Who can forget Angela Bassett as Tina Turner or Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles? Do you remember who played Billie Holiday? Or who Beyoncé performed as in the film Cadillac Records? More recent African-American biopics include The Butler (2013), starring Forest Whitaker and based on the life of Eugene Allen, Race (2016), starring Stephan James as Olympian Jesse Owens, and Hidden Figures (2017), which tells the story of NASA's "human computers" Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe).
Former star of the hit TV drama 'St. Elsewhere,' actor/director Denzel Washington has earned popular and critical acclaim for his roles in an array of feature films, including 'Glory,' 'Malcolm X,' 'Training Day,' 'American Gangster' and 'Flight.'
Halle Berry won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in 'Monster's Ball,' becoming the first African-American woman to win the honor. She has starred in films including 'Swordfish,' 'Die Another Day,' 'Gothika,' the 'X-Men' film franchise and 'Kidnap.'
Legendary performer Nina Simone sang a mix of jazz, blues and folk music in the 1950s and '60s, later enjoying a career resurgence in the '80s. A staunch Civil Rights activist, she was known for tunes like "Mississippi Goddam," "Young, Gifted and Black" and "Four Women," among many others.
Tina Turner and Queen are among seven artists to be awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Grammys. The 60th annual show will air live from New York on January 28, with a special award ceremony and concert for the honorees to be held this summer.
After the Carolina Panthers announced plans to sell his team, P Diddy Tweeted his interest in buying it. "There are no majority African American NFL owners," he wrote, adding he'd make history and put Colin Kaepernick in the running for QB.
Beyoncé took home $105 million pretax last year, according to Forbes, due largely to her Formation World Tour -- bypassing Taylor Swift as the highest-earning female musician. And she welcomed twins. Bey is now the second highest-earning celeb behind Diddy.
For the fifth straight year, Michael Jackson tops Forbes’ list of highest-earning dead celebrities, earning $75 million, thanks to a new greatest hits album, a Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil show and a stake in the EMI music publishing catalog.
Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier when he became the first black athlete to play Major League Baseball in the 20th century. He signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, and was named Rookie of the Year that year, National League MVP in 1949 and a World Series champ in 1955.