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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