husband co-founded the HollyRod Foundation to help those with Parkinson's. She speaks 4 languages.

Holly Robinson Peete Talks Autism & 'Celeb Apprentice'

Holly Robinson Peete is many women, wrapped into one. She's a wife, mother, daughter, sister, actress and a new author. She's also a philanthropist and an advocate for families, like her own, who've been affected by autism. Her life is full, yes, but she wouldn't have it any other way. On this, the inaugural day of National Autism Awareness Month, the busy mom of four took a break from juggling her brood's spring break schedules to chat with ESSENCE.COM about the journey of raising an…

Sanaa Lathan, actress and voice actress. She has starred in TV shows and many films, including the box-office hits Love & Basketball, Alien vs. Predator, Something New, The Cleveland Show (voice of Donna Tubbs), and The Family That Preys. Lathan was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun. In 2010 she starred in the all-black performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre in London.

Sanaa Lathan, actress and voice actress. She has starred in TV shows and many films, including the box-office hits Love & Basketball, Alien vs. Predator, Something New, The Cleveland Show (voice of Donna Tubbs), and The Family That Preys. Lathan was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun. In 2010 she starred in the all-black performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre in London.

Eriq La Salle, actor, director, writer & producer. He is best known for his roles as Darryl Jenks (Soul Glow!) in the comedy Coming to America (my FAVORITE movie of all time) and as Dr. Peter Benton on the NBC drama series ER. He also starred in Drop Squad, Relative Stranger, & Johnny Was, and directed the HBO movie Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault, and multiple episodes of Law & Order: SVU, CSI: NY, Ringer & A Gifted Man. He is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Eriq La Salle, actor, director, writer & producer. He is best known for his roles as Darryl Jenks (Soul Glow!) in the comedy Coming to America (my FAVORITE movie of all time) and as Dr. Peter Benton on the NBC drama series ER. He also starred in Drop Squad, Relative Stranger, & Johnny Was, and directed the HBO movie Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault, and multiple episodes of Law & Order: SVU, CSI: NY, Ringer & A Gifted Man. He is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Obba Babatundé, singer, dancer, and actor. He is known for his Emmy-nominated performance in Miss Evers' Boys, a NAACP Image Award-nominated performance in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, a Tony Award-nominated role for his performance in the 1981 Broadway musical Dreamgirls, & as the father on the TV show Half & Half. He also starrred in The Temptations, John Q, & Life. He was a protégé of Sammy Davis, Jr., who said, "This is the only cat who can do everything [sing, dance, etc.] I can do."

Obba Babatundé, singer, dancer, and actor. He is known for his Emmy-nominated performance in Miss Evers' Boys, a NAACP Image Award-nominated performance in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, a Tony Award-nominated role for his performance in the 1981 Broadway musical Dreamgirls, & as the father on the TV show Half & Half. He also starrred in The Temptations, John Q, & Life. He was a protégé of Sammy Davis, Jr., who said, "This is the only cat who can do everything [sing, dance, etc.] I can do."