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Before pop icon Janet Jackson made her surprise announcement that she would be giving birth to her first child this year, she did a fabulous photo shoot promoting her new line of diamonds, "Janet J.

Debbie Allen & Phylicia Rashad, would love to have all black n white photos of African American actors/actresses in media room

13 Classic Images of Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashād

Debbie Allen & Phylicia Rashad, would love to have all black n white photos of African American actors/actresses in media room

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).

24 Actresses From The Golden Age Of Hollywood

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).

Misty Copeland, the first African American female soloist for the American Ballet Theatre (ABT)

Misty Copeland, the first African American female soloist for the American Ballet Theatre (ABT)

Diahann Carroll played a single mom who was a nurse in TV show "Julia" which was on 1968 thru 1971. She was the first African American actress to star in her own TV show..........

Diahann Carroll played a single mom who was a nurse in TV show "Julia" which was on 1968 thru 1971. She was the first African American actress to star in her own TV show..........

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.

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.

"ok" by junk-food ❤ liked on Polyvore featuring Wrangler, Jeffrey Campbell and American Apparel

"ok" by junk-food ❤ liked on Polyvore featuring Wrangler, Jeffrey Campbell and American Apparel

Mahala Lynch Davis, slave and free woman. She was owned by Isaac P. Davis, who brought her to Ohio, freed her, then married her in 1857.

Mahala Lynch Davis, slave and free woman. She was owned by Isaac P. Davis, who brought her to Ohio, freed her, then married her in 1857.

17 Best Short Hairstyles for African American Women

17 Best Short Hairstyles for African American Women

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.

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.

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.

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