Black Female Film Directors & Producers

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2. Adetoro Makinde

Producer | The American Can

Adetoro Makinde is a producer and writer, known for The American Can (2022), The Tale (2018) and A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy (2008).

3. Akosua Busia

Actress | The Color Purple

Akosua Busia was born on December 30, 1966 in Accra, Ghana as Akosua Cyamama Busia. She is an actress, known for The Color Purple (1985), Tears of the Sun (2003) and Low Blow (1986). She was previously married to John Singleton.

4. Aleta Chappelle

Casting_department | The Godfather: Part III

Aleta Chappelle began her career in the film industry working at Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Studio, where she assisted in the casting of The Outsiders. Rumble Fish, Peggy Sue Got Married and The Cotton Club. She soon advanced to the level of Casting Director and some of her credits included:


5. Alisa Banks

Producer | Dawn's Early Light

Alisa Banks is an actress and producer, known for Dawn's Early Light (2016), Zoey 101 (2005) and CV Nation (2012).

6. Anais Granofsky

Actress | Degrassi Junior High

Anais Granofsky was born on May 14, 1973 in Springfield, Ohio. She is an actress and director, known for Degrassi High (1987), Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001) and On Their Knees (2001).

7. Angela Bassett

Actress | Strange Days

Captivating, gifted, and sensational, Angela Bassett's presence has been felt in theaters and on stages and television screens throughout the world. Angela Evelyn Bassett was born on August 16, 1958 in New York City, to Betty Jane (Gilbert), a social worker, and Daniel Benjamin Bassett, a ...

8. Angela Elayne Gibbs

Actress | American Crime Story

Angela Gibbs Producer/ Writer/ Director

Angela Gibbs is a native of Detroit, Michigan and has a diverse background in the entertainment industry that spans 4 decades. As an actor, her credits include films, Love Jacked, Straight Outta Compton, and TV shows... End of the World: As We Know It, On My ...

9. Angela Robinson

Writer | D.E.B.S.

Angela Robinson was born on February 14, 1971 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is a producer and writer, known for D.E.B.S. (2004), D.E.B.S. (2003) and Hung (2009). She is married to Alexandra Kondracke. They have one child.

10. Anjela Lauren Smith

Actress | Revolver

Anjela Lauren Smith was born on June 27, 1978 in Brixton, London, England. She is an actress and writer, known for Revolver (2005), Babymother (1998) and The Shadow Line (2011).

11. Anika Poitier

Director | The Devil Cats

Anika Poitier was born on February 29, 1972 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. She is a director and actress, known for The Devil Cats (2004), Swordfish (2001) and Yard Sale (2010).

12. Anika C. McFall

Producer | The Trials of Zander Peterson

Lead Actress in a film screened at the esteemed Cannes Film Festival and Supporting Actress in the Jury Award Winning film of the renowned Sundance Film Festival. She has also received honors during the Hong Kong Intl Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, Las Vegas International Film Festival, ...

13. Anna Maria Horsford

Actress | Minority Report

Anna Maria Horsford was born and raised in Harlem, New York. Her parents immigrated to the United States from the island nation Antigua & Barbuda, in the West Indies (then a British colony), during the 1940s. Anna grew up not really feeling American but not West Indian either, just somewhere in ...

14. Amma Asante

Director | Belle

Amma Asante is a British BAFTA award winning screenwriter and director, known for Belle (2013), and A Way of Life (2004). She is a former child actress, who began her writing career at the age of 23 with a script deals from both Channel 4 in the UK and BBC. Her first movie, A Way of Life, which she...

15. April Lundy

Producer | The Last Punch

Filmmaker, writer, producer, director and Assistant Professor of Film and Television Studies at Clark Atlanta University. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking & Art Degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Degree from Georgia State University, and Online Teaching certification ...

16. Ava DuVernay

Producer | Queen Sugar

A director, producer, writer, marketer and film distributor, Ava DuVernay made her feature film debut with the documentary This in the Life (2008), a history on hip hop movement that flourished in Los Angeles in the 1990's. This was followed by series of television music documentaries which ...

18. Bola Ogun

Director | Are We Good Parents?

Bola Ogun is known for her work on Are We Good Parents? (2018), Battleship (2012) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

19. Brook Susan Parker

Actress | Strange Days

More Too Life founder and CEO, Dr. Brook Bello is an author, innovative thought leader, filmmaker/actress who believes that "art heals". As their trademarked logo and motto states, "victim to survivor, survivor to thriver, thriver to champion," Dr. Bello is changing the way pop culture views sexual...

20. Carmen Chaplin

Actress | All About the Benjamins

Carmen Chaplin was born on July 27, 1977 in London, England. She is an actress and producer, known for All About the Benjamins (2002), Sabrina (1995) and The Innovators (2014).

22. Catherine A. Callahan

Actress | Billions

Catherine Ann Callahan is an Actress, Writer and Filmmaker known for Billions (2016-2018) , The Blacklist (2017) and LI Divas (2014-2018) After graduating from Cornell University, she soon began her career in New York City and has been seen in several National Commercials and Television Series. ...

23. Cauleen Smith

Director | Drylongso

Cauleen Smith was born in Riverside, California and grew up in the Sacramento area. She completed her B.A. at San Francisco State University in 1991 and her M.F.A. in Film at UCLA in 1998. Her feature length film Drylongso received a lot of attention after its showing at the Sundance Film Festival....

25. Chandra Wilson

Actress | Grey's Anatomy

Houston, Texas native Chandra Wilson began performing in musicals at the age of five with Theatre Under the Stars. She attended Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and later went on to acquire her BFA in Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts through which she spent four ...

26. Chanelle Aponte Pearson

Producer | 195 Lewis

Chanelle Aponte Pearson is a producer and director, known for 195 Lewis (2017), An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012) and Random Acts of Flyness (2018).

27. Cheryl Dunye

Director | The Watermelon Woman

Cheryl Dunye was born on May 13, 1966 in Liberia. She is a director and producer, known for The Watermelon Woman (1996), The Owls (2010) and Mommy Is Coming (2012).

28. Chineze Anyaene

Producer | 20 Years Later

Chineze Anyaene (Filmmaker, Director, Producer), A filmmaker with passion and drive in telling stories with thorough cinematic interpretation benchmarked on acclaimed international technical standard.

Chineze Anyaene was born and raised in Abuja, Nigeria, West Africa. She obtained her B.A in Theatre...

29. Chinonye Chukwu

Director | Clemency

Chinonye Chukwu is a director and producer, known for Clemency (2019), A Long Walk (2013) and alaskaLand (2012).

30. Chip Fields

Actress | The Amazing Spider-Man

Chip Fields was born on August 5, 1951 in the USA. She is known for her work on The Amazing Spider-Man (1977), Menace II Society (1993) and Blue Collar (1978). She has been married to Erv Hurd since August 20, 1994. She was previously married to John Randolph.

31. Christine Swanson

Director | The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel

Multiple award-winning filmmaker Christine Swanson earned her MFA in Film from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, one of the nation's top-ranked graduate film programs. Recognized early as a talented filmmaker, Christine was selected by NYU faculty as the Willard T.C. Johnson Fellow, ...

32. Christine Turner

Director | Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business

Christine Turner was born in 1982 in San Francisco, California, USA as Christine Faith Turner. She is known for her work on Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business (2020), Art in the Twenty-First Century (2001) and Hold On (2017). She has been married to Scott Sasso since October 9, 2010.

33. Coquie Hughes

Writer | Granny Ballers

Coquie Hughes was born on November 7, 1970 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Latasha Iva Hughes. She is a writer and producer, known for Granny Ballers, My Mama Said Yo Mama's a Dyke (2010) and If I Was Your Girl Again (2019).

34. Crystal Emery

Producer | Black Women in Medicine

Crystal Renée Emery's professional background spans more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry as a producer, writer, director, filmmaker and activist. She has worked in a variety of capacities with both stage and screen productions throughout the United States and Europe.

Ms. ...

36. Daheli Hall

Actress | Exchange

Daheli Hall is an actress and writer, known for Exchange (2016), The Memo (2004) and Angry Black Women (2016).

37. Daphne Reid

Actress | The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Daphne Reid was born on July 13, 1948 in New York City, New York, USA as Daphne Maxwell. She is an actress and producer, known for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), Frank's Place (1987) and Simon & Simon (1981). She has been married to Tim Reid since December 4, 1982.

38. Darnell Martin

Director | I Like It Like That

Darnell Martin was born on January 7, 1964 in Bronx, New York, USA. She is a director and writer, known for I Like It Like That (1994), Cadillac Records (2008) and Do the Right Thing (1989). She is married to Giuseppe Ducrot.

39. Dawn Porter

Producer | Trapped

Dawn Porter is a producer and director, known for Trapped (2016), Gideon's Army (2013) and The Way I See It (2020).

40. Dawn Wilkinson

Director | The Resident

Dawn Wilkinson is an award-winning director and screenwriter born in Montreal and raised in Toronto. She is an alumni of the 'Norman Jewison' Canadian Film Centre and a graduate of the University of Toronto. Her first feature film Devotion (2005) stars 'Jasmine Richards' Camp Rock (2008).

Wilkinson ...

41. Dee Rees

Director | Mudbound

Writer/Director Dee Rees is an alumna of New York University's graduate film program and a Sundance Screenwriting & Directing Lab Fellow.

In 2018, Dee became the first Black woman nominated for an Oscar in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for her highly-acclaimed film Mudbound (2017). The film, ...

42. Debbie Allen

Actress | Fame

Deborah Kaye Allen was born in Houston, Texas, to African-American parents, Vivian Elizabeth (Ayers), a poet and art director, and Andrew Arthur Allen, an orthodontist. As a child, Debbie, her older brother, Andrew (called Tex), and her older sister, actress Phylicia Rashad, lived in Mexico to ...

43. Deborah Pratt

Actress | Quantum Leap

Deborah M. Pratt is an American Director, Writer, Producer, Singer, Dancer, and Actress. After graduating from Webster University with a degree in Psychology and Theatre, she won a nationwide talent search and came to Hollywood under contract to NBC. She wrote songs and sang on multiple albums, ...

45. DeMane Davis

Director | Lift

DeMane Davis is a producer and director, known for Lift (2001), Black & White & Red All Over (1997) and Queen Sugar (2016).

46. Diana Lee Inosanto


Diana Lee Inosanto is as close to martial arts royalty as you can get. She is the daughter of legendary martial artist, Dan Inosanto and the goddaughter of global icon, the late Bruce Lee. Dan was such close friends to the late Bruce Lee, that in honor of his friend, he and his wife, Sue Inosanto, ...

47. Dianne Houston

Writer | Take the Lead

Born and raised in Washington DC, Houston left home at age 16 to work in experimental theater in New York City. Her early work and study was with such theater greats as Liz Swados, Joseph Papp, Joe Chaikin, Peter Brook, La Mama, Woody King, and Ntozake Shange. It was this diverse background that ...

50. Ekwa Msangi

Director | Farewell Amor

Ekwa Msangi is a director and writer, known for Farewell Amor (2020), Dollar Van (2006) and The Agency (2009).

51. Erica Watson

Director | Unsolved

Erica Watson is a director and producer, known for Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. (2018), Star (2016) and Krypton (2018).

52. Erma Elzy

Director | Redeemer

Erma Elzy is a multi-talented television, short feature and theater director. As a member of the Directors Guild of America, her credits include numerous multi-camera television shows including the Disney Channels 'That's So Raven', the CW's (formerly UPN) 'Girlfriends', 'The Parkers' and 'Moesha'....

53. Esosa E.

Actress | An African City

Esosa E is an award winning Producer, Writer, Actress, Health Expert, and Fashion Designer who was named a "Young African Visionary" by Obaseema Magazine and included in Applause Africa's list of "30 Most Intriguing Africans in NY." She thus far is most known for playing the role of Ngozi on the ...

54. Euzhan Palcy

Director | Siméon

Euzhan Palcy was born on January 13, 1958 in Martinique, France. She is a director and writer, known for Siméon (1992), Sugar Cane Alley (1983) and A Dry White Season (1989).

55. Frances-Anne Solomon

Producer | HERO Inspired by the Extraordinary Life & Times of Mr. Ulric Cross

A trailblazer in the film and television industry, Frances-Anne Solomon was born in England of Trinidadian parents. She was raised and educated in the Caribbean and Canada before moving to Great Britain where she built a successful career in the late 1980's and 90's with the BBC as a TV Drama ...

56. Gabourey Sidibe

Actress | Precious

Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, the star of Precious (2009), was born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, is a former special education teacher who gave up her career and became a street performer/singer, while her father, Ibnou Sidibe, is a cab driver....

57. Genevieve Nnaji

Actress | Road to Yesterday

Genevieve Nnaji started her acting career as a child actress in the then-popular television soap opera "Ripples" at the age of 8. She was also featured in several commercials, some of which included Pronto beverage and Omo detergent. In 1998, at the age of 19, she made her debut in the growing ...

58. Geretta Geretta

Actress | Sweetiecakes

Geretta Geretta, a multi-faceted woman, has worked the globe, from Northern Ireland to South Africa, from Rome to New York City, as a writer/director/actress:

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Geretta became interested in acting during her school years. Although she relocated to Los Angeles, she ...

59. Gina Prince-Bythewood

Writer | Shots Fired

Gina Prince-Bythewood wrote and directed the widely acclaimed feature film Love & Basketball (2000) which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. She won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and a Humanitas Prize for her work on the film. Her other directing credits include ...

61. Guetty Felin

Producer | Ayiti mon amour

Guetty Felin is a producer and director, known for Ayiti Mon Amour (2016), A Rooster on the Fire Escape and Closer to the Dream (2010).

62. Halima Lucas

Writer | Amelia's Closet

Halima Lucas is known for her work on Amelia's Closet (2016), East of La Brea and Jean (2014).

63. Hanelle M. Culpepper

Director | Within

Selected for the inaugural class of 2019 ReFrame Rise directors, Hanelle M. Culpepper is an energetic and unflappable award-winning director whose television credits range from superhero action adventures to thrillers and genre films to character-driven dramas. In 2019, she was chosen to direct the...

64. Hayley Marie Norman

Actress | Hancock

Hayley Marie Norman is an American film and television actress.

Hayley was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, California, the daughter of a retired baseball player. Her father is African-American and her mother is of Russian, German, and distant Dutch, descent. On her mother's side, Hayley is the ...

65. Hella Joof

Director | En kort en lang

Hella Joof was born on November 1, 1962 in Birkerød, Denmark. She is an actress and producer, known for Shake It (2001), Bullerfnis (1990) and Se min kjole (2009). She has been married to Henrik Jepsen since 2012. She was previously married to Runi Lewerissa.

66. Ice Neal

Actress | Eva's Diamond

Ice Neal, award winning actress, writer/director/producer, has a goal to use her God-given talents to entertain, encourage, help, bring more laughter in people's lives and inspire those with passion and dreams from around the world regardless of their gender, age and ethnicity.

Academy Drama School ...

67. Idil Ibrahim

Producer | Sega

Somali-American Filmmaker Idil Ibrahim's films have screened at festivals in the USA and throughout the world. Idil was selected as one of five women directors to direct a short film for Glamour Magazine's The Girl Project. She is a recipient of the 2017 Extraordinary Women Awards held by the 92nd ...

68. Iquo B. Essien

Director | New York, I Love You

Iquo B. Essien is a Nigerian-American director best known for her short film Aissa's Story, based on the DSK trial, which was a semifinalist in the Student Academy Awards. An avid dancer, she received her MFA in screenwriting and directing from NYU Grad Film, and holds a Bachelor's degree from ...

69. Isabelle Boni-Claverie

Writer | Pour la nuit

Isabelle Boni-Claverie was born on February 27, 1972. She is known for her work on Pour la nuit (2004), Heart of Blackness (2011) and Trop noire pour être française? (2015).

70. Issa Rae

Producer | Insecure

Issa Rae was born on January 12, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a producer and actress, known for Insecure (2016), The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (2011) and Little (2019).

72. J.D. Walker

Producer | Oscar Micheaux: Within Our Gates

JD Walker is a writer, director, and producer with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. She is originally from Oakland, California. Recently, she received a three-year annual scholarship from The George Lucas Family Foundation to complete her M.F.A. in TV and Film Production ...

73. Jackée Harry

Actress | 227

Jackée Harry was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and reared from the age of nine in Harlem, New York, by her mother, Flossie. At the tender age of fourteen, Jackée landed the lead role of the King in her school's production of The King and I. Upon graduation from New York City's High School ...

74. Jada Pinkett Smith

Actress | The Matrix Revolutions

Jada Koren Pinkett Smith was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Robsol Grant Pinkett, Jr., a contractor, and Adrienne Banfield-Jones, a nurse. They divorced after only a few months of marriage. Her father is of African-American descent and her mother is of Afro-Caribbean ancestry (from Barbados and ...

75. Jade Jenise Dixon

Actress | Truth Hall

Proprietor of her own production company, Jade Jenise is dedicated to writing, directing and producing meaningful content and advocating for gender parity and equality for female filmmakers. After moving to Atlanta from Omaha, NE at the age of 12, Jade knew early on that she wanted to be a part of ...

76. Jamie Burton-Oare

Actress | Doing the L.A. Thing

Jamie Burton-Oare grew up in Flint, Michigan. She is her mother's only child, but grew up with six cousins, an aunt, a great-grandmother and her mother under the same roof. She is a child of bi-racial parentage, an African-American mother and a Caucasian father. She graduated Salutatorian of her ...

77. Janicza Bravo

Director | Lemon

Janicza Bravo has spent half her life in Panama and half in Brooklyn. She studied directing and design for theatre at New York University's Playwrights Horizons Theater School. She has mounted plays in New York, Los Angeles, and Madrid. Her first short, Eat, premiered at SXSW. Her last short, ...

78. Janine Sherman Barrois

Producer | Criminal Minds

Janine Sherman Barrois is an award-winning writer/showrunner under an exclusive multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. to create and develop new series. She is known for her work on Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madame CJ Walker (2020) starring Octavia Spencer, Claws (2017) starring Niecy ...

79. Jasmine Guy

Actress | Harlem Nights

Actress-dancer-director Jasmine Guy has enjoyed a diverse career in television, theatre and film. She began her professional career at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. Jasmine starred on Broadway in the original productions of Beehive and Leader of the Pack, and reprised hit...

80. Jennifer Brea

Director | Unrest

Jennifer Brea is an independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles. After graduating from Princeton University with an AB in Politics, she was a freelance journalist in China and East and Southern Africa and a TED Fellow. Jennifer was pursuing her PhD in Government at Harvard - studying political ...

81. Jerrika Hinton

Actress | The Roommate

Jerrika Delayne Hinton (born September 28, 1981) is an American actress, best known for her role as Stephanie Edwards in the ABC medical drama series Grey's Anatomy.

Hinton was born and raised in Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas, the daughter of Cynthia, a retired government worker, and Avaleon Hinton.

She ...

82. Judyann Elder

Actress | Seven Pounds

Judyann Elder graduated from Emerson College in Boston as the first recipient of the Carol Burnett Award in the Performing Arts. She began her professional career in New York off-Broadway as a founding member and resident actor with the Tony Award-winning Negro Ensemble Company. She originated ...

84. Jennifer Sharp

Editor | I'm Through with White Girls

Jennifer Sharp is known for her work on I'm Through with White Girls (2007), Una Great Movie and The Babysitter (2017).

85. Julie Dash

Director | Daughters of the Dust

Julie Dash was born on October 22, 1952 in Queens, New York, USA. She is a director and producer, known for Daughters of the Dust (1991), Funny Valentines (1999) and The Rosa Parks Story (2002).

86. Katherine Murray-Satchell

Producer | Cycles

Katherine is an award-winning independent filmmaker, Philadelphia native, and proud alumna of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. For years, Katherine has been involved with many independent productions. Recently, she has taken the helm of writer/producer for short films, interview...

87. Kasi Lemmons

Actress | The Silence of the Lambs

Kasi Lemmons was born on February 24, 1961 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Karen Lemmons. She is an actress, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Candyman (1992) and Harriet (2019). She has been married to Vondie Curtis-Hall since August 19, 1995. They have two children.

88. Katori Hall

Writer | P-Valley

Memphis-native Katori Hall is an Olivier Award-winning playwright and the showrunner of P-Valley, a new Starz drama based on her play Pussy Valley. She's also the bookwriter and co-producer of West End and Broadway hit, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.

She is, perhaps, best known for The Mountaintop. ...

89. Kenya Moore

Actress | I Know Who Killed Me

Kenya Moore was born on January 24, 1971 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Kenya Summer Moore. She is an actress and producer, known for I Know Who Killed Me (2007), Dolls of Voodoo (2013) and The Confidant (2010). She was previously married to Marc Daly.

90. Kerry-Ann Ellington

Actress | Best Friends Forever

Kerry-Ann is a native of the beautiful island of Jamaica. In the 90's, her family migrated to the United States. She was raised in a family of entrepreneurs. Her family owns the Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery Franchise. It was only natural for Kerry-Ann to seek out ownership as she pursues her ...

91. Kim Fields

Actress | The Facts of Life

Kim Fields was born on May 12, 1969 in New York City, New York, USA as Kim Victoria Fields. She is an actress and director, known for The Facts of Life (1979), Living Single (1993) and What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012). She has been married to Christopher Morgan since July 23, 2007. They ...

92. Kim Wayans

Actress | In Living Color

Kim Wayans was born on October 16, 1961 in New York City, New York, USA as Kim N. Wayans. She is an actress and writer, known for In Living Color (1990), My Wife and Kids (2001) and Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996). She is married to Kevin Knotts.

93. Kimberly Townes

Editor | Game Master

Kimberly Townes is known for her work on Game Master (2008), A Different Image: Coda and Zero (2012).

94. LaTanya Richardson Jackson

Actress | U.S. Marshals

She graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1971. While a student at Spelman (an all-female institution), she met Samuel L. Jackson, who was a student at Morehouse College (the all-male institution affiliated with Spelman), who would later become her husband. She and Jackson have one ...

95. LisaGay Hamilton

Actress | True Crime

Lisa's mother, Tina, is a retired social worker. Her late father, Ira, worked as an engineer and then went into business as a general contractor. A sister, Heidi, is a lawyer. Lisa started acting as a child and played Flip Wilson in a 3rd grade performance. During junior high, she started traveling...

96. Leila Djansi

Director | Like Cotton Twines

Leila Djansi began her filmmaking career in Ghana at the age of 19 with the Ghana Film Company. Working her way to the United States on an Artist Honors Scholarship to study film at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Leila began her film career whiles she was still studying at SCAD.

Her ...

97. Lena Waithe

Writer | Master of None

Lena Waithe was born on May 17, 1984 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Lena Diane Waithe. She is a writer and producer, known for Master of None (2015), Ready Player One (2018) and Queen & Slim (2019). She has been married to Alana Mayo since November 2019.

98. LisaRaye McCoy

Actress | The Players Club

LisaRaye McCoy-Misick was born September 23, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. She is of African American and Native American descent and is proud of her heritage. She later attended Eastern Illinois University but she never really took the idea of a career in acting seriously until persuaded by an ...

99. Lonette McKee

Actress | Brewster's Millions

Lonette McKee's career began in the music industry in hometown Detroit, Michigan as a child prodigy, where she began playing keyboards composing music and lyrics, singing and performing professionally at a young age. At fourteen she recorded her first record, "Stop Don't Worry 'Bout It" which ...

100. Lupita Nyong'o

Actress | 12 Years a Slave

Lupita Amondi Nyong'o was born March 1, 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Kenyan parents, Dorothy Ogada Buyu and Peter Anyang' Nyong'o. Her father, a senator, was then a visiting lecturer in political science. She was raised in Kenya. At age 16, her parents sent her back to Mexico for seven months to...

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