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).
Tina Turner’s oldest son, Craig Raymond Turner, has died at 59 of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, says the Los Angeles coroner. Craig was born to Tina and then-boyfriend, saxophonist Raymond Hill, and was later adopted by Tina’s abusive husband Ike.
Academy Award winner Denzel Washington returns to the big screen to dish out his brand of cinematic justice in 'The Equalizer 2.' The Antoine Fuqua-directed film also features Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman and 'Moonlight' breakout star Ashton Sanders.
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.'
The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Nina Simone’s childhood home a national treasure; it was saved from demolition in 2016. The singer and Civil Rights activist experienced major mental health & financial issues before dying in France in 2003.
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.
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.