Name: Whoopi Goldberg
Basics: Let’s just cut to the chase, Whoopi is elite. There’s no way to get around it. She’s an EGOT, meaning she is one of a handful of people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award. Whoopi has been in over 80 productions and is an international star. She is the second African-American woman to ever win an Oscar and in 1990 was named the NAACP’s Black Entertainer of the Year. Her accolades are numerous and all well deserved.
Why I Chose Her: She’s a legend. Period. We have to honor our legends while they are still here. I admire Whoopi’s hard work, perseverance and humor throughout her life. She’s a fantastic role model for all. So many of her performances have embedded themselves into the psyche of the black community that there is no way to argue that this woman isn’t an influence.