In interviews, award ceremonies and daytime TV programs, Oprah oftenÂ thanks the way makers and door openers who proceeded her.Â When speaking ofÂ her chained ancestors or pioneeringÂ figures, such as Toni Morrison, she has been known toÂ quote, “I come as one, but I stand as 10,000.”
Like Oprah, the famous words paraphrased from Maya Angelou’s Our Grandmothers inspires ourÂ overwhelming gratitudeÂ forÂ theÂ trailblazers and their sacrifice. But it also kindlesÂ ourÂ fiery prideÂ for those currently among us, carrying the torch to new heights.
In celebration of black history and black future, we draw on leading women and their successors. First up are women in entertainment. Take a look through the following pages and share your favorite stars.