A Black History Biz Moment: Ten Black Pop Culture Innovators

February 12, 2013 ‐ By Blair Bedford
AP Photo/Dave Allocca, StarPix

AP Photo/Dave Allocca, StarPix

This Black History Month, we celebrate some of pop culture’s most influential movers and shakers who have changed the landscape of the world of entertainment. From the first African-American billionaire to the one of the hardest working men in radio, African-Americans have pioneered various media outlets, some even simultaneously.

Here are only a few of pop culture’s African-American innovators in the areas of music, television and film. We threw in a bonus, above: Michael Jackson. Besides his singing career both with the Jackson 5 and as a solo artist, and his investments across the music industry (including The Beatles portfolio), he invented the moonwalk, a move that continues to mystify and inspire dancers good and bad around the world. Check out this slideshow for more on the late, great MJ.

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  • cocoabaker

    Michael Jackson also did not invent the moonwalk! He was taught the move by Soul Train dancers after he saw them do it. There are three former dancers who claim they did this, one of which is Jeffery Daniel, who was also a member of Shalimar( with Jody Watley and Howard Hewett).

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  • Jessica

    kimberly elise is NOT cicely tysons granddaughter.. do your research journalist