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1. Oprah


Everyone knows Oprah has been making history for almost 30 years. In 2015, she’s the first black female producer to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards for “Selma.”

2. Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o’s life has been a whirlwind in the past couple of years. In 2014, after winning an Oscar, she made history as the first Black woman to represent a major beauty brand with Lancome.

3. Beyonce


The Queen of making history has done it once again. Beyonce is the most Grammy Award-nominated female artist in history. Check for her again at this week’s ceremony.

4. Uzo Aduba

Uzo Aduba

Uzo is the new black! Uzo Aduba made history in 2015 as the first black woman to win the SAG Award for Outstanding Comedy Actress for her role as Crazy Eyes in “OITNB.”

5. Viola Davis

Viola Davis

Viola Davis has been working her way up the A-List ladder for years. She recently made history as the first black woman to win the SAG Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series for Shonda Rimes’ “How To Get Away With Murder.”

6. Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington gave the term ‘Scandalous’ a whole new meaning. In 2013, the actress became the first black woman to be nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 18 years.

7. Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer has grown up right before our eyes. The 21-year-old became the first African American Cinderella on Broadway and snagged her very own talk show.

8. Quvenzhane Wallis

Quvenzhane Wallis

Quvenzhane Wallis made history as the youngest person ever nominated for the Best Actress Oscar when she was 9-years-old.

9. Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes

The term TGIT was coined because of the genius writing of Shonda Rhimes. She became the first Black woman to create and executive produce three top-ten network series and soon, she will add another.

10. Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay

After the success of her timely film “Selma,” Ava DuVernay made history as the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe.