'Orange Is the New Black' Roll Call: Know Your Inmates

From Piper to Poussey, a scorecard on the MVP convicts of Netflix's hit show

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Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley)
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Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley)

Backstory: Before prison, Poussey got her heart broken: She was living on a military base in Germany, but her family was transferred back to the U.S. after her girlfriend's father discovers them in bed together. The reason for Poussey's imprisonment is unclear, but thankfully it's not because she shot her estranged lover's dad — she almost did, but her father stopped her.
Place in Litchfield's hierarchy: Poussey spends most of her time hanging out with her bestie Taystee and their fellow African-American inmates — that is, until Vee rolls in and turns everyone except Poussey to the dark side.
Pre-OITNB: Like much of the cast, Wiley got her big break on Orange; prior to being cast, she'd had only a few bit parts in movies and on TV shows.
Best line: "My name is Poussey. Accent a droite, bitch."

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