AFRICAN AMERICAN ICONS
Contemporary Black Icons
Neil de Grasse Tyson
Neil de Grasse Tyson is an African American astrophysicist, planetary scientist, author and science communicator, and Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City.
Bruce F Press, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
Tiger Woods is a legend on the golf course. One of the winningest professional athletes of all time. His legacy is one of domination, precision, and persistence. This has helped him redefine the sport of golf. He has won more PGA Tour events than any golfer.
The White House from Washington, DC, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Serena Williams is a champion African American Tennis player and former Number 1 in Women’s Singles Tennis. She has won 23 Grand Slam singles, the most by any player in the Open Era, and the second most of all time.
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Simone Biles in 2013, was the first Afro-American woman gymnast to win the Artistic Individual All-Around World Championship in Gymnastics.
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Warren Moon was first African American quarter back inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2006.
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Stevie Wonder is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. As a prominent figure in popular music he also wrote: “Happy Birthday to You”.
Spike Lee is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and professor. He has produced more than 35 films since 1983.
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Whoopie Goldberg is an American actor, comedian, author, and television personality. Goldberg is one of sixteen entertainers who have won all of television and movie awards. She is currently a host of “The View”.
Mark Taylor from Rockville, USA, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
Bill Cosby, comedian, actor, and philanthropist. The Bill Cosby Show had a historic influence on TV Sitcoms.
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LeBron James is an American NBA star. A four-time champion and Civil Rights Activist.
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Shawn Carter, better known as Jay-Z is an American rapper, songwriter, record executive, businessman, and record producer. He has won a total of 22 Grammy Awards, the most by a rapper, and holds the record for the most number-one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200, with 14
Jay-Z_@_Shawn_'Jay-Z'_Carter_Foundation_Carnival_02.jpg: Joella Marano from Manhattan, NYJay-Z_2011.jpg: Joella Maranoderivative work: Jorgebarrios, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
Tyler Perry is an American actor, producer, writer, and director. In 2011, Forbes listed him as the highest-paid man in entertainment, earning US$130 million between May 2010 and May 2011. Perry created and performs the character Madea, a tough elderly woman.
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Al Roker is an American Weather Man for NBC News Network and the recipient of: two Emmy Awards for weather forecasting; twice named Best Weatherman by New York magazine; holder of American Meteorological Society's Seal of Approval.
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Lester Holt is an American journalist and news anchor during the weekdays of NBC Nightly News. Holt was the first Black person to solo anchor a weekday network nightly newscast.
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Maya Angelou was one of the most prolific writers of our time, black or otherwise. She wrote, “I know why the caged bird sings”. Angelou was awarded the National Medal of Arts (2000) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010). She won three Grammy Awards for her spoken-word albums (1993, 1995, and 2002). In 1994 she was awarded the Spingarn Medal by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
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Eric Himpton Holder Jr. is an American lawyer who served as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States from 2009 to 2015. Holder, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama, was the first African American to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General.
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Margot Lee Shetterly
Writer, researcher, and entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly is the author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race (William Morrow/HarperCollins). Hidden Figures was adapted for the big screen in 2016 and received three nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress at the 89th Academy Awards. The film earned four awards at the African-American Film Critics Association.
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