In honor of Black History Month, we’re highlighting influential Black TV hosts that have changed the face of American TV. These generation-defining trailblazers have made their mark and given African Americans more exposure and representation on a large scale. Their cultural impact is remarkable and they have served as an inspiration for many minority journalists and entertainers.

Here are 12 Black TV Hosts That Changed the Game!

1Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey became a household name in 1986 with the premiere of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which made her the first Black woman to host a nationally syndicated talk show. The iconic show ran for 25 years and remains the highest-rated talk show in American television history. It also racked up 47 Daytime Emmy Awards.  The show helped Winfrey become the first Black female billionaire and one of the most influential people in the world.