Black History Month: 5 Black Women on TV

DSTV is commemorating Black History Month by paying homage to black women in leading TV roles. Whether they are making us laugh uncontrollably or bringing the fierce drama, these ladies have given us an array of characters that fellow black women can look up to and relate with. Here are 5 TV shows with black female lead roles.


  • Olivia Pope in The Fixer: The business suit wearing bad-ass may not be considered as a role model given her (im)moral choices. However, whether she chooses to wear her white or black hat, her negotiation skills and bag closet are perfectly okay to aspire to. Catch The Fixer on VUZU AMP (DStv Channel 103) at 8 pm.


  • Rainbow ‘Bow’ Johnson in Black-ish: The bi-racial Bow Johnson, an educated, wealthy medical doctor is all sorts of ‘mummy goals’. From juggling work and her family life, the vulnerability of being a black woman is presented accurately. Keep up with Bow on VUZU AMP (DStv Channel 103) at 7 pm

  • Cookie Lyon in Empire: Cookie’s refusal to be silenced makes her a fan fave. After spending 18 years in prison, she comes out to reclaim her position as Queen of the Lyon Dynasty. Make sure to watch Empire on FOX (DStv Channel 125) at 8 pm

  • Annalise Keating in How to get away with Murder: Cold, calculating and cunning Annalise Keating is willing to under cut anyone who stands in her way. More than this, we are also shown her vulnerabilities reminding us that she is after all only a human being. Look out for when it’s showing on VUZU AMP (DStv Channel 103) at 9 pm


  • Mary Jane in Being Mary-Jane: Mary-Jane Paul is one of the most relatable black women on television. She epitomizes the struggles of grappling with multiple tensions that life presents to her whilst seemingly having it all. Through it all, she remains graceful and does not give up. Catch Mary-Jane on BET (DStv Channel 129) at 8:30 pm

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