Diahann Carroll (July 17, 1935)Carroll was another star who got her start by winning a reality show: Chance of a Lifetime in 1954. The 18-year-old went on to get small parts in Carmen Jones (1954), Porgy and Bess (1959), and Paris Blues (1961), before becoming the first African American to win a Tony Award (in 1962 for No Strings).
Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable, fashion icon. Bonet was born in San Francisco. Her African-American father, Allen Bonet, is an opera singer and was born in Texas; her Jewish mother, Arlene (née Litman), was a teacher. Lisa is the mother of Zoe Kravitz.
Go for Gold The tapered cut and mixture of blonde and brunette shades help Chrisette Michele's hairstyle transition seamlessly from day to night -- just add a red lip and some mega-lashes and you're good to go.
Stretching beauty: Ballerina Misty Copeland on her body struggles
Misty Copeland is an American ballerina, described by many as a prodigy who rose to ballet stardom despite not starting until the age of 13. She’s the third African-American ballerina and first in two decades with American Ballet Theatre.