Michael Jai White (b 1967) is an American actor and martial artist. He is the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, having starred as the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn. He appeared in the Tyler Perry films Why Did I Get Married? and the sequel, and currently stars in the comedy-drama television series Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse. He also portrayed boxer Mike Tyson in the 1995 HBO TV movie Tyson.
Laurence John Fishburne III (born July 30, 1961) is an American actor, playwright, director and producer, best known for playing Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy, Jason "Furious" Styles in the 1991 drama film Boyz n the Hood and Tyrone "Mr. Clean" Miller in the 1979 war film Apocalypse Now.  Fishburne became the first African-American to portray Othello in a motion picture by a major studio when he appeared in Oliver Parker's 1995 film adaptation of the Shakespeare play.
1939: First African American to star in her own television program: Ethel Waters, The Ethel Waters Show, on NBC.
Francine Everett (April 13, 1915 – May 27, 1999) was an African-American actress and singer who is best known for her performances in race films, independently produced motion pictures with all-black casts that were created exclusively for distribution to cinemas that catered to African American audiences.
Josephine Baker was the first African American female to star in a motion picture, to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer.
famous+black+actors | Greatest African American Actor (Male) Cuba Gooding Jr.
African American Actors
DelRoy Lindo another amazing African American actor who would be a dream to see bring John from 'It's in My Blood'.
Jester Hairston, an African American choral composer and actor, was born on July 9, 1901. As one of the greatest choral music directors, Hairston composed or arranged more than 300 gospel spirituals in films such as "Green Pastures" and "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon." One of the first black actors in the Screen Actors Guild, among his notable works was the song “Amen” from the Sidney Poitier film, "Lilies of the Field."