African Americans From Michigan

Famous black celebrities from Michigan, include Serena Williams, Magic Johnson, Terry Crews.

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 1 Serena Williams

Serena Williams.
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Listed In: Tennis Players
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States

With 39 Grand Slam titles and four Olympic gold medals, Serena Williams is clearly amongst the greatest female tennis players in the history. With 23 Grand Slam singles win, she is just a win away from equalling Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam titles. She has bagged the top spot in WTA’s world ranking numerous times.

 2 Tyron Woodley

Tyron Woodley.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: April 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ferguson, Missouri, United States

 3 Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, United States

Magic Johnson, the now retired American basketball player was one of the most powerful players of the 1980s and led NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers to five championships during his thirteen years career. His real name is Earvin Johnson and he earned his nickname Magic during his high school days. He retired after testing positive for HIV and currently heads Magic Johnson Enterprises.

 4 Terry Crews

Terry Crews.
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Famous As: Actor, American Football Player
Birthdate: July 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Flint

Terrence Crews is an actor, comedian, activist and a body-builder. He’s also a former professional football player. He has starred in sitcoms like Everybody Hates Chris and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Plus, he has acted in many movies including the Expendables series. In 2017, Crews talked about a sexual assault on him by a Hollywood executive. He fiercely advocates for women's rights.

 5 Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States

American singer and songwriter, Stevie Wonder, is one of most influential and the best-selling musicians of all time. That Girl, Gotta Have You, I Just Called to Say I Love You, Part-Time Lover and Happy Birthday are some of his chartbuster songs. He has won many awards and accolades, including 25 Grammy Awards.

 6 Diana Ross

Diana Ross.
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Famous As: American singer
Birthdate: March 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

With several prestigious honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, under her belt, Diana Ross is one of the most popular and influential singers of all time. In 1976, Billboard named her the Female Entertainer of the Century. She has influenced popular artists like Madonna, Beyoncé, and Michael Jackson.

 7 Lizzo

Lizzo.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan
Three-time Grammy-winning rap and hip-hop sensation Lizzo is also a queer and body-positivity icon. She began singing with groups such as The Chalice and Grrrl Prty, and graced the Billboard 200 with the album Cuz I Love You. Time’s 2019 Entertainer of the Year, Lizzo is also a talented flute-player.
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 8 JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, USA

 9 Sam Richardson

Sam Richardson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

 10 Draymond Green

Draymond Green.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Star
Birthdate: March 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan

Professional basketball player Draymond Green currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays primarily at the power forward position. A three-time NBA champion and a three-time NBA All-Star, he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2017. He identifies himself as a Christian and follows a modest lifestyle.

 11 Ben Carson

Ben Carson.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Former Neurosurgeon
Birthdate: September 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson is credited with many pioneering neurosurgical procedures. He became a Library of Congress “Living Legend” and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He later contested in the 2016 presidential primaries, has authored numerous books, was a Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and earned 60 honorary doctorates.

 12 Berry Gordy

Berry Gordy
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Record Executive
Birthdate: November 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, MichiganDetroit, Michigan, United States

 13 Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA

 14 Sugar Ray Robinson

Sugar Ray Robinson.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Former Welterweight and Middleweight Boxing Champion
Birthdate: May 3, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ailey, Georgia
Died: April 12, 1989

Sugar Ray Robinson was an American boxer. Considered one of the greatest boxers ever, Robinson held a 91-fight unbeaten streak from 1943 to 1951, the third-longest in the history of professional boxing. Also known for his flamboyant and classy lifestyle outside the ring, Sugar Ray Robinson unsuccessfully tried his hand at a career as an entertainer after retiring from boxing.

 15 Brandi Rhodes

Brandi Rhodes
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: June 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

 16 David Robinson

David Robinson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Key West, Florida, United States

 17 Jalen Rose

Jalen Rose
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 18 Sinbad

Sinbad
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: November 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Benton Harbor, Michigan, United States

 19 Betty Shabazz

Betty Shabazz
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: May 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pinehurst, Georgia, United States
Died: June 23, 1997

Civil rights activist and educator Betty Shabazz, or Betty X, was the wife of Black nationalist leader Malcolm X. Raised by her adoptive parents in Detroit, she met Malcolm X at a Nation of Islam event in Harlem. She died when her apartment was set on fire set by her grandson.

 20 Kenya Moore

Kenya Moore.
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Famous As: Actress & Model
Birthdate: January 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Kenya Moore is an American model, actress, entrepreneur, and author. She achieved popularity after winning the 1993 Miss USA contest, becoming only the second African-American woman to do so. Subsequently, she established herself as an actress and TV personality and then used her fame to branch out into entrepreneurial ventures; she is credited with founding Moore Hair, a haircare brand.

 21 S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson
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Famous As: Film Actress
Birthdate: November 28, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States

 22 Rasheed Wallace

Rasheed Wallace
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 23 Moses Malone

Moses Malone
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 23, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Petersburg, Virginia, United States
Died: September 13, 2015

 24 Pamela McGee

Pamela McGee
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: December 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, United States

 25 David Alan Grier

David Alan Grier
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Famous As: actor, screenwriter, stage actor, television actor
Birthdate: June 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit

 26 Jackie Wilson

Jackie Wilson
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 9, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Detroit
Died: January 21, 1984
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 27 Tim Meadows

Tim Meadows
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Famous As: American actor
Birthdate: February 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Highland Park, Michigan, United States

 28 Della Reese

Della Reese.
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: July 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Black Bottom, Detroit
Died: November 19, 2017
Jazz and gospel singer and actor Della Reese, who was also an ordained minister, gained fame with tracks such as Don't You Know? and Some of her best-known films were Harlem Nights and A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. She played Tess in the series Touched by an Angel

 29 Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Former NFL Coach & American Football Player
Birthdate: October 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jackson, Michigan

Former American football player and coach, Tony Dungy, currently works as an advisor for the professional football team, The Houston Texans. An evangelical Christian, Dungy has been an integral part of several community service organizations over the years. Also a writer, Dungy claims that his memoir Quiet Strength has touched the lives of many.

 30 Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: March 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dublin, Georgia, United States

 31 Claressa Shields

Claressa Shields.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: March 17, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, United States

Boxer and mixed martial artist, Claressa Shields, reigned as the undisputed female middleweight champion from 2019 to 2020. She has previously held multiple WBA, WBC, and IBF female middleweight titles. She is also the first American boxer to win consecutive Olympic medals. She was named the Female Fighter of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2018.

 32 Danny Brown

Danny Brown
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 33 James Toney

James Toney
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

 34 Alice Coltrane

Alice Coltrane
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 27, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: January 12, 2007

 35 CeCe Winans

CeCe Winans
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: October 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Detroit

Born to a gospel singer father, CeCe Winans and her nine siblings would often sing at church events. The 12-time Grammy-winning artist soared to fame with her debut solo album, Alone in His Presence. She is also known for her collaborative tracks with her brother BeBe and her friend Whitney Houston.

 36 David Ramsey

David Ramsey
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Best known for his roles in series such as Arrow and Dexter, David Ramsey is also a black belt in the martial art Jeet Kune Do and is well-versed in kickboxing and taekwondo, too. Apart from Arrow, he has played John Diggle/Spartan in three other series, including The Flash and Supergirl.

 37 Royce da 5'9

Royce da 5'9
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 5, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 38 Allen Robinson

Allen Robinson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: August 24, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 39 Jemele Hill

Jemele Hill.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 40 Levi Stubbs

Levi Stubbs.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Baritone Singer
Birthdate: June 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: October 17, 2008

 41 Angel Haze

Angel Haze
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 42 Kwame Kilpatrick

Kwame Kilpatrick.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Mayor of Detroit
Birthdate: June 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Former politician, Kwame Kilpatrick, served as the mayor of Detroit from 2002 to 2008. Previously, he had been a Democratic Michigan state representative. A controversial person, he was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in 2008 and had to step down as mayor. In 2013, he was again convicted of many federal felony counts.

 43 George Gervin

George Gervin.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: April 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 44 Charles Oakley

Charles Oakley
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: December 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

 45 Roger Mayweather

Roger Mayweather.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: April 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Died: March 17, 2020

 46 Antonio Gates

Antonio Gates
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Players
Birthdate: June 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

 47 Dwayne Glenn McDuffie

Dwayne Glenn McDuffie
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: American writer
Birthdate: February 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: February 21, 2011

Dwayne Glenn McDuffie was an American writer best remembered for writing and producing popular animated series like Ben 10, Justice League Unlimited, and Static Shock. He is credited with co-founding Milestone Media, which is renowned for creating Milestone Comics. Over the course of his illustrious career, Dwayne Glenn McDuffie won many prestigious awards like the Humanitas Prize and Inkpot Award.

 48 Diona Reasonover

Diona Reasonover.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 6, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 49 Cobi Jones

Cobi Jones
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: June 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

 50 Ron Carter

Ron Carter
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ferndale, Michigan, U.S.