Ebony Goddessesby cleon1224 | created - 03 Feb 2017 | updated - 2 months ago | Public
Women of Black African descent (African-American, Black British, Caribbean, etc.). Most likely, the female equivalent to "Phenomenal Black Men."
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, Lil Bub's Big Show (2013) and NCIS (2003). She has been married to Barack Obama since October 3, 1992. They have two children.
2. Cicely Tyson
Actress | The Help
Cicely Tyson was born in Harlem, New York City, where she was raised by her devoutly religious parents, from the Caribbean island of Nevis. Her mother, Theodosia, was a domestic, and her father, William Tyson, was a carpenter and painter. She was discovered by a fashion editor at Ebony magazine and...
Actress | Gone with the Wind
After working as early as the 1910s as a band vocalist, Hattie McDaniel debuted as a maid in The Golden West (1932). Her maid-mammy characters became steadily more assertive, showing up first in Judge Priest (1934) and becoming pronounced in Alice Adams (1935). In this one, directed by George ...
Actress | Bring It On
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. When she was eight, her family moved to Pleasanton, California, where she grew up and attended high school. There, ...
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 ...
6. 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 ...
Actress | The Jeffersons
Isabel Sanford was a Broadway actress for over thirty years before moving to Hollywood. She made numerous guest appearances on TV, including a stint as a supporting cast member on The Carol Burnett Show (1967). Until her passing, Isabel continued to act frequently, most recently in a series of ...
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....
10. Esther Rolle
Actress | Driving Miss Daisy
Best known for the role of Florida Evans on the 1970s sitcoms Maude (1972) and Good Times (1974), African-American actress Esther Rolle proved to be as spirited and iron-willed off-camera as well. The gap-toothed actress with the gravelly voice was born in Pompano Beach, Florida, the 10th child of ...
11. 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 ...
Actress | For Better or Worse
Bobbi Kristina Brown was born on March 4, 1993 in Livingston, New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for For Better or Worse (2011), The Houstons: On Our Own (2012) and Being Bobby Brown (2005). She died on July 26, 2015 in Duluth, Georgia, USA.
Actress | Soul Sistahs
Omarosa Manigault was born on February 15, 1974 in Youngstown, Ohio, USA as Omaroseonee O. Manigault. She is an actress, known for Soul Sistahs (2006), Knock 'em Dead (2014) and We Are Family (2017). She has been married to John Allen Newman since April 8, 2017. She was previously married to Aaron ...
14. Yaya DaCosta
Actress | The Butler
Yaya DaCosta was born and raised in New York City along with her sister and two brothers. She got her first acting gig at the age of eleven when her junior high school drama teacher, Ann Willis Ratray, encouraged her to audition for educational films. She continued to perform in school shows ...
15. Viola Davis
Actress | Fences
Actress Viola Davis was born on her grandmother's farm, at the then-Singleton Plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina. When she was two months old her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, where her father, Dan Davis, worked as a horse groomer and trainer. Her mother, Mary Alice (Logan), ...
16. Octavia Spencer
Actress | Hidden Figures
Spencer is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, which she claims is the proverbial buckle of the Bible belt. She's the sixth of seven siblings and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Auburn University. A "closet" lover of acting, this practical Alabamian knew that she'd someday work in the film industry, ...
17. Roxie Roker
Actress | The Jeffersons
Roxie Roker was born on August 28, 1929 in Miami, Florida, USA as Roxie Albertha Roker. She was an actress, known for The Jeffersons (1975), Fantasy Island (1977) and ABC Afterschool Specials (1972). She was married to Sy Kravitz. She died on December 2, 1995 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
18. Nichelle Nichols
Actress | Star Trek
Nichelle Nichols was born Grace Nichols on December 28, 1932 in Robbins, Illinois. She began her show business career at age 16 as a singer with Duke Ellington in a ballet she created for one of his compositions and later sang with his band. After switching to acting, she was twice nominated for ...
19. Thandie Newton
Actress | Crash
Thandie Newton was born in London. She is the daughter of a Zimbabwean mother, Nyasha, a health-care worker from the Shona tribe, and Nick Newton, a British father who worked as a lab technician. She lived in Zambia until political unrest caused her family to move back to the UK. She then lived in ...
20. Carmen Ejogo
Actress | Selma
Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo was born in Kensington, London, England, to a Nigerian father and a Scottish mother. Her television career began in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s, where she presented the children's series Saturday Disney (1990). Subsequently, she has had an acting career in the ...
23. Ruby Dee
Actress | American Gangster
Ruby Dee was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and civil rights activist. She is best known for originating the role of "Ruth Younger" in the stage and film versions of A Raisin in the Sun (1961).
She also starred in The Jackie Robinson Story (1950), Cat People (1982), ...
25. Vanessa Williams
Actress | Ugly Betty
Vanessa Lynn Williams was born in Millwood, New York, to Helen L. (Tinch) and Milton Augustine Williams, Jr., both music teachers. Vanessa and her brother grew up in suburban New York in comfortable surroundings. Vanessa sang and danced in school productions and signed her high school yearbook with...
26. Vanessa Williams
Actress | Candyman
Born and raised in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York, Vanessa Williams became a member of the New York City Opera's Children's Chorus at age 11. Vanessa then signed with a talent manager and booked her first audition, a commercial for Frito Lay. Her pattern for success clearly ...
27. Claudia McNeil
Actress | A Raisin in the Sun
Claudia McNeil was born on August 13, 1917 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She was an actress, known for A Raisin in the Sun (1961), Black Girl (1972) and The DuPont Show of the Month (1957). She was married to Herman McCoy and Unknown. She died on November 25, 1993 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA.
29. Cree Summer
Actress | Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Cree Summer was born on July 7, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Cree Summer Francks. She is known for her work on Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000) and Voltron: Legendary Defender (2016). She is married to Angelo Pullens. They have two children.
30. Mabel King
Actress | The Jerk
Actress who is best known for the role of Mama on the 1970's sitcom What's Happening! She also appeared in the movie The Jerk with Steve Martin and The Wiz with Michael Jackson. Before What's Happening, she starred in the Broadway version of The Wiz as the Wicked Witch of the West.
31. Diana Ross
Actress | Lady Sings the Blues
Best known as the the lead singer of the popular 1960s singing group The Supremes, Diana Ernestine Earle Ross was born on March 26, 1944, in Detroit, Michigan, the second of six children of African-American parents Ernestine Lillian (Moten), a schoolteacher, and Fred Earl Ross, who served in the ...
Actress | Death Proof
Sydney Tamiia Poitier (born November 15, 1973) is a Bahamian-American television and film actress.
Born in Los Angeles, Poitier is the daughter of Bahamian actor Sir Sidney Poitier and Canadian actress Joanna Shimkus. Her mother is of Lithuanian Jewish and Irish descent. She has an older sister, ...
34. Anika Noni Rose
Actress | The Princess and the Frog
Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose recently finished filming the lead role of the pilot episode Beast Mode (TBS / Macro), which is based on life of legendary boxing trainer Ann Wolfe. Anika is also serving as Co-Executive Producer.
In 2018, Anika starred in the title role of 'Carmen Jones' in John ...
38. Margaret Avery
Actress | The Color Purple
Slender, attractive actress Margaret Avery, spellbinding in her role of Shug in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple (1985), is certainly no "one-hit wonder". Although filmgoers may be able to trace her back only to that once-in-a-lifetime part, Margaret has been a talented player on the large and ...
40. Jen Harper
Actress | Greenleaf
Her career in the performing arts began at age 4 and persisted through her study at Spelman College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and in The Shakespearean Tradition at The Royal National Theatre and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. While at RADA, Jen was blessed to be tutored by...
41. Marpessa Dawn
Actress | Orfeu Negro
Born in Pittsburgh, Marpessa Dawn moved to England as a teenager and started acting in small roles in television; upon moving to France, she danced and sang in nightclubs while at times working as a governess before getting her big break as "Eurydice" in "Black Orpheus". Married twice, she left ...
44. Vivica A. Fox
Actress | Independence Day
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 ...
45. Naomie Harris
Actress | 28 Days Later...
British actress Naomie Harris was born in London, England, the only child of television scriptwriter Lisselle Kayla. Her father is from Trinidad and her mother is from Jamaica. They separated before she was born, and Harris was raised by her mother and has no relationship with her father. She ...
Actress | Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Iman was born on July 25, 1955 in Mogadishu, Somalia as Iman Abdulmajid. She is a producer and actress, known for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), L.A. Story (1991) and No Way Out (1987). She was previously married to David Bowie and Spencer Haywood.
48. Grace Jones
Actress | A View to a Kill
Grace Jones was born May 19, 1948 in Spanish Town, St Catherine - Jamaica, to Marjorie Jones (née Williams) and Reverend Robert W. Jones. Though born in Jamaica, when she was twelve, she moved to Syracuse, New York, joining her family who had moved there previously. Jones would eventually study ...
49. Elisa Perry
Actress | Ad Astra
Elisa Perry was born April 24 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is an actress known for Everybody Hates Chris (2006-2008), Won't Back Down (2012) and Lila and Eve (2015). After the loss of her mother at age six to breast cancer she and her siblings lived briefly in Asheville, North Carolina with ...
50. Loni Love
Actress | Mother's Day
Loni was born & raised in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from Cass Technical High School on 1989, she went to Prairie View A&M University in Houston, Texas for about 4 years & got her engineering degree. Though Loni Love is a stand-up comedian, Loni worked as an engineer for IBM and other ...
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 (1974). 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...
Actress | That's So Raven
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 (1990), which also starred the legendary Bill ...
54. Cheryl Gamble
Soundtrack | Men in Black
Cheryl Gamble was born on June 13, 1974 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Cheryl Elizabeth Gamble. She is a producer and actress, known for Men in Black (1997), Stand (2010) and S.W.V.: Weak (1993). She is married to Mike Clemons. They have two children.
55. Tamara Johnson
Actress | S.W.V.: Weak
Tamara Johnson was born in 1974 in New York City, New York, USA as Tamara Antrice Johnson. She is a producer and actress, known for S.W.V.: Weak (1993), S.W.V.: Downtown (1993) and S.W.V.: You're Always on My Mind (1993). She has been married to Eddie George since June 20, 2004. They have two ...
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 ...
Actress | Killers
LeToya Nicole Luckett-Walker (née Luckett; born March 11, 1981) 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...
59. LaTavia Roberson
Actress | But Deliver Us from Evil
The urban R&B group Destiny's Child was formed by Beyonce Knowles (b. 4 September 1981, Houston, Texas, USA), LeToya Luckett (b. 11 March 1981, Houston, Texas, USA), LaTavia Roberson (b. 1 November 1981, Houston, Texas, USA) and Kelendria Rowland (b. 11 February 1981, Houston, Texas, USA). Knowles ...
Producer | ATL
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 ...
Soundtrack | Space Cowboys
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 ...
Actress | Marshall
Rozonda Ocelean Thomas was born February 27, 1971 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Ava Thomas and Abdul Ali. She has one son with producer Dallas Austin - they named him Tron. She is a very close friend of fellow member Tionne 'T-boz' Watkins' of TLC. The death of fellow band member Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes ...
63. Mary Wilson
Actress | Golden Shoes
Mary Wilson, co-founder of The Supremes, helped garner an unequaled record of Number One Hits by a Female Group. Recording for Motown, Mary guided The Supremes into rock 'n roll history, turning her group into one of the three icons of the 1960's, alongside Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Mary has ...
64. Kj Smith
Actress | Lethal Weapon
Born in Tallahassee, Florida, KJ Smith is considered to be one of the most engaging budding actresses of her time.
She has earned popular acclaim for her roles as the antagonist in both Ava Duvernay and Oprah's Queen Sugar and on Dynasty. Her role as Angela on The Fosters, a mother in rehab, was her...
66. Ina Romeo
Actress | Escape from L.A.
The phrase, "Not just a pretty face" is definitely
applicable to this Interlochen Arts Academy
student. Although Ina Romeo is a Detroit
Native, she makes Los Angeles, CA
her home. Many say after meeting this breath- taking 60 (yes 60) year old "Comedian/Actress
/Model/Host" in person, she is the epitome
72. Idara Victor
Actress | Alita: Battle Angel
Born in Brooklyn, NY, to a writer/accountant father, Stan Victor, and case worker mother, Barbara Victor (both from southern Nigeria), she is the middle child of three girls. Growing up between Brooklyn and Long Island, she started dancing and playing piano at 6. She was entered into a pageant by ...
73. 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...
74. Danai Gurira
Actress | Black Panther
Danai Gurira was born in Grinnell, Iowa, to Josephine and Roger Gurira, who were from Zimbabwe. Her father was then teaching Chemistry at Grinnell College. When she was five, the family moved back to Zimbabwe, residing in the capital Harare. Gurira later returned to the United States, and studied ...
77. Clarice Taylor
Actress | Play Misty for Me
Clarice Taylor was born on September 20, 1917 in Buckingham County, Virginia, USA. She was an actress, known for Play Misty for Me (1971), The Cosby Show (1984) and Smoke (1995). She was married to Maxwell Glanville. She died on May 30, 2011 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA.
78. Bevy Smith
Actress | Date.Love.Repeat.
Bevy Smith is TV's go-to, gal-about-town for on-air commentary that's smart, engaging and always maintains an authoritative point of view. Her insider knowledge of pop culture, entertainment and fashion has made her a sought-after speaker and a valuable talent choice for outlets such as VH1, E! ...
80. Tawny Newsome
Actress | Bajillion Dollar Propertie$
Tawny is a sketch and improv comedian, appearing as Chelsea Leight-Leigh in the Seeso Original series 'Bajillion Dollar Propertie$','TvLand's 'Nobodies', 'The Comedy Get Down' on BET, soon on IFC's 'Brockmire' and 'Sherman's Showcase' and as a frequent contributor on podcasts 'Lovett or Leave It,' ...
82. Marquita Terry
Actress | Work in Progress
Marquita starred in her first television series, NBC's popular teen sitcom, USA High (1997). After completing just under 100 episodes, NBC added Marquita to the cast of Malibu, CA (1998), then in its final season.
Marquita went on to several guest star appearances on some of televisions most popular...
83. Jenifer Lewis
Actress | The Princess and the Frog
Jenifer Lewis is one of Hollywood's most familiar faces, with more than 300 appearances in film and television. Dubbed a "national treasure" by TV Guide.com, Jenifer stars on the hit show Black-ish (ABC), where her hilarious portrayal of "Ruby Johnson" earned her a nomination for the 2016 Critics ...
85. Jackie Welch
Actress | Existo
Jackie Welch is a professional life coach and president of Visions Manifest Coaching Services. She began coaching in 2000 and brought to her coaching her passion for creativity - inviting it, practicing it, and applying it to all aspects of life. In fact, creativity lives at the heart of her ...
87. Helen Martin
Helen Martin was born on July 23, 1909 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Helen Dorothy Martin. She was an actress and writer, known for Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996), Death Wish (1974) and Repo Man (1984). She died on March 25, 2000 in Monterey, ...
88. Randy Crawford
Soundtrack | Lethal Weapon 2
Jazz and R&B singer Randy Crawford was born as Veronica Crawford on February 18, 1952 in Macon, Georgia and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. Randy first began singing both at church and in school. She started performing at nightclubs in Europe and America at age fifteen (her father acted as her ...
89. Carmen Hayward
Actress | Hope 4 Dating in LA
Carmen Hayward-Stetson is not only an experienced actress and singer, but a producer. As President/Sole Proprietor of VisuaLife Productions in Studio City, California, Carmen Hayward-Stetson was Executive Producer for a magazine-format TV talk show, "Gettin' It Right - A Contemporary Discussion of ...