Bessie Smith And Other Influential Black Stars Who Shaped Pop Culture

May 13, 2015  |  


Last decade, Beyoncé proved herself to be a formidable talent, with or without the help of Destiny’s Child. She ushered in popular new dances and styles (including wearing leotards in all the wrong places…). Hip-hop music became one of the highest-selling genres thanks to artists like Jay Z, Nelly, 50 Cent and Kanye West. They continued to influence what we wore, what phones we bought and even what water we drank and headphones we bought. Through the success of Grey’s Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes became a household name, and a Godsend for ABC and its millions of viewers. And NeNe Leakes and company helped make the Real Housewives of Atlanta the most popular and successful show in the franchise. Athletes like Usain Bolt sprinted on the scene and gained stardom, as did LeBron James and Floyd Mayweather, who knocked out folks left and right, amassing a major following.

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