African Americans From Kentucky

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Famous black celebrities from Kentucky, include Bryson Tiller, Kevin Olusola, Jim Kelly.
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Bryson Tiller
(Best Known for Hit Single 'Don't')
Bryson Tiller
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

Bryson Tiller is an American rapper and singer-songwriter. After achieving success with his debut single Don't, Tiller went on to sign a deal with RCA Records and then came up with his debut album Trapsoul, which peaked at the eighth position on the Billboard 200 chart. Since then, he hasn’t looked back and has performed alongside the likes of Rihanna.

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Kevin Olusola
(Best Known as the Beatboxer of the Cappella Group 'Pentatonix')
Kevin Olusola
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky, United States

Kevin Olusola is an illustrious beatboxer of the a capella band Pentatonix. He is also seen playing the cello occasionally in their songs. Scott Hoying spotted him playing the cello in a viral video. The group has released eleven albums, garnered more than two million views on their YouTube channel and sold over two million records.

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Jim Kelly
(Martial Artist and Actor Known for His Action Films ‘Enter the Dragon’ and ‘Black Belt Jones’)
Jim Kelly
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 29, 2013

Athlete and martial artist Jim Kelly won hearts with his Afro hairstyle and his roles in action film such as Enter the Dragon and Black Belt Jones. Apart from films, he also excelled in karate, winning contests such as the International Middle Weight Karate Championship. He has also played professional tennis.

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Shaun Alexander
(Football player)
Shaun Alexander
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Florence, Kentucky, United States
 5 
Demetrious Johnson
(Mixed martial artist)
Demetrious Johnson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Madisonville, Kentucky, United States
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Michael Rainey Jr
(American Actor Best Known for His Role in the TV Series ‘Power’ and ‘Power Book II: Ghost’)
Michael Rainey Jr
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Birthdate: September 22, 2000
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

Having debuted to his acting career as a child artist, Michael Rainey Jr. went on to play the lead role of Tariq St Patrick in the television series Power Book II: Ghost which was premiered in 2020. The son of a Jamaican mother, the millennial American actor appeared in the film, Amateur, which revolves around an aspiring basketball player.

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Allan Houston
(Basketball player)
Allan Houston
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
 8 
Damien Harris
(American football player)
Damien Harris
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Richmond, Kentucky, United States
 9 
P. J. Washington
(Basketball player)
P. J. Washington
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 23, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
 10 
Montez Sweat
(American Football Player)
Montez Sweat
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 4, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Richmond, Kentucky, United States
 11 
Nolan Smith
(Basketball player)
Nolan Smith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 25, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
 12 
Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr.
(Father of three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali and Rahman Ali)
Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr.
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Birthdate: November 11, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 8, 1990
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Jimmy Ellis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: May 6, 2014
 14 
Darrell Griffith
(Basketball Player)
Darrell Griffith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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DeVante Parker
(American Football Player)
DeVante Parker
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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Derek Anderson
(Basketball player)
Derek Anderson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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Jay Scrubb
(Basketball player)
Jay Scrubb
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 1, 2000
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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Darius Miller
(Basketball player)
Darius Miller
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Maysville, Kentucky, United States
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George Fant
(American football player, Basketball player)
George Fant
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States
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Davey Moore
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Died: March 25, 1963
 21 
Countee Cullen
(American poet)
Countee Cullen
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 30, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 9, 1946
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Allen Allensworth
(Baptist Minister, Educator, Army Officer)
Allen Allensworth
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 7, 1842
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky
Died: September 14, 1914

Born into slavery, Allen Allensworth successfully disguised himself in a uniform and marched to freedom, along with the Union soldiers during the Civil War. He later served the U.S. Navy and eventually became a Baptist preacher. The first Black American lieutenant colonel, he also formed the town Allensworth.

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Michael Bush
(American football player)
Michael Bush
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 16, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
 24 
Suzan-Lori Parks
(American playwright)
Suzan-Lori Parks
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fort Knox, Kentucky, United States
 25 
Greg Page
(Boxer)
Greg Page
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: April 27, 2009
 26 
Julia Carson
(Politician)
Julia Carson
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: December 15, 2007
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Chris Lofton
(Basketball player)
Chris Lofton
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Maysville, Kentucky, United States
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Aaron Henry
(Basketball player)
Aaron Henry
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 30, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
 29 
Jack Givens
(Basketball Player)
Jack Givens
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 21, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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Bernie Bickerstaff
(Basketball coach)
Bernie Bickerstaff
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 11, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Benham, Kentucky, United States
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Ray Spalding
(Basketball Player)
Ray Spalding
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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Dermontti Dawson
(American Football Player)
Dermontti Dawson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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Kelan Martin
(Basketball Player)
Kelan Martin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 3, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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Rahman Ali
(Boxer)
Rahman Ali
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 18, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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Stephen Bardo
(Basketball player)
Stephen Bardo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Henderson, Kentucky, United States
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Isaac Burns Murphy
(Jockey who was one of the highest paid athletes in his generation.)
Isaac Burns Murphy
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 6, 1861
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Clark County, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 12, 1896
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Houston A. Baker, Jr.
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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Scotty Hopson
(Basketball player)
Scotty Hopson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hopkinsville, Kentucky, United States
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A. J. Slaughter
(Basketball player)
A. J. Slaughter
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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Whitney Young
(Civil rights activist)
Whitney Young
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 31, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lincoln Ridge, Kentucky, United States
Died: March 11, 1971
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Shelvin Mack
(Basketball player)
Shelvin Mack
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 22, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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Taywan Taylor
(American Football Player)
Taywan Taylor
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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Lucy Hicks Anderson
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1886 AD
Birthplace: Waddy, Kentucky, United States
Died: 1954 AD
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Todd Duncan
(Actor and Baritone Opera Singer)
Todd Duncan
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 12, 1903
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Danville, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 28, 1998

Todd Duncan was an American actor and baritone opera singer. He is best remembered for playing Porgy in the premier production of the popular English-language opera, Porgy and Bess. In 1945, Todd Duncan performed at the New York City Opera, becoming the first African American to perform with a major opera company.   

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Clem Haskins
(Basketball player)
Clem Haskins
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Campbellsville, Kentucky, United States
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Monique Jones
(Bodybuilder)
Monique Jones
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Knox, Kentucky, United States