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21 Side-By-Side Pictures Of Black Actors And The Famous People They Played In Movies/TV Shows

Will Smith is Muhammad Ali at this point.

1. Halle Berry as Dorothy Dandridge in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)

HBO / 20th Century Fox / Courtesy of Everett Collection

2. Denzel Washington as Malcolm X in Malcolm X (1992)

Warner Bros. Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection / Bettmann / Getty Images

3. Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in Respect (2021)

MGM / Courtesy of Everett Collection / Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

Respect's initial release date was December 2020, but has been pushed back to August 2021.

4. Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get on Up (2014)

Universal Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection / Gilles Petard / Getty Images

5. Will Smith as Muhammad Ali in Ali (2001)

Columbia Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection / The Stanley Weston Archive / Getty Images

6. Angela Bassett as Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

Buena Vista Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection / Bertrand Guay / Getty Images

7. Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray (2004)

Universal Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection / Bettmann / Getty Images

8. André 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013)

Open Road Films / Courtesy of Everett Collection / David Redfern / Getty Images

9. Viola Davis as Ma Rainey in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020)

Netflix / Courtesy of Everett Collection / Donaldson Collection / Getty Images

10. Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm in Mrs. America (2020)

FX / Hulu / Courtesy of Everett Collection / Leif Skoogfors / Getty Images

11. Eddie Murphy as Stevie Wonder on Saturday Night Live (1983)

Anthony Barboza / NBC / Images Press / Getty Images

12. Beyoncé as Etta James in Cadillac Records (2008)

Sony Pictures Releasing / Courtesy of Everett Collection / Afro Newspaper / Gado / Getty Images

13. Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith in Bessie (2015)

HBO / Bettmann / Getty Images

14. David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma (2014)

Paramount Pictures / J. Wilds / Getty Images

15. Keke Palmer as Chilli in CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story (2013)

VH1 / LaFace / Arista Records

16. Devon Terrell as Barack Obama in Barry (2016)

Netflix / Courtesy of Everett Collection / Apic / Getty Images

17. Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) as Chuck Berry in Cadillac Records (2008)

Sony Pictures Releasing / Courtesy of Everett Collection / Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

18. Andra Day as Billie Holiday in The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021)

Hulu / CBS Photo Archive / Getty Images

The United States vs. Billie Holiday premieres on Hulu on Feb. 26, 2021.

19. Maya Rudolph as Beyoncé on Saturday Night Live (2014)

NBC / Kevin Winter / Getty Images

20. Leslie Odom Jr. as Sam Cooke in One Night in Miami (2020)

Amazon / Courtesy of Everett Collection / Gems / Getty Images

21. And Lil Mama as Left Eye in CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story (2013)

VH1 / LaFace / Arista Records

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