Pioneer Women: Black Entertainers Who Did It First

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  • 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
  • Beyoncè
  • Tyra Banks
  • Aretha Franklin

Cicely Tyson

In 1974, a few years before Esther Rolle's landmark win, Tyson became the first Black woman to win a Best Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries Emmy for her leading role in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

(Photo: CBS/Landov)

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