African Americans From Louisiana

Famous black celebrities from Louisiana, include Tyler Perry, NBA YoungBoy, Anthony Mackie.
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Odell Beckham Jr.
(American Football Wide Receiver)
Odell Beckham Jr.
112
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Odell Beckham Jr. is an American football player who plays in the National Football League (NFL). With several NFL records under his belt, Beckham Jr. is widely regarded as one of the most popular and productive players of all time. His one-handed touchdown catch in a Sunday Night Football game is considered the greatest catch ever made in NFL history.

 2 
NBA YoungBoy
(Rapper Known for His Albums: 'Until Death Call My Name' and 'Top')
NBA YoungBoy
165
Birthdate: October 20, 1999
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

NBA YoungBoy is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. He garnered a cult following between 2015 and 2017, during which he released eight successful, independent mixtapes. Rated highly among America's most controversial rappers, NBA YoungBoy has been arrested on a couple of occasions for charges, including attempted first degree murder.

 3 
Tyler Perry
(Creator and Performer of 'Madea' Character & Developer of the Sitcom 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne')
Tyler Perry
59
Birthdate: September 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

The amazingly talented, Tyler Perry, is an American actor who topped Forbes list of highest-paid man in entertainment in 2011. Perry is most known as the creator of the boisterous, African-American grandmother character, Madea, which he himself performs with great skill and artistry. From a homeless playwriter to having his own studio, Perry has surely achieved the evasive American dream.

 4 
Louis Armstrong
(American Writer & Professor of Biochemistry Best Known for His Hard Science Fiction Novels)
Louis Armstrong
48
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 4, 1901
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: July 6, 1971

Louis Armstrong was an American trumpeter and singer who played an important role in the development of jazz. Thanks to his playing, trumpet became known as a solo instrument and jazz, which was previously known as a collectively improvised folk music, became a soloist's art form. Not surprisingly, Louis Armstrong is widely accepted as the embodiment of jazz. 

 5 
Bill Russell
(One of the Greatest Basketball Players of All Time)
Bill Russell
37
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 12, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monroe, Louisiana, United States

Bill Russell was an American retired professional basketball player. Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players ever, Russell led the US national basketball team to victory and helped his team win an Olympic gold at the 1956 Summer Olympics. Also known for his accomplishments in the civil rights movement, Russell was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

 6 
Anthony Mackie
46
Birthdate: September 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Anthony Mackie is an American actor who achieved international recognition after playing Sam Wilson / Falcon in a series of superhero films produced by Marvel Studios. A self-made man, Mackie graduated from the Juilliard School and worked hard to establish himself in the American film and TV industry.

 7 
Dak Prescott
(American Football Quarterback)
Dak Prescott
45
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sulphur, Louisiana, United States
An injury to starter Tony Romo made Dak Prescott fill in as a starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys in 2016, and his performance earned him the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. This former Mississippi player became one of three rookies to be included in the 2016-17 Pro Bowl.
 8 
Kevin Gates
(Rapper and Singer-Songwriter Known for His Album ‘Islah’)
Kevin Gates
46
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Kevin Gates is an American singer, rapper, and entrepreneur. He is best known for his debut studio album Islah, which peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. Over the years, Kevin Gates has had many brushes with the law. He was first arrested at the age of 13 when he was found inside a stolen vehicle.

 9 
Madam C. J. Walker
(Entrepreneur)
Madam C. J. Walker
43
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 23, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Delta, Louisiana, United States
Died: May 25, 1919
Madam C.J. Walker is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first female self-made American millionaire. She manufactured and promoted a cosmetic-and-hair-care line catering to black women, through the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company. She was also the richest African-American businesswoman when she died.
 10 
Karl Malone
(Basketball player Power Forward)
Karl Malone
25
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Summerfield, Louisiana, United States
 11 
Clyde Drexler
(Basketball player)
Clyde Drexler
20
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
 12 
Mahalia Jackson
(Singer, Television Personality)
Mahalia Jackson
15
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Died: January 27, 1972

Mahalia Jackson was an American singer. During her career, which spanned four decades, Jackson played a major role in popularizing gospel blues in black churches across the United States. Regarded as one of the 20th century's most influential vocalists, Mahalia Jackson is credited with inspiring rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and soul singing styles.

 13 
Booker T
(American Color Commentator and Retired Professional Wrestler)
Booker T
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Birthdate: March 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Plain Dealing, Louisiana, United States
 14 
Master P
(Rapper)
Master P
24
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
 15 
Leonard Fournette
(American football player)
Leonard Fournette
17
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
 16 
Quvenzhané Wallis
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Birthdate: August 28, 2003
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Houma, Louisiana, United States
Quvenzhané Wallis became the youngest nominee for the Academy Award for Best Actress with her role as Hushpuppy in the film Beasts of the Southern Wild. She also earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the 2014 version of Annie. She has also published several children’s books. 
 17 
Randy Jackson
(Bassist)
Randy Jackson
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Birthdate: June 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Randy Jackson started his career playing bass guitar for various artists, He then started his stint as a producer with Columbia and MCA Records. He is best known for his appearance as a judge on American Idol. He has also been the executive producer of America's Best Dance Crew.
 18 
Aaron Neville
(Singer & Musician)
Aaron Neville
15
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
 19 
CeeDee Lamb
(American football player)
CeeDee Lamb
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 8, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Opelousas, Louisiana, United States
 20 
Ed Reed
(Former American Football Player)
Ed Reed
17
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Rose, Louisiana, United States
 21 
JayDaYoungan
(Rapper)
JayDaYoungan
17
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 15, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bogalusa, Louisiana, U.S.
Died: July 27, 2022
 22 
Kelly Oubre Jr.
(Basketball player)
Kelly Oubre Jr.
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 9, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
 23 
Marie Laveau
(American Voodoo Priestess and Herbalist)
Marie Laveau
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 10, 1801
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: June 15, 1881

Occultist and herbalist Marie Laveau was known as the Vodoo Queen of New Orleans. Though a hairdresser, she was chiefly known for her spiritual practices which she used to heal the sick and the poor. She has inspired several books, such as Robert Tallant's The Voodoo Queen.

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Johnnie Cochran
(American Lawyer and Civil Activist Best Known for Defending and Acquitting 'O. J. Simpson')
Johnnie Cochran
40
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 2, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Died: March 29, 2005
Johnnie Cochran was an American civil activist and lawyer. Cochran played an important role in the acquittal of former football player O. J. Simpson in connection with the murder of the latter's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson. Cochran had also represented other celebrities like Michael Jackson, Sean Combs, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, Riddick Bowe, and Jim Brown to name a few.
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Lead Belly
(Folk and blues singer)
Lead Belly
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 23, 1888
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mooringsport, Louisiana, United States
Died: December 6, 1949
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Eric Bieniemy
(American Football Coach and Former Player Who Played as the Offensive Coordinator)
Eric Bieniemy
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Eric Bieniemy is an American football coach, currently working as the offensive coordinator for National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs. A former player, Eric Bieniemy stirred controversy while representing the San Diego Chargers in 1993; he harassed a female parking attendant by grabbing her by the neck, for which he was arrested in Boulder, Colorado.

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Booger McFarland
(American Football player)
Booger McFarland
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 18, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Winnsboro, Louisiana, United States
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Ryan Clark
(Football player)
Ryan Clark
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marrero, Louisiana, United States
 29 
Daniel Cormier
(Former Professional Mixed Martial Artist)
Daniel Cormier
14
Birthdate: March 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

Daniel Cormier is a retired professional mixed martial artist and amateur wrestler who is a former  King of the Cage Heavyweight Champion. He began wrestling while still in school and attended Colby Community College, where he continued to wrestle. He then turned professional and also ventured into mixed martial arts. He has also made a few media appearances. 

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De'Aaron Fox
(Basketball Player)
De'Aaron Fox
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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Richard Williams
(Tennis Coach & Father of Venus Williams and Serena Williams)
Richard Williams
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 14, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
 32 
Vivien Thomas
(Surgeon)
Vivien Thomas
12
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: August 29, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Iberia, Louisiana, United States
Died: November 26, 1985

Vivien Theodore Thomas was laboratory supervisor who never went to college; yet he rose above poverty and racism to develop a procedure for treating cyanotic heart disease. Initially billed as janitor, he began his career as assistant to surgeon Alfred Blalock first at Nashville University and later at Johns Hopkins, and in time discovered the life-saving technique, eventually becoming a teacher of operative techniques.

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Demetress Bell
(American Football Player)
Demetress Bell
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Summerfield, Louisiana, United States
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Wynton Marsalis
(Trumpeter)
Wynton Marsalis
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
 35 
Bryant Gumbel
(Journalist, Sportscaster)
Bryant Gumbel
9
Birthdate: September 29, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
 36 
Devin White
(American football player)
Devin White
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 17, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Springhill, Louisiana, United States
 37 
Paul Millsap
(Basketball player)
Paul Millsap
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monroe, Louisiana, United States
 38 
Faith Jenkins
(Attorney)
Faith Jenkins
5
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 1977 AD
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana
 39 
Jay Electronica
(Rapper, Record producer)
Jay Electronica
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
 40 
Avery Johnson
(Basketball coach)
Avery Johnson
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
 41 
Travis Etienne
(American football player)
Travis Etienne
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 26, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jennings, Louisiana, United States
 42 
Doug Williams
(American football player)
Doug Williams
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zachary, Louisiana, United States
 43 
Joe Dumars
(Basketball player)
Joe Dumars
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States

Joe Dumars is an American former basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association, representing the Detroit Pistons. He helped his NBA team win two championship titles in 1989 and 1990. He also represented the United States basketball team in the 1994 FIBA World Championship where he helped his team win the gold medal.

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Fredo Bang
(Rapper)
Fredo Bang
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 29, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
 45 
Chris Henry
(American football player)
Chris Henry
13
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Belle Chasse, Louisiana, United States
Died: December 17, 2009
 46 
Eddie Lacy
(American Football player)
Eddie Lacy
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gretna, Louisiana, United States
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Willis Reed
(Basketball Player)
Willis Reed
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bernice, Louisiana
 48 
Landon Collins
(American Football player)
Landon Collins
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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Buddy Bolden
(Musical Artist)
Buddy Bolden
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 6, 1877
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: November 4, 1931
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Marcus Spears
(American football player)
Marcus Spears
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 8, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States