Notable Black Women Who Have Shaped American History

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  • Lupita Nyong’o
  • Isis King
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Rihaqnna
  • Suzanne F. Shank
  • Ntozake Shange
  • Shonda Rhimes
  • Maya Angelou
  • Wanda Sykes
  • Tracy Reese
  • Black Women Rock
  • Michelle Obama
  • Beyoncé

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is an icon for her contributions to media, philanthropy and film. Since she stepped on the scene in the 1980s as a reporter, Winfrey has been breaking down barriers for African-Americans and women. She was the youngest person and the first African-American woman to anchor the news at Nashville's WTVF-TV. Now, she is the first Black billionaire.

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