African Americans From Virginia

Famous black celebrities from Virginia, include Allen Iverson, Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott.

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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 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

 4 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.

 5 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

Michael Vick is a former American football player who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons during which he represented successful teams like the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Jets. Michael Vick is also known for his philanthropic efforts; he has established a couple of nonprofit organizations namely The Vick Foundation and Michael Vick Foundation.  

 6 James Avery

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

 7 Wanda Sykes

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.

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 8 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.

 9 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.

 10 Keldon Johnson

Keldon Johnson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: October 11, 1999
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chesterfield, Virginia, United States

 11 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.

 12 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

 13 Moses Malone

Moses Malone
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 23, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Petersburg, Virginia, United States
Died: September 13, 2015

 14 Jay Pharoah

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

 15 Frankie Faison

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

 16 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

 17 Belle da Costa Greene

Belle da Costa Greene
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Librarian
Birthdate: December 13, 1883
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Died: May 10, 1950

 18 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

 19 Chad Coleman

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

 20 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

 21 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

 22 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

 23 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

 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 Nate Parker

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

 26 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
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 27 Pernell Whitaker

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

 28 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

 29 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

 30 Justin Upton

Justin Upton
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States

 31 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

 32 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.

 33 Leland D. Melvin

Leland D. Melvin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: February 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lynchburg, Virginia, United States

 34 Charles Haley

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 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

 36 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

 37 Jason George

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

 38 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

 39 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

 40 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.

 41 B. J. Upton

B. J. Upton
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: August 21, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States

 42 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

 43 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

 44 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

 45 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

 46 Travis Fulgham

Travis Fulgham
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football wide receiver
Birthdate: September 13, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Alexandria, Virginia, United States

 47 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

 48 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

 49 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

 50 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