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

Mariah Carey
28
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: March 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Huntington, New York, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 2 Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey
39
Famous As: Media proprietor
Birthdate: January 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 3 Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin
46
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Singer & Activist
Birthdate: March 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: August 16, 2018
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 4 Halle Berry

Halle Berry
37
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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 5 Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys
12
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, United States

 6 Venus Williams

Venus Williams
18
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: June 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lynwood, California, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 7 Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
10
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: May 28, 2014
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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 8 Zoë Kravitz

Zoë Kravitz
40
Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: December 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Venice, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 9 Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks
12
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: February 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tuskegee, Alabama, United States
Died: October 24, 2005

 10 Sasha Banks

Sasha Banks
14
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: January 26, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fairfield, California, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 11 Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg
31
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 12 Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu
8
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
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 13 Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones
19
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 14 Jhené Aiko

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

 15 Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison
10
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio
Died: August 5, 2019

 16 Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth
6
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: American women's rights activist
Birthdate: December 1, 1797
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Swartekill, New York
Died: November 26, 1883
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 17 Nina Simone

Nina Simone
3
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: February 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tryon
Died: April 21, 2003

 18 Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar
27
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota's 5th district (since 2019)
Birthdate: October 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia

 19 Saweetie

Saweetie
14
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Clara, California, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 20 Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Former United States Secretary of State
Birthdate: November 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

 21 Lena Horne

Lena Horne
1
Famous As: Singer, Dancer, Actress
Birthdate: June 30, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York, United States
Died: May 9, 2010

 22 Kerry Washington

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

 23 Gladys Knight

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

 24 Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge
5
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Died: September 8, 1965

 25 Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer
12
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 26 Donna Summer

Donna Summer
4
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 17, 2012
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 27 Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer
7
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harvey, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 28 Laila Ali

Laila Ali
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional Boxer, TV Personality
Birthdate: December 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 29 Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges
10
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Philanthropist
Birthdate: September 8, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tylertown

 30 Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: June 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: April 12, 1975

 31 Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston
3
Famous As: Folklorist, Anthropologist
Birthdate: January 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Notasulga
Died: January 28, 1960

 32 Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles
7
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 33 Vanessa Lynn Williams

Vanessa Lynn Williams
4
Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 34 Ashanti

Ashanti
3
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Actress
Birthdate: October 13, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glen Cove, New York, United States

 35 Renee Elise Goldsberry

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

 36 Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks
2
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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 37 Vivica A. Fox

Vivica A. Fox
4
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 38 Coretta Scott King

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

 39 Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones
15
Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 40 Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Jackie Joyner-Kersee
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: March 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: East St. Louis, Illinois, United States

 41 Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll
2
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 17, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City
Died: October 4, 2019
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 42 Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: First African American Woman To Travel To Space
Birthdate: October 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 43 Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: January 1, 2005

 44 Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay
0
Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: August 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States

 45 Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall
3
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Luling, Texas, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 46 Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill
0
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 14, 2016

 47 Alice Walker

Alice Walker
4
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 9, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Eatonton

 48 Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: January 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Texas
Died: April 30, 1926

 49 Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry
1
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter, Playwright, Human rights activist
Birthdate: May 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: January 12, 1965

 50 Orlando Brown

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