It’s pretty clear that Angela Bassett’s performances emanate from a place of deep and profound love: No other explanation could account for the strength and compassion with which she infuses her many unforgettable characters. For almost thirty years, she’s been lighting up movie and television screens with her depictions of powerful and complex womanhood, bringing real-life icons to life (Rosa Parks, Tina Turner, and Coretta Scott King, to name just a few), remaining radiant yet relatable in films like How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Akeelah and the Bee, and bringing the audience fully and completely along for the ride in flights of fright and fantasy on American Horror Story and in Black Panther. Her embodiment of these wide-ranging and complex roles is always unwaveringly authentic and relatable, which is why it’s truly electrifying and emotionally satisfying to watch her do her thing. In this video, we drop all pretense of objectivity and declare our ardent allegiance to Angela — in all of her glorious incarnations.