Today’s entertainment culture is very different from the previous years. This era gives almost equal chances for everyone to succeed in their chosen careers. Form an era where black women were rarely seen on television, we now have them holding the fort as TV hosts and sharing intelligent and valuable insights on different topics. Their success and what they have achieved should be celebrated!
But who are the most successful black women TV hosts in America? One of them is Oprah Winfrey. Who doesn’t know her? She’s become a household name after her phenomenal success as a TV host in the Oprah Winfrey Show which debuted in 1986. The fact that the show lasted for 25 seasons is testament that people worldwide supported the show. In 2011, she decided to produce her own talk on the Oprah Winfrey Network or OWN. Aside from that, Oprah was included in the Forbes list of Billionaires between 2004 and 2006. She was also included in Time Magazine’s most influential people in the 20th century. As of this time, she’s still the most famous and richest black woman in the world.
Even though she started her career as a model, Tyra Banks soon branched out into talk shows. When she was younger, she was a “Youth Correspondent” for “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Turns out that was a good training because after she established her production company “Bankable Productions” she started the Tyra Banks Show. After that came “America’s Next Top Model,” which until now, is going strong. Her hard work on the Tyra Banks Show paid off when she won the Daytime Emmy Award in 2008. Tyra was also repeatedly included in Time Magazine’s most influential people.
Now, who can’t recognize Whoopi Goldberg? She first started as a Broadway comedienne but then went into film after director Steven Spielberg saw her there and was impressed by her performance. It was in 2007 when she joined “The View” after Rosie O’Donnell left. Whoopi has raised lots of criticisms and praises since she joined the show because of her outspoken opinions. She’s the type of TV host that many love to hate.
You see her on “Good Morning America.” Guess who she is? It’s none other than Robin Roberts! She started her career as a sports anchor, reporter and radio host. But in 2005 she became a featured reporter for “Good Morning America.” She became a co-anchor in 2009 after Diane Sawyer left. GMA was hailed as the top rating morning show in April 2012.
Another is Mo’nique who ran her own late-night show in 2009 on BET. “The Monique Show’ had a lot of following even though it competed against shows hosted by the likes of Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien.
Star Jones also succeeded as a TV host in America as one of the moderators on ABC’s weekly morning talk show “The View.” She was a host from 1997 to 2006. She was able to entertain and share great points of view during her time on the show.
TV Host Wendy Williams is best known for her daytime talk show “The Wendy Williams Show” and her frank dealings with celebrity guests. Sherri Shepherd also had her hosting stint on “The View” along with Whoopi Goldberg in 2007.