Famous Black Philanthropists

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 1 Muhammad Ali

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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 3, 2016

Widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, Muhammad Ali was a major figure of the 20th century. He was an inspirational figure for African-Americans during the civil rights movement. Because of his opposition to Vietnam War and his refusal to be drafted into military, Muhammad Ali became an icon for the larger counterculture generation.

 2 Rihanna

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Michael, Barbados

For anyone who has a penchant for music, Rihanna needs no introduction. Born as Robyn Rihanna Fenty, Rihanna is one of the most influential names in the music and fashion industry. Her effortless singing, catchy tunes and inimitable dance moves have won her eight Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards and two BRIT Awards.

 3 Master P

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

 4 Vince Staples

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Compton, California, United States

 5 A'Lelia Walker

A'Lelia Walker
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: June 6, 1885
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States
Died: August 17, 1931

 6 Barkhad Abdi

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia

Somali-American actor, Barkhad Abdi, is best known for his role in the film Captain Phillips, for which he received a British Academy Film Award. Born in Somalia, he relocated to USA after the Somali Civil War broke out. After working in a few odd jobs as a young man, he took up acting and soon found success.

 7 Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: February 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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 8 Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: December 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cienfuegos, Cuba

 9 Thomas Mikal Ford

Thomas Mikal Ford
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: October 12, 2016

 10 LeBron James

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Famous As: NBA Star
Birthdate: December 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States

A basketball prodigy, Lebron James began playing since his school days and was later selected by Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 NBA draft. His career progressed at a rapid rate and he is considered to be one of the greatest players in NBA history. During his stint with Miami Heat, he helped them win two NBA Championships. Currently, he plays for Los Angeles Lakers 

 11 Rochelle Aytes

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York

Actress and model, Rochelle Aytes, gained international fame for her role in the  ABC drama series Mistresses. An alumnus of the State University of New York at Purchase College, she began her career soon after her graduation. After appearing in commercials for several popular brands, she made her acting debut. She has since acted in many films and TV shows.

 12 Quinton Aaron

Quinton Aaron
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States

 13 Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States

 14 Ken Carter

Ken Carter
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Famous As: Coach
Birthdate: February 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fernwood, Mississippi, United States

 15 Wendy Raquel Robinson

Wendy Raquel Robinson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 16 Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola

Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 24, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Abeokuta, Nigeria
Died: July 7, 1998

 17 Stonebwoy

Stonebwoy
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ashaiman, Ghana

 18 Ida Ljungqvist

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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: September 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tanzania

Ida Ljungqvist is a Tanzanian-Swedish model known for her association with Playboy. In 2008, she became the first African-born person to be adjudged Playboy Playmate of the Month. The following year, she was adjudged Playmate of the Year, becoming the second Swedish model to receive such recognition. Well-known for her philanthropic work, Ljungqvist works with Empowerment Works, a non-profit organization.

 19 Rhymefest

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 20 Yvonne Nelson

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 12, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

 21 Zinash Tayachew

Zinash Tayachew
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gondar, Ethiopia

 22 Sarah Onyango Obama

Sarah Onyango Obama
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Famous As: Educator, Philanthropist
Birthdate: 1922 AD
Birthplace: Kenya
Died: March 29, 2021

 23 Nana Meriwether

Nana Meriwether
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Famous As: Beauty pageant contestant, Volleyball player
Birthdate: May 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Acornhoek, South Africa

 24 Menaye Donkor

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 25 Gani Fawehinmi

Gani Fawehinmi
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ondo, Nigeria
Died: September 5, 2009

 26 D-Black

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

 27 Hugues Gentillon

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Famous As: Film director, Writer
Birthdate: December 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 28 Eve Christine Gadzikwa

Eve Christine Gadzikwa
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: December 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marondera, Zimbabwe

 29 Irene Logan

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 16, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monrovia, Liberia

 30 John W. Rogers Jr.

John W. Rogers Jr.
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Famous As: Financier, Basketball player
Birthdate: March 31, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 31 MacDella Cooper

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Famous As: Philanthropist
Birthdate: March 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Monrovia, Liberia

 32 Reginald Mengi

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Famous As: Businessperson, Philanthropist
Birthdate: May 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania
Died: May 2, 2019

 33 Ivan Semwanga

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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: September 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tabora, Tanzania
Died: May 25, 2017

 34 Hamis Kiggundu

Hamis Kiggundu
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Famous As: Businessperson, Writer
Birthdate: February 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lukerere, Kalungu, Uganda