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Hydeia Broadbent with her friend and actress Jurnee Smollett in the CDC Act Against AIDS campaign.

Hattie McDaniel, Oscar Night | Black Hollywood Series Hattie Mcdaniel was the first black performer to win an Academy Award.... Best Supporting Actress for her role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939).McDaniel was also a professional singer-songwriter, comedienne, stage actress, radio performer and television star. She was in fact the first black woman to sing on the radio in America. Over the course of her career, McDaniel appeared in over 300 films, although she only received screen…

Youngest-ever Lead Actress Oscar nominee (and only 10th Black actress ever nominated in the category), Quvenzhané Wallis.

Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Oscar when she won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mammy in "Gone with the Wind."

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The Vaudeville Actress Who Refused To Be A Stereotype

Aida Overton Walker was an African-American singer, actress, dancer, and choreographer that broke down barriers.