African Americans From Arkansas

Famous black celebrities from Arkansas, include Joe Jackson, Sonny Liston, Rudy Ray Moore.

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 1 Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Talent Manager
Birthdate: July 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fountain Hill, Arkansas, United States
Died: June 27, 2018
Talent manager Joe Jackson was the patriarch of the Jackson family and managed The Jackson 5, which included his son Michael Jackson and daughter Janet Jackson, who grew up to be legendary artists. Joe owned Joe Jackson Productions. He was also a Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame inductee. 

 2 Sonny Liston

Sonny Liston
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: May 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sand Slough, Arkansas, United States
Died: December 30, 1970
Renowned as the Big Bear, Sonny Liston became the world heavyweight champion in 1962. Known for his intimidating appearance, formidable punching power, toughness, and long reach, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Widely regarded as unbeatable, he lost the WBC title to Muhammad Ali, in 1964.

 3 Charlie Strong

Charlie Strong
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Batesville, Arkansas, United States

 4 Rudy Ray Moore

Rudy Ray Moore
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: March 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Died: October 19, 2008

A multifaceted personality, Rudy Ray Moore was a comedian, singer, actor, and film producer. He is remembered for playing the title character in the crime comedy film, Dolemite, and its sequels. He served in the army as a young man and began his career in the entertainment industry following his discharge. Many black comedians consider him an inspiration.

 5 Derek Fisher

Derek Fisher
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball coach
Birthdate: August 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

 6 Eldridge Cleaver

Eldridge Cleaver
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wabbaseka, Arkansas
Died: May 1, 1998

 7 Sheryl Underwood

Sheryl Underwood
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: October 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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 8 Mike Conley, Jr.

Mike Conley, Jr.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: October 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States

 9 Lawrence Phillips

Lawrence Phillips
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: May 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Died: January 13, 2016

 10 Darren McFadden

Darren McFadden
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: August 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: North Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

 11 Jermain Taylor

Jermain Taylor
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

 12 Luenell

Luenell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tollette, Arkansas, United States

 13 Florence Price

Florence Price
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: 1887 AD
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Died: 1953 AD

 14 Glen Rice

Glen Rice
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 28, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Arkansas, United States

 15 Louis Jordan

Louis Jordan
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer, Actor, Saxophonist, Jazz musician
Birthdate: July 8, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arkansas
Died: February 4, 1975

 16 DeAngelo Williams

DeAngelo Williams
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: April 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Former NFL running back DeAngelo Williams is known for his stint with the Carolina Panthers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, having set franchise records for career rushing yards and touchdowns with the former. He later finished fourth in the 32nd season of The Amazing Race. He works for breast cancer awareness.

 17 Daniel Gafford

Daniel Gafford
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: October 1, 1998
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: El Dorado, Arkansas, United States

 18 Sidney Moncrief

Sidney Moncrief
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

 19 Lou Brock

Lou Brock
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: June 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: El Dorado, Arkansas, United States

 20 Keith Jackson

Keith Jackson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: April 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

 21 Bobo Brazil

Bobo Brazil
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: July 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Died: January 20, 1998

 22 Keljin Blevins

Keljin Blevins
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 24, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States

 23 Corliss Williamson

Corliss Williamson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball coach, Basketball player
Birthdate: December 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Russellville, Arkansas, United States

 24 Jim Hines

Jim Hines
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Track and Field Athlete
Birthdate: September 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dumas, Arkansas, United States

 25 Little Willie John

Little Willie John
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 15, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cullendale, Arkansas, U.S.
Died: May 26, 1968

 26 Daryl Macon

Daryl Macon
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 29, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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 27 Big Bill Broonzy

Big Bill Broonzy
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 26, 1893
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lake Dick, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 15, 1958

 28 Joe Barry Carroll

Joe Barry Carroll
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: July 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States

 29 Goose Tatum

Goose Tatum
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: May 31, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: El Dorado, Arkansas, United States
Died: January 18, 1967

 30 Cortez Kennedy

Cortez Kennedy
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: August 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Osceola, Arkansas, United States
Died: May 23, 2017

 31 John H. Johnson

John H. Johnson
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Famous As: Publisher, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 19, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arkansas City, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 8, 2005

 32 Bobby Mitchell

Bobby Mitchell
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: June 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
Died: April 5, 2020

 33 Minnijean Brown-Trickey

Minnijean Brown-Trickey
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Political leader, Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: September 11, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

 34 William Warfield

William Warfield
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Bass-baritone singer
Birthdate: January 2, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: West Helena, Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 25, 2002

 35 K. J. Hill

K. J. Hill
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: September 15, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Arkansas, United States

 36 Luther Allison

Luther Allison
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: August 17, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Widener, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 12, 1997

 37 Nathaniel Clifton

Nathaniel Clifton
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: October 13, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 31, 1990

 38 Howard Sims

Howard Sims
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Tap dancer
Birthdate: January 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Died: May 20, 2003

Howard Sims was an African-American dancer who specialized in tap dance. He was a regular attraction at Harlem's Apollo Theater from the 1950s to 2000. In the 1980s, he helped revive the interest in tap dance by serving as a cultural ambassador and touring around the world. His dancing skills earned him appearances in films and TV shows. 

 39 Barbara Hendricks

Barbara Hendricks
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stephens, Arkansas, United States

 40 Elijah Pitts

Elijah Pitts
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mayflower, Arkansas, United States
Died: July 10, 1998

 41 Henry Dumas

Henry Dumas
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 20, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sweet Home, Arkansas, United States
Died: May 23, 1968

 42 Wade Davis

Wade Davis
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: American football player, Writer
Birthdate: July 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

 43 Haki R. Madhubuti

Haki R. Madhubuti
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

 44 Sailor Art Thomas

Sailor Art Thomas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: January 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gurdon, Arkansas, United States
Died: March 20, 2003

 45 Shekinna Stricklen

Shekinna Stricklen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Conway, Arkansas, United States

 46 Willie Roaf

Willie Roaf
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: April 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States

 47 Torii Hunter

Torii Hunter
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: July 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States

 48 Sonny Weems

Sonny Weems
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: July 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: West Memphis, Arkansas, United States

 49 Rod Smith

Rod Smith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: May 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Texarkana, Arkansas, United States

 50 Rod Smith

Rod Smith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: January 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States