Tiffany Haddish, Saturday Night Live

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Tiffany Haddish made history last night as the first African American female comedian to host the long-running sketch show Saturday Night Live on Saturday—and the deft comic pretty much crushed the always daunting opening monologue and then brought her comedy chops to the rest of the episode.

The Girls Trip star tackled everything from fashion to sexual harassment in her history-making hosting gig. Many online fans have been commenting at their surprise that this is the first time a black female stand-up comic has hosted the sketch show that has been on the air for 43 seasons. 

But Tiffany isn't the only black star who has made her mark on the arts with her impressive first, check out other stars who paved the way...

Hattie McDaniel, 1940 Oscars, African American Firsts

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Halle Berry, Oscars, African American Firsts


Sidney Poitier, 1964 Oscars, African American Firsts

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Ella Fitzgerald, African American Firsts

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Donald Glover, 2017 Emmys, African American Firsts

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Lena Waithe, 2017 Emmys, African American Firsts

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Gabby Douglas, 2012 Olympics, African American Firsts

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Vanessa Williams, Miss America 1984, African American Firsts

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Tyra Banks, Victoria's Secret, African American Firsts

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Beverly Johnson, Glamour 1972, African American Firsts

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Lester Holt, NBC Nightly News, African American Firsts

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Oprah Winfrey, Celebrities Who Had Career Setbacks, African American Firsts

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Jennifer Jackson, 1965 Playboy, African American Firsts

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Donyale Luna, Vogue, African American Firsts


Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, Little Richard, African American Firsts

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Stevie Wonder, African American Firsts

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Viola Davis, Emmy Awards 2015, African American Firsts

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Juanita Hall, African American Firsts

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Misty Copeland, African American Firsts

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