Notable Black Women Who Have Shaped American History

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

Lupita Nyong’o

Fresh out of Yale Drama School in her role as tortured slave Patsey in the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong’o went from being an unknown actress to a household name. Her image was featured on international magazine covers as almost every news outlet gawked at her red carpet style. When Nyong’o won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, she instantly became a role model for all.

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