The 10 Best Token Black Guys in Movie History

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In an effort to appear open-minded and “with it”, it has become commonplace in the annals of moviedom to sometimes just throw in a black dude for a splash of melanin in what would otherwise be a completely white movie. These token characters/actors are rarely major parts of the film, hardly ever get any lovin’, and more often than not they just end up dying.
However there are the exceptions to the rule that transcend the tokenism of the role and become a part of pop culture. So without further ado here is my list of the 10 Best Token Black Guys in Movie History.


  1. Merv · March 12, 2012

    There have been token Black Guys Since the History of Movies..But some of these guys are not just tokens.,They only hang around White’s off the set. I’m saying you don’t see alot of them at any Black the soul Train awards or any affair given by Black Ent…


  2. Derek · March 13, 2012

    Well a couple of them you don’t see period because their careers have dried up, they have retired, or they are dead.


  3. jmount43 · March 27, 2012

    Reblogged this on Written in Blood.


  4. jmount43 · March 27, 2012

    I reblogged this one. Hope you don’t mind. Excellent post!


    • Derek · March 28, 2012

      Don’t mind at all…thanks!


  5. Aloha Mister Hand · March 28, 2012

    Very nice post!:)


    • Derek · March 28, 2012

      And also thanks for stopping by!


  6. ashazenzi · March 29, 2012

    uber good stuff here! i am a black person. and i approve these choices.


    • Derek · March 29, 2012

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
      As a half black person I appreciate your stamp of approval.


  7. no · August 27, 2013

    Die Hard, Alien and Ghostbusters didn’t seem like tokens to me tbh.


    • Derek · August 27, 2013

      Only black guy in the cast = token
      I don’t make the rules, I just live by ’em.


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  9. Gary Street · July 16, 2015

    I disagree with the following with explanation: Al from Die Hard. Really?! He is not the token black guy when there are other black guys that played in that movie(remember the computer guy for Han’s team, or the driver for McClane or Little Johnson(FBI)? So no on Al, who was a great guy in that movie. One consideration, Tyreese’s part in those bad Transoformer movies, Billy Dee in Tim Burton’s Batman(DA Dent). Actually anything Billy Dee was in w/o Diana Ross or James Earl Jones.


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