African Americans From Virginia

Famous black celebrities from Virginia, include Wanda Sykes, Dell Curry, Missy Elliott.

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Missy Elliott
(Rapper Known for Singles "Get Ur Freak On," "The Rain," and "Lose Control.")

Missy Elliott
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
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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Dell Curry
(Basketball player)

Dell Curry
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States
Former basketball player Dell Curry, father of NBA players Stephen and Seth Curry, is mostly known for his 10-year stint with the NBA team Charlotte Hornets and became their all-time leader in points and three-point field goals. Curry is now a color commentator for the Hornets’ broadcasts. 

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.

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Nat Turner
(Leader of Slave Rebellion)

Nat Turner
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 2, 1800
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Southampton County, Virginia, United States
Died: November 11, 1831

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Michael Vick
(American football player)

Michael Vick
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.  

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Arthur Ashe
(Tennis Player)

Arthur Ashe
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
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.

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Wanda Sykes
(Comedian and Writer Known for Her TV Series "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm.")

Wanda Sykes
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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 
Henrietta Lacks
(Source of HeLa Cell Line)

Henrietta Lacks
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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.

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Lawrence Taylor
(Former American football Outside linebacker)

Lawrence Taylor
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Williamsburg, Virginia, United States

 10 
Moses Malone
(Basketball player)

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

 11 
James Avery
(Film actor)

James Avery
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Birthdate: November 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Suffolk, Virginia, U.S.
Died: December 31, 2013

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Tyrod Taylor
(American football quarterback)

Tyrod Taylor
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia, United States

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Mary Jackson
(Mathematician)

Mary Jackson
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Listed In: Scientists
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.

 14 
Kam Chancellor
(American Football Player)

Kam Chancellor
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, USA

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Alonzo Mourning
(Basketball player)

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

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

 17 
D'Angelo
(Singer-songwriter)

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

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Timothy Lee Reid
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Birthdate: December 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States

Timothy Lee Reid, popularly known as Tim Reid, is an American actor and director. He is known for playing important roles in popular TV series, such as Venus Flytrap, Simon & Simon, and That '70s Show. The founder of Legacy Media Institute, Reid aims at bringing together leading professionals, young men and women, and outstanding actors through his non-profit organization.

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Charles Haley
(American Football Player)

Charles Haley
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gladys, Virginia, USA

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Monty Williams
(Basketball coach)

Monty Williams
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 8, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States

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

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Clarence Clemons
(Best Known as the Saxophonist of the Rock Band 'The E Street Band')

Clarence Clemons
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Died: June 18, 2011

Clarence Clemons, also popular as The Big Man, gained fame as the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. While he joined the Maryland State College on both football and music scholarships, a car accident later ended his football dreams. He also had his own band, The Red Bank Rockers.

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

 24 
Pernell Whitaker
(Boxer Who Competed from 1984 to 2001)

Pernell Whitaker
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Died: July 14, 2019

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

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Nate Parker
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Birthdate: November 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, USA
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Ronde Barber
(American football player)

Ronde Barber
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

 28 
Carter Woodson
(Historian)

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

Historian Carter Woodson was is remembered for pioneering Black studies in schools and colleges. He began the Negro History Week, which is now celebrated as the Black History Month. Poverty had pushed him to work in the coal mines initially, and he couldn’t join high school before 20.

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Rashad Jennings
(American football player)

Rashad Jennings
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Forest, Virginia, United States

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Tony Atlas
(Bodybuilder)

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

 31 
Torrey Smith
(Football Player)

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

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Percy Harvin
(American football player)

Percy Harvin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chesapeake, Virginia, United States

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Andre Ingram
(Basketball Player)

Andre Ingram
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States

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Darren Sharper
(Football player)

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

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

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Tremaine Edmunds
(American Football player)

Tremaine Edmunds
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 2, 1998
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Danville, Virginia, United States

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Justin Upton
(Baseball player)

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

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Bruce Smith
(American football player)

Bruce Smith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States

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Damien Woody
(American Football Player)

Damien Woody
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beaverdam, Virginia, USA

 40 
Keldon Johnson
(Basketball player)

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

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Josh Allen
(American football Player)

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

 42 
Ella Baker
(American activist)

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

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DeAngelo Hall
(American Football Player)

DeAngelo Hall
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chesapeake, Virginia, United States

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Clelin Ferrell
(American football player)

Clelin Ferrell
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 17, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States

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Dred Scott
(American slave)

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

 46 
Leland D. Melvin
(Astronaut)

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

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Tajh Boyd
(American football player)

Tajh Boyd
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia, United States

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

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Michael Robinson
(American football player)

Michael Robinson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Richmond,Virginia, United States

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Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
(American Football Player)

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 4, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia, United States