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50 Black actors who made entertainment history

Stacker Logo By Elona Neal of Stacker | Slide 2 of 51: Cicely Tyson is an entertainment icon, a living legend with a career spanning more than six decades. The first Black person to star in a prime-time drama in the ’60s, Tyson has made history numerous times with her acting performances and her ability to break records and pave the way for Black women in entertainment. In 2018, she became the first Black actress to receive an honorary Academy Award, and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2020.

Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson is an entertainment icon, a living legend with a career spanning more than six decades. The first Black person to star in a prime-time drama in the ’60s, Tyson has made history numerous times with her acting performances and her ability to break records and pave the way for Black women in entertainment. In 2018, she became the first Black actress to receive an honorary Academy Award, and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2020.

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