VH1 Stars Celebrate Black History Month And Share Their Personal Heroes

  • Dutchess Lattimore Angela Davis

  • Hazel E Maya Angelou

  • Draya Michele Josephine Baker

  • Tony Vick Chuck Cooper

  • Sky Black Ink Oprah

  • O’Shit Black Ink Crew Andre Malcolm

  • Sheree Fletcher Xernona Clayton

  • Ceaser Black Ink Harriet Tubman

  • Shay Johnson Dorothy Dandridge

  • Monyetta Shaw Bessie Coleman

  • Walt Bob Marley

  • Christina Johnson Oprah Winfrey

  • Jackie Christie Barack Obama

  • Ted Black Ink Malcolm X

  • Tameka Raymond Maya Angelou

  • Quani Black Ink Malcolm X

  • Sassy Black Ink Crew Barack Obama

  • Torrei Hart Oprah Winfrey

  • Masika Kalysha Miriam Makeba

  • Puma Black Ink Crew Puff Daddy

The month of February, in particular, is a time to honor the courageous black men and women who inspire and pave the way for their community. Everyone has their own personal heroes, from great leaders who fought for equal rights to the writers, artists, inventors, and entertainers who came before them and the VH1 fam is no different. In honor of Black History Month, we asked some of the stars from your favorite shows who gives them inspiration. Their thoughtful responses are honest and personal and a true testament to the brave men and women who have given back (and some of them straight up silly!) Who are your black heroes?

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