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Black actresses have had a long and difficult road to recognition in Hollywood. But these women are proving that the tide is indeed turning as they take on role after role on some of the biggest projects the industry has to offer. Meet the richest black actresses in film and television today:

Viola Davis Net worth: $25 million 

Davis made her film debut in 1996 with a small role in the movie “Customer Service.” Davis has since appeared in films and television shows, such as “Traffic,” “Solaris,” “Doubt,” “The Help,” “Prisoners,” “Get On Up,” “Fences” and “Widows.”

Davis has also won Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Awards for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series for ‘‘How to Get Away with Murder” and has appeared on various shows including ‘‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

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Angela Bassett Net worth: $25 million 

After working in small TV and movie roles throughout the 1980s, Bassett broke through the Hollywood noise in 1992 with her portrayal of Tina Turner in the biographical film “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

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Zoe Saldana Net worth: $35 million 

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Saldana is best known for her portrayal of Neytiri in James Cameron`s “Avatar” (which also happens to be the highest-grossing film of all time) and also stars in its sequel, “Avatar: The Way of Water” (which is the seventh highest-grossing film of all time as of this writing.

Kerry Washington Net worth: $50 million 

Largely known for her role as Olivia Pope on the hit ABC series, ‘‘Scandal,” for which she won a Primetime Emmy award nod for Lead Actress, Washington has appeared in several critically acclaimed films, including ‘‘Ray,” ‘‘Django Unchained” and ‘‘The Last King of Scotland.”

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Jada Pinkett Smith Net worth: $58 million 

However, Pinkett Smith is an actress and businesswoman in her own right and has starred in films such as “The Nutty Professor franchise,” “Menace II Society” and “Gotham.”

Whoopi Goldberg Net worth: $60 million 

Today, Goldberg is best known as a host on the highly controversial and successful daytime talk series, “The View.”

She is the only black woman to have won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her acting in 1991’s “Ghost” and has appeared in other successful films, including the “Sister Act” franchise and, most recently, “Till,” the story of Mamie Till-Bradley, an educator and activist pursuing justice for her murdered son, Emmett Till.

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Queen Latifah Net worth: $70 million 

Queen Latifah has seen massive success as a rapper, TV and film actress, and producer. In 1991, she added acting to her resume and made her screen debut in Spike Lee`s ‘‘Jungle Fever.”

Halle Berry Net worth: $90 million 

Berry began her career as a model before becoming an actress in the late 1980s. She also first gained attention for her role in the 1991 Spike Lee film ‘‘Jungle Fever.” She quickly rose to leading roles in successful films, such as ‘‘X-Men,” ‘‘Monster’s Ball” and ‘‘Die Another Day.”

Oprah Winfrey Net worth: $2.5 billion 

When it comes to net worth, everyone else pales in comparison to Oprah Winfrey. In 1986, she became the host of the highly popular “Oprah Winfrey Show,” which ran until 2011 in over 150 countries around the world.

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