African Americans From South Carolina

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Famous black celebrities from South Carolina, include Jesse Jackson, James Brown, Chris Rock.
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Chris Rock
(Ranked No. 5 on Rolling Stone's List of the 50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time)
Chris Rock
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Birthdate: February 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Andrews, South Carolina, United States

A high-school drop-out, Chris Rock worked at restaurants before stepping into stand-up comedy. He gained fame with SNL and earned his first role through Eddie Murphy. Known for voicing Marty in the Madagascar franchise, Chris also created the series Everybody Hates Chris and was voted Comedy Central’s fifth-greatest stand-up comedian.

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James Brown
(Central Progenitor of Funk Music and Referred to as 'Godfather of Soul')
James Brown
32
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Barnwell, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 25, 2006

Referred to by honorific nicknames, such as Godfather of Soul, James Brown was a prominent figure of 20th century music. A progenitor of funk music, Brown influenced the development of many music genres. An inductee of the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame, Brown is ranked seventh in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.

 3 
Joe Frazier
(American Former Professional Boxer and Olympic Gold Medallist)
Joe Frazier
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beaufort, South Carolina, United States
Died: November 7, 2011
Joe Frazier, nicknamed “Smokin' Joe,” was a star heavyweight champion who won the boxing gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Known for his legendary 1971 “Fight of the Century” against Muhammad Ali and his defeat in the “Thrilla in Manila,” Frazier had scored 32 wins in his career.
 4 
Ja Morant
(Basketball player)
Ja Morant
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 10, 1999
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dalzell, South Carolina, United States
 5 
Darius Rucker
(Singer, Guitarist)
Darius Rucker
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 13, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina
Darius Rucker gained fame as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish. He then launched a solo career, releasing Billboard-charting hits such as Wagon Wheel and True Believers. He became the first Black American singer to win the Country Music Association New Artist Award.
 6 
Eartha Kitt
(Singer with a Distinctive Voice Known for her Hits "Let's Do It", and "C'est si bon")
Eartha Kitt
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Birthdate: January 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: North, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 25, 2008

Eartha Kitt was an American actress, comedian, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Renowned for her distinctive singing style, Kitt recorded several chartbusting songs during the 1950s. Also a well-known activist, Eartha Kitt established a non-profit organization called the Kittsville Youth Foundation, which helped underprivileged youths in Los Angeles. She was also an ardent advocate for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.

 7 
Mike Colter
(Best Known for His Roles in the TV Series: ‘Luke Cage’, ‘The Defenders’ and ‘Jessica Jones’)
Mike Colter
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Birthdate: August 26, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States

Mike Colter is an American actor known for portraying the eponymous character in the popular streaming television series Luke Cage. Thanks to his association with Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2015, Mike Colter is often credited with playing an important role in improving Marvel Television's business over the last few years.

 8 
Young Jeezy
(Rapper and One of the Pioneers Who Popularized Trap Music)
Young Jeezy
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States
 9 
Jesse Jackson
(United States Shadow Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997)
Jesse Jackson
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 8, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Civil rights activist and politician Jesse Jackson, father of former U.S. representative Jesse Jackson Jr., is also a Baptist minister. He has been a shadow U.S. senator from the District of Columbia and established organizations that merged into the non-profit Rainbow/PUSH. He also hosted CNN’s Both Sides with Jesse Jackson.
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Teddy Pendergrass
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingstree, South Carolina, USA
Died: January 13, 2010
 11 
Khris Middleton
(Basketball player)
Khris Middleton
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 12, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
 12 
Shelton Benjamin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States
 13 
A. J. Green
(Football player)
A. J. Green
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 31, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Summerville, South Carolina, United States
 14 
Stephon Gilmore
(American football cornerback)
Stephon Gilmore
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: , Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States
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Kwame Brown
(Basketball player)
Kwame Brown
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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Althea Gibson
(Tennis player)
Althea Gibson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 25, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clarendon County, South Carolina, United States
Died: September 28, 2003
 17 
Cordarrelle Patterson
(American Football player)
Cordarrelle Patterson
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 17, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States
 18 
Shanola Hampton
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Veronica Fisher’ in the TV Series ‘Shameless’)
Shanola Hampton
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Birthdate: May 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Shanola Hampton is an American actress known for her portrayal of Veronica Fisher in the popular comedy-drama television series Shameless, for which she received critical appreciation. In 2013, she won the Best Actor award at the American Black Film Festival for her performance in the drama film Things Never Said, in which she played Kalindra Stepney.

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Nickolas Ashford
(Songwriter)
Nickolas Ashford
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 4, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fairfield County, South Carolina, United States
Died: August 22, 2011
 20 
Darius Leonard
(American Football player)
Darius Leonard
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 27, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nichols, South Carolina, United States
 21 
Larry Nance
(Basketball player)
Larry Nance
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Anderson, South Carolina, United States
 22 
Toro y Moi
(Musician)
Toro y Moi
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States
 23 
James Enos Clyburn
(House Majority Whip since 2019, United States Representative since 1993)
James Enos Clyburn
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sumter, South Carolina, United States
 24 
Angie Stone
(R&B and Soul Singer Best Known as the Former Member of the Hip Hop Trio 'The Sequence')
Angie Stone
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States

Motivated by her gospel singer father, Angie Stone began singing as a child. She later formed the rap/hip-hop act The Sequence and then became the lead singer of Vertical Hold. Her first solo album, Black Diamond, was a Billboard charter. She has also appeared in movies and campaigned against diabetes.

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Josh Norman
(American football player)
Josh Norman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greenwood, South Carolina, United States
 26 
Alshon Jeffery
(Football player)
Alshon Jeffery
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Matthews, South Carolina, United States
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 27 
Mabel King
(Actress)
Mabel King
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Birthdate: December 25, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Died: November 9, 1999
 28 
Alex English
(American Former Professional Basketball Player, Coach, and Businessman)
Alex English
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 5, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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Charles Bolden
(Astronaut)
Charles Bolden
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States
 30 
Mike Williams (wide receiver, born 1994)
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Holly Hill, South Carolina
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Marcus Lattimore
(American football player)
Marcus Lattimore
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Duncan, South Carolina, United States
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A'ja Wilson
(Basketball player)
A'ja Wilson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 8, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hopkins, South Carolina, United States
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Jayson Williams
(Basketball player)
Jayson Williams
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ritter, South Carolina, United States
 34 
Pressley Harvin III
(American football player)
Pressley Harvin III
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 17, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Alcolu, South Carolina, United States
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Nicolas Claxton
(Basketball player)
Nicolas Claxton
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 17, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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Earl Manigault
(Basketball player)
Earl Manigault
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died: May 15, 1998
 37 
Roddy White
(American Football player)
Roddy White
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: James Island, South Carolina, United States
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Larry Doby
(Baseball player)
Larry Doby
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 13, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Camden, South Carolina, United States
Died: June 18, 2003
 39 
Jasmine Camacho-Quinn
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 21, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: North Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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Marvis Frazier
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 12, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States
 41 
Art Shell
(American football player)
Art Shell
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
 42 
Richard Seymour
(American Football Player)
Richard Seymour
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gadsden, South Carolina, United States
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Mookie Wilson
(Baseball player)
Mookie Wilson
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bamberg, South Carolina, United States
 44 
Duce Staley
(American Football Player)
Duce Staley
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: West Columbia, South Carolina, United States
 45 
Torrey Craig
(Basketball player)
Torrey Craig
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States
 46 
Jim Rice
(Baseball player)
Jim Rice
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Anderson, South Carolina, United States
 47 
Aaron Nesmith
(Basketball player)
Aaron Nesmith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 16, 1999
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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James Jamerson
(Bass player)
James Jamerson
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Birthdate: January 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died: August 2, 1983
 49 
Courtney Brown
(American Football Player)
Courtney Brown
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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Willie Randolph
(Baseball player)
Willie Randolph
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 6, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Holly Hill, South Carolina, United States