African Americans From Missouri

Famous black celebrities from Missouri, include Josephine Baker, Chuck Berry, Jayson Tatum.

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 1 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

 2 Josephine Baker

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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Entertainer, Actress, Singer
Birthdate: June 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: April 12, 1975
Nicknamed Black Pearl and Creole Goddess, Josephine Baker was the first Black woman to appear in a motion picture. She was a revue dancer, famous for her signature banana costume. A civil rights activist, she helped the French military during World War II. She adopted 12 children of different ethnicities.

 3 Chuck Berry

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter & Guitarist
Birthdate: October 18, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: March 18, 2017

Chuck Berry was an American singer-songwriter. Referred to as the Father of Rock and Roll, Berry is credited with pioneering rock and roll music. He is also credited with influencing the attitude with which the rock music lifestyle is usually associated. Also revered for his guitaring skills, Berry is often included in lists like the Greatest Artists of All Time.

 4 Jayson Tatum

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 3, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

American basketball player Jayson Tatum was one of the best players in his school basketball team and played for the Duke University’s team, Duke Blue Devils, before being drafted by Boston Celtics of the NBA in 2017. Jayson Tatum is fast becoming one of Celtic’s most impactful player and also has the potential to become an NBA superstar.

 5 Akon

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Akon is one of the most successful R&B, hip hop and rap singers in the world. His albums Trouble, Konvicted, Freedom, El Negreeto and Akonda have many chartbusters songs. He has also founded record labels Akonik Label Group, KonLive Distribution and Konvict Mizik. He courted controversy in 2007 for an onstage act involving simulated sex with a 15-year-old girl.

 6 Maya Angelou

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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: May 28, 2014
Poet, author, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou was a champion for black feminism and is best remembered for her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing. The recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and over 50 honorary degrees was also a child sex abuse survivor.

 7 Tyronn Lue

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthdate: May 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mexico, Missouri, United States

Tyronn Lue is an American basketball coach currently serving as the head coach for the popular team Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA. Previously, he coached the Cleveland Cavaliers, which won the 2016 NBA Finals under his guidance. During his playing career, Tyronn Lue helped the Los Angeles Lakers win two NBA championships.

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 8 SZA

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

Solána Imani Rowe, popularly known as SZA, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. While SZA's music incorporates elements of hip hop, soul, cloud rap, and chillwave, her songs revolve around themes of abandonment, nostalgia, and sexuality. A recipient of BMI Awards and NAACP Image Awards, SZA has also received nominations for an Academy Award and nine Grammy Awards.

 9 Sterling K. Brown

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Sterling K. Brown is best known as Christopher Darden from The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Randall Pearson from This Is Us. Named to TIME 100, he also became the first Black actor to win the Golden Globe for the “Best Actor in a TV Drama.” 

 10 Bradley Beal

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 28, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 11 Redd Foxx

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: October 11, 1991

 12 Cedric the Entertainer

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jefferson City, Missouri, United States

 13 Langston Hughes

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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist
Birthdate: February 1, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Joplin, Missouri, United States
Died: May 22, 1967

Langston Hughes is best remembered as a prominent leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He was one of the first to write jazz poetry. He also wrote plays and short stories. He was a columnist for The Chicago Defender and wrote the iconic poem The Negro Speaks of Rivers.

 14 George Washington Carver

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Famous As: Scientist & Inventor
Birthdate: January 1, 1864
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Diamond, Missouri, United States
Died: January 5, 1943
Agricultural scientist George Washington Carver is best remembered for promoting crops that were alternative to cotton, such as peanuts and sweet potatoes. He invented ways to prevent soil depletion and developed scores of products made from peanuts, including paints and cosmetics. He won numerous honors, such as the Spingarn Medal.

 15 Tech N9ne

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 8, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Rapper Aaron Dontez Yates, better known as Tech N9ne, formed the record label Strange Music with Travis O'Guin. His stage name was inspired by a TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun gifted to him by rapper Black Walt. His music has been featured in video games, TV shows, and films.

 16 Eddie Griffin

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, USA

 17 Maxine Waters

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: U.S. Representative
Birthdate: August 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Maxine Waters chairs the House Financial Services Committee and is a U.S. Representative from California. Named to Time 100, she has also chaired the Congressional Black Caucus from 1997 to 1999. She has opposed the Iraq War and has been vocally critical of George W. Bush and Donald Trump.

 18 Leon Spinks

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Birthdate: July 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 19 Misty Copeland

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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: September 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri
Ballet dancer Misty Copeland is known for her association with American Ballet Theatre and is the first Black woman to become the principal dancer there. She also gained fame as a public speaker and stage performer. Named to Time 100, she has also written a memoir and narrated a documentary.

 20 Michael Spinks

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: July 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 21 Ryan Michelle Bathe

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

Ryan Michelle Bathe is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Sara Holt in the legal comedy-drama TV series Boston Legal, for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination under the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series category.

 22 Bobb'e J. Thompson

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 28, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.

 23 Lavell Crawford

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: November 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 24 Ryan Howard

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: November 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

 25 Ben McLemore

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 11, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 26 Chingy

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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Rapper, Musician, Actor, Singer, Television actor, Businessperson
Birthdate: March 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis
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 27 Comethazine

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 6, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 28 Charles Martin

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: April 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 29 Butch Reed

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: July 11, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States

 30 Elston Howard

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: February 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: December 14, 1980

 31 Anthony Tolliver

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Springfield, Missouri, United States

 32 Devon Alexander

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: February 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 33 Ken Page

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

 34 Big Joe Turner

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 18, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: November 24, 1985

 35 Jeremy Maclin

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: May 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kirkwood, Missouri, United States

 36 Chester Himes

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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 29, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jefferson City, Missouri,United States
Died: November 12, 1984

 37 Cory Spinks

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: February 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 38 Melvin Tolson

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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 6, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moberly, Missouri, United States
Died: August 29, 1966

 39 King Parsons

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: June 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 40 Christian Kirksey

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: August 31, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 41 Hitman Holla

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

 42 Grace Bumbry

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician, singer, opera singer
Birthdate: January 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. Louis

 43 Khalil Davis

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: August 22, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Blue Springs, Missouri, United States

 44 Peter Westbrook

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: April 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States

 45 Henry Hampton

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Famous As: Film maker
Birthdate: January 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: November 22, 1998

 46 Joseph Yoakum

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 22, 1890
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ash Grove, Missouri, United States
Died: December 25, 1972

 47 Michael Dixon

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: December 1, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States

 48 Bennie Moten

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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Jazz pianist
Birthdate: November 13, 1894
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: April 2, 1935

 49 Wild Bill Davis

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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: November 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow, Missouri, United States
Died: August 17, 1995

 50 Chuck Stone

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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Newspaper editor
Birthdate: July 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: April 6, 2014