Geoffrey Holder was the first black man to be nominated for two Tony Awards for direction and costume design, The Wiz; 1975.Read more "Geoffrey Holder"
Beyoncé, is the first artist of any race or gender to have 6 albums debut at Number 1 on the Billboard charts.Read more "Beyoncé"
Michelle Obama was the first black woman to serve as First Lady of the United States, 2008.Read more "Michelle Obama"
Rev. Jesse Jackson Jr. is the founder of the organizations that merged to form Rainbow/PUSH. The National Rainbow Coalition and People United to Save Humanity; 1984 and 1986.Read more "Rev. Jesse Jackson Jr."
Shonda Rhimes is the first black woman to create and executive produce a top 10 network show.Read more "Shonda Rhimes"
John Legend became the first black male to win an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy. Oscar, Tony) in 2018.Read more "John Legend"
LaToya Cantrell first black woman to be elected mayor of New Orleans, 2018.Read more "LaToya Cantrell"
Benny Andrews co-founded the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition (BECC), an organization that protested the Harlem on My Mind: Cultural Capital of Black America, 1900 to 1968 exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1969.Read more "Benny Andrews"
Issa Rae, first black woman to create and star in a premium cable series, Insecure in 2016.Read more "Issa Rae"
George Johnson was the first black sound recording star of the phonograph; 1890.Read more "George Johnson"