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Black Facts and Firsts –Entertainment Marianna Jean Baptist was the first black British star to receive an Oscar nomination for her role in the film Secrets and Lies. Hattie McDonald born in 1894 in Wichita Kansas was the first black actress to win the 1940 Academy Awards for best supporting actress for the classical film ‘Gone with the Wind’. Whitney Houston is the only female singer to have seven consecutive number 1s in the US charts. Samuel L Jackson received the first ever-supporting performance award given in the Cannes Film Festival in 1994. The Israelites was the first reggae song played on US radio, which also topped the UK national charts. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air which stared Will Smith is the most successful sitcom series in the history modern television. Wynton Marseilles is the only artist to receive Grammy awards for both Jazz and Classical music. B.E.T. (Black Entertainment Television) the largest cable TV station was founded by Bob Johnson in 1980. John Holt reggae classic ‘The Tide is High’ became an international chart topper for the Punk band Blondie in 1980. Billy Ocean became the first British artist to top the American Rhythm and Blues chart in 1984. Angela Basset won a Golden globe Award for her portrayal of Tina Turner in What’s Love Got To Do With It? Stevie Wonder has won 17 Grammy awards and has had more top 10 records than any other black artist in pop history. Bad was the first Michael Jackson album ever to enter the US and UK charts at Number 1.