First Time For Everything! Celebs Who’ve Cemented Their Places In History!
It certainly doesn’t have to be Black History Month to celebrate the achievements of some of yesterday’s, today’s and always classic superstars. This time we take a quick journey in the entertainment and sports fields (with maybe a little taste of “spice” on one or two of them). Of course, you’ll know some of them but what I’d REALLY love is if you’d add some in the comments section that maybe some of us didn’t know. Each one teach, one!
DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince
They won the first Rap Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance of “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” They followed up that Grammy with their biggest selling hit “Summertime” which earned them a second Grammy. People slept on them but they were a super fun group!
Most of us know the legendary Gordon Parks as the first black photographer at TIME. But did you know he was also the first black director of a major Hollywood movie with The Learning Tree? That’s right, he was a talented man and luckily his work still lives on for the rest of us.
When Tyra stepped onto the modeling scene, she pretty much SHUT IT DOWN. She became the first black woman to grace the covers of GQ and Sports Illustrated. I remember seeing that cover of SI as a teen and thinking, “Their readers are not ready for all of what she’s got going on.” I’m sure they weren’t but that issue sold like HOT CAKES! Work, TYRA!
For her role in Monster’s Ball, Halle became the first black woman to win the Oscar for Best Actress. During her acceptance speech, she gave honor and respect to Dorothy Dandridge who paved the way as the first black female to be nominated for an Oscar.
For all of his work founding BET, Bob Johnson became the first black billionaire in America in 2001. If I remember correctly, he lost a big chunk of it in his divorce from Sheila Johnson because she was just as much of a founder as he was.
In 2010, Bey became the first woman to win six Grammys in a single night. One song can do that for you and in this case, “Single Ladies” was the one.
Remember when Tiger came out and almost every black person was proud like he was their son, brother uncle and cousin? It was even more exciting when he became the first black person to win a Masters in 1997. Not sure he fully took that title seeing as though he went on Oprah the same year and became the first person to consider himself “Cablinasian.”
A woman all generations could love, Donna Summer became the first black woman to be nominated for an MTV Video Music Award. She ultimately lost her category to Cyndi Lauper but without a doubt, she began the change of nominees on that awards show. We’ll miss you, Donna.