"'Gold Diggers, Modern Jezebels, Baby Mamas, Uneducated Sisters, Ratchet Women, Angry Black Women, Mean Black Girls, Unhealthy Black Women, and Black Barbies.'"
I would add "saviour of the black race" , "innocent and/or virginal black woman", "black woman as victim", "black woman loyal to the black man or Jesus (take your pick)" or "unflinching moral supportive wife/girlfriend" that are not portrayed in mainstream media but in the minds of some in the black community. This is a response to the negative images portrayed in the media and seems to be proliferate within Christian-oriented media (e.g. Tyler Perry films), and I might add, is just as unrealistic as the negative portrayals they seek to guard against. The characters are cartoonish versions of life.
The reason why Olivia Pope and Abbie Mills characters are a breath of fresh air because the women are multi-dimensional, complex characters - dare I say, reflecting real women. Women who make mistakes but do not function as victims of their circumstance, yet somehow do not lose their vulnerability- just not defined by it. Women who are also not primarily defined by their race and gender or do not allow it to be the main issue guiding their decisions in life. Women who can play the protagonist and antagonist with depth and complexity. These characters, placed in a well written engaging plot, are simply rare. The lives of people in general are not one-dimensional morality plays. And it is not often you see these different aspects portrayed in black people, especially not black women.