Pride Month during a Black Revolution | 47 BLACK LGBTQ+ FOLK YOU SHOULD KNOW: FROM ANGELA DAVIS TO LIL NAS X

ANGELA DAVIS

Political Activist, Philosopher, and Author of over 10 books on class and feminism. She is widely regarded as one of the most influential civil right leaders in history.

LIL NAS X

Grammy winning Rapper, Singer, and Songwriter and 1st openly gay rapper nominated for top honors at the Grammys and 1st Openly gay artist to win a Country Music Association Award. With one of the most successful single in music history.

JASON COLLINS

Former NBA Star who played 13 seasons. An all-American from Stanford University. He was Featured in Time Magazines 100 Most Influential People in the World.

ISIS KING

Isis is actress, supermodel, and fashion designer. She was the 1st transwomen to compete on America’s Next Top Model. She currently stars in “When They See Us”

LUTHER VANDROSS

Luther is Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was also know as one of the most in-demand background vocalist in music history across multiple genres. He his regarded by many as one of the best male voices in music history.

JOHN AMAECHI

Amaechi is a Psychologist, consultant, and former international Basketball star who played in France, Italy, Greece, the UK, and most notably in the United States’s NBA. He was on the Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz, and the Cleveland Cavs.

TAYLOR BENNETT

Bennett is rapper, singer, and songwriter from Chicago. Although he is widely known as the brother of Chance The Rapper, Bennett created his own fanbase. Taylor has opened for Nas, continues a indie Hip Hop favorite, and sell out shows.

LITTLE RICHARD

The architect of Rock and Roll and perhaps one of the most unappreciated singers of All-time. Little Richard was apart of many music icons starts. Many were in his band or doing musical covers of him including James Brown, Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix. He was instrumental in the early success of iconic band The Beetles.

JAMES BALDWIN

James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son, explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, but most notably in the mid-20th-century United States

LEE DANIELS

This Oscar winning writer Daniels is an American film and television writer, director, and producer. He produced Monster’s Ball, Empire, and Star. Lee also directed The Butler and Precious which won two awards.

RAVEN SYMONE

Symone is Black TV Icon having starred in many iconic shows such as The Cosby Show, Thats So Raven, and Hanging with Mr. Cooper. She is an Award winning actress, singer, rapper, model, and producer. She is also a former host of long running talk show The View.

BAYARD RUSTIN

Civil Rights Leader who organized the Iconic MARCH ON WASHINGTON. Rustin was also a known Gay activist and right hand to Martin Luther King Jr.

LANGSTON HUGHES

Author, Poet, Social Activist, Novelist, and Playwright. Hughes was one of the prominent leaders of the Harlem Renaissance.

JANELLE MONAE

Janelle is a Billboard and MTV Award winning singer, rapper, actress, songwriter, and producer. She starred in the record making Moonlight and the storytelling movies such as Hidden Figures and Harriet.

J AUGUST RICHARDS

Richards is an Emmy nominated actor who starred in WB’s Angel and Marvels’s Agents of Sheild. He now stars in ground breaking TV Show “Council of Dads”.

BARBARA JORDAN

The 1st African American women elected to the House of Representatives and 1st and so far only Black women Governor of Texas as she was sworn in for one day.

JANET MOCK

Janet is the first black trans-women to host a television host. She is also writer, director, producer, activist, and actress. Mock most successful piece of written work is the best selling book “Redefining Realness”.

DON LEMON

He is journalist with his on show on CNN. Lemon is one of the most unapologetic and bold political commentators on television.

BESSIE SMITH

The most popular female blues singer of the 1920’s and 30’s. She is known as the Empress of the Blues.

AUDRE LORDE

Lorde was a feminist, civil rights activist, writer, and womanist. She was fierce poet who spoke to racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, and homophibia.

TESSA THOMPSON

Thompson is singer and actress. She is well known for here strong role as Valkyrie in the Marvel Universe. She has starred on many wide regarded projects including Dear White People, Selma, and Creed. She had a lead role in the Men In Black comeback film and now stars in Westworld.

MARSHA P. JOHNSON

Marsha P. Johnson was an American gay liberation activist and self-identified drag queen. Known as an outspoken advocate for gay rights, Johnson was one of the prominent figures in the Stonewall uprising of 1969

ALICE WALKER

Walker is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. In 1982, she wrote the novel The Color Purple, for which she won the National Book Award for hardcover fiction, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

TRACY CHAPMAN

Chapman is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits “Fast Car” and “Give Me One Reason”, along with other singles “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution”, “Baby Can I Hold You”, “Crossroads”, “New Beginning”, and “Telling Stories”. She is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award–winning artist.

SHERYL SWOPES

Sheryl is an American former professional basketball player. She was the first player to be signed in the WNBA, is a three-time WNBA MVP, and was named one of the league’s Top 15 Players of All Time at the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game.

WANDA SYKES

Wanda Yvette Sykes is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She was first recognized for her work as a writer on The Chris Rock Show, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award in 1999. In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of the 25 funniest people in America.

AMANDLA STENBERG

is an American actress and singer. Stenberg’s work includes roles in feature films such as The Hungar Games and The Hate U Give. Stenberg was included in Time’s list of Most Influential Teens and Oprah’s Supersoal 100 list.

LENA WAITHE

This Emmy winning screenwriter, producer, and actress is constantly building her legacy. Creator of The Chi, Boomerang series, and Twenties. Lena wrote and produced the cultural hit Queen & Slim. Currently Waithe has a recurring role on popular HBO show Westworld.

KEITH BOYKIN

Keith Boykin is a broadcaster, journalist, author, and political commentator. He was editor of The Daily Voice, a CNBC contributor, a CNN political commentator, and a co-host of the BET TV talk show My Two Cents.

RUPAUL

RuPaul is the World’s most famous drag queen, an actor, model, singer, songwriter, and television personality. He created the smash hit series RuPaul’s Drag Race, for which he has received six Primetime Emmy Awards. He had his own successful talk show, Netflix series, and appeared in countless films.

KEKE PALMER

Emmy nominated Keke is a singer, songwriter, actress, and television host. She has appeared in films such as the classic Akeelah and the Bee. She had her own talk show before currently becoming a co-host on ABC’s Strahan, Sara, and Keke. Palmar is also know for her rolls in Scream Queens, Madea’s Family Reunion, and Scream.

TONEX/BSLADE

B Slade is a Steller Award winner singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, rapper, producer, former Pastor, and activist. He is crosses many genres and his album “Out the Box” has been considered one of the best gospel albums of all time.

ALICIA GARZA

Alicia is an editorial writer and civil rights activist. She know widely for being one the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter Movement

DABRAT

Harris is a Grammy nominated rapper, actress, and theater star. She’s sold over 2 million records and is one of the most influential women in Hip Hop history.

JOSEPHINE BAKER

The ICONIC Jospehine Baker was gem. This American born French entertainer was also a civil rights Activist and French Resistance Agent. She was the 1st African American to star in a Major Motion Picture.

MICHAEL SAM

The ESPY award winning Sam was an All American football standout that played for both the NFL and CFL and GQ Man of the Year. He currently travels around the world as a motivational speaker and author. Sam also competed on a season of Dancing with The Stars.

LZ GRANDERSON

LZ is a journalist, actor , and senior writer for ESPN’s The Magazine. He is also a co-host on SportsNation, Mornings with Keyshawn, and LZ and Travis on ESPN. Granderson is also a occasional commentator for CNN.

WILLOW SMITH

Willow is a singer, songwriter, producer, actress and co-host of hit show Red Table Talk. She is the Daughter of Iconic couple Will and Jada Smith and sister to Trey and often queer cited Jaden.

FRANK OCEAN

The Grammy and Brit award winning Ocean is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and photographer. His album “Blonde” debuted at #1 and was certified Platinum.

JAMEELA JAMIL

She is a actress, writer, radio presenter, model, competition show judge, producer and activist. She was the star of the popular series The Good Place and now serves as executive for the HBO Max series Legendary.

LAVERN COX

The Emmy winning producer Lavern is also an actress and LGBTQ+ Activist. She was the 1st transgender actress nominated for an acting Emmy. She is the first Trans-women to appear on the cover of Cosmopolitan.

RYAN RUSSELL

Ryan is a former NFL defensive end who played for the Dallas Cowboys, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Buffalo Bills.

SYD THE KID

LA born Grammy nominated singer and songwriter and founding member of the hit group “The Internet”. Syd is also a former member of the super group collective Odd Future with the likes of Frank Ocean, Tyler the Creator, and others.

RASHAAN PATTERSON

Patterson is BET award winning singer, songwriter, and actor. He is cherished song writer with credits included “Baby” by Brandy and “Momma” by Kendrick Lamar. He is also known for his time on hit show Kids Incoprated w/ Fergie, Mario Lopez, and Shanice. He is one of the first openly gay male soul/R&B singers.

YOUNG MA

MA is rapper and entrepreneur. She rose to fame with the quadruple platinum single “Ooouuu”. Young MA is also the founder of KWEENZ Foundation for those experiencing grief and trauma.

GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER

Carver was the most prominent black scientist of the early 20th century. He was also an inventor and widely known for his discovery of the many uses of the peanut.

GLEN BURKE

Burke was the 1st openly gay MLB player in history. He and player Dusty Baker are widely created for inventing the HIGH FIVE. He played for the Oakland Athletics and LA Dodgers.

Published by Maven Logik Lee

Maven Logik Lee is a writer, entrepreneur, advocate, fitness professional, and motivational speaker. He has several years of entertainment experience as a singer, songwriter, dancer, and poet. Logik is also a legend in the underground ball scene.

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