08/16/2013 12:17 pm ET

Will Black Actresses Ever Catch Up To Their Peers?


It was a big deal when Kerry Washington was revealed as the cover girl for Vanity Fair’s August issue. An actress who’s been around for more than a decade and who has finally hit big as the star of the hit ABC political drama Scandal, she is the first black woman who’s not Beyoncé to pose solo on the front of the mag since 1993.* And since this is the publication whose annual Hollywood issues tout the “next big things” and the A-list elite, the significance of this (along with her Elle cover in June) cannot be overstated.

Washington isn’t the only black woman in Hollywood who’s currently experiencing a high point in her career.

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