April 13,1964 Sydney Poitier becomes the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his role for “Lilies of the Field”


Poitier was born in 1924, while his parents were visiting the United States from the Bahamas, where his father was a tomato farmer. As a teenager, Poitier dropped out of school and returned to America to enlist in the U.S. Army during World War II. After his military stint, he became […]

Viola Davis will co-executive produce the new upcoming series “First Ladies”, as well as play Michelle Obama


Viola Davis is trading in Annalise Keating for Michelle Obama! The “How To Get Away With Murder” star signed on to play former FLOTUS on Showtime’s new drama “First Ladies”, according to Variety.  Each season of the hour-long series will feature a behind-the-scenes look at the experiences of women who have held the […]

Hattie McDaniel Oscar 12 was the first African American Woman to win an Academy Award, “Gone With the Wind.’ in 1940.


By the mid-1920s, Hattie McDaniel became one of the first African American women to perform on radio. In 1934, she landed her on-screen break in the film Judge Priest. She then became the first African American to win an Oscar in 1940, for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind. […]

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