Martin Puryear is the first black visual artist to receive a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, otherwise known as the “genius grant” in 1989.
RuPaul was the first black spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics' Viva Glam campaign, which was a created for HIV/AIDS awareness in 1994.
Raye Boyce, known as It's My Raye Raye on YouTube, became the first black YouTuber to reach 1 million followers in 2015.
Shaun Ross became the first professional Black model with albinism after signing to AMCK Models London in 2008.
Lowery Stokes Sims joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and became the first black curator at the museum in 1972.
Bernard Tyson is the CEO of Kaiser Permanente, the first Black person to hold that position in 2012.