It’s always great to see people that look like you doing phenomenal things. It gives you motivation and makes you believe in yourself just that much more. These are the 10 great black role models who are doing the damn thang!
- Ava DuVernay
There are plenty of reasons to look up to Ava among which is her ability to perform (even out-perform) other folk in her male dominated profession. The ‘Directher’ is most known for directing the award winning film Selma. She has also worked with the luminary Oprah Winfrey and continues to do great work directing the film Queen Sugar.
2. Taraji P. Henson
Taraji is a phenomenal actress finally getting the recognition she so richly deserves. She is known for her character as Cookie in the hit Fox series Empire. She is an award winning actress, single mom and most recently author. She is always giving us goals whether she’s in character or she is just being herself.
Zendaya is loved by children and adults for being a great role model. She is an actress, dancer, activist and a designer. She has been very motivated since a young age and that is something positive she has exhibited to her many young fans. Zendaya teaches her fans the importance of self confidence and she does practice what she preaches. She recently came out with her clothing line Daya by Zendaya. We see a bright future for her. You go Z!
4. Simone Biles
Simone is an American gymnast who has 19 medals under her belt at only 19 years old! Her medal winnings include the Olympic and World Championship. This year she has been the inspiration to many young aspiring gymnast and we cannot wait to see which milestone she’s going to crush next.
5. Skai Jackson
Skai is a 14 year old actress best known for her role as Zuri Ross in the Disney show Jessie. She has shown so much growth and confidence since we’ve known her. She has dealt with cyber bullying with grace and that is something a lot of people can learn from her. She is phenomenal at her job and seeing her grow is such a joy.
6. Misty Copeland
Misty is a principal dancer who dances for the American Ballet Theatre and is the first black female to do so. There aren’t a lot of black ballerinas for young girls to look up to and Misty has filled this role perfectly. She has starred in the Nutcracker and Firebird. Her non-dance achievement include having two books under her name: Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina and Firebird. Learn more about her by visiting her website Misty Copeland
Comment some of the black girls and women you look up to!