One of the most acclaimed weekly shows ever produced was The Cosby Show —92 , starring comedian Bill Cosby. A sequel, the seven-part Roots: The Next Generations , appeared in Achievements by African Americans in the field of broadcast journalism included those of Ed Bradley , who became one of the interviewers for the television newsmagazine 60 Minutes in , and Bryant Gumbel, who became cohost of The Today Show in A former anchor on a local news desk, Oprah Winfrey started a popular daytime talk show in the s that became a cultural phenomenon. She established her own television and film production companies, and her media entertainment empire made her one of the richest and most influential women in the United States. From the s, Academy Award winner Sidney Poitier appeared in more-genuine dramatic roles. African Americans Morgan Freeman , Denzel Washington , and Will Smith were among the most popular and acclaimed actors of the early 21st century.
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