Some of these films were developed for television while others started out on the silver screen and eventually were aired on Lifetime or UP (Uplifting Television). Also, many of the actresses featured in this gallery were in more films than listed.   I took the liberty to list some of my favorites.

1. Kimberly Elise

A Day Late and a Dollar Short – Janelle – 2014 – Lifetime
Apple Mortgage Cake – Angela – 2014 – UP
Gifted Hands – Sonya Carson – 2009 – UP

2. Alfre Woodard

Too many to list but here’s a few . . .
Steel Magnolias – Louisa “Ouiser” Boudreaux – 2012 – Lifetime
Extremities – Patricia – 1986 – Lifetime
Passion Fish – Chantelle – 1992 – Lifetime
Down in the Delta – Loretta Sinclair – 1998 – Lifetime
Miss Evers’ Boys – Eunice Evers, R.N. – 1997 – Lifetime
The Family That Preys – Alice Pratt – 2008 –Lifetime
Something New – Joyce McQueen – 2006 – Lifetime

3. Malinda Williams

A Cross to Bear – Fae – 2012 – UP
Daddy’s Little Girls – Maya – 2007 – Lifetime
Marry Me For Christmas – Marci Jewel – 2014 – UP

4. Taraji P. Henson

Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story – Tiffany Rubin – 2011 -Lifetime
Not Easily Broken – Clarice Clark – 2009 – UP
Something New – Nedra – 2006 – Lifetime
The Family That Preys – Pam – 2006 – Lifetime
I Can Do Bad All By Myself – April – 2009 – Lifetime

5. Angela Bassett

Jumping the Broom – Claudine Watson – 2011 – Lifetime
Betty and Coretta – Coretta King – 2013 – Lifetime
Of Boys and Men – Rieta Cole – 2008 – UP
Passion – Rhonda / Dawn – 1992 – Lifetime

6. Phylicia Rashad

The Babysitter’s Seduction – Detective Kate Jacobs – 1996 – Lifetime
Steel Magnolias – Clairee Belcher – 2012 – Lifetime
Good Deeds – Willimena – 2012 – Lifetime

7. Loretta Devine

The Fantasia Barrino Story – Addie Collins – 2004 – Lifetime
Comeback Dad – Malinda – 2014 – UP
Jumping the Broom – Mrs. Taylor 2011 – Lifetime

8. Robin Givens

The Family That Preys – Abby – 2008 – Lifetime
The Love You Save – Alexis – 2011 – UP
On Angel Wings – Amber – 2014 – UP

9. Wendy Raquel Robinson

My Dad’s a Soccer Mom – Holly – 2014 – UP
Something New – Cheryl – 2006 – Lifetime

10. Queen Latifah

Steel Magnolias – Mary Lynn “M’Lynn” Eatenton – 2012 – Lifetime
The Secret Life of Bees – August Boatwright – 2008 – Lifetime
The Last Holiday – Georgia Byrd – 2006 – Lifetime

11. Nicole Baharie

Sins of the Mother – Shay – 2010 – Lifetime
My Last Day Without You – Leticia – 2012 – UP

12. Viola Davis

Life is Not a Fairytale – Diane Barrino – 2004 – Lifetime
Disturbia – Detective Parker – 2010 – Lifetime
Won’t Back Down – Nona Alberts – 2012 – Lifetime

13. Tatyana Ali

Dear Secret Santa – Jennifer – 2012 – UP
Comeback Dad – Nima – 2014 – UP

14. Tasha Smith

Daddy’s Little Girls – Jennifer – 2007 – Lifetime
Jumping the Broom – Shonda – 2011 – Lifetime

15. Sanaa Lathan

The Family That Preys – Andrea – 2008 – Lifetime
Something New – Kenya McQueen – 2006 – Lifetime

16. Whoopi Goldberg

A Day Late & a Dollar Short – Viola – 2014 – Lifetime
A Long Walk Home – Odessa Cotter – 1990 – Lifetime
Ghost of Mississippi – Myrlie Evers – 1996 – Lifetime

17. Mary J. Blige

Betty and Coretta – Betty Shabazz – 2013 – Lifetime
I Can Do Bad All By Myself – Tanya – 2009 – Lifetime

18. Jill Scott

Steel Magnolias – Truvy Jones – 2012 – Lifetime
Sins of the Mother – Nona – 2010 – Lifetime

19. Golden Brooks

In Sickness & In Health – Hope – 2012 – UP
Something New – Suzette – 2006 – Lifetime

20. Gabrielle Union

Daddy’s Little Girl – Julia – 2007 – Lifetime
Good Deeds – Natalie – 2012 – Lifetime

21. Ashanti

Christmas in the City – Teanna – 2013 Lifetime
Coach Carter – Kyra – 2005 – Lifetime
John Tucker Must Die – Heather Straham – 2006 – Lifetime

22. Denise Boutte

Dear Secret Santa – Gayle – 2013 – Lifetime
Where ‘s The Love – Ryan – 2014 – UP

23. Aunjanue Ellis

Abducted: The Carlina White Story – Ann – 2012 – Lifetime
Gifted Hands – Candy – 2009 – UP