Captivating, gifted, and sensational, Angela Bassett's presence has been felt in theaters and on stages and television screens throughout the world. Fortunately Moore's roles began improving as Hollywood developed a social consciousness toward the end of the decade. Her mother, Emma (Harris), was a teacher and a nurse, and her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman. -Hairspray. -Corina, Corina They have two children. -Set It Off Her father was British Nigerian, ... Mary Alice was born on December 3, 1941 in Indianola, Mississippi, USA as Mary Alice Smith. One of television's premier African-American series stars, elegant actress, singer and recording artist Diahann Carroll was born Carol Diann (or Diahann) Johnson on July 17, 1935, in the Bronx, New York. -Antwone Fisher (shelved 1 time as celebrity-autobiographies) avg rating 3.77 — 66,602 ratings — published 2013 Want to Read saving… Her mother, Judith Ann (Hawkins), who is Caucasian, has English and German ancestry, and is a retired psychiatric nurse. The top 10 Black biographies that you should read. -The Help. -Love & Basketball. Please select the topics you're interested in: Would you like to turn on POPSUGAR desktop notifications to get breaking news ASAP? America's First Freedom Rider: Elizabeth Jennings, Chester A. Arthur, and the Early Fight for Civil Ri… Notable Film Performances:-Woman Thou Art Loosed Thandie Newton was born in London. She was married to Lucien Happersberger. -Hustle & Flow. She was an actress, known for The Landlord (1970), East Side/West Side (1963) and A Raisin in the Sun (1961). -The Dead Girl Often considered hip-hop's first lady (though some would attribute that to Roxanne Shanté), the woman behind the moniker Queen Latifah was born Dana Elaine Owens on March 18, 1970, in East Orange, New Jersey. Mo'Nique received a standing ovation when she stepped on stage for the first time in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, giving her confidence to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian. Books written by famous people in Hollywood are included in this list, as are more recent memoirs. 3 hours ago, by Jenny Sugar Whoopi's recent ancestors were from Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. Sanaa Lathan, the daughter of Actress Eleanor McCoy and Director Stan Lathan, was raised in both New York City and Los Angeles. Sanaa pursued studies at the University of... Spencer is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, which she claims is the proverbial buckle of the Bible belt. -For Colored Girls After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. She has been married to Evan Williams since 1997. Even though she was acknowledged as a great actress, singer and dancer by audiences in the U.S. and Europe, today she is mostly forgotten. The "Butterfly" stage name, which does describe her ... Marianne Jean-Baptiste was born on April 26, 1967 in London, England as Marianne Raigipcien Jean-Baptiste. Dorothy Jean Dandridge was born on November 9, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ruby Dandridge (née Ruby Jean Butler), an entertainer, and Cyril H. Dandridge, a cabinet maker and minister. -For Colored Girls. Her performance in the series earned her four Daytime Emmy Award nominations, and one win. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Tatiana Rusesabagina in Hotel Rwanda (2004).Okonedo was born within London in 1968. 18 hours ago, by Yerin Kim "No one raised me, " she recollected, "I just ran wild." This is the top 50 Black Actresses of All Time. She is an actress, known for The Manchurian Candidate (2004), For Colored Girls (2010) and Almost Christmas (2016). She died on September 21, 1973 in New York City. -How Stella Got Her Groove Back During her youth she was fully immersed in the entertainment industry and learned early on that she wanted a career in the Arts. She is the daughter of Zimbabwean mother Nyasha, a health-care worker from the Shona tribe, and British father Nick Newton, who worked as a lab technician. In 1978, she moved to New York City to apply her craft on stage. Nina Mae McKinney is known as the seductress "Chick" from Hallelujah (1929), the first all-black, all-sound musical. Taraji P. Henson was born on September 11, 1970 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Taraji Penda Henson. 14 hours ago, by Chanel Vargas Her career started in 1971, when Roger Corman of New World Pictures launched ... Beah Richards left her native Vicksburg, Mississippi, for New York City in 1950. In chapters such as "Freedom Baby," "Motherless Child," "Bold Moves" and "Black Metropolis," Bundles traces her ancestor's improbable rise to the top of an international hair care empire that would be run by four generations of Walker women until its sale in 1985. Get the daily inside scoop right in your inbox. -Down In the Delta Tell us what you think about this feature. She has been married to Nnamdi Asomugha since June 24, 2013. The child of a teenage rape victim, Ethel Waters grew up in the slums of Philadelphia and neighboring cities, seldom living anywhere for more than a few weeks at a time. -The Pursuit of Happyness -Doubt. She was an actress, known for Nothing But a Man (1964), For Love of Ivy (1968) and Drugstore Cowboy (1989). -Crooklyn She's the sixth of seven siblings and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Auburn University. Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in the Chelsea section of Manhattan on November 13, 1955. She is an actress, known for her role as Jess Merriweather on the Emmy Award-winning TV series Friday Night Lights (2006). She died on October 2, 2006 in Baltimore. Nicole Beharie is an American actress.Her critically acclaimed film debut was in the film American Violet (2008) alongside Alfre Woodard, Tim Blake Nelson and Will Patton. Being Black in America presents its own set of challenges in addition to the difficulties of standing out and proving your talent to the world. Even though she was acknowledged as a great actress, singer and dancer by audiences in the U.S. and Europe, today she is mostly forgotten. Check out the best memoirs by Black celebrities that not only detail how they achieved their dreams, but that will inspire you to do the same. -Dreamgirls, Actress | -Monster's Ball -The Curious Case of Benjamin Button African American actress Juanita Moore entered films in the early 1950s, a time in which few black people were given an opportunity to act in major studio films. She was married to Herman McCoy and Unknown. Great, Click the ‘Allow’ Button Above There's a problem loading this menu right now. Updated hourly. She was raised in Queens, New York. She danced with the Venezuela Jones Negro Youth Group. She is known for her work on Cleopatra Jones (1973), Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975) and Chained Heat (1983). -The Secret Life of Bees Notable Film Roles:-The Help ☝️, Awesome, You’re All Set! -Boomerang -Boyz In the Hood. Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi, USA as Orpah Gail Winfrey. She was named by her godmother, who claimed she saw a vision of Alfre's name written out in gold letters. Pam Grier was born in Winston-Salem, NC, one of four children of Gwendolyn Sylvia (Samuels), a nurse, and Clarence Ransom Grier Jr., an Air Force mechanic. Notable Film Performances:-Waiting to Exhale Stunning pop culture icon, Hollywood leading lady and three-time NAACP award winner Nia Long returns to the big screen this fall in the highly anticipated Universal Pictures sequel The Best Man Holiday (in theaters November 15th) where she reunites with original castmates Taye Diggs ("Private ... Nina Mae McKinney is known as the seductress "Chick" from Hallelujah (1929), the first all-black, all-sound musical. Notable Film Performances:-Sounder -Things We Lost in the Fire. -Sister Act 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. -The Color Purple. 21 hours ago, by Mekishana Pierre Notable Film Roles:-Ray Whether an actor, singer, athlete, writer, or comedian, there exist the same undeniable requirements for success — hard work, dedication, persistence, and belief in yourself. She was an actress, known for A Raisin in the Sun (1961), Black Girl (1972) and The DuPont Show of the Month (1957). Beharie also played Ernie Davis' girlfriend in the movie The Express (2008). Her parents divorced while she was still a toddler. Her mother left later in order ... Thelma McQueen attended public school in Augusta, Georgia and graduated from high school in Long Island, New York. Her most memorable role was on the television series All My Children (1970). Although best known since 1993 as the smart and shrewd Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on the long-running TV crime drama Law &... Regina King was born in Los Angeles, California, to Gloria, a special education teacher, and Thomas King, an electrician. Notable Film Performances:-Claudine Pam has been a major African-American star from the early 1970s. Notable Film Performances:-Losing Isaiah It’s Black History Month again and this year, we hope our coverage improves your mind or at least expands your reading choices. She was married to Max Roach. Vanessa and her brother grew up in suburban New York in comfortable surroundings. -Talk to Me 22 hours ago. In her biography she stated that, on the day she was born, her father was in the midst of a card game trying to get money to pay the hospital costs. Under the prodding of her mother, Dorothy and her sister Vivian Dandridge began performing publicly, usually in ... Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio.