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19 Black Celebs who are probably smarter than you!

by Linda Graham in Celebs

With everything going on in the world, I think it's more of a reason for us as a people to pick up a book or two and get saavy. Reading is so important and to be honest, it doesn't matter what method you choose, (physical book, tablet, laptop or an audiobook) as long as your learning and stimulating your mind. 


Learning about the financial success of black celebrities can be a very inspiring as it helps us all to remember that by working on our dream, we too can achieve or exceed their level of success. The academic achievements of celebrities is something that should also be celebrated, along with their day to day achievement. Here's a look at 19 celebs who are probably smarter than you! 


1. Tyra Banks- Harvard University- Business



2. Thandie Newton-  Cambridge University-  Anthropology



3. Shonda Rhimes- Dartmouth- screenwriting at USC - Creator of Greys Anatomy and the US Prime Time Hit, Scandal. She was also a contributing writer to The Princess Diaries 2. 



4. Hill Harper- Brown University (Undergraduate degree) then Harvard Law School (where his 20 year friendship with President Obama began).



5. Brian White- Dartmouth College - Political Science, Psychology and Theater Arts



6. Courtney B Vance- Harvard (Bachelor of Arts) and then Yale (Master of Fine Arts) Where he met his future wife Angela Bassett.



7. Angela Bassett- Yale University- African American Studies and Master of Fine Arts (Her Second Degree). 



8. Sanaa Lathan- Yale- Drama (second degree), Her first degree was in English from  Berkeley University.



9. Alicia Keys- Colombia University 



10. Ryan Leslie- Harvard University- Government (Political Science & Macroeconomics)



11. John Legend- Turned down Harvard to study at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied English (focusing on African-American Literature).




12. Barack Obama- Harvard Law School



13. Michelle Obama- Princeton- Sociology & African-American Studies and Harvard Law School.



14. Yaya DaCosta- Brown University- African Studies & International Relations. She speaks Portuguese, French, Spanish, and conversational Japanese.



15. Lupita Nyong'o- Yale- School of Drama



16. Tracee Ellis Ross- Brown University- Degree in Theater



17. Rashida Jones- Harvard- Religion and Philosophy 



18. Joy Bryant- Yale



19. Bob Johnson-- Princeton University- International Affairs. Founder of BET which became the first Black owned company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.





Linda Graham

Linda Graham

Spiritual | Vegan | LSE Academic | Autodidac | Bibliophile | Founder & Chief Editor of ZURI Magazine | E: or tweet me @LindaGraham89
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