Black Soap Opera Stars Through the Years

Former Young & The Restless star Victoria Rowell is suing CBS and Sony for racial discrimination. Rowell, who played Drucilla Winters for 15 years, accuses the studios of keeping her off the air as retaliation for her calls for more diversity on soap operas. All the talk of Young & The Restless has us reminiscing about the days when soapies were must-see TV. Here's a look back at the most memorable Black stars through the years.

ESSENCE.COM Feb, 12, 2015

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Rowell played Drucilla Winters on “The Young and the Restless” for 15 years.

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Moore played the sexy Malcolm Winters on “The Young and the Restless.”

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Williams played Jesse Hubbard on “All My Children”

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Morgan is best known for her role as Dr. Angie Hubbard “All My Children.”

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St. John has played Neil Winters on "The Young and The Restless" since 1991.

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The “dreamgirls” star acted in “Guiding Light” from 1996 to 1999.

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Fox starred on the now-defunct “Generations” from 1989 to 1991.

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After years spent on primetime television, Ali returned to daytime TV on “The Young and the Restless” in 2007. She won an NAACP Image Award for her role.

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The hunky actor played lawyer Tyrone Montgomery on “Another World” from 1997-1999.

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Diggs starred in “Guiding Light” in 1997.

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Arnold had a recurring role on the 80s classic soap opera, “Ryan’s Hope.”

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Long played Kathryn “Kat” Speakes on the soap opera “Guiding Light,” from 1991 to 1994.

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The legendary actress once replaced Cecily Tyson on “Guiding Light” in 1997.

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Van Peebles starred in both “One Life to Live” and “All My Children.”

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Morgan once acted on the daytime soap opera “Another World.”

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Tunie played lawyer Jessica Griffin Harris on “As the World Turns.”

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The “What’s Love Got to Do With It” star had a recurring role on “All My Children” in the 80s.

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Tyson starred in “Guiding Light” in 1966.