1. November 1947: Introducing the iconic and multifaceted Lena Horne.
Horne navigated Hollywood on her own terms, refusing to accept stereotypical roles.
2. July 1949: Billie Holiday declares she is rehabilitated.
Sadly, Holiday died a few years later from complications due to drug and alcohol use.
3. June 1962: An intimate look at Dorothy Dandridge prior to her death.
Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-American woman to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her performance in Carmen Jones.
4. November 1962: Remembering Booker T. Washington and praising Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
5. June 1965: The Supremes at the height of their career.
From left to right: Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard.
6. January 1967: Nichelle Nichols paved the way for black women in television.
7. May 1971: Tina and Ike Turner.
8. November 1974: Marvin Gaye makes a comeback.
9. December 1983: Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America.
A few short months later, in July 1984, Williams was stripped of this honor.