29 Days of Black Queens

Diana Ross, born March 26, 1944, is an African-American singer, record producer and actress with genres ranging from R&B, soul, pop, disco, and jazz. In the 1960s she was the lead singer of The Supremes later leaving to become a solo artist. She was the most successful female artist of the rock era in the 70s to mid 80s. Ross was nominated 12 times by Grammy and Oscar and in 1976 was named female entertainer of the century by Billboard magazine. Diana Ross is black excellence.

Harriet Tubman.
“Harriet Tubman was an American bondwoman who escaped from slavery in the South to become a leading abolitionist before the American Civil War. She was born in Maryland in 1820, and successfully escaped in 1849. Yet she returned many times to rescue both family members and non-relatives from the plantation system. She led hundreds to freedom in the North as the most famous “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, an elaborate secret network of safe houses organized for that purpose.” www.biography.com

Harriet Tubman is Black excellence…

 
Ida B. Wells.
“A daughter of slaves, Ida B. Wells was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, on July 16, 1862. A journalist, Wells led an anti-lynching crusade in the United States in the 1890s, and went on to found and become integral in groups striving for African-American justice. She died in 1931 in Chicago, Illinois.” www.biography.com
Ida B. Wells is Black excellence…
Zadie Smith
“Famed author Zadie Smith was born in London, England, on October 25, 1975. At age 21, Smith submitted some 80 pages of what would become White Teeth to an agent, and the book was published in a few years later to rave reviews, winning numerous awards, including the Whitbread First Novel Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her third novel, On Beauty, was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and won the 2006 Orange Prize for fiction.”
www.biography.comZadie Smith is Black excellence…
Rosa Parks
“Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus spurred a city-wide boycott. The city of Montgomery had no choice but to lift the law requiring segregation on public buses. Rosa Parks received many accolades during her lifetime, including the NAACP’s highest award.”
www.biography.comRosa Parks is Black excellence… Happy belated birthday
Donyale Luna
“Donyale Luna (August 31, 1945 – May 17, 1979) was an American model and actress. In 1966, Luna became the first black model to appear on the cover of Vogue.[2][3]
She also appeared in several underground films by Andy Warhol, and had roles in Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? (1966), and most notably as Enotea in the 1969 Federico Fellini film Fellini Satyricon.”

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Donyale Luna is Black excellence…
Madam C.J. Walker
“Madam C.J. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove on December 23, 1867, near Delta, Louisiana. After suffering from a scalp ailment that resulted in her own hair loss, she invented a line of African-American hair care products in 1905. She promoted her products by traveling around the country giving lecture-demonstrations and eventually established Madame C.J. Walker Laboratories to manufacture cosmetics and train sales beauticians. Her savvy business acumen led her to be one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire. She was also known for her philanthropic endeavors including donating the largest amount of money by an African-American toward the construction of an Indianapolis YMCA in 1913.”
www.biography.comMadam C.J. Walker is Black excellence…
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, a New York TimesNotable Book, and a People and Black Issues Book ReviewBest Book of the Year; and the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck. Her latest novel Americanah, was published around the world in 2013, and has received numerous accolades, including winning the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and The Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction; and being named one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year.”
www.chimamanda.comChimamanda Ngozi Adichie is Black excellence…
Angela Davis
“Angela Davis, born on January 26, 1944, in Birmingham, Alabama, became a master scholar who studied at the Sorbonne. She joined the U.S. Communist Party and was jailed for charges related to a prison outbreak, though ultimately cleared. Known for books like Women, Race & Class, she has worked as a professor and activist who advocates gender equity, prison reform and alliances across color lines.”
www.biography.comAngela Davis is Black excellence…

Dorothy Dandridge
“Born on November 9, 1922, in Cleveland, Ohio, Dorothy Dandridge sang at Harlem’s Cotton Club and Apollo Theatre and became the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for best actress. Many years passed before the mainstream entertainment industry acknowledged Dandridge’s legacy. In 1999, Halle Berry played Dandridge in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.”
www.biography.comDorothy Dandridge is Black excellence… We share the same birthday 🎂 #scorpio
Septima Poinsette Clark
“Born on May 3, 1898, in Charleston, South Carolina, Septima Poinsette Clark branched out into social action with the NAACP while working as a teacher. As part of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, she set up citizenship schools that helped many African Americans register to vote. Clark was 89 when she died on December 15, 1987, on South Carolina’s Johns Island.”
www.biography.comSeptima Poinsette Clark is Black excellence…

Eartha Kitt
“Born in 1927 South Carolina, Eartha Kitt became popular in Paris as a nightclub singer, then returned to the U.S. to appear in films and on Broadway. Her 1953 recording of “Santa Baby” is still a favorite today. In the 1960s, Kitt had a recurring role as Catwoman on TV’s Batman, but her career waned after she criticized the Vietnam War during a luncheon with Lady Bird Johnson.”
www.biography.comEartha Kitt is Black excellence… “I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.” – Eartha Kitt
Ruby Bridges
“Born on September 8, 1954, in Tylertown, Mississippi, Ruby Bridges was 6 when she became the first African-American child to integrate a white Southern elementary school, having to be escorted to class by her mother and U.S. marshals due to violent mobs. Bridges’ bravery paved the way for continued Civil Rights action and she’s shared her story with future generations in educational forums.”
www.biography.comRuby Bridges is Black excellence…
Gabrielle Douglas
“Gabrielle Douglas was born on December 31, 1995, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Gabby Douglas began formal gymnastics training at 6 years old and won a state championship by the time she was 8. She moved away from her hometown and family in 2010 to pursue training with a world-renowned Olympic trainer, and was selected to compete with the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. There, Douglas became the first African American to win gold in the individual all-around event. She also won a team gold medal with teammates Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber.”www.biography.comGabrielle Douglas is Black excellence…
Amandla Stenberg
Amandla was born on October 23, 1998 in Los Angeles, California. “When she’s not making music, Amandla is making noise on social media. Declared “one of the most incendiary voices of her generation” by Dazed magazine, which featured Amandla on the cover of its Autumn 2015 issue, the social activist helped catapult the topic of cultural appropriation into public discourse when she posted her school project video, “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows,” onto her Tumblr in 2014. She is the co-author, with Stranger Comics’ Sebastian Jones, of the comic book “Niobe: She is Life” published November 4, 2015. Amandla is a youth ambassador for No Kid Hungry, and supports the Ubuntu Education Fund, which nurtures children “from cradle to career” in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.”
www.imdb.comAmandla Stenberg is black excellence…
Natalie Cole
“Natalie Cole was born in Los Angeles, California, on February 6, 1950, to singers Nat King Cole and Maria Cole. Although she didn’t plan on a singing career, she took a summer job singing with a band in 1972. Albums soon followed, as well as two Grammy Awards for her debut album, Inseparable (1975). After a bout with addiction, Cole returned in the 1990s with Unforgettable… with Love, featuring renditions of songs previously sung by her father. Cole died in 2015 at the age of 65.”
www.biography.comNatalie Cole is black excellence…
Maya Angelou
“Born on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, writer and civil rights activist Maya Angelou is known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman. In 1971, Angelou published the Pulitzer Prize-nominated poetry collection Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Die. She later wrote the poem “On the Pulse of Morning”—one of her most famous works—which she recited at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993. Angelou received several honors throughout her career, including two NAACP Image Awards in the outstanding literary work (nonfiction) category, in 2005 and 2009. She died on May 28, 2014.”
www.biography.comMaya Angelou is black excellence…
Wilma Rudolph
“Born premature on June 23, 1940, in St. Bethlehem, Tennessee, Wilma Rudolph was a sickly child who had to wear a brace on her left leg. She overcame her disabilities through physical therapy and hard work, and went on to become a gifted runner. Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals at a single Olympics in 1960, at the Summer Games in Rome, and later worked as a teacher and track coach. She died in Tennessee in 1994.”
www.biography.comWilma Rudolph is black excellence…
Diahann Carroll
“Diahann Carroll made a number of films during her career and was nominated for an Academy Award for Claudine in 1974. It wasn’t until she was cast as the lead in Julia in 1968, however, that Carroll became a bona fide celebrity. The role made her the first African-American woman to star in her own TV series. She was nominated for an Emmy for Julia in 1969 and won the Golden Globe Award in 1968”
www.biography.comDiahann Carroll is black excellence…
India Arie
“India Arie (sometimes styled as India.Arie, born India Arie Simpson, October 3, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, musician, and record producer.[1] She has sold over 3.3 million records in the US and 10 million worldwide. She has won four Grammy Awards from her 21 nominations, including Best R&B Album.”
I am not my hair, the song every natural sings too…
www.Wikipedia.orgIndia Arie is black excellence…
Nannie Helen Burroughs
“Nannie Helen Burroughs, (May 2, 1878 – May 20, 1961) was an African-American educator, orator, religious leader, civil rights activist, feminist and businesswoman in the United States. She gained national recognition for her 1900 speech “How the Sisters Are Hindered from Helping,” at the National Baptist Convention.”
www.Wikipedia.orgNannie Helen Burroughs is black excellence…
Coretta Scott King
“Coretta Scott King was an American civil rights activist and the wife of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. She established a distinguished career in activism in her own right. Working side-by-side with her husband, she took part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and worked to pass the Civil Rights Act. After King’s death, she founded the Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta.”
www.Biography.comCoretta Scott King is black excellence…
Augusta Savage
“Born Augusta Christine Fells on February 29, 1892, in Green Cove Springs, Florida, Augusta Savage was an important African American artist and arts educator. Savage began making art as a child, using the natural clay found in her community. She became a portrait sculptor and a leading artist of the Harlem Renaissance and fought against discrimination. Savage traveled, studied and worked in Europe. In 1939, she was commissioned to create a sculpture for the New York World’s Fair. Savage is remembered as a great artist, activist, and arts educator.”
www.Biography.comAugusta Savage is black excellence…
Ursula Burns
“Ursula Burns is one of America’s most powerful businesswomen. She currently heads Xerox as the company’s CEO and chairwoman. She grew up in a housing project in New York, later entering Xerox as an intern and filling a number of roles before reaching the top job. She is the first black woman to head a company of this size.”
www.hellobeautiful.comUrsula Burns is black excellence…

Mae C. Jemison
“Mae C. Jemison was born on October 17, 1956, in Decatur, Alabama. On June 4, 1987, she became the first African-American woman to be admitted into the astronaut training program. On September 12, 1992, Jemison finally flew into space with six other astronauts aboard the Endeavour on mission STS47, becoming the first African-American woman in space. In recognition of her accomplishments, Jemison has received several awards and honorary doctorates.”
www.biography.comMae C. Jemison is black excellence…

Corinne Baily Rae
“Corinne Bailey Rae (born Corinne Jacqueline Bailey; 26 February 1979) is a British singer-songwriter and guitarist from Leeds, West Yorkshire. Bailey Rae was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2006 in an annual BBC poll of music critics, Sound of 2006.[2] She released her debut album, Corinne Bailey Rae, in February 2006, and became the fourth female British act in history to have her first album debut at number one.[3][4] In 2007, Bailey Rae was nominated for three Grammy Awards and three Brit Awards, and won two MOBO Awards. In 2008, she won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year(for her work as a featured artist in Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters).”
www.wikipedia.comCorinne Baily Ray is black excellence…
Daisy Bates
“Daisy Bates was born on November 11, 1914, in Huttig, Arkansas. She married journalist Christopher Bates and they operated a weekly African-American newspaper, the Arkansas State Press. Bates became president of the Arkansas chapter of the NAACP and played a crucial role in the fight against segregation, which she documented in her book The Long Shadow of Little Rock. She died in 1999.”
www.biography.comDaisy Bates is black excellence…

Michelle Obama
“Michelle Obama was born on January 17, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Princeton University, graduating cum laude in 1985, and went on to earn a degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. Following her graduation from Harvard, she worked at a Chicago law firm, where she met her husband, future U.S. President Barack Obama. The couple married on October 3, 1992. As first lady, she has focused her attention on current social issues, such as poverty, healthy living and education.”
www.biography.comMichelle Obama is black excellence…

Danielle Summers
“My name is Danielle Summers. I was born in Virginia on November 9th 1994 and raised in Alabama and Georgia. I am a junior in college majoring in information systems. I draw, paint, photograph, do videography, and blog. In 2012 I began a YouTube channel as a hobby and today it has reached over 13,000 subscribers. I teach thousands of women every week how to embrace their natural hair and the natural beauty within themselves.
I am, You are, We are black excellence…Happy Black History Month

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