Pioneer Women: Black Entertainers Who Did It First

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  • 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
  • Vanessa Williams
  • Esther Rolle
  • Cicely Tyson

Whitney Houston

Add this to the long list of the late pop star's accomplishments: in 1981, Houston became the first Black woman to land the cover of Seventeen magazine.

(Photo: Seventeen Magazine, November 1981)

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