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  NOTABLE BLACK PEOPLE (non-Canadian)
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Abdulsamad Rabiu
(born 1960)
Founder of BUA Group, a Nigerian conglomerate with interests in sugar refining, cement production, real estate and more. Chairman of the Nigerian Bank of Industry (BOI).
(BILLIONAIRE)
Alia Atkinson
(born 1988)
World-class Jamaican breaststroke swimmer. Ties 110m breaststroke record.
Aliko Dangote
(born 1957)
Nigerian businessman. Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Dangote Group
Richest Black person 2019 (BILLIONAIRE)

Amanda Gorman
(born 1998)
American Poet Laureate from 2021

Ann Marie Campbell
{born 1965)
Jamaican-American business executive. Since January 2016, she has been the Executive Vice President of U.S. stores for The Home Depot.
Dr. Aprille Ericsson Jackson
(born 1963)
American M.I.T graduate  was the first female (and the first Black female) to receive a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Howard University and the first Black female to receive a Ph.D. in engineering at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Barack Obama
(born 1961)
44th. President of the United States of America
Berry Gordy Jr.
(born 1929)
American record executive. Founder of Motown record label and its subsidiaries, which was the highest-earning African-American business for decades
Dr. Ben Carson
(born 1951)
American. Retired Brain surgeon, US Republican Secretary of Housing and Urban Development until January 2021
Benjamin Banneker
(1731 - 1806)
Born into a family of free blacks in Maryland, Banneker learned the rudiments of reading, writing, and arithmetic from his grandmother and a Quaker schoolmaster. Later he taught himself advanced mathematics and astronomy. He is best known for publishing an almanac based on his astronomical calculations.
Bill Cosby
(born 1937)
American actor, comedian, television producer, and activist.
Sir Bill Morris
(born 1938)
Jamaican-born Baron Morris of Handsworth. Retired general secretary of Britain's Transport and General Workers' Union and the first black leader of a British trade union.
Bob Marley
(1945 - 1981)
 Jamaican singer, songwriter, and musician. One of the pioneers of reggae who popularized it worldwide,
Carl Lewis
(born 1961)
American former track and field athlete who won nine Olympic gold medals, .
Carter G. Woodson
(1875 - 1950)
American historian, author, journalist, and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He has been called the "father of black history"
Clarence Thomas
(born 1948)
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, USA
Clive Campbell
(born 1955)
Jamaican. "Kool Herc", the pioneer of Hip-Hop
Colin Powell
(born 1937)
Retired General and retired United States of America's Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice
(born 1954)
Former United States of America's Secretary of State
Debi Thomas
(born 1967)
1986 Black figure skating world champion and  1988 Olympic bronze medal winner. Orthopedic Surgeon.
Debra Lee
(born 1954)
American past Chairman and CEO, BET Television. Harvard educated Lawyer
Denyce Graves
(born March 7, 1964)
 American operatic mezzo-soprano. Her signature parts are the title roles in Carmen and Samson et Dalila.
Dr. Dre
(born 1965)
American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur.  As of 2019, he is the third richest figure in hip hop, with a net worth of $800 million
Desmond Tutu
(born 1931)
South African Anglican cleric and theologian known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He was the Bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then the Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996,
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Dwane Johnson, The Rock
(born 1972)
American/Canadian movie star, bodybuilder, ex-wrestler, ex footballer
Eddie Murphy
(born 1961)
American actor, director, producer, comedian and singer. Academy Award winner. One of the three highest grossing actors.
Elijah McCoy
(1844 - 1929)
US Inventor. The son of escaped slaves from Kentucky, McCoy was born in Canada and educated in Scotland. Settling in Detroit, Michigan, he invented a lubricator for steam engines
Ellen Johnson Sirlief
(born 1938)
24th. President of Liberia (Africa's first female president) and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Femi Otedola
(born 1962)
Nigerian. Controlling shareholder of Forte Oil,  one of West Africa’s largest downstream oil companies
Floyd Mayweather
(born 1977)
Undefeated US boxer. WBC welterweight champion (retired).
Highest paid athlete in the world for the decade ending December 2019 as per Forbes ($915 million).
Folorunsho Alakija
(born 1951)
Nigerian founder of Famfa Oil, a Nigerian company that owns a substantial participating interest in OML 127, a lucrative oil block on the Agbami deep water oilfield in Nigeria.
12th. richest Black person 2019
(BILLIONAIRE)
Frederick Douglass
(1818 - 1895)
Born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey into slavery, he was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesma
George Washington Carver
(1865? - 1943)
Born into slavery in Missouri, Carver later earned degrees from Iowa Agricultural College.Tuskegee Institute's director of agricultural research from 1896 until his death. He developed hundreds of applications for farm products including peanuts, sweet potato, soybean, and pecan
Dr. Gladys West
(born 1930)
American mathematician known for her contributions to the mathematics underpinning the Global Positioning System. West was inducted into the United States Air Force Hall of Fame in 2018.
Halle Berry
(born 1966)
American actress and former fashion model. The only Black woman to win an Oscar for a leading role. One of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood.
Harriet Tubman
(1822 - 1913)
Born Araminta Ross into slavery, she was an American abolitionist and political activist. She escaped and used the "Underground Railroad" to guide many slaves to freedom.
Hank Aaron
(1934 - 2021)
Major League Baseball record holder, most home runs in a career
Harry Belafonte
(born 1927)
American musician, actor and social activist. One of the most successful Jamaica-American  musicians in history
Irving Burgee
(1924 - 2019)
American musician and songwriter. One of the greatest composers of Caribbean music. He composed 34 songs for Harry Belafonte. Wrote the lyrics of the Barbados National Anthem. Over 100 million copies  of his music sold.
Isabel dos Santos
(born 1973)
Angolan richest woman in Africa,
7th. richest Black person 2019.
(BILLIONAIRE)
Jay-Z
(born 1969)
American rapper and entrepreneur. The richest person in the Hip-Hop entertainment business
(BILLIONAIRE)
Jerome Adams
(born 1974)
Dr. Jerome Michael Adams iwas the 20th. Surgeon General of the USA
Jerry Rice
(born 1962)
The greatest wide receiver in NFL history and among the greatest NFL players overall. Retired.
Jessye Norman
(Sept. 15, 1945 – 2019)
She was an American opera singer able to perform dramatic soprano roles, but refused to be limited to that voice type. Her roles included Beethoven's Leonore, Wagner's Sieglinde and Kundry, Cassandre and Didon by Berlioz
 Joe Louis
(1914 - 1981)
 American boxer known as the Brown Bomber, World heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949. One of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time.
J'nai Bridges

American mezzo-soprano. W of the Marian Anderson Award and has performed for the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, and San Francisco Opera.

Kathleen Battle
(born August 13, 1948)
American operatic soprano known for her distinctive vocal range and tone. She  expanded her repertoire into lyric soprano and coloratura soprano roles during the 1980s and early 1990s. After a 22-year absence from the Met, Battle performed a concert of spirituals at the Metropolitan Opera House in November 2016.
Kamala Harris
(born 1964)
US Democratic Vice President from 2021
Ken Chenault
(born 1951)
Former Chairman & CEO  
American Express (until 2018). Third Black CEO of a Fortune 500 company
Kevin Andrew Fenton
(born 1966)
Regional director at Public Health, UK. Was director of US National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lawrence Brownlee
(born 1972)
American operatic tenor particularly associated with the bel canto repertoire. Praised for  his "incredible top notes".
LeBron James
(born 1984)
NBA's 4-time MVP.
4th. highest paid athlete in  in the decade ending December 2019 as per Forbes ($680 million)
Sir Lewis Carl Hamilton, MBE
(born 1985)
British Formula 1 Mercedes racing driver.
  7-time Formula One World Champion.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield
(born 1952)
US Democratic Ambassador to the United Nations from 2021
Lloyd Austin, General
(born 1953)
Retired US 4-star General. US Democratic Secretary of Defense
Louis Farrakhan
(born 1933)
American. Head of the Nation of Islam
Dr. Mae Jemison
(born 1956)
American. First Black female astronaut in space
Magic Johnson
(born 1959)
Earvin "Magic" Johnson, ex-basketball star & CEO, Magic Johnson Enterprise
Marian Anderson
(Feb. 27, 1897 – 1993)
was an American contralto. She performed a wide range of music, from opera to spirituals. Anderson performed with renowned orchestras in major concerts.  Fought to overcome racial prejudice against US artists.
Marcia Fudge
(born 1952)
US Ambassador to the United Nations from 2021
Michael Jordan
(born 1963)
Three times retired basketball star and entrepreneur. One of the most marketed sports figures in history with Nike "Air Jordan" sneakers.
(BILLIONAIRE)
Michael Stanley Regan
(born 1976)
US Democrqtic Head of the Environmental Protection Agency from 2021
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
(born 1954)
 Nigerian-American economist and international development expert appointed as Director-General of the World Trade Organization effective 1 March 2021, making her the first woman and the first African to hold the office.
Michelle Obama, ex- US First Lady
(born 1964)
Forbes' 2011 8th. most powerful woman, reportedly more popular in the USA than her husband President Barack Obama at the time
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Mike Adenuga
(born 1953)
Nigerian owner of telecom's carrier Globacom.
2nd. richest Black person 2019
(BILLIONAIRE)
Misty Copeland
(born 1982)
Currently the world's best Black ballet dancer and prodigy who started ballet at 13

Muhammad Ali
(1942 - 2016)
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., he was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century and as one of the greatest boxers of all time.
Sheikh Mohammed Aboud Al Amoudi
(born 1946)
Saudi Arabian / Ethiopian business magnate,
2nd.  richest Black person 2017
(NOT ON 2019 LIST)
Dr. Mohamed "Mo" Ibrahim
(born 1946)
British mobile communications entrepreneur.
13th. richest Black person 2019
(BILLIONAIRE)
Naomi Osaka
(born 1997)
Japanese professional tennis player. Won the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open.  Ranked No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), and is the first Haitian Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles.

Neil Degrasse Tyson
(born 1958)
American Astrophysicist and science communicator.
Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City.
Oprah Winfrey
(born 1954)
Entertainment Executive, 5th. richest Black person 2019
(BILLIONAIRE)
Dr. Patrice Harris
(born 1960)
Psychiatrist. First Black Woman to be elected President of The American Medical Association (AMA), effective June 2019
Patrice Motsepe
(born 1962)
South Africa's first Black Billionaire.
8th. richest Black person 2019
(BILLIONAIRE)
Dr. Patricia Bath
(1942-2019)
First Black woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical invention (laser eye surgery & cataract lens removal
P. Diddy
(born 1969)
Sean John Combs, the second-richest hip hop recording artist after Jay-Z, with $825 million.
Pelé
(born 1940)
Brazilian Soccer player (retired).
One of the greatest soccer players of all time.
Pretty Yende
(born March 1985)
South African operatic soprano.She has performed leading roles at opera houses internationally, including La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera.

Paul Robeson
(April 9, 1898 – 1976)
He was an American bass baritone concert artist and stage and film actor who became famous both for his cultural accomplishments and for his political activism.

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Quincy Jones
(born 1933)
American music impresario, conductor, record producer, musical arranger, film composer and trumpeter.
Rashida Jones
(born 1980)
President of MSNBC effective February 1, 2021. First Black woman to head a major cable news network. Quincy Jones'daughter.
Richard Parsons
(born 1948)
Former Chairman of Citigroup, former Chairman & CEO of Time Warne
Robert Johnson
(born 1946)
Co-Founder of BET (Black Entertainment Television).
First Black American billionaire.
Robert F. Smith
(born 1962)
American investor. CEO of Vista Equity Partners, an investment firm with over $14 billion in assets.
3rd. richest black person 2019.
(BILLIONAIRE)
Rosa Parks
(1913 - 2005)
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was a US activist who was arrested when she refused to give her Montgomery bus seat to a white woman.This led to riots, boycotts and desegregation.
Rosalind Brewer
(born 1952)
First African-American female Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Starbucks from Oct. 2, 2017
Russell Simmons
(born 1957)
Owner of Def Jam and Phat Farm. One of the richest Hip-Hop executives.
Sarah Breedlove,
Madam C.J. Walker
(1867 - 1919)
USA's first female self-made millionaire of all races.Created, manufactured and distributed hair and beauty products for Black women.
Serena Williams
(born 1981)
One of the greatest women's Tennis Players
Steph Curry
(born
 American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Many analysts and players have called him the greatest shooter in NBA history.
Sir Sidney Poitier
(born 1927)
Academy Award-winning Bahamian actor, film director, and activist Ambassador of The Bahamas to Japan (1997-2007).
Shani Davis
(born 1982)
Speedskater, First Black athlete to win a gold medal at the winter Olympics
Shirley Chisholm
(1924 - 2005)
Shirley Anita Chisholm (née St. Hill) was an American politician, educator, and author, the.e first black woman elected to the United States Congress
Shonda Rhimes
(born 1970)
American screenwriter of TV series Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and more.
Simone Biles
(born 1997)
American Artistic Gymnast.
Winner of 30 Olympic and World Championship medals, Five-time World all-around champion (2013–2015, 2018–19)
Strive Masiyiwa
(born 1961)
London-based Zimbabwean businessman, and philanthropist. He is the founder and executive chairman of Econet Wireless (telecommunications)
3rd. richest black person 2019.
(BILLIONAIRE)

Bishop T.D. Jakes
(born 1957)
American Televangelist, chief pastor of The Potter's House, a non-denominational megachurch in Dallas, Texas
Tiger Woods
(born 1975)
Eldrick "Tiger" Woods,
one of the most successful Golfers of all time. 6th. highest paid athlete for the decade ending December 2019 as per Forbes ($615 million)
Tyler Perry
(born 1969)
American actor, writer, producer, comedian and director.
2011 highest paid entertainer.
Tyra Banks
(born 1973)
American author, actress, and television personality. Former model.
Ursula Burns
(born 1958)
American.  Member of the board of directors of Uber, Past Chairman and CEO of VEON, a senior advisor to Teneo, and a non-executive director of Diageo since April 2018.
Usain Bolt, OJ, CD
(born 1986)
Retired Jamaican World Record Holder for the 100 meters (9.58 sec.) and the 200 (19.19 sec.). He is the highest paid athlete ever in track and field.
Vernon Johns
(1892 – 1965)
An intellectual American minister at several black churches in the South and a pioneer in the civil rights movement. He is best known as the pastor 1947–52 of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery Alabama. He was succeeded by Martin Luther King Jr.

Will Smith
(born 1968)
Double Academy Award winner. In the top 5 highest grossing actors of all time.
Sir Willard White
(born 1946)
Jamaican born OM, CBE  British operatic bass baritone.
William Warfield
(1920 - 2002)
He was an American concert bass-baritone singer and actor.
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