Pioneer Women: Black Entertainers Who Did It First

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  • 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
  • Beyonce, Vanessa Williams

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Queen Bey is not just a pretty face. The pop star was the first Black woman to win the ASCAP Pop Music Songwriter of the Year Award in 2001. She was only the second woman overall to win the prestigious prize.

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