11 Successful Black People Who Wore Dreadlocks | Success Stories That Started With Nappy Roots


If I asked you to close your eyes and think of a successful person, would that person have dreadlocks?

If your answer was no, this detailed list of 11 Successful Black People with Locs might change your perspective on what success looks like:

Bob Marley


Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945, in St. Ann Parish, Jamaica. In 1963, Marley and his friends formed the Wailing Wailers. The Wailers’ big break came in 1972, when they landed a contract with Island Records. Marley went on to sell more than 20 million records throughout his career, making him the first international superstar to emerge from the so-called Third World. He died in Miami, Florida, on May 11, 1981.” – biography.com

Lauryn Hill


“Lauryn Noelle Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress. She is known for being a member of Fugees and for her critically acclaimed solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won numerous awards and broke several sales records. – Wikipedia

Marshawn Lynch


“Marshawn Terrell Lynch (born April 22, 1986) is an American football running back for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft after playing college football at the University of California at Berkeley, where he became the school’s second all-time career rusher.[1] As a member of the Seattle Seahawks, he won Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos. After initially retiring after the 2015 season, Lynch applied for reinstatement and was traded to the Raiders in April 2017.[2] Lynch earned the nickname “Beast Mode” for his powerful running style and consistent ability to run over defenders and break tackles.[3]” – Wikipedia

Carl Hart


“Carl Hart (born October 30, 1966) is a professor of neuroscience and psychology at Columbia University.[1] Hart is known for his research in drug abuse and drug addiction. Hart was the first tenured African American professor of sciences at Columbia University.” – Wikipedia 





Wiz Khalifa


“Cameron Jibril Thomaz (born September 8, 1987), known professionally as Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter and actor. He released his debut album, Show and Prove, in 2006, and signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2007. His Eurodance-influenced single, “Say Yeah”, received urban radio airplay, charting on the Rhythmic Top 40 and Hot Rap Tracks charts in 2008.” – Wikipedia 

Whoopi Goldberg

Credits: Yolanda Perez/ABC

“Caryn Elaine Johnson (born November 13, 1955),[3] known professionally as Whoopi Goldberg (/ˈwʊpi/), is an American actress, comedian, author, and television host. She has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards and is one of the few entertainers to have won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award. She was the second black woman to win an Academy Award for acting.” – Wikipedia



“Sway Calloway (born July 3, 1970), better known mononymously as Sway, is an American rapper and reporter and executive producer for MTV News.[1] He is also the co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Wake Up Show. He is one half of the duo Sway & King Tech and is currently the host of TRL.” – Wikipedia


Dutchess (Crystana Lattimore)


“Owner of Pretty-N-Ink, Crystana ‘Dutchess’ Lattimore hails from Lincolnton, North Carolina. At an early age she showed exceptional talent in art. Always at the head of her class, she graduated cum laude from North Carolina A&T State University with a Bachelor Degree in Business Management, concentration in Visual Art. While studying in graduate school for her M.B.A. she discovered her passion for tattoo artistry and quickly became a respected and sought out tattoo artist in her area.

Ready to share her talent with a larger audience she moved to New York City in 2010 where she immediately became a highly esteemed member of the ink community. Soon after, she found herself involved with a career changing opportunity with VH1. After creating a name for herself and following her dreams, Dutchess finally opened her very own Tattoo Boutique, Pretty-N-Ink in Charlotte, NC.  Although she’s no longer considered a “rookie in the game”, Dutchess remains humbled to be recognized for her talent and charm, but she is still on a mission to prove that she is one of the best and refuses to rest on her laurels.

With a world of new ventures on the horizon Dutchess Lattimore is definitely one of the most exciting new personalities to come along in a while. But to hear her tell it she just wants to “share her art with her audience”.” – www.dutchesslattimore.com

Malcolm Jamal Warner


“Malcolm-Jamal Warner (born August 18, 1970)[1] is an American actor, musician, director, producer, writer and consultant. He is best known for his roles as Theo Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show and as Malcolm McGee on the UPN sitcom Malcolm & Eddie. He also starred as Dr. Alex Reed in the sitcom Reed Between the Lines.” Wikipedia







“AD 30 / 33), also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus Christ, was a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader. He is the central figure of Christianity. Most Christians believe him to be the incarnation of God the Son and the awaited Messiah (Christ) prophesied in the Old Testament.” – Wikipedia

Numbers 6:5 – All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth [himself] unto the LORD, he shall be holy, [and] shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.

Judges 16:13 – And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: tell me wherewith thou mightest be bound. And he said unto her, If thou weavest the seven locks of my head with the web.

Ezekiel 44:20 – Neither shall they shave their heads, nor suffer their locks to grow long; they shall only poll their heads.

Leviticus 21:5 – They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.

Judges 16:19 – And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.

1 Samuel 1:11 – And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.

Ezekiel 8:3 – And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where [was] the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy.

2 Samuel 14:26 – And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year’s end that he polled [it]: because [the hair] was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king’s weight.

Toni Morrison


“Toni Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford;[2] February 18, 1931) is an American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor emeritus at Princeton University.

Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for Beloved. The novel was adapted into a film of the same name (starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover) in 1998. Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. In 1996, the National Endowment for the Humanities selected her for the Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government’s highest honor for achievement in the humanities. She was honored with the 1996 National Book Foundation’s Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Morrison wrote the libretto for a new opera, Margaret Garner, first performed in 2005. On May 29, 2012, President Barack Obama presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2016, she received the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.” – Wikipedia





Author: Jason Williams

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