Encyclopaedia Africana T September 30, 2020 TARAJI P. HENSON

In addition to acting in Hustle and Flow, Henson sang “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” on the film’s soundtrack. The track won a 2004 Academy Award for Best Song, with Henson performing at the telecast.

Encyclopaedia Africana L September 20, 2020 LUPITA NYONG’O

My mother – who has never worn make-up herself – didn’t allow me to wear make-up growing up. She always said, “Your skin is beautiful the way it is.”’

Encyclopaedia Africana M September 15, 2020 MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS

“No one wakes up and says ‘I’m going to become a drug-dealer’ or ‘I’m going to become a stick-up kid’. No. There is a series of events that makes them feel this is the only way out.

C Encyclopaedia Africana September 12, 2020 CHIWETEL EJIOFOR

I know what non-representation feels like, as do so many black people in this country. To walk into a room and not see anyone who looks like you

D Encyclopaedia Africana September 12, 2020 DJIMON HOUNSOU

That is the reason why African ways of life were demonized so much for so long. You’re kept away from having to live fully as who you are. We don’t know anything about our identity. When you are brought up in life, your education is the education of the colony. Your religion is the religion of the colony.

Encyclopaedia Africana L August 27, 2020 LENNY HENRY

I also sat in for David Rodigan when he got married, and did two weeks on Capital Radio playing reggae, which was also incredibly enjoyable.

Encyclopaedia Africana M August 15, 2020 MARY J. BLIGE

Blige helped redefine R&B and began forging a unique niche for herself on the more personal second album, 1994’s My Life.

Encyclopaedia Africana O August 7, 2020 OPRAH WINFREY

“Demand that the police involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor be arrested and charged,” is inscribed on the image on the billboard.

Encyclopaedia Africana Q August 7, 2020 QUEEN LATIFAH

Queen Latifah’s prominence in Hollywood was cemented in 2003, when she received an Academy Award nomination (best supporting actress) for her portrayal of Matron Mama Morton in the big-screen adaptation (2002) of the stage musical Chicago.

Encyclopaedia Africana K August 7, 2020 KWAME KWEI ARMAH

Kwame was Artistic Director for the Festival of Black arts and Culture, Senegal

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