Pioneer Women: Black Entertainers Who Did It First

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  • Beyoncè
  • Tyra Banks
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Vanessa Williams
  • Esther Rolle
  • Cicely Tyson
  • Beverly Johnson
  • Ethel Waters
  • Whitney Houston
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Dorothy Dandridge
  • Hattie McDaniel
  • Beyonce, Vanessa Williams
  • Cheryl Boone Isaacs
  • Halle Berry

Aretha Franklin

In 1987, nearly two decades after being annointed the Queen of Soul, Franklin became the first woman in history to become inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Talk about R-E-S-P-E-C-T!     

(Photo: Susan Ragan /Landov)

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