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The presence and power of Black women on the screen knows no genre bounds.

With the standout performance of Jurnee Smollett-Bell in a horror hybrid series like Lovecraft Country and the upcoming release of the horror-comedy film, Bad Hair starring Elle Lorraine, Vanessa Williams, and Laverne Cox, Black women are solidifying their place in the horror genre.

But this isn’t anything new.

Black women have always played a huge part of the genre. Keep scrolling to check out a list of some of our favorite actresses who have played badass Black women in horror.

*Additional reporting by Rivéa Ruff.


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