Who are the darkest-skinned US celebrities?

I hope this thread isn’t found sketchy-- definitely not my intent. But it’s often been observed that while the population of normal Americans runs a wide gamut of skin tones, because of racist beauty standards, black celebrities tend much more often to be more towards the milkier side of the complexion spectrum. I’m trying to think of which celebrities have skin tones more on the darker end of variation, and I’m having quite a hard time of it. My brief mental skim suggests that the cultural block against darker-skinned people attaining celebrity is very real. But now I’m putting it to y’all.

I’m going to tentatively say athletes don’t count, because I don’t think their appearance (beyond actual physical fitness) is considered as crucial to their careers as it is for actors, musicians, and politicians. Feel free to prove me wrong, though.

The actors Sidney Poitier and Cicely Tyson are both dark-skinned. So was musician Miles Davis.

Wesley Snipes and Eddie “Darkness” Murphy

Avery Brooks

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Omar Epps, from House (and other things).

Michael Jordan

Bill Cosby

Whoopi Goldberg

Andre Braugher

Yaphet Kotto

Kellly Rowland

Yaphet Kotto

Andre Braugher

Whoopi Goldberg

Denzel Washington, 50 Cent, Chris Rock, and Dave Chappelle are pretty dark-skinned.

Zamboniracer outraced me

Eddie Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, and Bill Cosby? They aren’t particularly dark at all. From some of the choices here, it looks like people are (perhaps subconsciously) choosing people with strong African features, some of which have non-dark (for black folks, that is) skin tones.

Charlie Murphy is Darkness, not Eddie.

If I recall my Chappelle correctly, Charlie said Rick James called both him and Eddie “darkness”.

At any rate, they’re both dark skinned.

Djimon Hounsou - linky

How sad that the image above is from Beauty Shop. He’s had some good meaty roles. His characters in Amistad and The Four Feathers foremost. And he was pretty badass in the popcorn flick The Island.

Damn, posted too soon.

I also meant to add Andre Braugher. He has such a great, expressive face. It’s his eyes.

I think that both Hounsou and Braugher are on the darker end of the black actors spectrum.

Yeah, but you provided links and I did not so my hat is off to you.

I forgot to mention Flip Wilson Tracy Morgan, Michael Clarke Duncan Howard E. Rollins and Bernie Mac.
And Blanche, if the nominees in this thread, or people such as Gabrielle Union or Meagan Good , aren’t dark-skinned enough that doesn’t bother me any.

Ato Essandoh, who was the adopted brother in Garden State, is extremely dark-skinned. For comparison’s sake, here is a picture of him with Will Smith.

Dennis Haysbert? I’m not sure about darkest, but he’s certainly as dark as (and in some cases darker than) some of those already named here.

(My first thought was “Samuel L. Jackson?” but from the pictures up on imdb, he’s not.)

Bad to post twice in a row?

Deciding to look into politics, because I haven’t seen a picture of him in quite a while, I checked out Barack Obama but he’s not that dark-looking…there, anyway.

Anyone want to judge which of these two pictures are more accurate: fairly dark or extremely light?

Musicians: Ray Charles?

Eminem ?