#1 Edited by russellmania77 (16062 posts) - - Show Bio

African American feels safer to say but I didnt wanna only mean americans

#2 Posted by ThatGuyWithHeadPhones (13404 posts) - - Show Bio

Samuel Jackson

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#3 Posted by longbowhunter (8286 posts) - - Show Bio

Nelson Mandela maybe?

#4 Edited by pikachumonster (3100 posts) - - Show Bio

Michael Jackson?

#5 Edited by judasnixon (7594 posts) - - Show Bio

Jesus.......

#6 Edited by Eisenfauste (9954 posts) - - Show Bio

Barack Obama, problem?

#8 Posted by DaredevilDD78 (1722 posts) - - Show Bio

Denzel

#9 Posted by Detrolord (3090 posts) - - Show Bio

Black Panther

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#11 Posted by Outside_85 (10873 posts) - - Show Bio
  1. Nelson Mandela
  2. Martin Luther King
  3. Kofi Anan (face of the UN for nearly a decade)
  4. Barak Obama
  5. Idi Amin (first that sprung to mind when thinking about the long line of insane African dictators)

Those should be the ones, but I have a suspicion more people know about Jay-Z, Beoncé Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson simply because they are hugely successful performers.

In regards to MJ... he might be more famous than all of the others, but for those of us who weren't aware/around at the time when he was natural, I admit I have to remind myself that he was black and not white (not helped by my TV who only show his post-op days whenever he's mentioned).

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#13 Posted by SheenLantern (7082 posts) - - Show Bio

Michael Jackson maybe?

This. He was in the running for most famous person full stop.

#14 Posted by Stormdriven (7169 posts) - - Show Bio

Morgan Freeman.

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#15 Posted by silkyballfro94 (2294 posts) - - Show Bio

Probably Nelson Mandela. I have no idea if MLK is well known outside the U.S.

#16 Posted by DarthAznable (9095 posts) - - Show Bio

Jesus technically.

#17 Edited by pikachumonster (3100 posts) - - Show Bio

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#19 Posted by JakeN7 (13970 posts) - - Show Bio

Martin Luther King Jr. is the best answer. Jesus would be if it wasn't for the fact that he's as black as Alladin. Middle Eastern/Arabian =/= African American/Black.

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#21 Posted by Bruxae (14513 posts) - - Show Bio

Aside from the ones already mentioned, Sidney Poitier should be up there. And Muhammed Ali.

#22 Posted by Juiceboks (11995 posts) - - Show Bio

No mention of Malcolm X? Seriously guys?

#23 Posted by Jayc1324 (14697 posts) - - Show Bio

Michael Jackson hands down. Maybe President Obama next. Then Martin Luther King. Next is probably athletes and inventors.

#24 Posted by Ostyo (10873 posts) - - Show Bio

Michael Jackson, that's not even debatable.

#25 Edited by Outside_85 (10873 posts) - - Show Bio

No mention of Malcolm X? Seriously guys?

Tbh, I think Dr. Dre is more wellknown outside the US than Malcom X.

#26 Edited by Juiceboks (11995 posts) - - Show Bio

@outside_85: I doubt it..especially given Malcolm's relations with the Islamic people worldwide.

Bob Marley is also another person that should be mentioned. He's easily as recognizable as Michael Jackson on a worldwide basis. You know what..I stick by Bob.

#27 Edited by vampiricshaman (232 posts) - - Show Bio

@juiceboks: true but i feel those who known for deeds and civil rights are getting less renown then entertains but Bob marley is one who should be in the top ten most famous people on earth sad to see him trumped by Michael Jackson another famos person to say is Jessie Owens

#28 Posted by Mr_Clockwork91 (2210 posts) - - Show Bio

Alexandre Dumas

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#29 Posted by Wolverine08 (46465 posts) - - Show Bio

Me.

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#31 Posted by ComicStooge (14986 posts) - - Show Bio

No mention of Malcolm X? Seriously guys?

He was awesome.

#32 Edited by The Stegman (27202 posts) - - Show Bio

Gonna also toss W.E.B Dubois and Fredrick Douglas into the mix.

#33 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (36902 posts) - - Show Bio

MLK

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#36 Edited by Zainu (82 posts) - - Show Bio

Beethoven

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#38 Posted by DwightSpitz (567 posts) - - Show Bio

Probably Michael Jackson, because he is a candidate for most known anything ever.

#39 Edited by comedy_brosUSA (780 posts) - - Show Bio

Tyler The Creator

#40 Posted by buttersdaman000 (11260 posts) - - Show Bio

OJ Simpson

#41 Posted by BumpyBoo (11119 posts) - - Show Bio

Jesus.......

This was the answer I came hoping to find, and you didn't disappoint, mate ;)

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#43 Posted by danhimself (22752 posts) - - Show Bio

Oprah

#44 Posted by Farkam (5406 posts) - - Show Bio

Barry Bonds

#45 Posted by DoctorThomasElliot (295 posts) - - Show Bio

Martin Luther King Jr.or Nelson Mandela.

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#47 Posted by EdBlank (691 posts) - - Show Bio

Jesus.......

Ancient Egypt = Africans. Moses passed for Egyptian. Jesus is a descendant...

(A lot of times people tell me that Egypt wasn't black because northern Africans weren't as dark as Sub Saharan. Norwegians are lighter than Greeks but I do believe they all are considered "white". If a northern African from thousands of years ago found himself in America in 2014 he would be considered black. So yeah.)

#48 Posted by Jphu8414 (3960 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll give this one to Barack Obama

#49 Posted by BlackLegRaph (1372 posts) - - Show Bio

Michael Jackson.

#50 Posted by DarthAznable (9095 posts) - - Show Bio

@jaken7 said:

@darthaznable: Technically not, actually.

I only say technically because I'm atheist. lol