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Phylicia Rashad born in Houston, TX, was the first black woman to win a Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (the 2004 revival of A Raisin in the Sun). She married Ahmad Rashad, in 1985, after he memorably proposed to her on national TV during coverage of a Thanksgiving Day football game. O.J. Simpson served as best man. 

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     My infatuation with GQ, I had to make sure I knew a little bit of history on the world renowned magazine.  I have been a subscriber and buyer of Gentlemens Quarterly since I was 15, and until a couple years ago I never knew who the first black male model was to throne the cover. Renauld White, from Newark, NJ and attendee of Rutgers University was on the cover of the November of 1979 issue. White’s other accolades:  Covers of Essence, Jet, Ebony, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar. Modeling for brands like Playboy eyewear, Bill Blass, and Calvin Klein. Television roles and appearances on The Guiding Light, CNN, and multiple Broadway plays.

Note: Sammy Davis Jr. was the first black person to appear on the cover of GQ in 1967. Renauld White was the first black male model in 1979.