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Ethel Waters
Ethel Waters was a lesbian blues singer in Harlem in the 1920s, but she kept her sexuality private for fear of being persecuted. In her long and impressive career, she was the second African American (after Hattie McDaniel) to be nominated for an Academy Award, the first African-American to star on her own television show, the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Emmy Award, and the first black woman to be given equal billing with white stars in Broadway shows. She was a trailblazer in her industry.