So many African-American women have graced television but do you know who was the first leading lady? In 1950 Ethel Waters became the first black woman to have a lead role on the television show called Beulah.
In addition to acting Waters was an accomplished singer and dancer making her a triple threat in the entertainment world. Waters was the second African American, after Hattie McDaniel, to be nominated for an Academy Award. She was also the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Emmy Award, in 1962.
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