Whoopi Goldberg, born Caryn Johnson, won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in the feature film "Ghost."


John Singleton became the first Black film director nominated for an Academy Award for the film "Boys Ní the Hood."


David Driskell advised President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton on the purchase of the first work of art by an African-American artist, Henry Ossawa Tanner, whose 1885 painting, "Sand Dunes at Sunset: Atlantic City", was chosen for the permanent collection at the White House.


Lena Horne received the NAACP Image Award for outstanding jazz artist.


Viacom, Inc. purchased Black Entertainment Television (BET).

Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee wereselected as the 37th recipients of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

Michele Val Jean, scriptwriter for "General Hospital" became the first African-American head writer of a daytime series.


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