By Mariah W.

Black history is always happening. African Americans are making strides and progress everyday and even breaking down barriers. They are making achievements in technology, acting, music, business and in sports. This article will highlight some more recent “firsts” for Black women in America. 

America was introduced to Zendaya Coleman in 2010 when she starred as Rocky Blue in the Disney Channel's hit show Shake it Up. This role led to her starring in her own Disney Show that aired for 3 seasons, KC Undercover. Zendaya has also found huge success in movies like Spider-Man: Homecoming and its sequels, Dune, and The Greatest Showman. Zendaya’s recent Black history moment was that she was the first Black woman to receive a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in A Drama Series twice. She received the Emmy for her role as Rue Bennet in HBO’s Euphoria. She first received the Emmy in 2020 and again in 2022. This was an amazing accomplishment from a former Disney star to two-time Emmy Award winning actress. 

Keke Palmer had break out success in 2006 when she starred as Akeelah Anderson in Akeelah and the Bee. The success of this movie led to a Disney Movie called Jump in and a Nickelodeon show True Jackson, VP. Keke Palmer even had a clothing line at Walmart. In 2014, Keke Palmer was the first Black woman to star as Cinderella on Broadway. She received rave reviews for her role. In 2020, Keke Palmer became the first Black woman to host the Video Music Awards (VMAs) on MTV. Not only did she host the awards show, but she also performed. She is a talented actress, singer and a dancer. Since 2020, Keke has not stopped shining. In 2021, she received a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy series for her role in Turnt Up with the Taylors. In the summer of 2022, she starred in the movie NOPE which made over 170 million dollars in the worldwide box office. 

Simone Biles has been a National Treasure and a role model for all girls for over a decade. She is known as the GOAT, or the Greatest of All Time, in gymnasts and probably female athletes. She became the first Black woman to win the World All Around Champion in 2013. She won the World All Around title a total of five times. She is the most decorated gymnast of all time with twenty-five World Medals and seven Olympic medals. In 2022 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Joe Biden. Simone is an advocate for mental health and has been honest and real about her struggles. 

These women have achieved so much success in their careers and they are not even thirty years old. They started their journeys as child stars, and they are continuing their success into their adult lives. It is amazing to watch them grow and impact new generations of Black History.

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