Notable Black People

by johndavies007 | created - 08 Feb 2018 | updated - 11 months ago | Public

Not found on imdb: Amilcar Cabral (Bissau-Guinean and Cape Verdean anti-colonialist leader, engineer, poet), Charles Drew (scientist), Kashta (ancient Nubian ruler), Toussaint Louverture (Haitian military leader), Elijah McCoy (scientist, inventor), Menelik II (Ethiopian ruler), Piye/Piankhy (ancient Nubian/ Egyptian ruler), Mary Seacole (nurse), Harriet Tubman (anti-slavery activist), Sojourner Truth (slavery abolitionist, women's rights activist), Shaka Zulu (Zulu ruler)

1. Chinua Achebe

Writer | Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe was born on November 16, 1930 in Ogidi, Nigeria as Albert Chinualumogu Achebe. He was a writer, known for Things Fall Apart (1971), Things Fall Apart (1987) and History of the Negro People (1965). He was married to Christine Chinwe Okoli. He died on March 21, 2013 in Boston, ...

2. Muhammad Ali

Actor | The Greatest

Muhammad Ali beat more champions and top contenders than any heavyweight champion in history. He defeated heavyweight kings Sonny Liston (twice), Floyd Patterson (twice), Ernie Terrell, Jimmy Ellis, Ken Norton (twice), Joe Frazier (twice), George Foreman and Leon Spinks. He defeated ...

3. Maya Angelou

Actress | Madea's Family Reunion

Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Marguerite Annie Johnson. She was an actress and writer, known for Madea's Family Reunion (2006), How to Make an American Quilt (1995) and Poetic Justice (1993). She was married to Paul Du Feu and Thomas J. (Tosh) Angelos. She ...

4. Kofi Annan

Self | The Blair Years

Kofi Annan was born on April 8, 1938 in Kumasi, Ghana as Kofi Atta Annan. He was married to Nane Anna Lagergren and Titi Alakija. He died on August 18, 2018 in Bern, Switzerland.

5. Henry Armstrong

Actor | Keep Punching

Henry Armstrong was born on December 12, 1912 in Columbus, Mississippi, USA as Henry Jackson. He was an actor, known for Keep Punching (1939), Joe Palooka, Champ (1946) and The Pittsburgh Kid (1941). He was married to Willie Mae. He died on October 24, 1988 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

6. Louis Armstrong

Actor | High Society

Louis Armstrong grew up poor in a single-parent household. He was 13 when he celebrated the New Year by running out on the street and firing a pistol that belonged to the current man in his mother's life. At the Colored Waifs Home for Boys, he learned to play the bugle and the clarinet and joined ...

7. Josephine Baker

Actress | Zouzou

Josephine Baker was born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, MO, in 1906 to Carrie McDonald, a laundress, and Eddie Carson, a musician. Her early life hinted at her future career. She first danced for the public on the streets of St. Louis for nickels and dimes. Later she became a chorus girl on...

8. James Baldwin

Writer | I Am Not Your Negro

James Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer, known for I Am Not Your Negro (2016), If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) and American Playhouse (1981). He died on December 1, 1987 in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, France.

9. Shirley Bassey

Soundtrack | Moonraker

Shirley Bassey was born in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales, and raised in the nearby working class neighborhood of Splott. Her mother was originally from Yorkshire, and her father was a Nigerian seaman who left the family when she was less than two. She later helped to support her family by working in an...

11. Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune was born on July 10, 1875 in Mayesville, South Carolina, USA as Mary Jane McLeod. She was married to Albertus Bethune. She died on May 18, 1955 in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA.

12. Beyoncé

Soundtrack | Dreamgirls

Beyoncé was born & raised in Houston, Texas. Her mom, Tina Lawson designs their glittering costumes & her dad, Mathew Knowles manages Destiny's Child. Solange, her sister (they're 4 years apart) has released her debut album. She dances with her big sister during DC-3 concerts. Beyoncé's of ...

13. Abebe Bikila

Self | Tôkyô orinpikku

Abebe Bikila was born on August 7, 1932 in Jato, Ethiopia. He was married to Yewibdar Giorghis. He died on October 25, 1973 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

14. Simone Biles

Actress | Mack & Moxy

Simone Biles was born on March 14, 1997 in Columbus, Ohio, USA as Simone Arianne Biles. She is an actress and producer, known for Mack & Moxy (2015), The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar (2018) and Rio 2016: Games of the XXXI Olympiad (2016).

15. Usain Bolt

Producer | The Boy Who Learned to Fly

Usain Saint Leo Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter. Regarded as the fastest human being ever timed, he is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time became mandatory. He also holds the world record in the 4 × 100 metres relay. He is the reigning World...

16. Jim Brown

Actor | Mars Attacks!

Often mentioned as the greatest player in NFL history, this ruggedly handsome African American fullback for the Cleveland Browns first appeared on movie screens in the western Rio Conchos (1964), followed by a strong supporting role as convict commando "Jefferson" in the terrific WWII action film ...

17. George Washington Carver

Actor | George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver was born in 1861 in Diamond Grove, Missouri, USA. He was an actor, known for George Washington Carver (1940) and Negro Colleges in War Time (1943). He died on January 5, 1943 in Tuskegee, Alabama, USA.

18. Wilt Chamberlain

Actor | Conan the Destroyer

Wilton Norman Chamberlain was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Olivia Ruth (Johnson), a domestic worker, and William Chamberlain, a welder, custodian, and handyman. Wilt didn't come from a race of giants as many thought. Both his parents were no bigger than 5-9, but as a young boy he began a ...

19. Ray Charles

Soundtrack | Ray

A tragic fate may have given this visionary a heightened sensitivity, perception, awareness, even expansion to his obvious musical gifts that he may have never touched upon had he not suffered from his physical affliction. Whatever it was, Ray Charles revolutionized American music and was ...

21. John Coltrane

Soundtrack | Vanilla Sky

John Coltrane was born on September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina, USA as John William Coltrane. He was married to Alice Macleod and Juanita Grubbs. He died on July 17, 1967 in Huntington, Long Island, New York, USA.

22. Miles Davis

Soundtrack | In the Line of Fire

Miles Davis, famous jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader, was born 26 May 1926 in Alton, Illinois. He moved to New York in 1944 and studied at Juilliard. He left school and entered the jazz society of New York, meeting such famous musicians as Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Charles Mingus. ...

23. Frederick Douglass

Writer | What to the American Slave Is the 4th of July?

Frederick Douglass was born in 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland, USA as Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. He was a writer, known for What to the American Slave Is the 4th of July? (2013). He was married to Helen Pitts and Anna Murray. He died on February 20, 1895 in Washington, District of ...

24. W.E.B. Du Bois

W.E.B. Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA as William Edward Burghardt Du Bois. He was married to Shirley Graham and Nina Gomer. He died on August 27, 1963 in Accra, Ghana.

25. Alexandre Dumas

Writer | The Count of Monte Cristo

His paternal grandparents were Marie Cessete Dumas (a Haitian slave) and Marquis Antoine Davy de la Pailleterie. Antoine disapproved of their son, Thomas-Alexandre, joining the French army under the "Davy de la Pailleterie" name, so Thomas-Alexandre used his mother's surname instead. He became a ...

26. Duke Ellington

Composer | Anatomy of a Murder

Composer ("It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing", "Sophisticated Lady", "Mood Indigo", "Solitude", "In a Mellotone", "Satin Doll"), pianist and conductor, holder of an honorary music degree from Wilberforce University and an LHD from Milton College, Duke Ellington led his own orchestra ...

27. Eusébio

Self | Eusébio, la Pantera Negra

Eusébio was born on January 25, 1942 in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique as Eusébio da Silva Ferreira. He was an actor, known for Eusébio, la Pantera Negra (1973), Fantasy World Cup (1998) and O Foguete (1983). He was married to Flora. He died on January 5, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.

28. Ella Fitzgerald

Soundtrack | When Harry Met Sally...

On Saturday, June 15th, 1996, an era in jazz singing came to an end, with the death of Ella Fitzgerald at her home in California. She was the last of four great female jazz singers (including Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae) who defined one of the most prolific eras in jazz vocal ...

29. Aretha Franklin

Actress | The Blues Brothers

Grammy-winning Queen of Soul and the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Louise Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to Barbara Vernice (Siggers) and C. L. Franklin, a Baptist minister, who preached at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit for over thirty ...

30. Morgan Freeman

Actor | Se7en

With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...

31. Marcus Garvey

Self | Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend

Marcus Garvey was born on August 17, 1887 in St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica as Marcus Moziah Garvey. He was married to Amy Jacques and Amy Ashwood. He died on June 10, 1940 in London, England.

32. Marvin Gaye

Soundtrack | R.I.P.D.

Marvin Gaye was born on April 2, 1939 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. He was married to Jan Gaye and Anna Gordy Gaye. He died on April 1, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

33. Haile Gebrselassie

Self | Endurance

Haile Gebrselassie is an Ethiopian distance runner. He was born in the city of Bekoji, in the Arsi region of central Ethiopia. In the 10,000m competition he has 2 Olympic gold medals, 4 World Championships, and held the world record until it was broken by compatriot Kenenisa Bekele. He won the ...

34. Jimi Hendrix

Soundtrack | Woodstock

Widely regarded as the greatest and most influential guitarist in rock history, Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, to African-American parents Lucille (Jeter) and James Allen Hendrix. His mother named him John Allen Hendrix and raised him alone while his father, Al ...

35. Billie Holiday

Soundtrack | Minority Report

Billie Holiday was a true artist of her day and rose as a social phenomenon in the 1950s. Her soulful, unique singing voice and her ability to boldly turn any material that she confronted into her own music made her a superstar of her time. Today, Holiday is remembered for her masterpieces, ...

36. Whitney Houston

Soundtrack | The Bodyguard

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born into a musical family on 9 August 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of gospel star Cissy Houston, cousin of singing star Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of soul legend Aretha Franklin.

She began singing in the choir at her church, The New Hope Baptist ...

37. Langston Hughes

Writer | Way Down South

The son of teacher Carrie Langston and James Nathaniel Hughes, James Mercer "Langston" Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri. His father abandoned the family and left for Cuba, then Mexico, due to enduring racism in the United States. Young Langston was left to be raised by his grandmother in ...

38. Michael Jackson

Soundtrack | Michael Jackson: Thriller

Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson (no relation to Joe Jackson, also a musician), had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Michael's ...

39. LeBron James

Actor | Trainwreck

LeBron James was born on December 30, 1984 in Akron, Ohio, USA as LeBron Raymone James. He is a producer and actor, known for Trainwreck (2015), Smallfoot (2018) and Survivor's Remorse (2014). He has been married to Savannah Brinson James since September 14, 2013. They have three children.

40. Jack Johnson

Actor | The Black Thunderbolt

Jack Johnson, one of the greatest professional boxers in history and the first African American to wear the world's heavyweight championship belt, is one of the seminal figures in sports and American social history as he was both a mirror on and lightning rod for racism. Many white Americans could ...

41. Michael Jordan

Actor | Space Jam

Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 17, 1963. He was the fourth of five children born to James and Deloris. James Jordan was a mechanic and Deloris Jordan was a bank teller. Soon after Michael's birth, James and Deloris felt that the streets of Brooklyn were unsafe to ...

42. Jackie Joyner

Self | Marathon

Jacqueline "Jackie" Joyner-Kersee (born March 3, 1962) is an American retired track and field athlete, ranked among the all-time greatest athletes in the women's heptathlon as well as in the women's long jump. She won three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals, in those two events at ...

43. Martin Luther King

Soundtrack | Freedom Writers

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the son of Alberta Christine (Williams), a schoolteacher, and Martin Luther King Sr., a pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. For Martin the civil rights movement began one summer in 1935 when he was six ...

44. Fela Kuti

Soundtrack | Run Fatboy Run

Fela Kuti was born on October 15, 1938 in Abeokuta, Nigeria as Olufela Olusegum Oludotun Ransome-Kuti. He died on August 2, 1997 in Lagos, Nigeria.

45. Brian Lara

Self | Wisden Trophy

Brian Lara was born on May 2, 1969 in Cantaro, Santa Cruz, Trinidad, West Indies as Brian Charles Lara.

46. Spike Lee

Director | Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended ...

47. Carl Lewis

Actor | Alien Hunter

Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is an American former track and field athlete, who won 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold. His career spanned from 1979 to 1996 when he last won an Olympic title and subsequently retired.

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48. Joe Louis

Actor | This Is the Army

Joe Louis is considered by many fistic experts and fans as the greatest Heavyweight Boxing Champion in the sport's history. Born into a poor family, Joe Louis's mother felt the only way her son could escape poverty was through music. She bought him a violin and sent him off daily to lessons. On his...

49. Wangari Maathai

Actress | The Challenge for Africa

Wangari Maathai was born on April 1, 1940 in Nyeri, Kenya as Wangari Muta. She was an actress, known for The Challenge for Africa (2009), Religion & Ethics Newsweekly (1997) and The 11th Hour (2007). She was married to Mwangi Mathai. She died on September 25, 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya.

50. Graça Machel

Self | Camarada presidente

Graça Machel was born on October 17, 1945 in Gaza, Mozambique as Graça Simbine Machel. She was previously married to Nelson Mandela and Samora Machel.

51. Miriam Makeba

Soundtrack | Transamerica

Miriam Makeba was born on March 4, 1932 as Zensile Makeba Qgwashu Nguvama Yiketheli Nxgowa Bantana Balomzi Xa Ufnu Ubajabulisa Ubaphekeli Mbiza Yotshwala Sithi Xa Saku Qgiba Ukutja Sithathe Izitsha Sizi Khabe Singama Lawu Singama Qgwashu Singama Nqamla Nqgithi. She was married to Stokely Carmichael...

52. Malcolm X

Writer | Malcolm X

Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925, in Omaha, Nebraska, one of seven children. His father, Earl Little, was a Baptist preacher who supported Marcus Garvey's Back to Africa movement. When Malcolm was four, the family moved to Lansing, Michigan, where Earl attempted opening a store ...

53. Nelson Mandela

Writer | Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013) was the former leader of the African National Congress (ANC). He was known for his lifelong struggle against apartheid (enforced racial separation), which was instituted in South Africa in 1948. The ANC was soon declared a terrorist ...

54. Bob Marley

Soundtrack | Strange Days

Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945, in Nine Miles, Saint Ann, Jamaica, to Norval Marley and Cedella Booker. His father was a Jamaican of English descent. His mother was a black teenager. The couple planned to get married but Norval left Kingston before this could happen. Norval died in 1955, ...

55. Malcolm Marshall

Self | Kabhi Ajnabi Thé

Malcolm Marshall was born on April 18, 1958 in St. Michael, Barbados. He died on November 4, 1999 in Bridgetown, Barbados.

56. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Producer | The Boy

Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. (born Floyd Joy Sinclair; February 24, 1977) is an American retired professional boxer. Widely considered the greatest boxer of his era, undefeated as a professional, and a five-division world champion, Mayweather won twelve world titles and the lineal championship in four...

57. Steve McQueen

Director | 12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen was born on October 9, 1969 in London, England as Steve Rodney McQueen. He is a director and writer, known for 12 Years a Slave (2013), Shame (2011) and Hunger (2008). He is married to Bianca Stigter. They have two children.

58. Charles Mingus

Soundtrack | The Wolf of Wall Street

Charles Mingus was born on April 22, 1922 in Nogales, Arizona, USA as Charles Barron Mingus. He was married to Sue Mingus, Judy Starkey, Celia Zaentz and Canilla Jeanne Gross. He died on January 5, 1979 in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

59. Toni Morrison

Writer | Beloved

Toni Morrison was born on February 18, 1931 in Lorain, Ohio, USA as Chloe Ardelia Wofford. She was a writer, known for Beloved (1998), Minstrel Man (1977) and Scales of Injustice. She was married to Harold Morrison. She died on August 5, 2019 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA.

60. Kwame Nkrumah

Self | World Wide '60

Kwame Nkrumah was born on September 21, 1909 in Nkroful, Ghana. He died on April 27, 1972 in Bucharest, Romania.

61. Barack Obama

Producer | The Fifth Risk

U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was a white American from Wichita, Kansas. His father, Barack Obama Sr., who was black, was from Alego, Kenya. They were both young college students at the University of Hawaii. When his father left...

62. Michelle Obama

Producer | The Fifth Risk

Michelle Obama was born on January 17, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Michelle LaVaughn Robinson. She is an actress and producer, known for The Fifth Risk, A Student's Guide to Your First Year of College (2019) and Lil Bub's Big Show (2013). She has been married to Barack Obama since October 3, ...

64. Jesse Owens

Self | XIV Olympiad: The Glory of Sport

Jesse Owens, arguably the most popular American track and field star in history, was -- along with his contemporary, world's heavyweight champion Joe Louis -- one of the first African Americans to change white society's perception of both black athletes and, more importantly, people of color. The ...

65. Charlie Parker

Soundtrack | Se7en

Charles Christopher Parker Jr. was born on August 29, 1920, in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, to Charles Parker Sr. and his 18-year-old wife Addie. His father ran out on the family when Charlie was just a little boy. When he was 11 his mother bought him an alto saxophone for his birthday. By ...

66. Rosa Parks

Actress | Touched by an Angel

Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama, USA as Rosa Louise McCauley. She was an actress, known for Touched by an Angel (1994), Of Civil Wrongs & Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story (2000) and A Place of Rage (1991). She was married to Raymond Parks. She died on October 24, ...

67. Walter Payton

Self | Saturday Night Live

Walter Payton, nicknamed "Sweetness, " is 2nd on the NFL's All time rushing list. His playing career lasted from 1975 to 1987. In those years, he amassed 16,026 rushing yards. He made a few appearances on television (as a guest star), but he was known as a profoundly personal man.

68. Pelé

Actor | Victory

Simply he was, and for many people still is, the greatest football player of the world. Not a single thing was impossible for him: he won three World Cup with his National Team of Brazil (Sweden 1958, Chile 1962, Mexico 1970). He scored more than 1.200 goals during his long career (more than 1.300 ...

69. Oscar Peterson

Soundtrack | Phantom Thread

Oscar Peterson, the famous jazz musician, started his recording career in the mid 40s with records for RCA. As member of the group "Jazz at the Philharmonic" he started touring in the 50s and continued until late in the 60s. During this time he made also numerous recordings for various labels. He ...

70. Sidney Poitier

Actor | In the Heat of the Night

A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas (although born, two months prematurely, in Miami during a visit by his parents), Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers Evelyn (nee Outten) and Reginald James Poitier, who also drove a cab. He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to...

71. Leontyne Price

Soundtrack | Romeo + Juliet

Leontyne Price was born on February 10, 1927 in Laurel, Mississippi, USA as Mary Leontyne Price. She is an actress, known for Romeo + Juliet (1996), The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977) and NBC Television Opera Theatre (1949). She was previously married to William Warfield.

72. Alexander Pushkin

Soundtrack | Florence Foster Jenkins

Born to noble parents (his father Sergei was a retired major, and his mother, Nadezhda, was the granddaughter of an ennobled Ethiopian general) on the 26th of May, 1799 in Moscow, Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin became involved with a liberal underground revolutionary group that saw him exiled to the ...

73. Jerry Rice

Actor | Rules of Engagement

The finest wide receiver in the history of NFL football, bar none. The incredibly athletic Rice has scored the most touchdowns in NFL history, plus he holds virtually every career record for receptions, yards receiving, all-purpose yards, touchdown receptions and yards from scrimmage, and most ...

74. Viv Richards

Self | BBC TV Cricket

Viv Richards was born on March 7, 1952 in St. John's, Antigua, British West Indies as Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards. He is married to Miriam Richards. They have two children.

75. Paul Robeson

Actor | King Solomon's Mines

This handsome, eloquent and highly charismatic actor became one of the foremost interpreters of Eugene O'Neill's plays and one of the most treasured names in song during the first half of the twentieth century. He also courted disdain and public controversy for most of his career as a staunch Cold ...

76. Sugar Ray Robinson

Actor | Candy

Born Walker Smith, Jr., he borrowed the name of a fighter named Ray Robinson to box as an amateur so his mother wouldn't find out. Undefeated as an amateur boxer, 85-0, with 69 knockouts, 42 of them in the first round. Turned pro in 1940 and won his first 40 fights. Lost his first fight by decision...

77. Ronaldo

Self | Goal II: Living the Dream

Ronaldo was born on September 22, 1976 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima. He is an actor, known for Goal II: Living the Dream (2007), Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001) and A menina da flor (2011). He was previously married to Milene Domingues.

78. Haile Selassie

Self | Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend

Haile Selassie was born on July 23, 1892 in Harar, Ethiopia as Ras Tafari Makonnen. He died on August 26, 1975 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

79. Ousmane Sembene

Director | Moolaadé

The first film director from an African country to achieve international recognition, Ousmane Sembene remains the major figure in the rise of an independent post-colonial African cinema. Sembene's roots were not, as might be expected, in the educated élite. After working as a mechanic and ...

80. Léopold Sédar Senghor

Writer | Batouk

Léopold Sédar Senghor was born on October 9, 1906 in Joal-la-Portugaise, Senegal as Leopold Sedar Senghor. He was a writer, known for Batouk (1967), Auf der Lesebühne der Literarischen Illustrierten (1966) and Son ou gal (1965). He was married to Colette Hubert and Ginette Éboué. He died on ...

81. Albertina Sisulu

Self | Have You Heard from Johannesburg: Free at Last

Albertina Sisulu was born on October 21, 1918 in Tsomo, Transkei, South Africa as Nontsikelelo Albertina Thethiwe. She was married to Walter Sisulu. She died on June 2, 2011 in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa.

82. Walter Sisulu

Self | Voices from Robben Island

Walter Sisulu was born on May 18, 1912 in Engcobo, Transkei, South Africa as Walter Max Ulyate Sisulu. He was married to Albertina Sisulu. He died on May 5, 2003 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

83. Gary Sobers

Actor | Two Gentlemen Sharing

Sir Garfield St Aubrun Sobers, AO, OCC (born 28 July 1936), also known as Gary or Garry Sobers, is a former cricketer who played for the West Indies between 1954 and 1974, and is widely considered to be cricket's greatest all-rounder.

Born in Bridgetown, Barbados, Sobers made his first-class debut ...

84. Wole Soyinka

Writer | Kongi's Harvest

Wole Soyinka was born on July 13, 1934 in Abeokuta, Nigeria as Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka. He is a writer and actor, known for Kongi's Harvest (1970), Joshua: A Nigerian Portrait (1963) and Un dieu au bord de la route (1994).

85. Lawrence Taylor

Actor | Any Given Sunday

Lawrence Taylor was born on February 4, 1959 in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA as Lawrence Julius Taylor. He is an actor and writer, known for Any Given Sunday (1999), The Waterboy (1998) and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002). He has been married to Lynette Rose Gordon since July 7, 2007. He was ...

86. Ali Farka Touré

Soundtrack | L'auberge espagnole

Ali Farka Touré was born on October 31, 1939 in Gourmararusse, Timbuktu, Mali as Ali Ibrahim Touré. He was married to Fatouma. He died on March 6, 2006 in Bamako, Mali.

87. Desmond Tutu

Actor | Tutu's Children E01

Desmond Tutu was born on October 7, 1931 in Klerksdorp, South Africa as Desmond Mpilo Tutu. He has been married to Leah Nomalizo Shenxane since July 2, 1955. They have four children.

88. Derek Walcott

Self | Shapes of Rhythm: The Music of Galt MacDermot

Derek Walcott was born on January 23, 1930 in Castries, Saint Lucia as Derek Alton Walcott. He was a writer, known for Shapes of Rhythm: The Music of Galt MacDermot, United States of Poetry (1995) and Poetry Is an Island, Derek Walcott (2013). He was married to Sigrid Nama, Norline Metivier, ...

89. Booker T. Washington

Actor | By Right of Birth

Booker T. Washington was born on April 5, 1856 in Franklin County, Virginia, USA as Booker Taliaferro Washington. He was an actor, known for By Right of Birth (1921) and In the Hour of Chaos (2016). He was married to Margaret James Murray, Olivia Davidson and Fanny Norton Smith. He died on November...

90. Denzel Washington

Actor | Fences

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis, from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at ...

91. Serena Williams

Actress | Pixels

Serena Williams, is one of the top female tennis player in the world, has always maintained a level of interest. She earned her first grand slam singles title at the U.S. Open back in 1999, and made a string of four straight grand slam singles title wins - the 2002 French, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open ...

92. Oprah Winfrey

Producer | The Oprah Winfrey Show

Oprah Winfrey was born Orpah Gail Winfrey in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to Vernita Lee, a former maid. She was raised as the daughter of Vernon Winfrey, a coal miner, barber, and city councilman. However, according to Kitty Kelley, author of Oprah: A Biography, "The birth certificate for Oprah Gail ...

93. Stevie Wonder

Soundtrack | Wild Wild West

Born Stevland Hardaway Judkins in Saginaw, Michigan, United States, to Calvin Judkins and Lula Mae Hardaway. Due to being born six weeks premature, Stevie Wonder was born with a condition called retinopathy of prematurity, which made him blind. Stevie Wonder, even with this disability, made his ...

94. Tiger Woods

Self | 2018 Masters Tournament

At age 21, Tiger Woods became the youngest Masters champ and the first golfer since Jerry Pate in 1976 to win in the first major he played. In 1997, Woods took the lead at the Augusta golf classic and then put on a golf clinic never seen before. He fired a 3-under-par 69 and broke the tournament 72...



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