African Americans From Virginia

Famous black celebrities from Virginia, include Allen Iverson, Pharrell Williams, Gabby Douglas.

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 1 Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: June 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia, United States

Former professional basketball player, Allen Iverson, is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential basketball players of all time. He retired after playing 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for various teams. At the time of his retirement, he was an 11-time NBA All-Star. A popular star, he has made a few cameo appearances in films.

 2 Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 5, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Rapper-singer Pharrell Williams began his career with The Neptunes, the record-production duo he had formed with Chad Hugo. He was also part of the band N.E.R.D., as its lead vocalist. He is known for his Academy Award-nominated song Happy from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack and his 13 Grammy wins.

 3 Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: December 31, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newport News, Virginia, United States

Retired artistic gymnast Gabby Douglas became an all-around Olympic champion in 2012, becoming the first African-American to achieve the feat. She is also the first American to win gold in both the individual and team competitions at the same Olympic event. She inspired the biopic The Gabby Douglas Story.

 4 Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Jazz Singer
Birthdate: April 25, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newport News, Virginia, United States
Died: June 15, 1996

Ella Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer. Referred to as the Queen of Jazz, First Lady of Song, and Lady Ella, Fitzgerald was renowned for her impeccable diction, purity of tone, timing, and intonation. The winner of Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts, Fitzgerald's legacy lives on several years after her death.

 5 Wanda Sykes

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States

Wanda Sykes is an American actress, writer, and comedian. In 2004, Sykes was named in Entertainment Weekly magazine's list of 25 funniest people in America. Also known for her role as an activist, Sykes has been emceeing fundraisers and hosting events to tackle issues concerning same-sex marriages. She is also an ardent supporter of the Ruth Ellis Center.

 6 Michael Vick

Michael Vick
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: June 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newport News, Virginia, United States

 7 Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Portsmouth
Four-time Grammy-winning rapper Missy Elliott, known for her chartbusting tracks such as Get Ur Freak On, was ranked fifth on Billboard’s 100 Greatest Music Video Artists of All Time list. She was initially part of the R&B group Sista and then collaborated with Timbaland in the collective Swing Mob
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 8 James Avery

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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: November 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Suffolk, Virginia, U.S.
Died: December 31, 2013

 9 Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington.
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 5, 1856
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Westlake Corner, Virginia, United States
Died: November 14, 1915
Booker T. Washington was born into slavery but rose to be an advisor to many U.S. presidents and also became the director of the Tuskegee Institute. His Atlanta Compromise, initially accepted and later rejected by black leaders, urged the blacks to work for their freedom through education and not revolt.

 10 Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Source of HeLa Cell Line
Birthdate: August 1, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Roanoke
Died: October 4, 1951
Henrietta Lacks was a woman whose cancer cells were preserved and led to the first immortalized cell line, or the HeLa cell line, that was later used for medical research. Neither Lacks or her family members were compensated, and no consent was sought. Her story later inspired an HBO movie.

 11 Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: July 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Richmond
Died: February 6, 1993
Tennis player Arthur Ashe is best remembered for his three Grand Slam singles wins. He became the first Black player to be named to the U.S. Davis Cup team. He contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion during a bypass surgery and devoted his final years to AIDS awareness campaigns.

 12 Alonzo Mourning

Alonzo Mourning
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chesapeake, Virginia, USA

 13 Frankie Faison

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newport News, Virginia, USA

 14 D'Angelo

D'Angelo
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States

 15 Dred Scott

Dred Scott
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: American slave
Birthdate: 1799 AD
Birthplace: Southampton County, Virginia
Died: September 17, 1858

 16 Chad Coleman

Chad Coleman.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 6, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States

 17 Mary Jackson

Mary Jackson
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: April 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia, United States
Died: February 11, 2005

American mathematician and aerospace engineer Mary Jackson went down in history as the first African-American woman to work as a NASA engineer. Initially a math teacher, she later joined NACA under Dorothy Vaughan and contributed to countless American space programs at a time when racial segregation was the norm.

 18 Ralph Sampson

Ralph Sampson.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: July 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States

 19 Bill Robinson

Bill Robinson.
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: May 25, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Died: November 25, 1949

 20 Tony Atlas

Tony Atlas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Bodybuilder
Birthdate: April 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Roanoke, Virginia, United States

 21 Nate Parker

Nate Parker
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, USA

 22 Jay Pharoah

Jay Pharoah
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chesapeake, Virginia, United States

 23 Pernell Whitaker

Pernell Whitaker
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Norfolk

 24 Shalita Grant

Shalita Grant.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 25 Jason George

Jason George
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

 26 Kam Chancellor

Kam Chancellor
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: April 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, USA
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 27 Mike Tomlin

Mike Tomlin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Coach
Birthdate: March 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia, United States

 28 Plaxico Burress

Plaxico Burress.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: August 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States

 29 Darren Sharper

Darren Sharper
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: November 3, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States

 30 Percy Harvin

Percy Harvin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: May 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chesapeake, Virginia, United States

 31 Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: June 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States

 32 Ronde Barber

Ronde Barber
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: April 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

 33 Josh Allen

Josh Allen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football Player
Birthdate: July 13, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cumberland County, Virginia, United States

 34 Charles Haley

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: January 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gladys, Virginia, USA

 35 Tremaine Edmunds

Tremaine Edmunds
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: May 2, 1998
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Danville, Virginia, United States

 36 Ella Baker

Ella Baker
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: American activist
Birthdate: December 13, 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Died: December 13, 1986

 37 EJ Manuel

EJ Manuel
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: March 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States

 38 Mekhi Becton

Mekhi Becton
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: April 18, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Highland Springs, Virginia, United States

 39 Ruth Brown

Ruth Brown
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.
Died: November 17, 2006

 40 Carter Woodson

Carter Woodson.
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: December 19, 1875
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Canton, Virginia, United States
Died: April 3, 1950

 41 Thomas Jones

Thomas Jones
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: August 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Big Stone Gap, Virginia, United States

 42 Romeo Crennel

Romeo Crennel.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Coach
Birthdate: June 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lynchburg, Virginia, United States

Football coach Romeo Crennel is currently serving as the interim head coach for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). Even though he played football in college, he has never played in the NFL. As a coach, he has over 40 years of experience and has led his teams to five Super Bowl wins as an assistant coach.

 43 DeAngelo Hall

DeAngelo Hall.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: November 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chesapeake, Virginia, United States

 44 Torrey Smith

Torrey Smith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: January 26, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Colonial Beach, Virginia, United States

 45 Damien Woody

Damien Woody
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: November 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beaverdam, Virginia, USA

 46 Reggie Love

Reggie Love
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Political aide
Birthdate: April 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States

 47 Mo Alie-Cox

Mo Alie-Cox
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: September 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Middleburg, Virginia, United States

 48 Julius Jones

Julius Jones
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: August 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Big Stone Gap, Virginia, United States

 49 James Armistead Lafayette

James Armistead Lafayette.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: December 10, 1760
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Kent County, Virginia, or Elizabeth City
Died: August 9, 1830

 50 Gabriel Prosser

Gabriel Prosser
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Blacksmith
Birthdate: 1776 AD
Birthplace: Henrico County, Virginia, United States
Died: October 10, 1800

One of the rare literate slaves of the colonial era, Gabriel Prosser was born into slavery at a tobacco plantation in Virginia. He led one of the first great slave revolutions of the U.S., aspiring to create an all-Black state, with himself as the king. He was eventually hanged.