Who was the First Black Madonna? in ARCHIVE - Madonna Posted August 27, 2015 Why is it so hard for Madonna fans to recognize Janet Jackson in any way, shape, or form? Regardless of your personal opinion she had a huge presence on the radio, Mtv, and in pop culture in general. You ask any r&b star that's currently out there, Beyoncé, Rhianna, Ciara, and they'll say Madonna & Janet were a huge influence on them. So, I say Janet. Hands down. Donna Sunmer and Grace Jones are iconic as well. This!