Black Girl Magic

By Tarran Carter 

Some of the wealthiest black women in America.

The hashtag “BlackGirlMagic” has swiftly taken over social media platforms. Recently, Essence dedicated three fierce February covers to the phenomenon, and Teen Vogue’s latest issue featured Amandla Stenberg as the most definitely filled with magic. DREAM TEEN Magazine’s July Summer Issue, to be released in a couple of weeks will feature three audacious women as magic leading ladies. It will also feature the authenticity of some of wealthiest magic women in the world.Black Girl Magic was created by CaShawn Thompson to celebrate the beauty, power and resilience of black women.I like how Huffington Post described the term: Black Girl Magic is a term used to illustrate the universal awesomeness of black women. It’s about celebrating anything we deem particularly dope, inspiring, or mind-blowing about ourselves.

$3 billion. Oprah is among the richest women in the US, and she’s also one of the best-loved. She started out as a news reporter in Baltimore, then scored her own national daily talk show. Then she became owner of the OWN TV cable network and her own personal magazine. Next stop, world domination? It’s no surprise that her net worth is in the billions.
$120 million. Rihanna has released some of the best-selling singles of all time, including “Umbrella”, “Take a Bow”, and “Only Girl (In the World).” She’s won eight Grammy awards and numerous other accolades. She’s also much-loved by fans because she seems like a genuine, authentic person, and she’s known for being willing to take silly selfies with fans.
$300 million. Walker wrote one of the best-loved American novels of all time, The Color Purple, which won her a Pulitzer and a National Book Award. When Walker was a child, her dad earned only $300 a year as a sharecropper ($4,000 in today’s money), so Walker’s brilliant financial success is a stunning change from her early life.
$300 million. Queen Bey started out as a member of Destiny’s Child, one of the hottest girl groups in history, then went on to have mammoth solo hits like “Crazy in Love” and “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).” Her 2016 album and accompanying movie Lemonade took things in a new, darker direction that her fans seem to love. On top of all that, Beyonce has been hailed by Time and Forbes magazines as one of the most influential people in the world.
$175 million. Janet Jackson achieved a stunning 18 consecutive top 10 hits on the US Billboard chart, making her the world record-holder for a female artist. She recently blew everyone’s minds again when she announced that she’ll be having her first child at the age of 50, after canceling her 2015-16 tour to prep for the little one’s birth.
$200 million. Tina Turner – aka The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll – has been making music since 1960. Her 1980s hits are still fan favorites, including “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” “Private Dancer,” “We Don’t Need Another Hero,” and “The Best.” She’s won eleven Grammy awards, and with record sales totaling 180 million copies worldwide, she’s among the best-selling female artists of all time.
$250 million. Diana Ross shot to fame as an original member of legendary Motown girl group The Supremes. Then, as a solo artist, she had six number one singles, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Touch Me in the Morning.” Ross has been nominated for 12 Grammys and won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
$520 million. Known for her multi-octave vocal range, Mariah Carey has had massive commercial success since her debut single “Vision of Love” topped the charts in 1990.
$90 million. Tyra Banks was a supermodel in the early 2000s and is one of the original Victoria’s Secret Angels. However, she’s probably now better known as the creator and host of the reality show America’s Next Top Model, one of the highest-rated US shows ever, which aired from 2003-2015.
$50 million. Alicia Keys has sold over 55 million albums and 90 million singles worldwide, making her one of the best-selling female artists ever. Her latest album Girl on Fire topped the charts. Keys now has two children, and has appeared on film in Smokin’ Aces and The Nanny Diaries.

$100 million. History-making tennis player Serena Williams has broken many records. She has won multiple grand slams, has a net worth of $100 million, and is definitely one of the best female tennis players in history thus far.
$11.8 million. Michelle Obama is worth an estimated $11.8 million. She was raised on the South Side of Chicago in a working class family, and became a Harvard-educated lawyer and hospital administrator. She then became First Lady of the United States. Part of her net worth comes from the successful books written by her husband, President Barack Obama.
$460 Billion – Cathy Hughes was the first and only African-American woman to head a publicly traded corporation when her TV One network went public in 1988. TV One continues to make hugely popular shows, including Unsung, Fatal Attraction, and Born Again Virgin.
$70 million. Halle Berry made history as the first black woman to win a Best Actress Oscar at the 2002 Academy Awards for her role in Monster’s Ball. She’s also been a Bond girl (Jinx in Die Another Day) and played Storm in the lucrative X-Men franchise.
60 million. Rapper-turned-producer Queen Latifah has sold over two million records. She’s acclaimed as a hip-hop pioneer, but she’s also had an incredibly wide-ranging career that has earned her a Grammy, an Emmy, a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, and an Academy Award nomination.
$24 million. Toni Morrison has won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, and her novels Beloved and The Bluest Eye are on college syllabuses across America, as well as featuring on Oprah’s book club. Morrison currently teaches as Princeton, but her estimated worth from book sales is $24 million, so she could definitely give up her day job.
$8 million. Actress Kerry Washington was already a Hollywood movie staple when she was cast as Olivia Pope in the acclaimed TV drama Scandal. In that role, she’s won an NAACP Image award and the TV Guide Magazine fan favorite award in 2013, as well as being nominated for two primetime Emmys and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

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