1- Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, broadcast from Chicago, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and ran in national syndication for 25 years from 1986 to 2011. Dubbed the "Queen of All Media", she was the richest African American of the 20th century and North America's first black multi-billionaire, and she has been ranked the greatest black philanthropist in American history. By 2007, she was sometimes ranked as the most influential woman in the world.
2- Barack Obama
Come on now! First black president of the United States of America!? There is no list without him!
Barack Obama was the 44th president of the United States and the first African American commander-in-chief. He served two terms, in 2008 and 2012. The son of parents from Kenya and Kansas, Obama was born and raised in Hawaii. He graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review. After serving on the Illinois State Senate, he was elected a U.S. senator representing Illinois in 2004. He and wife Michelle Obama have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.
3- Spike Lee
Spike Lee is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and professor. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced more than 35 films since 1983. He made his directorial debut with She's Gotta Have It (1986). He has since written and directed such films as Do the Right Thing (1989), Mo' Better Blues (1990), Jungle Fever (1991), Malcolm X (1992), Crooklyn (1994), Clockers (1995), 25th Hour (2002), Inside Man (2006), Chi-Raq (2015), BlacKkKlansman (2018) and Da 5 Bloods (2020). Lee also acted in ten of his films.
Lee's work has continually explored race relations, colorism in the black community, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues. He has won numerous accolades and awards for his work.
4- T.D Jakes
Bishop T.D. Jakes was born on June 9, 1957 in South Charleston, West Virginia, USA as Thomas Dexter Jakes II. He is the founder and senior pastor of "The Potter's House", a non-denominational church in Dallas, Texas of 30,000 members.
He is also a producer and actor, known for Jumping the Broom (2011), Les liens sacrés (2009) and Et si le ciel existait? (2014). He has been married to Serita Jakes since May 29, 1982. They have five children.
5- Chris Gardner
This one is really special for me, because his story and speeches help me tremendously in the process of creating Muntu Warriors. His story is touching and very inspiring.
Christopher Paul Gardner is an American businessman and motivational speaker. During the early 1980s, Gardner struggled with homelessness while raising a toddler son. He became a stock broker and eventually founded his own brokerage firm Gardner Rich & Co in 1987. In 2006, Gardner sold his minority stake in the firm and published a memoir. That book was made into the motion picture The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith.
6- Michael Jordan
Alright, alright! I admit I cheated on this one! But I simply could not leave GOD out of the list!
Michael Jordan is an American former professional basketball player who is the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played 15 seasons in the NBA, winning six championships with the Chicago Bulls. His biography on the official NBA website states: "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. "He was integral to the rising global popularity of the NBA in the 1980s and 1990s, becoming an American and global cultural icon in the process."
And there you have it: six successful Afro-Americans. But there's so much more in the tank we just scratched the surface.
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