In celebration of Black History Month, Sigma Upsilon Nu, SL Sorority would like to educate our peers on some of the worlds most powerful, creative, and fabulous women of African decent, who are also members of Greek-Letter Organizations.
On this Second Day of Black History Month, we would like to introduce you to Angela Bassett.
Angela Evelyn Bassett (born August 16, 1958) is an American actress. She has become well known for her biographical film roles portraying real-life women, including Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do with It, as well as Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X and Panther, Rosa Parks in The Rosa Parks Story, Katherine Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream, and Voletta Wallace in Notorious.
Bassett began her film career in the mid-1980s after graduating from Yale University and its drama school. She did not find any stability in the industry until the 1990s, at which point she appeared in films nearly every year. The 2000s saw a succession of films starring Bassett, with her appearing in at least one film every single year.
She had a recurring role from 2013 to 2014 on the FX horror series American Horror Story: Coven, playing Voodoo queen Marie Laveau.
Bassett has won many awards, including 10 Image Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and many Black Reel Awards.
In 2013, Angela Bassett, along with 5 other outstanding women, was inducted into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as an Honorary Member, during the sorority’s Centennial Year Celebration.