Underappreciated Actress of Color #50: Erika Alexander
Born in 1969 to a reverend and a children's author, multi-award-winning actress Erika Alexander is best known for her role of Maxine Shaw on Living Single (which has yet to release more seasons on DVD, damn it). Of all the women on the show, the lil sis considers her to be the most beautiful, and I whole-heartedly concur.
To those who are unfamiliar with her beyond her role as Maxine, her big break was actually on The Cosby Show, and though she may not be as popular as she once was, she has stayed busy since Living Single, with her most recent work being a guest role on House.
The thing I loved most about her portrayal of Maxine Shaw was her ability to incorporate grace, beauty, and femininity into her comedic role. I also appreciated the fact that she was a successful lawyer with a classy wardrobe.
They just don't make them like her anymore, you know?