Notable Black Women Who Have Shaped American History

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

Wanda Sykes

Crowned one of America’s funniest comedians, Wanda Sykes became the first African-American woman to perform at the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in 2009. She is one of the few Black female comedians who had her own hit series and has transcended racial barriers on and off the stage.

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