African Americans From Tennessee

Famous black celebrities from Tennessee, include Tina Turner, NLE Choppa, Wilma Rudolph.

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 Tina Turner

Tina Turner
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: The "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll"
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.

 2 NLE Choppa

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

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.

 3 Isaac Hayes

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

 4 Mookie Betts

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

 5 Penny Hardaway

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. 

 6 Leslie Jones

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

 7 Oscar Robertson

Oscar Robertson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Former Basketball player who played point guard and was a 12-time All-Star
Birthdate: November 24, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Charlotte, Tennessee, United States
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 8 Jalen Ramsey

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

 9 Maurice White

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

 10 Quinton Jackson

Quinton Jackson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: June 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Quinton Jackson is a mixed martial artist and former professional wrestler turned actor. He is famous for his eccentric personality traits and aggressive style of fighting. He is credited with making MMA a popular sport worldwide. As an actor, he has appeared in a few films, including Miss March and Bad Guys. He is a controversial person. 

 11 Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolph
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Sprinter
Birthdate: June 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
Died: November 12, 1994

Sprinter Wilma Rudolph made history by becoming the first American female athlete to win three track and field gold medals in a single Olympic game. As a child, she needed orthopedic shoes to help her walk. The sports icon lost her life to cancer but was immortalized through books and movies.

 12 Lark Voorhies

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

 13 K Michelle

K Michelle
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter who Rose to Fame as Breakout Star of 'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta'
Birthdate: March 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

 14 Moneybagg Yo

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.

 15 Lou Williams

Lou Williams
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: October 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

 16 Carla Hall

Carla Hall
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Listed In: Food Experts
Famous As: Chef who appeared in the fifth and eighth seasons of Top Chef, Bravo's cooking competition show
Birthdate: May 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

 17 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

 18 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

 19 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

 20 Project Pat

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

 21 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

 22 BlocBoy JB

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

 23 Adrienne C. Moore

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

 24 Booker T. Jones

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

 25 Van Jefferson

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

 26 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
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 27 Dontari Poe

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

 28 Nikki Giovanni

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

 29 James Wiseman

James Wiseman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 31, 2001
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

 30 Luh Kel

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

 31 Mary Church Terrell

Mary Church Terrell
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: One of the first African-American women to earn a college degree
Birthdate: September 23, 1863
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: July 24, 1954

 32 Yusef Abdul Lateef

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

 33 Brandon Curry

Brandon Curry
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Bodybuilder
Birthdate: October 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

 34 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

 35 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

 36 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.

 37 Cameron Payne

Cameron Payne
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bartlett, Tennessee, United States

 38 Corey Brewer

Corey Brewer
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Portland, Tennessee, United States

 39 Tony Kemp

Tony Kemp
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: October 31, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Franklin, Tennessee, United States

 40 Keon Johnson

Keon Johnson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 10, 2002
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shelbyville, Tennessee, United States

 41 Marjorie Lee Browne

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

 42 Charles Davis

Charles Davis
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Famous As: American football player, Sports announcer
Birthdate: November 14, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Elizabethton, Tennessee, United States

 43 Lorenzo Carter

Lorenzo Carter
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: December 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

 44 DeFord Bailey

DeFord Bailey
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Harmonica player in the early twentieth century who became the Grand Ole Opry's first major star
Birthdate: December 14, 1899
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Smith County, Tennessee, United States
Died: July 2, 1982

 45 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

 46 Amari Rodgers

Amari Rodgers
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: September 23, 1999
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

 47 Tarik Black

Tarik Black
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

 48 Frank McRae

Frank McRae
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Actor, American Football Player
Birthdate: March 18, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: April 29, 2021

 49 Jodie Meeks

Jodie Meeks
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

 50 Jim Gilliam

Jim Gilliam
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: October 17, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Died: October 8, 1978