Pioneer Women: Black Entertainers Who Did It First

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

Cheryl Boone Isaacs

This former marketing and publicity executive broke into the boy's club of Hollywood when she was named the first woman of color (and, indeed, only the sixth woman overall) to be named president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. We're hoping Isaacs will finally make some headway into the industry's diversity problem.

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