African Americans From Illinois

Famous black celebrities from Illinois, include Shonda Rhimes, Juice WRLD, Emmett Till.

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Juice WRLD
(Rapper)

Juice WRLD
164
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 2, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 8, 2019
Rapper Juice Wrld is best remembered for his tracks Lucid Dreams and All Girls Are the Same. He was also part of the collective Internet Money. He died due to a drug-induced seizure at the age of 21. His posthumous album Legends Never Die topped the Billboard 200 chart.

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Emmett Till
(Victim of Racial Violence)

Emmett Till
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 28, 1955

In the 1950s, a teenage African-American boy, Emmett Till was kidnapped, tortured and brutally killed for allegedly misbehaving with a white woman. Those responsible were never convicted but the brutality of the crime brought focus on racial discrimination and African-American Civil Rights Movement. It eventually played a crucial role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957.

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Mr. T
(Actor)

Mr. T
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Birthdate: May 21, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Mr. T is best known as A. Baracus from The A-Team and Clubber Lang from Rocky III. Fans love his signature hairstyle and his gold jewelry, which he stopped wearing after Hurricane Katrina. His catchphrase “I pity the fool!" inspired a reality show. He has previously been a celebrity bodyguard.

 4 
Miles Davis
(One of the Most Influential and Acclaimed Figures in the History of Jazz and 20th-Century Music)

Miles Davis
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 26, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Alton, Illinois, United States
Died: September 28, 1991
Jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis was a pioneer in the bepop and jazz fusion genres. His work also had electronic, African, and Spanish influences. His album Kind of Blue sold 5 million copies in the U.S. and was termed a national treasure by the House of Representatives, years later. 

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Ludacris
(Rapper)

Ludacris
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Champaign, Illinois, United States
Three-time Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris soared to fame with his second album, Back for the First Time. Fans also loved him as Tej Parker in The Fast and the Furious franchise. He owns a label, a line of headphones, and a restaurant. His Ludacris Foundation is associated with many youth initiatives. 

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Polo G
(Musician, Rapper)

Polo G
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 6, 1999
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Polo G is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record executive. Polo G, who became famous for his Chicago drill sound, gradually adopted a more melodic style. Renowned for his vivid storytelling, Polo G's lyrics often reflect on subjects, such as mental health and racism. In 2020, he announced the launch of ODA Records, his own record label.

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Andre Braugher
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Birthdate: July 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Andre Braugher is best known for his Emmy-winning performances as Frank Pembleton in Homicide: Life on the Street and as Nick Atwater in Thief. Fans also loved him as Raymond Holt in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, as Woodchuck Coodchuck-Berkowitz in BoJack Horseman, and in the movies City of Angels and Poseidon
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Chaka Khan
(Singer)

Chaka Khan
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois
Ten-time Grammy-winning funk/R&B/disco artist Chaka Khan, or the Queen of Funk, soared to fame as the frontwoman of the band Rufus. Known for her hit track I Feel for You, Khan has sold 70 million records and has ranked 17th on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll list.

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Craig Robinson
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Birthdate: October 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 10 
Fred Hampton
(Activist)

Fred Hampton
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: August 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Summit, Illinois, United States
Died: December 4, 1969

Fred Hampton was considered an activist and a revolutionary socialist working for social change. He was the deputy chairman of the national Black Panther Party. He founded the Rainbow Coalition, aiming to help the Chicago street gangs to end infighting. The FBI considered him as a major threat and he was shot and killed in December 1969 during a raid.

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Minnie Riperton
(Singer, Singer-songwriter)

Minnie Riperton
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: July 12, 1979

 12 
Shonda Rhimes
(Television Producer)

Shonda Rhimes
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Birthdate: January 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago

Shonda Rhimes is a screenwriter, author, and television producer. She is credited with creating, writing, and executive producing one of the most popular American medical drama TV series ever, Grey's Anatomy. She is also credited with creating series like Private Practice and Scandal. In 2007, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 People Who Help Shape the World.

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Hannibal Buress
(Comedian)

Hannibal Buress
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Birthdate: February 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Nichelle Nichols
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Birthdate: December 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Robbins, Illinois, United States

 15 
Laura Harrier
(Actress)

Laura Harrier
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Birthdate: March 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

 16 
Curtis Mayfield
(Singer, Guitarist)

Curtis Mayfield
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 3, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 26, 1999
Soul singer and guitarist Curtis Mayfield gained fame with The Impressions. His songs such as People Get Ready carried prominent social themes. The Grammy Hall of Fame inductee was paralyzed from the neck down after an accident during a live performance in 1990 but continued to record even after that.

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Lil Rel Howery
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Birthdate: December 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Andre Iguodala
(Basketball player)

Andre Iguodala
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States

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Lamorne Morris
4
Birthdate: August 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Lamorne Morris began his career with the BET shows HotWyred and 106 & Park. He gained game with his Teen Choice Award-nominated role of Winston in New Girl. He has appeared in many FunnyorDie shorts, in the docu-drama Valley of the Boom, and as Keef Knight in the series Woke.

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Wood Harris
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Birthdate: October 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Wood Harris, younger brother of actor Steve Harris, is best known for his portrayal of Avon Barksdale, a character modeled on real-life drug dealer Nathan Barksdale, in The Wire. He has also appeared in the series Empire and films such as Remember the Titans, and narrated the sports documentary Benji.

 21 
Stuart Scott
(Sportscaster)

Stuart Scott
1
Birthdate: July 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 4, 2015
Sportscaster Stuart Scott is best remembered as an ESPN anchor. His signature style included catchphrases such as “booyah.” He mostly covered the NBA and NFL games. He received the Jimmy V Award for his long battle with appendix cancer and eventually died of the disease at age 49.

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

The first to score over 7,000 points in the heptathlon, Jackie Joyner-Kersee is considered by many as one of the greatest female athletes ever. While in school, she excelled in sports such as volleyball, basketball, and track, and also did well in studies. She later won three Olympic golds medals.

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Jaimee Foxworth
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Birthdate: December 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, United States

Jaimee Foxworth is an American model, actress, and former pornographic actress. Foxworth is best known for playing Judy Winslow in the popular TV series, Family Matters. Also a musician, Foxworth is credited with forming S.H.E., an R&B musical group, with her two sisters. Over the years, Jaimee Foxworth has also battled depression and substance abuse.

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Lupe Fiasco
(Rapper)

Lupe Fiasco
3
Birthdate: February 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Lena Waithe
(Screenwriter)

Lena Waithe
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Birthdate: May 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Sherri Shepherd
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Birthdate: April 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Sherri Shepherd is an American actress, television personality, author, and comedian. She is known for co-hosting the popular talk show The View. She co-hosted the show from 2007 to 2014, for which she received several nominations for Daytime Emmy Award, winning the award in 2009. Also known for her dancing skills, Shepherd competed in Dancing with the Stars in 2012.

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Lil Bibby
(Rapper)

Lil Bibby
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 18, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

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Lou Rawls
(Singer)

Lou Rawls
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 6, 2006

Lou Rawls was an American singer, composer, record producer, and actor. Rawls sold over 40 million records during his illustrious career. He was also renowned for his charity work; in 2004, he was honored by the popular philanthropic organization United Negro College Fund for his work with the organization for more than 25 years.

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Gil Scott-Heron
(Poet and Singer-songwriter)

Gil Scott-Heron
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 27, 2011

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Patrick Beverley
(Basketball Player)

Patrick Beverley
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

 31 
Ken Norton
(Boxer)

Ken Norton
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Illinois, United States
Died: September 18, 2013

Professional boxer Ken Norton is remembered for his three highly publicized fights with Muhammad Ali, out of which he lost two. Norton was a towering figure in the boxing world and held the WBC heavyweight title in 1978. He was a forward-pressing fighter notable for his unusual stance. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992.

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Kirby Puckett
(Baseball Players)

Kirby Puckett
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: March 6, 2006

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Rickey Henderson
(Baseball player)

Rickey Henderson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Jabari Parker
(Basketball player at power forward)

Jabari Parker
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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

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

Lorraine Hansberry was a writer and playwright best remembered for her play A Raisin in the Sun which emphasizes the plight of African-Americans living under racial segregation. At the age of 29, Lorraine Hansberry received the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, becoming the youngest playwright and the first African-American dramatist to win the prestigious award.

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Antoine Walker
(Basketball Player)

Antoine Walker
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Robin Harris
(Comedian)

Robin Harris
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Birthdate: August 30, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: March 18, 1990

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Jason Weaver
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Birthdate: July 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Nicole Narain
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: July 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Aurora, Illinois, USA

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Shawn Marion
(Basketball Player)

Shawn Marion
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Waukegan, Illinois, USA

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Curtis Granderson
(Baseball Player)

Curtis Granderson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Blue Island, Illinois, US

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Aaron McGruder
(Writer, Cartoonist & Public Speaker)

Aaron McGruder
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago

Aaron McGruder is an American writer, cartoonist, screenwriter, producer, and lecturer. He is best known for writing a Universal Press Syndicate comic strip titled The Boondocks. He also wrote its TV series adaptation where he served as the creator, head writer, and executive producer.

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DeRay Davis
(Stand-up Comedian)

DeRay Davis
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Birthdate: February 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Tony Allen
(Basketball player)

Tony Allen
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 11, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Jody Watley
(Singer)

Jody Watley
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Birthdate: January 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 46 
Ann Marie Slater
(Singer-songwriter)

Ann Marie Slater
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 20, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Joann Marie Slater, better known as Ann Marie, gained fame with her Billboard-charting track Secret, which also became a YouTube sensation. Apart from YouTube, she is also popular on Twitter and Instagram. She was once charged with assault and gun possession in relation to a hotel shooting.

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Rodney Harrison
(American Football Player)

Rodney Harrison
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Markham, Illinois, United States

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George Jackson
(African-American Left-Wing Activist & Marxist)

George Jackson
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 23, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 21, 1971

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Charles Tillman
(American Football Player)

Charles Tillman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Kenny Golladay
(American football wide receiver)

Kenny Golladay
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States