1. Ava DuVernay
Known for: Directing the 2014 Oscar-nominated film Selma.
2. Stevie Wonder
Known for: Well, how about “Superstition” and “Ribbon in the Sky” for starters.
Known for: The Disney Channel show Shake It Up.
4. Valerie June
Known for: Her Americana/folk/gospel style of music.
Known for: Her five albums, which have netted her nine Grammy nominations.
Known for: His two rap albums including Pluto.
7. Lalah Hathaway
Known for: Her success as a soul and jazz musician. She was even given the nickname, “First Daughter of Soul.”
8. Bob Marley
Known for: Selling more than 20 million records.
Known for: Selling over 10 million records and winning four Grammys.
10. Richard Sherman
Known for: Dominating the NFL as a cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks.
11. Whoopi Goldberg
Known for: Being a comedian, talk show host, and Oscar winner.
12. Lauryn Hill
Known for: Becoming the first woman and hip-hop artist to win five Grammy Awards in one year.
13. Alice Walker
Known for: Writing The Color Purple and winning a Pulitzer in the process.
14. Lisa Bonet
Known for: Playing Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show and A Different World.
15. Toni Morrison
Known for: Writing novels such as Beloved, The Bluest Eye, and Song of Solomon.
16. Tracy Chapman
Known for: Classic hits such as “Fast Car” and “Give Me One Reason.”
17. Terence Trent D’Arby (now known as Sananda Maitreya)
Known for: His dozen albums including Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby.
18. Cassandra Wilson
Known for: Winning two Grammys for her contributions to the world of jazz.
19. Nile Rodgers
Known for: His many contributions to music, including as a member of the band Chic.
20. Shanola Hampton
Known for: Acting on television shows such as Shameless and Criminal Minds.
21. Thelma Houston
Known for: Her success as a soul artist (and R&B and gospel and…)
22. And of course, vintage Lenny Kravitz.
Known for: Being Lenny freakin’ Kravitz… duh.
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