To me, it seems they didnt include that fact becuase it didnt fit their theme. They mention other black actors that rose in teh 90's, but the Academy award winner that arose in that same time doesnt get a mention? That's odd. And the fact that it is mitigating evidence to their theory merits at the very least a mention, even if it's to discredit it as an outlier. Not to mention they talk about types of roles and genres, both things Whoopi was known for. That's what makes it sloppy journalism, imo. Not that they missed her specifically, kwim?