African-Americans continue to make their mark in the entertainment world. Here are some of the most memorable.
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 "The Nat King Cole Show" was the first television program to have an black host.
In 1965, Bill Cosby became the first black lead actor on television in the drama "I Spy."
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.