Top 10 African American Female Celebrities And Their Social Media Reach 2015


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It's not always easy to keep up with who is and isn't so hot, so we've created this list as a guideline for brands to see what African American female talent is currently trending as the IT women of Hollywood.  

Read on to see our list of top ten African American female celebrities, what TV shows and feature films they are best known for, and how many people they reach through their social media channels! 

How They Are Ranked

These celebrities are ranked based on several factors including:  how their films have done (how much $$ they have made!!) at the box office (film actors still rank higher than TV actors in most cases!), the number of times they have been included in social chatter across social media platforms, if they have upcoming productions they have been cast in development, and if they have won or been nominated at top tier award shows. 


#10 Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox is a 31-year-old actress from America

TV programs include: Orange Is the New Black, Transform Me, I Want to Work for Diddy

Feature Films include: Musical Chairs, The Exhibitionists, 36 Saints

Social Media Reach Details

  • Facebook:
  • Twitter:352+ million 



#9 Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is a -year-old actress/talkshow host from America

TV programs include: The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah's Next Chapter, Oprah Presents: Master Class, The Insider 

Feature Films include: Selma, Malcolm X, Lee Daniels' The Butler

Social Media Reach Details

  • Facebook: 10 million
  • Twitter: 28 million
  • Instagram: 3.9 million 



#8 Rihanna

Rihanna is a 27-year-old singer/actress from Barbados

TV programs include: Dancing with the Stars, The X Factor, So You Think You Can Dance, EastEnders, Pretty Little Liars

Feature Films include: Battleship, This Is the End, Annie

Hits: Umbrella, Take A Bow, What’s My Name, Where Have You Been

Social Media Reach Details

  • Facebook: 81+million
  • Twitter: 47million
  • Instagram: 21million 



#7 Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg is a 59-year-old actress from America

TV programs include: Glee Wow, I Never Knew That!,  Strong Medicine,  Whoopi

Feature Films include: The Lion King, Star Trek: Generations, Ghosts of Mississippi, Star Trek: Nemesis, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 

Social Media Reach Details

  • Facebook: 1.2million
  • Twitter: 974+k 



#6 Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah is a 45-year-old singer/actress from America

TV programs include: The Queen Latifah Show, Let's Stay Together, Living Single

Feature Films include: Straight Out of Brooklyn, Chicago, Valentine's Day, Hairspray, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Brotherly Love, 22 Jump Street

Hits: I Know Where I’ve Been, He’s Everything, U.N.I.T.Y, Just Another Day

Social Media Reach Details

  • Facebook: 7.2million
  • Twitter: 6.6million 



#5 Viola Davis

Viola Davis is a 49-year-old actress from

TV programs include:  Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, How to Get Away with Murder, City of Angels

Feature Films include: Ender's Game, Beautiful Creatures, Blackhat, Prisoners

Social Media Reach Details

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  • Twitter: N/A



#4 Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is a 32-year-old rapper/actress from Trinidad And Tobago

TV programs include: So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol: The Search for a Superstar, Dancing with the Stars

Feature Films include: Get Hard, Friends with Benefits,  Ice Age: Continental Drift,  Despicable Me 2, Pitch Perfect 2

Hits: Anaconda, Super Bass, Starships, Bang Bang

Social Media Reach Details

  • Facebook: 42 million
  • Twitter: 19+ million
  • Instagram: 26+ million



#3 Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington is a 38-year-old actress from America

TV programs include: Scandal, Boston Legal, The Insider

Feature Films include: Against the Ropes, Fantastic Four, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, A Thousand Words, Django Unchained

Social Media Reach Details

  • Facebook: 3.8million
  • Twitter: 2.1+million
  • Instagram: 1.4+million



#2 Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson is a 33-year-old singer/actress from America

TV programs include: Empire, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Dancing with the Stars

Feature Films include: Dreamgirls, Think Like a Man, Think Like a Man 

Hits: I Still Love You, Spotlight, If This Isn’t Love

Social Media Reach Details

  • Facebook: 7.7million
  • Twitter: 3.7million
  • Instagram: 880k



#1 Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson is a 44-year-old actress from America

TV programs include: Person of Interest, Empire, Boston Legal, The Division

Feature Films include: Four Brothers, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Hurricane Season, Date Night, No Good Deed

Social Media Reach Details

  • Facebook: 5.4+million
  • Twitter: 3.5million

The Celebrity Data

This data for the top 10 African American female celebrities is current as of July 2015 and from a number of sources including VScore, IMDBPRO, and just good hard general research and googling!

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