African Americans From Tennessee

Famous black celebrities from Tennessee, include Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Morgan Freeman.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Aretha Franklin

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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Singer & Activist
Birthdate: March 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: August 16, 2018

Widely regarded as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin was a singer-songwriter, actress, and civil rights activist. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Aretha was ranked number one on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list in 2010. Having sold over 75 million records, she is also one of the best-selling musicians ever.

 2 Tina Turner

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: November 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nutbush, Tennessee, United States

Known as the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, Tina Turner is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time and has had a very long and successful career. Let's Stay Together, What's Love Got to Do with It, Private Dancer and Golden Eye are some of her chartbuster songs. She is also a songwriter and has acted in films too.

 3 Morgan Freeman

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Prominent character actor, Morgan Freeman, has appeared in a range of film genres playing versatile roles. He is known for his distinctive deep voice. In a career spanning over half a century, he has received various accolades, including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Besides acting, he is an advocate of environmental causes.

 4 Leslie Jones

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

 5 NLE Choppa

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 1, 2002
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee

NLE Choppa is one of the youngest male rappers to make a name for himself in the American rapping scene. Also a well-known Internet personality, NLE Choppa has posted several videos on his YouTube channel Awakened Choppa, inspiring many of his followers to fall back on spirituality and veganism.

 6 Isaac Hayes

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Covington, Tennessee, United States
Died: August 10, 2008

 7 Bianca Belair

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: April 9, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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 8 Penny Hardaway

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball coach
Birthdate: July 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Penny Hardaway is a college basketball coach who is currently serving as the head coach for the Memphis Tigers men's basketball team. A former player, Hardaway played for teams like Miami Heat and New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association where he was a two-time All-NBA First Team member and a four-time NBA All-Star. 

 9 Mookie Betts

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: October 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

 10 Moneybagg Yo

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee
Rapper Demario DeWayne White Jr., better known as Moneybagg Yo, is known for his Billboard-charting projects Federal 3X, 2 Heartless, and Time Served. He owns a record label named Bread Gang Music and is also signed to Yo Gotti’s label. He has also won a Memphis Hip Hop Award.

 11 Thomas Hearns

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: October 18, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Thomas Hearns is an American retired boxer who became the first boxer in the history of boxing to win world titles in five different weight classes. Nicknamed the Hitman, Thomas Hearns was named Fighter of the Year in 1980 by The Ring magazine. He was also named Fighter of the Year in 1984 by the Boxing Writers Association of America. 

 12 Herman Cain

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: December 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: July 30, 2020

The son of a janitor and a domestic help, Herman Cain used his talent in math to join Purdue University. He had worked with the Navy and been an analyst for Coca-Cola. He later headed Pillsbury as its VP. He had announced his presidential candidacy in 2012 but later withdrew.

 13 John Rogan

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Famous As: Second tallest person in history
Birthdate: February 16, 1868
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States
Died: September 12, 1905

 14 Lark Voorhies

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

 15 Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 15, 1894
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chattanooga
Died: September 26, 1937

Bessie Smith was an American singer who gained popularity during the Jazz Age. Dubbed the Empress of the Blues, Smith was one of the most famous blues singers of the 1920s and 1930s. Counted among the greatest singers of her generation, Bessie Smith was a major influence on several other singers. Her life and work inspired the TV film Bessie.

 16 Jalen Ramsey

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: October 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Smyrna, Tennessee, United States

 17 Maurice White

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: February 4, 2016

 18 Golden Tate

Golden Tate
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: August 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hendersonville, Tennessee, USA

 19 Lynn Swann

Lynn Swann
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: March 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Alcoa, Tennessee, USA

 20 Booker T. Jones

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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

 21 Koko B. Ware

Koko B. Ware
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: June 20, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Union City, Tennessee, United States

 22 Project Pat

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: February 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

 23 Nikki Giovanni

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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: June 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Knoxville

 24 David Johnson

David Johnson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: December 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

 25 Dont'a Hightower

Dont'a Hightower
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: March 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lewisburg, Tennessee, United States

 26 Mary Fields

Mary Fields
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Mail carrier
Birthdate: 1832 AD
Birthplace: Hickman County, Tennessee, United States
Died: 1914 AD
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 27 Bobby Bland

Bobby Bland
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 27, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Millington, Tennessee, United States
Died: June 23, 2013

 28 Ishmael Reed

Ishmael Reed
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

 29 Ed Jones

Ed Jones
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 23, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jackson, Tennessee, United States

 30 Dennis Green

Dennis Green
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Coaches
Birthdate: February 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: July 21, 2016

 31 Adrienne C. Moore

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.

 32 BlocBoy JB

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 19, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee

 33 Yusef Abdul Lateef

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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 9, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Died: December 23, 2013

 34 Cedrick Wilson Jr.

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football wide receiver
Birthdate: November 20, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

 35 Kimberley Locke

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hartsville, Tennessee, United States

 36 Luh Kel

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 20, 2002
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tennessee

 37 Van Jefferson

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: July 26, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brentwood, Tennessee, United States

 38 Dontari Poe

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: August 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

 39 Brownie McGhee

Brownie McGhee
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 30, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Died: February 16, 1996

Brownie McGhee was an American blues singer, songwriter and musician who developed an interest in guitar at the age of six and learned to play the piano at eight. Impressed by itinerant blues musicians, he later dropped out of school to perform at carnivals and minstrel shows, eventually forming a long-lasting partnership with Sonny Terry,  in-between publishing several solo albums, including Brownie's Blues.

 40 Mary Church Terrell

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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: September 23, 1863
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Memphis
Died: July 24, 1954

 41 Vada Pinson

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: August 11, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: October 21, 1995

 42 Shaq Mason

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: August 28, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Columbia, Tennessee, United States

 43 Johnathan Williams

Johnathan Williams
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 22, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

 44 Isabelle Harrison

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 27, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

 45 Nikki McCray

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball coach
Birthdate: December 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Collierville, Tennessee, United States

 46 Leroy Carr

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 27, 1905
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Died: April 29, 1935

 47 Marjorie Lee Browne

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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Mathematics Educator
Birthdate: September 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Memphis
Died: October 19, 1979

 48 Doc Cheatham

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Jazz Trumpeter
Birthdate: June 13, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Died: June 2, 1997

 49 Benjamin Hooks

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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Minister
Birthdate: January 31, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: April 15, 2010

Civil rights leader and Baptist minister Benjamin Hooks was also a jurist and had served the NAACP as its executive director. He had studied law at the Chicago-based DePaul University College of Law since no law school in Tennessee, his home state, allowed Blacks back then.

 50 Alex Renfroe

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hermitage, Tennessee, United States