AFRICAN-AMERICAN Women: The World's Most Talented, Intelligent, & Beautful (working list)

The Internet Movie Database Version of A List depicting the most beautiful Talented, and Amazing Women in the World.

All Women Born in the United States & the Americas this Stretches to Asians, Hispanic/Latinos, Indians (East & West Indians) Carribeans (whom also proven to have Afro/Black Orgins) are a Factor for this List and is Technical and Fact so in due Time the List should make sense to you.


NOTE: This is only a list and not a ranking, so please don't be angry if your favorite African-American Celeb, Entertainer,Politician, etc isn't listed as high as you would like them to be.

This list is a Work-In-Progress.
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Erica Gimpel
Actress, Fame
Erica Gimpel was born in Manhattan, to Phyllis Bash, a concert singer and Joseph Gimpel, an actor, singer and short story writer. Her parents met and fell in love at their singing teachers studio and got married in the early 60's when interracial marriage was a radical thing to do. As a child, Erica would go on tour with her mother who was performing the role of Bess in the opera "Porgy and Bess"...
“ One My First Crushes..She now looks even better than ever. ” - Tru-Dru
 
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Irene Cara
Actress, Fame
Irene Cara started out in the Spanish market at the tender age of five. Her first American television series was the acclaimed children's series The Electric Company, starring alongside Bill Cosby and Morgan Freeman. In the Late 1970s she starred in the title roles for two Warner Bros. movies, Aaron Loves Angela and Sparkle...
“ Another of m First Two Crushes. ” - Tru-Dru
 
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Danielle Nicolet
Raised in a working-class Ohio town, Danielle Nicolet moved with her family to southern California to train in gymnastics. She competed through her teenage years, but finally admitted that acting was her dream. She has always played unpredictable characters, whether they be dramatic or comedic. Early on she appeared most notably in National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1...
 
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Keri Hilson
Soundtrack, Burlesque
 
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Cynthia Kaye McWilliams
Cynthia Kaye McWilliams was born in Berlin, Germany, grew up primarily in Kansas City, Kansas and graduated from the prestigious Theater School of DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. While in Chicago, Cynthia honed her skills with stage credits including the lead role in First Breeze of Summer...
 
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Gabrielle Dennis
Actress, The Game
Gabrielle Dennis is an actress and comedian best known for her work in television as Janay on the hit series "The Game" (CW & BET) and as Denise Roy on Spike Tv's "Blue Mountain State" With a background as a trained dancer, actress, and singer that stretches all the way back to age 4 Gabrielle always knew she would have a career in the Arts...
 
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Joyful Drake
Joyful Drake was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her love for performing began at a young age, earning her two State Speech Performance Titles for reciting and delivering a re-enactment of Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have A Dream" speech and President Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address." Joyful earned her B.A...
 
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Allyson Felix
Allyson Felix was born on November 18, 1985 in California. Nicknamed "Chicken Legs" for her lanky physique, Felix went out for the track team in 7th grade. She excelled from the start, within a year finishing seventh in the 200-meter dash at the CIF California State Meet, eventually becoming a five-time winner...
 
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Masha Dowell
Masha Dowell was born in Winston-Salem, NC, and raised in NC and Atlanta, GA. In Atlanta she began studying acting at the Tri-Cities High School Dramatic arts magnet program. From 2000 - 2005, she conducted scientific research (Identity testing, Cancer, HPV, HBV, West Nile Virus) on the behalf of Laboratory of America...
 
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Rae'Ven Kelly
RaéVen Larrymore Kelly continues to make her celebrity count with a cause. RaéVen has had the fortune of performing in a wide range of high quality projects for film and television: John Grisham's "A Time to Kill" as Tonya Hailey with Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, director Joel Schumacher; "What's Love Got To Do With It?" as young Tina Turner with Laurence Fishburne...
 
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Tika Sumpter
Tika Sumpter was born in New York and graduated from Marymount Manhattan College. Sumpter began her career as model, before she landed the role of "Layla Williamson" in ABC's daytime soap opera, One Life to Live (2005-2010, 2011). After she left the soap, Sumpter won a recurring role in the CW series...
 
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Crystal R. Fox
Crystal Fox was born in Tryon, North Carolina, and began her professional acting career in the late 1970s. She is best-known for her role as Police Officer Luann Corbin in the series In the Heat of the Night. She has also appeared in several theatrical productions, including "For Colored Girls" and "Everybody's Ruby"...
 
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“ Queen of "the Star Wars" Franchise..Wife of George Lucas ” - Tru-Dru
 
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Fairuza Balk
"Fairuza!" ("Turquoise" in Farsi), her father exclaimed as he saw her blue eyes: Fairuza Alejandra Balk had just been born on May 21, 1974 in Point Reyes, California. Her father, Solomon Feldthouse, was a traveling musician originally from Idaho, and her mother, Cathryn Balk, was a belly dancer. Her parents split up soon after...
“ Comfirmed Native American Ancestry so Talented and a unique exotic Beauty...Loved her in "The Craft", and in "American History X" I loved how this Sista did it she went under the Haters Radar and was able to play their Game better than they could. ” - Tru-Dru
 
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Joan Smalls
Joan Smalls is a fashion supermodel best known for her work Givenchy, Estée Lauder and as a Victoria's Secrets lingerie model. She appeared in five Victoria's Secret Fashion shows from 2011 through 2015. She has been a face Estee Lauder since 2011, and was the first Latina to represent Estée Lauder...
 
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Raven-Symoné
Self, The View
Raven-Symoné Pearman was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Lydia (Gaulden) and Christopher Pearman. At a young age, she moved to New York. While there Raven signed with the Ford Modeling Agency. They sent her out on a audition for a movie called Ghost Dad, which also starred the legendary Bill Cosby...
“ Best personality she has a sense of a "Cult of Personality" a very sweet person in real life despite the continuous controversy that follows her ” - Tru-Dru
 
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Whitney Houston
Actress, 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 Church in Newark...
 
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Aunjanue Ellis
Actress, The Help
Aunjanue Ellis was born in San Francisco, California. She graduated from the Brown University, and later attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. During her career, Ellis performed on Off-Broadway theater, appeared in many film, and had roles on television. In film, she is best known for her roles in "Men of Honor" (2000)...
 
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Nzinga Blake
Nzinga was born in Maryland. She grew up in Asia, Africa, and Indiana with her family. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA's prestigious school of Film and Television. Nzinga and her co-host were the first humans to host a show on Cartoon Network.
 
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Sanaa Lathan
Sanaa Lathan, pronounced Sa-NAA, "like Sinatra without the tra", was born on September 19, 1971, in New York, as her actress mother Eleanor McCoy performed on Broadway with the likes of Eartha Kitt, and her director father Stan Lathan worked behind the scenes in television for PBS. She was exposed to the life of entertainment and stars at a very early age...
 
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S. Epatha Merkerson
Actress, Law & Order
A native of Michigan, S. Epatha Merkerson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Wayne State University. In 1978, she moved to New York City to apply her craft on stage. Although best known since 1993 as the smart and shrewd Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on the long-running TV crime drama Law & Order...
 
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Letoya Luckett
Actress, Killers
LeToya Nicole Luckett, professionally known as LeToya, is a two-time Grammy Award-winning American R&B singer, songwriter and entrepreneur. She is an original member of the R&B group, Destiny's Child, and has since pursued a successful solo career, topped the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart and has been certified platinum by the RIAA...
 
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Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey was born in Long Island, New York. She is the daughter of Patricia (Hickey), a singer and vocal coach, who is of Irish descent, and Alfred Roy Carey, an engineer, who was of Afro-Cuban ancestry. Mariah attended Greenlawn's Harborfields High School. In June of 1990, Mariah made her debut with "Mariah Carey" which entered at #73...
 
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Jasmine Guy
Actor-dancer-director Jasmine Guy has enjoyed a diverse career in television, theater 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 productions of Grease...
 
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Gabrielle Union
Actress, Bad Boys II
Gabrielle Union was born on October 29, 1972, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Theresa (Glass), who managed a phone company, and Sylvester E. Union, a military sergeant and business executive. At the age of 8, her family moved to Pleasanton, California, where she grew up and attended high school. In high school...
 
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Keke Palmer
Actress, Grease Live!
Keke Palmer was born Lauren Keyana Palmer in Robbins, Illinois--a small town 20 miles south of Chicago-- to Sharon and Larry Palmer, both former actors. Palmer showed vocal promise as a five-year-old, when she belted out "Jesus Loves Me" in her church choir. A year later the singer-actress had a solo in her kindergarten play but...
 
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Keke Wyatt
Self, R&B Divas
Keke Wyatt was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Lorna Wyatt, and Keever Wyatt II. Her mother is a vocalist, while her father is a organist/vocalist. Her mother is Caucasin while her father is Native American specifically Cherokee and African American. Ketara comes from a musical family rooted in church music...
 
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Zoe Saldana
Actress, Avatar
Zoe Saldana was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Asalia Nazario and Aridio Saldaña. Her father was Dominican and her mother is Puerto Rican. She was raised in Queens, New York. When she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to the Dominican Republic where they would live for the next seven years...
 
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Tisha Campbell-Martin
Actress, Martin
Tisha Campbell's first TV appearance was at the age of 8, on episode #006 of the PBS show The Big Blue Marble. The show featured stories on the life and culture of children from around the world. In her segment, Tisha was shown playing with her brother, going to school with her mother who was also her voice coach, and singing at a jazz concert in New York's Greenwich Village.
 
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Jada Pinkett Smith
Actress, Collateral
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 Jamaica). Jada majored in dance and choreography at the Baltimore School for the Arts...
 
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“ "the Game" is still on! ” - Tru-Dru
 
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Paula Patton
Paula Patton was born in Los Angeles, California, to Joyce (Vanraden) and Charles Patton. Her father is African-American and her mother, who is caucasian, has German, English, and Dutch ancestry. Her family lived across the street from the 20th Century Fox lot when she was growing up and she was a fan of films from her earliest years...
“ for the sake of Robin Thicke who is cooler than JT! ” - Tru-Dru
 
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“ My favourite actress ” - Tru-Dru
 
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Wendy Raquel Robinson
Actress, The Game
Wendy Raquel Robinson was born July 25, 1967, in Los Angeles, California. She is of African-American and Native American descent. Robinson is a cum laude graduate of Howard University of the School of Fine Arts and received her B.F.A. in drama. She's appeared in several plays, such as "The Vagina Monologues"...
“ "the Game" is on! ” - Tru-Dru
 
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Lauren London
Lauren London first appeared in the film, ATL, opposite actor and recording artist, Tip "TI" Harris. Due to London's breakout success in ATL, she received an offer to star in the film, This Christmas, with Loretta Devine, Idris Elba and Regina King. Her next film role was in the teen romantic comedy...
“ "the Game" is back on! ” - Tru-Dru
 
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“ life after "Sister Sister", "the Game" and family! ” - Tru-Dru
 
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Tamera Mowry-Housley
Self, The Real
Tamera Darvette Mowry was born on July 6, 1978, two minutes before her twin sister, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, in Gelnhausen, Hesse, Germany to Darlene Mowry and Timothy Mowry, who was in the U.S. Army at the time of her birth and later became a custody officer/jailer with the City of Glendale Police Department...
“ life after "Sister Sister" and family. ” - Tru-Dru
 
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Melba Moore
Melba Moore has shot to super-stardom in the early 1970s with her debut album ("I Got Love"), that garnered her a 1971 Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, the following year, she also scored with a variety television show that co-starred Clifton Davis. Despite the show's being a modern success...
 
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Della Reese
Della began singing in her hometown of Detroit when she was 6 years old. As a teenager, she toured with gospel great Mahalia Jackson and, at the age of 18, she formed the Meditation Singers and became the first performer to take gospel music to the casinos of Las Vegas. She was a vocalist with the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra and began making her own records...
 
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Jennifer Hudson
Actress, Dreamgirls
Jennifer Hudson is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author. Bright and booming talent Hudson is a perfect example of how NOT winning the title of American Idol can actually be a boon to your career and not necessarily the end of a childhood dream...
 
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Angell Conwell
Actress, Baby Boy
Born in the tiny town of Orangeburg, South Carolina, Angell Conwell began her journey at a very young age. After winning countless awards locally, she signed with Wilhelmina's Kids Division in New York at the age of 10. Always one to challenge herself. She begged for her parents permission to audition for August Wilson's highly acclaimed...
 
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Margaret Cho
Actress, 30 Rock
Margaret Cho was born Dec. 5, 1968 and raised in San Francisco. Her grandfather was a Methodist minister who ran an orphanage in Seoul during the Korean War. Ignoring the traditions of her patriarchal culture, her mother bravely resisted an arranged marriage in Korea and married Margaret's father who writes joke books - in Korean...
 
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Brenda Song
Brenda Song was born in Carmichael, California. Her father is Hmong and her mother is Thai-American. Brenda, her parents, and her younger brothers Timmy and Nathan now live in a suburb of Los Angeles. Brenda was named an All-American Scholar in ninth grade and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She stars as London Tipton...
 
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Ella Joyce
Actress, Roc
 
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Elise Neal
Actress, The Hughleys
Elise Neal was born in Memphis, Tennessee and began dancing at age six. She contributes her success to her mother, Arletha Neal, who always supported her and drove her to numerous talent shows and recitals. After moving to New York and quickly booking many Off Broadway shows and musical revivals, she thought Broadway would be her winning ticket...
 
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Tami Roman
Tami Roman grew up in a middle-class, single-parent household in White Plains, NY. Since her mom worked three jobs to support the family, Tami spent many days and nights alone, undoubtedly a "latch-key" kid responsible for raising herself. It wasn't until her mother met and married Ali Akbar that her childhood changed drastically...
 
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Kandi Burruss
Kandi is best known as one of the lead vocalists in the hugely successful 1990s R&B vocal group, Xscape. Burrus sang lead on hits such as "My Little Secret", "Just Kickin' It" and "Who Can I Run To", as well as wrote their early hits, including "Feel So Good" and "Can't Hang". Kandi is also known as the song-writing genius behind the massive 1999 No...
 
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Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle
Tameka, whose nickname "Tiny" is attributed to her 4' 11" height, resides with her daughter Zonnique Jailee Pullins (born 1996). She along with former band mate Kandi Burruss wrote for group girl group TLC on their hit song "No Scrubs". She is in a relationship with successful rapper T.I., and they had a son named King (born August 25, 2004) together...
 
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Regina King
Actress, Ray
Regina King was born in Los Angeles, California, to Gloria, a special education teacher, and Thomas King, an electrician. She began her career in the television show 227, followed by a role in Boyz n the Hood. She began to be recognized by a mainstream audience after her role as Cuba Gooding Jr.'s character's wife in Jerry Maguire...
 
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Tracey Cherelle Jones
Actress, writer, artist, designer, and TV personality, Tracey Cherelle Jones is the epitome of a contemporary renaissance woman. Tracey began acting at the tender age of 8 years old after nailing her very first audition, a national McDonald's commercial. This inspired her, and she went on to do several more commercials and print work...
 
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Janet Jackson
Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana, to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse) and Joe Jackson, a musician. She is the youngest of ten children. After her birth, her brothers formed a band later called The Jackson 5. She lived at home with her sisters, while her brothers and father lived an extravagant life in Los Angeles...
 
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Theresa Randle
Actress, Space Jam
Born in Los Angeles in 1964, Theresa Randle began her performing career by studying dance (traditional, modern, jazz) and comedy. She entered Beverly Hills High School, with a special program for the exceptionally gifted. At the end of college she earned her first role at the Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center and was seen in commercials...
 
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Regina Hall
Actress, Scary Movie 4
Regina Hall was born December 12, 1970 in Washington, D.C., to Ruby, a teacher, and Odie Hall, a contractor. She graduated from Fordham University in 1992, and went on to earn a master's degree in journalism from New York University before shifting to an acting career. In 1997 at age 26, she began appearing in commercials...
 
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Regina Taylor
Actress, The Unit
While TV audiences best remember Regina Taylor for her empathic portrayal of housekeeper Lilly Harper in the critically lauded series I'll Fly Away, which rewarded her with a Golden Globe for best actress, an NAACP Image Award, and two Emmy nominations, this Dallas-born talent has made even greater strides in recent years as a playwright...
 
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Carmen Electra
Actress, Scary Movie
Carmen Electra was born Tara Leigh Patrick on April 20, 1972 in Sharonville, Ohio, to Patricia Rose (Kincade), a singer, and Harry Stanley Patrick, an entertainer and guitarist. She is of mostly English, German, and Irish descent. She grew up near Cincinnati, Ohio and got her first boost when a scout for Prince spotted her fronting for a rap group in Los Angeles...
 
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Stacey Dash
Actress, Clueless
Stacey Dash was born in the Bronx, New York. Stacy knew that she wanted to act, and from an early age began to act professionally. She made regular appearances on The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and also St. Elsewhere. At 21 she made her feature film debut in Enemy Territory, which was quickly followed by Moving...
 
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Vivica A. Fox
Vivica A. Fox was born in South Bend, Indiana, on July 30, 1964, and is the daughter of Everlyena, a pharmaceutical technician, and William Fox, a private school administrator. She is of Native American and African-American descent and is proud of her heritage. She is a graduate of Arlington High School in Indianapolis...
 
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Kathy Najimy
Kathy Najimy was born and raised in San Diego, California. She is the daughter of Samia (Massery) and Fred Najimy, a postal worker, both of Lebanese ancestry. Kathy attended Crawford High School, and began her film career in the early 1990s, with several minor roles. Kathy got her breakthrough screen role as "Sister Mary Patrick" in Sister Act...
 
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K.D. Aubert
Model & Actress KD Aubert started her modeling career with LA Models in 2001. As a runway model working overseas, she soon ventured into print modeling with Elite models (LA) where she was thrust into major campaigns. Soon after KD entered into the world of commercials where again, she was lucky enough into land some very memorable campaigns...
 
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Monica Arnold
Monica Arnold was born October 24, 1980, in Oak Park, Georgia, to Marilyn Best, a church singer and airline customer service representative, and M.C. "Billy" Arnold, Jr., a mechanic. At the age of four, she began singing in her local church choir. After entering many talent shows, Monica was spotted by Dallas Austin...
 
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Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Actress, Underground
Jurnee Smollett-Bell was born on October 1, 1986 in New York City, New York, USA as Jurnee Diana Smollett. She is an actress, known for her role as "Jess Merriweather" on the Emmy Award-winning TV series, Friday Night Lights. She is also known for her roles in The Great Debaters, Eve's Bayou, True Blood...
 
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Naya Rivera
Actress, Glee
 
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Mo'Nique
Actress, Precious
Monique received a standing ovation when she stepped on stage for the first time in the hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, giving her confidence to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian. After numerous stand-up performances, she took a leap forward with one of the starring roles in The Parkers. ...
 
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Countess Vaughn
Actress, The Parkers
Countess Danielle Vaughn (her real name) was born August 8, 1978 in Idabel, Oklahoma, a small town of approximately 7500 people. She was born to Leo and Sandra Vaughn who taught in the local schools. Very early Countess established herself as a young singer with a dynamic voice. In 1988 she sang her way to stardom by becoming "Star Search" Junior Vocalist Champion...
 
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Michael Michele
Michael is the eldest of two daughters. Her white father, Jerry, is an entrepreneur. Her African American mother, Thersa, is a corporate manager. In high school she played volleyball, basketball, and ran track. After high school, she moved to New York and quickly got commercial work. This led to a role in Eddie Murphy's 1989 film Harlem Nights...
 
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Vanessa Williams
Actress, Eraser
Vanessa Lynn Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in entertainment today. She has conquered the musical charts, Broadway, music videos, television and motion pictures. She has sold millions of albums worldwide and she has achieved critical acclaim as an actress on stage, in film and on television...
 
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Mya
Actress, Chicago
Mýa Marie Harrison (born October 10, 1979), professionally referred to as Mýa, is an American R&B and pop recording artist, entertainer, philanthropist, and actress. A Washington, D.C. native, as a young child, Harrison took ballet lessons from the age of two and added jazz and tap dancing lessons to her schedule two years later...
 
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Michelle Williams
(Tenetria) Michelle Williams was born on July 24, 1980 in Rockford, Illinois. When she was a child, she never imagined being in one of the most successful female groups in the country. When she was seventeen, she had a friend who was playing the keyboard for famous R&B star Monica Arnold so, of course...
 
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Aaliyah
Soundtrack, Boyhood
Talented. Beautiful. Modest. These three words described R&B singer-turned-actress Aaliyah perfectly. Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Diane (Hankerson) and Michael Haughton. Her uncle was music manager Barry Hankerson and her brother is director Rashad Haughton. Aaliyah was raised in Detroit...
 
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Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes
Soundtrack, We're the Millers
Controversial, flamboyant, and spontaneous are probably the best words to describe Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. Born in Philadelphia, and raised throughout the world as the daughter of a U.S. Army serviceman, Lisa Lopes became one of the most important trendsetters in the 1990s music scene. After relocating to Atlanta during her young adult years...
 
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Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins
Tionne Tenese Watkins was born on April 26, 1970 in Des Moines, Iowa. She is also known as "T-Boz" in the R&B/Hip-Hop group, TLC. Born to parents of both African American and Native American descent. As a child she was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia (1 in 12 people of African American descent have the disease)...
 
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Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas
Rozonda Ocelean Thomas was born February 27, 1971 in Atlanta, Georgia. Her father Abdul Ali, is of East Indian and Middle Eastern (Arab) descent, and her mother Ava Thomas is an American of African American and Native American descent. She has one son with producer Dallas Austin - they named him Tron...