05/07/2012 08:23 am ET Updated May 07, 2012

Women We Admire: Black Mothers of Television (PHOTOS)

Mothers come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors.

As head of the household holding down the fort as a single parent, or attempting to keep the peace under a rowdier roof, here are some of our favorite character moms (barring Tyler Perry in Madea drag) who have brought some much-needed color to an otherwise monochromatic state of family dynamics on television.

And if you think you’ve got a mother worthy of such a list, here’s your chance to prove it.

Let the “First Lady” in your life—and other Huffpost readers—know how special she is by telling us about her in the comments section, and be sure to enter Optimum Salon Haircare's Mother’s Day Makeover-Trip-for-2 Sweepstakes for a chance to win a 3-day, all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for a VIP tour, makeover by celeb stylist Johnny Wright, and a feature in Heart & Soul magazine.

Women We Admire: Television's Mothers of Color (PHOTOS)