African Americans From Indiana

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Famous black celebrities from Indiana, include Michael Jackson, Scatman Crothers, Mike Epps.
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 1 
Michael Jackson
(One of the Most Significant Cultural Figures of the 20th Century Popularly Known as the 'King of Pop')
Michael Jackson
254
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: August 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Died: June 25, 2009

The King of Pop and an international superstar, Michael Jackson was a musical entertainer whose work – both with Jackson 5 and solo – won accolades and hearts worldwide. Equally popular were his unique dance moves that created sensation and shaped future dance styles. Amongst the most successful entertainers of all time, Jackson was later accused of child molestation.  

 2 
Vivica A. Fox
(Actress)
Vivica A. Fox
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Birthdate: July 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States
 3 
Mike Epps
(Known for His Roles in Films ‘Next Friday’,’ The Hangover’ and 'The Hangover Part III')
Mike Epps
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Birthdate: November 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Stand-up comedian, actor, and film producer, Mike Epps, is a man with multiple talents. He began his career performing stand-up comedy and branched out into acting soon after.  As an actor, he gained fame for playing Day-Day Jones in the film Next Friday and its sequels. He is a controversial person and has been accused of assaulting a fellow comedian.

 4 
Scatman Crothers
(Actor and Musician)
Scatman Crothers
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Birthdate: May 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Terre Haute, Indiana, United States
Died: November 22, 1986

Scatman Crothers was an American musician and actor. Also a prolific voice-over actor, Crothers contributed immensely to the success of several animated TV series, such as Harlem Globetrotters, The Transformers, and Hong Kong Phooey. For his contribution to the American TV and film industry, Scatman Crothers was awarded a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 5 
Jermaine Jackson
(Singer-songwriter)
Jermaine Jackson
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 11, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
 6 
Avery Brooks
5
Birthdate: October 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Evansville, Indiana, United States
 7 
Jaylon Smith
(American football player)
Jaylon Smith
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 14, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
 8 
Michael Warren
(Basketball player)
Michael Warren
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States
 9 
Fred Williamson
2
Birthdate: March 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, USA
 10 
George Hill
(Basketball player)
George Hill
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
 11 
Terry McLaurin
(American football player)
Terry McLaurin
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
 12 
Darius Garland
(Basketball player)
Darius Garland
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 26, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
 13 
Glenn Robinson
(Basketball player)
Glenn Robinson
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
 14 
Jason Whitlock
(Journalist)
Jason Whitlock
3
Birthdate: April 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
 15 
Jackie Jackson
(Singer best known as a founding member of the Jackson 5)
Jackie Jackson
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
 16 
Wes Montgomery
(Musician)
Wes Montgomery
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: June 15, 1968
 17 
Dwane Casey
(Basketball coach, Basketball player)
Dwane Casey
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
 18 
Desmond Bane
(Basketball Player)
Desmond Bane
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 25, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Richmond, Indiana, United States
 19 
Isiah Whitlock, Jr.
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Birthdate: September 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
 20 
Freddie Hubbard
(Trumpeter)
Freddie Hubbard
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 7, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: December 29, 2008
 21 
Skylar Diggins-Smith
(Basketball player)
Skylar Diggins-Smith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States
 22 
Romeo Langford
(Basketball player)
Romeo Langford
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 25, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Albany, Indiana, United States
 23 
LaTroy Hawkins
(Baseball player)
LaTroy Hawkins
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
 24 
Mike Woodson
(Basketball coach, Basketball player)
Mike Woodson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
 25 
Junior Bridgeman
(Basketball player, Businesspeople)
Junior Bridgeman
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: September 17, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: East Chicago, Indiana, United States
 26 
George McGinnis
(Basketball player)
George McGinnis
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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 27 
Rod Smith
(American Football Player)
Rod Smith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
 28 
Demetrius Jackson
(Basketball player)
Demetrius Jackson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 7, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States
 29 
Jared Jeffries
(Basketball Player)
Jared Jeffries
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bloomington, Indiana, United States
 30 
Caleb Swanigan
(Basketball player)
Caleb Swanigan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 18, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
 31 
Deniece Williams
(Soul Singer-Songwriter Best Known for the Songs: 'Free', 'Silly', 'It’s Gonna Take a Miracle')
Deniece Williams
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States

The daughter of singer parents, Deniece Williams grew up singing gospel. Though she initially aspired to be a nurse and an anesthetist, she later took up music full-time and began performing at nightclubs. The Grammy-winning artist soared to fame with tracks such as They Say and I Believe in You.

 32 
Lloyd Haynes
(Actor, Screenwriter)
Lloyd Haynes
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Birthdate: September 19, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States
Died: January 1, 1987
 33 
Irv Cross
(American Football Player)
Irv Cross
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hammond, Indiana, United States
Died: February 28, 2021
 34 
J. J. Johnson
(Trombonist)
J. J. Johnson
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 22, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: February 4, 2001
 35 
Willdabeast Adams
3
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: September 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
 36 
Dianne Durham
(Gymnast)
Dianne Durham
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Died: February 4, 2021

Dianne Durham was an artistic gymnast who won the all-around senior title at the women's US National Championships in 1983, becoming the first African American athlete to do so. She suffered from injuries that put a premature end to her brilliant career, and she had to retire in 1985. Later on, she ran the Skyline Gymnastics school in Chicago. 

 37 
Lloyd McClendon
(Baseball player)
Lloyd McClendon
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 11, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
 38 
Jeremy Chinn
(American football player)
Jeremy Chinn
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 26, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fishers, Indiana, United States
 39 
Kris Wilkes
(Basketball Player)
Kris Wilkes
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 18, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
 40 
Dick Barnett
(Basketball player)
Dick Barnett
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 2, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
 41 
Major Taylor
(Cyclist)
Major Taylor
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 26, 1878
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: June 21, 1932

Major Taylor was a professional cyclist who set many world records between 1898 and 1899. In 1899, he became the first African American to win the sprint event at the world track championships and only the second black athlete to emerge victorious in a world championship irrespective of the sport.

 42 
Jeff Teague
(Basketball Player)
Jeff Teague
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
 43 
Aaron Gibson
(American football player)
Aaron Gibson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
 44 
Calbert Cheaney
(Basketball coach, Basketball player)
Calbert Cheaney
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Evansville, Indiana, United States
 45 
Oscar Charleston
(Former Baseball Player Center fielder)
Oscar Charleston
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 14, 1896
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: October 5, 1954
 46 
Courtney Lee
(Basketball player)
Courtney Lee
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
 47 
JaJuan Johnson
(Basketball player)
JaJuan Johnson
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
 48 
Branden Dawson
(Basketball Player)
Branden Dawson
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 1, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
 49 
Jimmy King
(Basketball Player)
Jimmy King
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States
 50 
Rondale Moore
(American Football Player)
Rondale Moore
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 9, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Albany, Indiana, United States