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This is a list of notable Barbadian Americans, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.
- Stacey Dash - actor
- Melyssa Ford - Canadian model and actress
- Meagan Good - actress
- Cuba Gooding, Jr. - actor
- Omar Gooding - actor
- Adrian Holmes - Canadian actor
- Nia Long - actress
- Mari Morrow - actress
- Gwyneth Paltrow
- Redd Pepper
- Jada Pinkett Smith - actress
- Robert Christopher Riley - actor
- Lamman Rucker
- Tory Lanez - rapper
- A$AP Rocky - real name Rakim Mayers, rapper
- Afrika Bambaataa - musician
- Damon Dash - co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records; Stacey Dash's cousin
- Grandmaster Flash - hip hop musician and DJ
- Faith Evans - singer and actress
- Doug E. Fresh - hip hop musician
- Desiigner - hip hop musician/rapper
- Cuba Gooding, Sr. - singer
- Ryan Leslie - musician, producer
- Mr. Lif - hip hop musician
- LL Cool J - musician
- Lord Burgess - songwriter
- Rihanna - real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty, Barbadian singer, actress, and fashion designer
- Shontelle - musician
- Arturo Tappin - musician
- Tweet - real name Charlene Keys, singer
- Rayvon - real name Bruce Alexander Michael Brewster, Barbadian singer, songwriter
Public Service Figures
- Shirley Chisholm - Congresswoman
- Adrian Fenty - former Mayor of Washington, District of Columbia
- Charles Gittens - first black United States Secret Service agent
- Sylvia O. Hinds-Radix - New York State Supreme Court Judge
- Eric Holder - former Attorney General of the United States
- Sherrilyn Ifill - lawyer and activist
- Thomas Jones - former Civil Court judge and civil rights activist in Brooklyn, New York
- Chirlane McCray - poet, public speech writer, married to New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio
- Bret Schundler - former Mayor of Jersey City, NJ
- Lloyd Sealy - first African American NYPD officer to command a police precinct and patrol borough
- Dennis M. Walcott - Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development in New York City, New York
- Arnold Josiah Ford - rabbi
- Cardinal Warde - physicist, full professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Robert Bailey - National Football League player
- Anson Carter - Canadian hockey player
- Ramon Harewood - National Football League player
- Orlando Jordan - professional wrestler
- Winston Justice - National Football League player
- Sam Seale - National Football League player
- Alana Shipp - American/Israeli IFBB professional bodybuilder
- Christian Taylor - track and field athlete
- Obadele Thompson - track and field athlete
- Kevin Weekes - Canadian hockey player
- Andrew Wiggins - Canadian basketball player
- Andre De Grasse - Canadian Sprinter
- Nick Wiggins - Canadian basketball player
- Gwen Ifill - American journalist and television newscaster
- Agymah Kamau - novelist
- Odimumba Kwamdela - poet and novelist
- Paule Marshall - novelist
- Susan Taylor - editor-in-chief of Essence magazine
- Frank L. White - chef, the original chef's face on Cream of Wheat box
- Dr St John - eductator, technology teacher, role model.
- "DallasBlack.com: Interview: Meagan Good". DallasBlack.com. Archived from the original on 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2009-03-11.
- Kam Williams (2009-01-20). "Meagan Good: The Unborn Interview". KamWilliams.com. Retrieved 2009-06-30.
- Staff writer (31 March 2011). "Hollywood celebrity finds family links in Barbados". The Barbados Advocate. Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
The Paltrow episode, which forms a part of the television network’s programme entitled “Who Do You Think You Are?” will air this Friday, April 1, at 8:00 p.m. local time, and local and international viewers will witness the Academy Award-winning actress’s visit to the island where she traces the roots of her paternal grandfather.
- NSH (24 February 2012). "Black celebs in Barbados". Barbados Daily Nation. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
Rucker surprised NationNews.com with the information that he is sorry to leave so early (he departs Monday) because he wanted to formalize his dual citizenship — his grandfather is Barbadian Ebenezer Ray from St Michael.
- "Afrika Bambaataa: "djhistory Interview"". Archived from the original on 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
- Modzelewski, Eve (2000-09-27). "Stage Preview: Acting takes Cuba Gooding Sr. on an inspirational tour". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
- Chappell, Kevin (2003-01-01). "L.L. Cool J Turns Up the Heat and Talks About Love, Marriage, and Why He Gave Up 'The Naked Look'". Ebony Magazine. Johnson Publishing (January): 116–120. Retrieved September 30, 2009.
My grandfather has told me that I was a genius for as long as I can remember. Believe in myself. Believe that I can make it. Believe that I can do anything I put my mind to. My mother told me those things a lot when I was growing up. that's what I've been focused on my whole life". And while it was those pep talks that molded his worth ethic, it was the love his grandparent showed for each other that molded his beliefs about love and romance. "My grandfather was a hardworking man who came to the U.S. from Barbados," LL Cool J says. "He always told me to take care of my family. He took great care of my grandmother. They put each other on the pedestal.
- Best, Tony (24 September 2010). "NEW YORK NEW YORK: Bajan mayor shown door". Nation Newspaper. Archived from the original on 2012-06-23. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
There is the United States Attorney-General Eric Holder Jr. Next is Dr Vilma Scantlebury, the world’s first black, female organ transplant surgeon. Then there is Gail Brathwaite, the chief operating officer of one of Connecticut’s largest banks. To that list, Bajans can add Adrian Fenty, mayor of the nation’s capital. This energetic son of a Bajan became the city’s youngest mayor in 2006 and people across the capital looked to him to change the fortunes of a municipality which often seemed mired in scandal, mismanagement and corruption. By any measure, he succeeded in changing things. Unfortunately, Fenty, 39, who speaks openly about his Bajan family connections, now has less than three months before he must leave office.
- Isgrò, Francesco (May 2007). "D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty Honored by Italian American Community". Ciao Media Group, LLC. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
By many accounts, the star attraction of the evening was the Mayor’s mother, Jeanette Bianchi Perno Fenty, whose family hails from Monte San Giovanni Campano, a small town located about 90 km southeast of Rome and about 14 km east of Frosinone in the region of Lazio. Her family emigrated to the United States in 1920. Mrs. Fenty and her husband, Phil Fenty (a native of Buffalo, N.Y., whose roots are traced to Barbados and Panama) moved to Washington in 1967.
- "Charles Gittens". The Daily Telegraph. 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
- First Barbadian inducted as New York State Supreme Court Justice Archived 2008-06-19 at the Wayback Machine, Monday, December 27, 2004, CaribbeanNetNews.com
- Profile Hon. Sylvia O. Hinds-Radix, New York State Unified Court System
- Johnston, David (November 11, 2008). "Eric H. Holder, Jr" (Series). The New Team. The New York Times. Retrieved November 19, 2008.
- Best, Tony (November 16, 2008). "Obama's AG may be Bajan". Local News. Barbados: Nation Newspaper. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved November 18, 2008.
- Johnston, David (November 12, 2008). "Eric H. Holder Jr". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-31.
- Meet The New Kid On The Fast Track, August 22, 1993, North Jersey Herald & News
- Markowitz, Gerald. "Lloyd George Sealy: An Appreciation". Lloyd Sealy Library. John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
- Springer, Bevan (5 August 2010). "Mayor Bloomberg to host West Indians at Gracie Mansion". Caribbean360. Archived from the original on 2011-10-01. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
- "Science & Engineering Faculty Directory: Cardinal Warde". Retrieved 2015-01-14.
- "Gwen Ifill Biography". Biography. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
- Carol Brennan (2008). "Black Biography: Gwen Ifill". Contemporary Black Biography. The Gale Group. Retrieved 2008-09-18.