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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Phylicia Rashad

4. Phylicia Rash?d

Sure, we all associate the talented Phylicia Rash?d with her run on The Cosby Show. But did you know that the NAACP hailed this Tony Award-winning entertainer as “the mother” of the African American community? This 64-year-old altered the playing field for African-American actresses with her numerous Broadway, film, and television credits, including a stint as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls and a starring role in Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls.









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