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Twelve Black Actresses who’ve provided their voices, likeness and physical performance in Video Games:

1. Kimberly Brooks | VG Credits: 53 | Notable Roles: Ashley Williams, Mass Effect (2007-2012), Daisy Fitzroy, Bioshock: Infinite (2013-2014), Barbra Gordon, Batman: Arkham Asylum (2007), Batman: Arkham City (2010), Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013)Shinobu Jacobs, No More Heroes (2007), No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle (2010)

2. Cree Summer | VG Credits: 54 | Notable Roles: Lady Belgemine, Final Fantasy X (2001), Lenne, Final Fantasy X-2 (2003); Susan “Susie” Carmichael, Rugrats games, Hylo Visz, Knights of the Old Republic: The Fallen Empire (2015), Numbah 5Codename: Kids Next Door Operation - Video Game (2005)Female Exo (player character), Destiny (2014),

3. Eva La Dare (Karen Dyer) | VG Credits: 4 | Notable Roles: Sheva Alomar, Resident Evil 5 (2009), Elena, Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014), Street Fighter X Tekken (2012)

4. Susan Dalian | VG Credits: 12 | Notable Roles: Storm/Ororo MunroeMarvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (2007), Haku, Naruto video games (2003-2011)

5. Yani King | VG Credits: 1 | Notable Roles: Riley Abel, The Last of Us: Left Behind (2014)

6. Danielle Nicolet | VG Credits: 8 | Notable Roles: Jacqueline Briggs, Mortal Kombat X (2015), Shaundi, Saints Row: The Third (2011), Saints Row IV (2013), Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell (2015)

7. Tanya Alexander | VG Credits: 1 | Notable Roles: Joslin Reyes, Tomb Raider (2013)

8. Merle Dandridge | VG Credits: 6 | Notable Roles: Alyx Vance, Half-Life 2 (2004), Half-Life 2: Episode One (2006), Half-Life 2: Episode Two (2007), Marlene, The Last of Us (2013)

9. Tina Marie Murray | VG Credits: 1 | Notable Roles: Angela Burns, Sunset (2015)

10. Cynthia Kaye McWilliams | VG Credits: 2 | Notable Roles: Holly Tanaka, Halo 5: Guardians (2015)

11. Jacqueline Boatswain | VG Credits: 1 | Notable Roles: Eileen the Crow, Bloodborne (2015)

12. Rochelle Aytes | VG Credits: 2 | Notable Roles: Rochelle, Left 4 Dead 2 (2009), Left 4 Dead 2 DLC, The Passing (2010)

Complete credits behind the cut. If you know of any other actresses, please send em my way.

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The Best of the Best of 2013

I’m very proud of the set of year-end posts Aylin Zafar and I put together at BuzzFeed this year, with big help from Caitlin White, Maria Sherman, Alex Naidus, Tanya Chen, Gabriela Kruschewsky, and many other writers. Our goal was to be as helpful to readers as possible, cover as much as we possibly could, and avoid the sort of apples vs. oranges dilemmas you get by mixing everything together, so we broke things out into genres and themes. Here’s the full set. I hope you find some things to enjoy.

31 Excellent Records You Might Have Missed In 2013

25 Pop Records That Made Everyone’s Life Better In 2013

13 Electronic Music Albums From 2013 You Need To Hear

25 Dance Records That Gave Us Life In 2013

26 Reasons Country Music Was Great In 2013

13 Magnificent Metal Albums That Ruled 2013

24 Reasons To Love Folk Music In 2013

20 Songs From Around The World You Might Have Missed In 2013

The 36 Best R&B Records of 2013

The 32 Best Rap Albums of 2013

12 Brazilian Songs From 2013 You Need To Hear

15 Reasons 2013 Was A New Golden Age For Punk

23 Amazing Rock Albums From 2013 Everyone Should Hear


15 Times K-Pop Quietly Owned The World In 2013

22 Of The Most Heart-Melting Love Songs From 2013

26 Things That Defined Music In 2013