Whether the mainstream likes it or not, Black actors and actresses are breaking down barriers that held them back for so long. In the past year we've seen shows like Atlanta, Master of None, Insecure, Empire and even reality show stars (hey, Cardi!) be recognized for their depiction of our varied Black experience. No longer are we a monolith —but we also must give thanks to the creatives who paved the way for us.
From the first all-Black cartoon series to the first Black woman to win a Primetime Emmy, here are 15 firsts in Black television that you need to check out.