09/25/2014 10:43 am ET Updated Sep 25, 2014

13 Black Actresses Who Aren't The Least Bit Angry About Fall TV

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Shonda Rhimes is not an "angry black woman," and it will take more than an off-base New York Times critic to convince her or anyone else otherwise.

Despite Alessandra Stanley's perfunctory critique of Rhimes' ability to develop layered, black female characters on her hit shows, there's a more refreshing reality to celebrate. Rhimes has become one of the foremost creators of opportunity for African-American actresses today, blazing a trail within an industry that still struggles with casting diversity. Come this fall, because of people like Rhimes, America's primetime television lineup will be more colorful, filled with incredible black actresses in prominent roles.

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