Famous African American Women Who Are Now An Inspiration To Many

It is amazing as to how women have broken all barriers of patriarchy and have achieved quite a lot in recent times. Be it politics, sports, science, cinema or any field for that matter, women have often proved that they are no less achievers than their male counterparts. African American women, in particular, deserve a special mention for their achievements. Racial discrimination is a big challenge which many members of this community had to face years ago and it’s amazing how these women fought against all odds to achieve their dreams. Some of these individuals are role models to many girls today. Noted entrepreneur and beautician Madame C.J Walker is a woman who needs to be applauded for her efforts to make every woman beautiful. This underprivileged woman went on to introduce a range of beauty products and proved that nothing can stop a person if he/she is determined. During recent times, former American first lady Michelle Obama, model and television personality Tyra Banks, noted singer Beyonce and Tennis star Serena Williams are a few influential women, who are widely admired world over. Tyra Banks is considered one of the greatest fashion icons of recent times. Beyonce isn’t just a heartthrob for her singing skills, but is also a favorite among the youth for her gorgeous looks. We have enlisted several such great achievers belonging to the African American community just for you. Their journeys have been incredible and might just inspire you to reach for the stars.

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 1 
Mariah Carey
(First Artist to Have Her First Five Singles Reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100)

Mariah Carey
69
Birthdate: March 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Huntington, New York, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 2 
Alicia Keys
(Singer, Actress)

Alicia Keys
36
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hell's Kitchen, New York, United States

 3 
Halle Berry
(Only African-American Woman To Win Oscar for Best Actress)

Halle Berry
64
Birthdate: August 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 4 
Rosa Parks
(The First Lady of Civil Rights)

Rosa Parks
31
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tuskegee, Alabama, United States
Died: October 24, 2005

 5 
Venus Williams
(One of the Greatest Tennis Players of All Time)

Venus Williams
38
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lynwood, California, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 6 
Zoë Kravitz
(Actress)

Zoë Kravitz
56
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: December 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Venice, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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 7 
Sasha Banks
(American Professional Wrestler and First Women to Compete in a 'Hell in a Cell' Match)

Sasha Banks
44
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 26, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fairfield, California, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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 8 
Erykah Badu
(Singer-Songwriter Know for Her Singles like "On & On," "Honey," and "The Healer.")

Erykah Badu
17
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States

 9 
Jhené Aiko
(Singer)

Jhené Aiko
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 10 
Brandy Norwood
(Singer-Songwriter and Actress Know for Her Single ‘The Boy Is Mine’ and Her Role in the Sitcom 'Moesha')

Brandy Norwood
23
Birthdate: February 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: McComb, Mississippi, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 11 
Nina Simone
(One of the Most Influential Musical Artists of the 20th Century)

Nina Simone
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tryon, North Carolina, United States
Died: April 21, 2003

 12 
Rashida Jones
(Actress, Writer & Producer, Best Known for Starring on the Comedy Series 'Parks and Recreation')

Rashida Jones
30
Birthdate: February 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 13 
Saweetie
(Rapper)

Saweetie
21
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Clara, California, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 14 
Kerry Washington
(Actress and Producer Famous for Her Portrayal of ‘Olivia Pope’ in the Drama Series ‘Scandal’)

Kerry Washington
13
Birthdate: January 31, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 15 
Toni Morrison
(Novelist)

Toni Morrison
26
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio
Died: August 5, 2019

 16 
Gladys Knight
(Singer-Songwriter)

Gladys Knight
9
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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 17 

Octavia Spencer
25
Birthdate: May 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 18 
Ilhan Omar
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota's 5th district (since 2019))

Ilhan Omar
42
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia

 19 
Condoleezza Rice
(66th United States Secretary of State (2005-09))

Condoleezza Rice
17
Birthdate: November 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

 20 
Ida B. Wells
(Women's Rights Activist and Civil Rights Leader)

Ida B. Wells
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 16, 1862
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Holly Springs, Mississippi, United States
Died: March 25, 1931

 21 
Donna Summer
(Singer-Songwriter)

Donna Summer
12
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 17, 2012
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 22 

Vanessa Williams
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 23 
Laila Ali
(Professional Boxer, TV Personality)

Laila Ali
22
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 24 
Ruby Bridges
(Philanthropist)

Ruby Bridges
18
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: September 8, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tylertown

 25 
Zora Neale Hurston
(Folklorist, Anthropologist)

Zora Neale Hurston
10
Birthdate: January 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Notasulga
Died: January 28, 1960

 26 
Josephine Baker
(Entertainer)

Josephine Baker
17
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: April 12, 1975

 27 
Vivica A. Fox
(Actress)

Vivica A. Fox
8
Birthdate: July 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 28 
Kelly Rowland
(Singer-Songwriter and Member of One of the Best-Selling Girl Groups of All Time ‘Destiny's Child’)

Kelly Rowland
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 29 
Coretta Scott King
(Civil Rights Activist, Author)

Coretta Scott King
11
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 27, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Heiberger, Alabama, United States
Died: January 30, 2006
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 30 
Leslie Jones
(Comedian)

Leslie Jones
22
Birthdate: September 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 31 
Ashanti
(Singer-songwriter and Actress Know for Her Hit Song "Foolish")

Ashanti
10
Birthdate: October 13, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glen Cove, New York, United States

 32 
Jordin Sparks
(Pop Singer Who Became Famous at Age Seventeen When She Won Season Six of 'American Idol')

Jordin Sparks
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 33 

Renee Elise Goldsberry
4
Birthdate: January 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 34 
Solange Knowles
(Singer, Songwriter & Performance Artist)

Solange Knowles
20
Birthdate: June 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 35 
Mae Jemison
(First African American Woman To Travel To Space)

Mae Jemison
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 36 

Jackie Joyner-Kersee
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: East St. Louis, Illinois, United States

 37 
Alice Walker
(The First African-American Woman to Win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

Alice Walker
9
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 9, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Eatonton, Georgia, United States

 38 
Ava DuVernay
(Filmmaker)

Ava DuVernay
3
Birthdate: August 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States

 39 

Bessie Coleman
16
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Texas, United States
Died: April 30, 1926

 40 
Orlando Brown
(Actor, Voice Actor, Singer)

Orlando Brown
0
Birthdate: December 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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 41 
Monica
(Singer)

Monica
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: College Park, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 42 

Mary McLeod Bethune
3
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 10, 1875
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mayesville, South Carolina, United States
Died: May 18, 1955

 43 
Lorraine Hansberry
(Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter, Playwright, Human rights activist)

Lorraine Hansberry
1
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 12, 1965

 44 
Kyla Pratt
(Actress)

Kyla Pratt
2
Birthdate: September 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 45 

Butterfly McQueen
1
Birthdate: January 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
Died: December 22, 1995
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)

 46 

Tichina Arnold
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 47 
Leontyne Price
(American soprano)

Leontyne Price
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, United States

 48 
Harris Faulkner
(News Anchor)

Harris Faulkner
5
Birthdate: October 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 49 
Coco Gauff
(Tennis player)

Coco Gauff
20
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 13, 2004
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 50 
Brandi Rhodes
(Professional wrestler)

Brandi Rhodes
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)