Women we’ve lost to Breast Cancer: Oscar-Winning Actress Hattie McDaniel, Actress Alaina Reed Hall, First Black Comedienne cast member on SNL Danitra Vance, considered the First Black Supermodel Naomi Sims, First Black model on cover of Playboy Darine Stern, R&B Singer Brandi Wells, Actress and mother of Lenny Kravitz, Roxie Roker, singer Minnie Ripperton, and actress best known to us as the mother in show My Brother And Me Karen Fraction.
The Jeffersons was one of three programs of the period to feature African-Americans in leading roles—the first such programming since the cancellation of the infamous Amos ‘n’ Andy show in 1953. The Jeffersons was the first television program to feature an interracial married couple, and it offered an uncommon, albeit comic, portrayal of a successful African American family. Lastly, The Jeffersons is one of several programs of the period to rely heavily on confrontational humor. Along with All in the Family, and Sanford and Son, the show was also one of many to repopularize old-style ethnic humor.