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LOUIS ARMSTRONG In 1922, Louis Armstrong revolutionized jazz

LOUIS ARMSTRONG
In 1922, Louis Armstrong revolutionized jazz music after going to Chicago to play second trumpet in King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band. Photo Credit: Handout

African-Americans continue to make their mark in the entertainment world. Here are some of the most memorable.

LOUIS ARMSTRONG In 1922, Louis Armstrong revolutionized jazz
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LOUIS ARMSTRONG
In 1922, Louis Armstrong revolutionized jazz music after going to Chicago to play second trumpet in King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band.

HATTIE MCDANIEL In 1940, Hattie McDaniel was the
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HATTIE MCDANIEL
In 1940, Hattie McDaniel was the first black person to win an Oscar, after winning best supporting actress for her role in "Gone With the Wind."

LENA HORNE In 1942, Lena Horne signed a
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LENA HORNE
In 1942, Lena Horne signed a seven-year contact with MGM Studios and became the highest paid black actor at the time. In 1944, she was the first black person to appear on the cover of Motion Picture Magazine.

NAT KING COLE In 1956, Nat King Cole's
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NAT KING COLE
In 1956, Nat King Cole's "The Nat King Cole Show" was the first television program to have an black host.

ELLA FITZGERALD In 1958, jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald
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ELLA FITZGERALD
In 1958, jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald was the first black woman to win a Grammy award for Best Female Vocal Performance for the song "But Not For Me."

LORRAINE HANSBERRY In 1959,
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LORRAINE HANSBERRY
In 1959, "Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry, was the first drama written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway.

SIDNEY POITIER In 1963, Sidney Poitier was the
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SIDNEY POITIER
In 1963, Sidney Poitier was the first African-American male to win the Academy Award for best actor for his performance in "Lilies of the Field."

BILL COSBY In 1965, Bill Cosby became the
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BILL COSBY
In 1965, Bill Cosby became the first black lead actor on television in the drama "I Spy."

DIAHANN CARROLL In 1968, Diahann Carroll starred in
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DIAHANN CARROLL
In 1968, Diahann Carroll starred in "Julia," the first sitcom to star a black woman.

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"ROOTS"
In 1977, the miniseries "Roots" premiered and was regarded as one of the most prolific films that documented slavery and the journey from Africa to America.

MICHAEL JACKSON In 1982, Michael Jackson released the
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MICHAEL JACKSON
In 1982, Michael Jackson released the album "Thriller," which became one of the most popular albums of all time, selling more than 40 million copies. His video for the single "Thriller" was the first video by an African-American shown on MTV.

OPRAH WINFREY In 1983, Oprah Winfrey took over
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OPRAH WINFREY
In 1983, Oprah Winfrey took over AM Chicago, which was then renamed the "Oprah Winfrey Show." She became the first African-American female talk show host.

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"THE COSBY SHOW"
In 1984, "The Cosby Show" became one of the most popular situation comedies in television history and is praised for its cross-cultural appeal and avoidance of racial stereotypes.

RUSSELL SIMMONS In 1984, Russell Simmons and Rick
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RUSSELL SIMMONS
In 1984, Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin formed Def Jam Records and shaped the hip-hop industry into what we know it as today. Some of their first artists were Run DMC and LL Cool J.

ARETHA FRANKLIN In 1987, Aretha Franklin became the
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ARETHA FRANKLIN
In 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman and the first African-American woman inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

WHOOPI GOLDBERG In 1990, Whoopi Goldberg made her
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WHOOPI GOLDBERG
In 1990, Whoopi Goldberg made her mark as a household name and a mainstay in Hollywood for her Best Supporting Actress Oscar win for her role in the box office smash "Ghost."

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"IN LIVING COLOR"
In 1990, "In Living Color," debuted and was acclaimed as the most original comedy/sketch series on television. It was created by Keenan Ivory Wayans.

LAURYN HILL In 1998, singer/rapper Lauryn Hill became
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LAURYN HILL
In 1998, singer/rapper Lauryn Hill became the first female musician to win five Grammys in one year.

DENZEL WASHINGTON In 2001, Denzel Washington became the
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DENZEL WASHINGTON
In 2001, Denzel Washington became the only black Academy Award winner to win both lead and supporting actor Oscars after wins for "Glory" and "Training Day."

PHYLICIA RASHAD In 2004, Phylicia Rashad became the
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PHYLICIA RASHAD
In 2004, Phylicia Rashad became the first black woman to win a Tony Award for dramatic lead on Broadway for her role as Lena Younger in “A Raisin in the Sun.”

JENNIFER HUDSON Jennifer Hudson won an Academy Award
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JENNIFER HUDSON
Jennifer Hudson won an Academy Award for her supporting role in "Dreamgirls" at the 2007 Oscars. Hudson, who was voted off of "American Idol," went on to win a Grammy for best R&B album at the awards show in 2009.

TYLER PERRY In 2008, Tyler became the first
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TYLER PERRY
In 2008, Tyler became the first African-American to own a movie and TV studio.

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