These Girls Are On Fire: 14 Groundbreaking Black Female Entertainers

From the unstoppable Beyoncé to funny lady Whoopi, these gals have opened countless doors for black women in the entertainment industry and beyond.
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Oprah2. Oprah Gail Winfrey

You can’t talk powerful black women without referring to Oprah Winfrey. The 59-year-old billionaire/talk show host/philanthropist (the list goes on and on) worked her way out of poverty to top Forbes’ roundup of the wealthiest black Americans. Though her success is incredible by any standard, we’re just as floored by her philanthropic pursuits. As of October 2012, Winfrey has donated over $400 million to educational causes, including a leadership academy for South African girls and over 400 Morehouse College scholarships.


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