The actor is Ernie Hudson and the character was Winston Zeddemore from Ghostbusters.
Can you name the character?
She first appeared in a DC comic book in 1981.
"In ancient Africa, the warrior Tantu asked Anasi the Spider to create a totem that would give the wearer all of the powers of the animal kingdom, only if they would use the power to protect the innocent. Tantu used the totem to become Africa's first legendary hero. The totem was later passed down to Tantu's descendants until it reached the McCabes."*
"Growing up in an African village, Mari Jiwe McCabe heard the legend of the "Tantu Totem" from her mother. The totem would give the wearer all of the powers of the animal kingdom, only if they would use the power to protect the innocent."*
"Her mother was killed by poachers and she was raised by her father Reverend Richard Jiwe. Her father was killed by his half-brother General Maksai. Maksai wanted the Tantu Totem, which Jiwe had possessed."*
"Mari ultimately moved to America, where she established an identity as Mari McCabe and got a job as a model in New York City and traveled the world. On a trip back to Africa, she came across her uncle and took back the Tantu Totem, using its power to become this costumed superhero . Her powers allows her to draw upon the abilities of any animal on the planet and used their abilities."*
* info from Wikipedia