Famous and Influential Black Men
In the world of showbiz entertainment and sports, there are lots of superstars who command a lot of influence in whatever they choose to do in the public limelight. It is no surprise that even their children who are less than 5 years old have more Instagram followers than the average person. Any keen follower of history knows well that most of these legends and influential people are black men. Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson, Mohammed Ali and Tiger Woods have all something in common. The fact that they were best in their fields at their career peaks if not the greatest of all the time. Of course, there are other exceptional black men such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Barrack Obama who helped to achieve significant political strides. Even today, the supply is never short of popular black men who can decide the world trending topic in just the click of a button.
Andre Romelle Young, otherwise known as Dr. Dre is arguably one of the most influential person in hip hop. In fact, he is probably the richest rap artiste with a net worth exceeding $700 million. Dr. Dre’s achievements are simply outstanding. He sold his headphones company to Apple for $3 billion dollars and there is a big-time Hollywood movie based on his life story currently showing in movie theatres all around the world. However, it is not his net worth or the Hollywood movie that makes him special but his influence in hip hop. Not only did Dr. Dre work closely with 2 Pac but he also helped to launch the careers of other successful rappers such as Eminem, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, The Game and Kendrick Lamar. Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, he was a member of the N.W.A group, who are credited as the godfathers of gangster rap. It seems everything Dr. Dre touch turns to gold.
He is not just a rapper, producer, fashion designer but also America’s 2020 presidential candidate. Kanye West’s announcement at the VMA ceremony that he will run for president has received adequate media attention mostly due to his status. Even though his marriage to Kim Kardashian made him a public interest, Kanye West is one of the highest selling hip hop artiste at the moment. Having sold more than 20 million album copies worldwide with 21 Grammy Awards to his name, Kanye West is famous due to his music making talents. Perhaps his most controversial scandal is when he criticized the Bush administration after the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Shawn Corey Carter, popularly known as Jay Z, is considered as one of the best rappers of all time. Most of the new generation rappers have been widely influenced by Jay Z. In fact, there are at least 3 universities in USA that offer courses studying Jay Z lyrics. Throughout his career, he has sold more than 100 million records and accumulated nearly half a billion dollars through his music and other business ventures. Not to forget he is married to popular singer, Beyonce Knowles.