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Six Wonderful African American Singers

Updated on March 15, 2014
Gloria Gaynoer
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Gloria Gaynor

Gloria Gaynor was born September 7, 1949. Her family was rather poor and lived in a housing project. Her family was very into singing. Her brothers sang in with a friend, but she was not allowed to sing with them, because she was "just a girl"

She always wanted to sing, but nobody in the house paid attention to her, once again because she was just a girl. However, she gathered the courage and started her singing career in 1965. Not much happened until 1975 when she released an album called " Never Can Say Goodbye"

However, she still had difficulty when it came to music until it came to the song " I Will Survive"

This song is amazing. It is basically about the way women can live without men

I Will Survive

Tina Turner
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Tina Turner

Tina Turner was born on November 26, 1939. She began her musical career in the mid 1950's, when African Americans were facing severe racism. However, even though racism held many African Americans back, she was very successful.

Some of her most famous songs were " Proud Mary", "Let's Stay Together", " Private Dance", and " I will Survive "

She is an amazing woman. Even though she was abused by her husband, Ike Turner, whom she divorced, her spirit for singing never died. She is loved by millions. Here is one my most favorite songs from Tina Turner.

You Better Be Good To Me


Sister Sledge

Sister Sledge is an African American musical group that consisted of four African American sisters. The oldest was born in 1954, while the youngest was born in 1959.

Their family was very supportive of them. Their names are Debbie Sledge, Kim Sledge, Joni Sledge, and Kathy Sledge. Their first major hit was the song " We Are Family" Unfortunately the group disbanded in 1989. But, the song " We Are Family" will always be one of this hubber's favorites.

We Are Family

The Weather Girls

The Weather Girls whose names are Izora Armstead and Martha Wash, are basically one hit wonders. But their song "It's Raining Men" Will always be one of my favorites!

It's Raining Men

Salt n Pepa
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Salt N Pepa

Salt N Pepa is a hip hop trip. their names are Cheryl James, Sandra Denton, and Deirdra Roper. They were the first all female rap group. They also came out at a time when African American women were starting to become stronger when it came to making videos.

My very favorite video they made is called " Push It"

Push It

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Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul is an amazing woman. She has won so many awards I am not going to mention all of them. She has always loved dancing and singing, and as you know she is now on the X-Factor.

My favorite video by Paula Abdula is " Cold Hearted"

I hope you enjoy it!

Cold Hearted


From Gloria Gaynor to Paula Abdul, African American women have been through a lot when it came to making music and videos. They are strong and they keep getting stronger. They are not going to stop, and to this hubber, that is wonderful!

Which is your favorite video?

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    • Michele Travis profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Travis 

      5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thanks Michael

      I wish you peace

      God bless you my friend.

    • Michele Travis profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Travis 

      5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thanks Eddy for your comment

      Hope you have a great weekend also


    • Michael-Milec profile image


      5 years ago

      Hello Michele,

      So nice to see you in good spirit.

      Have peaceful weekend.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you for sharing this beautiful hub Michele.

      Voted up and wishing you a great weekend.


    • Michele Travis profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Travis 

      5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thanks teaches, We Are Family is a fantastic song. My two favorites are We Are Family and I Will Survive.

      I don't know why. But, I do love all of them.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      My pick is We Are Family, what a great tune and message. I sometimes sing this when we gather with my sisters. Great list of singers.

    • Michele Travis profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Travis 

      5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Hi Faith Reaper.

      We are family is a fantastic song.

      Thank you so much for sharing. That means a lot to me!

    • Michele Travis profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Travis 

      5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio


      So do I. Her song is my favorite also.

      Thank you very much for your comment.

    • Michele Travis profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Travis 

      5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Hi Sheila

      I loved all of them. I do have some favorite African American male singers. But, the one I love the most is " I will survive" It is wonderful. She shows just how much strength a woman can have.

      Thank you so much for your comment.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Great choices, Michele. I used sing that song "We are Family ... I go all my sisters with me" when my children were little, and they thought I was making it up until my daughter saw it on an oldies commercial. LOL Love all of these lovely ladies!

      Up and more and sharing

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      5 years ago from Hub Page

      Gloria sang my divorce song, so I have special affection for her.

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      5 years ago

      All great! The Weather Girls are new to me. I know you just mentioned women, but my two favorite African-American singers are male - Charley Pride and Sam Cooke.

    • Michele Travis profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Travis 

      5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you Mhatter99

      I appreciate your comment very much.

    • Michele Travis profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Travis 

      5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you Eric, I just love it, can't help myself.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Great choices! Ho can I argue? thank you

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I must admit to some prejudice here. I am ashamed but I just cannot bring myself to like hip hop and rap. A few exceptions yes, but these did not break that sound barrier but those two groups were interesting.

    • Michele Travis profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Travis 

      5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you Bill, I love all of them. They are strong and have done so much despite racism.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You picked a good group here, Michele. There are two I have never heard before so I will listen to them now. Thanks for the recommendations.


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