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

Pioneer Women: Black Entertainers Who Did It First

From Billie Holliday to Beyoncè, women have always found a way to dominate in a man's world. To celebrate Women's History Month, we're calling out Black women who have broken ground in entertainment. These trailblazers used their beauty, talent and brains to put some major cracks in the proverbial glass ceiling.

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