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'Real Cousins' Niecy Nash-Betts, Danielle Brooks, And Sterling K. Brown Make Waves In Hollywood With An Estimated Combined Net Worth Of $16M

Play cousins is a cultural euphemism often adopted by the Black community. Through friendships, community organizations, and many other ties — people routinely choose their family regardless of bloodlines. However, in some unpredictable ways, those who could’ve been regarded as play cousins have actual biological connections. Niecy Nash-Betts brought this to the forefront, revealing she is related to fellow actors Danielle Brooks and Sterling K. Brown. In an Instagram post, the 53-year-old actress shared a picture posing with Brooks and Brown, congratulating them on their Oscar nominations and announcing to the world that the trio are blood-related cousins. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Niecy Nash (@niecynash1) “Both of my COUSINS are OSCAR NOMINATED ‼️‼️ Yes! We are blood-related! REAL cousins!” Nash-Betts wrote in the caption of her post. “I’m so proud of my fam! @thedaniellebrooks @sterlingkbrown I’m rooting for you!” Brooks, 34, is a first-time Oscar nominee for her...

Josh Rodgers

Feb 22, 2024

How BET's Co-Founder Sheila C. Johnson Became America's First Black-Woman Billionaire, Owner Of 3 Professional Sports Teams, And A Real Estate Mogul

Remember when Beyoncé danced to O.T. Genasis’ hit song “Everybody Mad”? She had the entire “Coachella” audience screaming the iconic line, “I been getting to the money.” Although this is on brand for the Houston, TX, native, a long history of successful Black women can say the same thing about success. This is where Sheila C. Johnson enters the chat. Johnson is the first Black woman to become a billionaire, and her journey toward that fortune is just as fascinating as it is history-making. Born in 1949 and originally from McKeesport, PA — Johnson had a father who was a prominent neurosurgeon and a mother who was an accountant, per Black Past. Both career successes would prove to be a marker for Johnson’s accomplishments throughout her life. According to a Forbes profile, her parents enrolled her in an all-white Kentucky elementary school before desegregation. As a student, she pursued a love for music, becoming a concert violinist during high school. Johnson’s love for music would...

Josh Rodgers

Feb 12, 2024

Sheryl Lee Ralph Has An Estimated $5M Net Worth, But Her 2 Children Are The True Source Of Her Fortune

Christmas 2006 brought the world the award-winning musical film, “Dreamgirls.” Although fans raved about the stellar performances from the cast, the story of that film didn’t begin there. It started in 1981 as a Broadway musical featuring the iconic Sheryl Lee Ralph. Ralph brought original life to the character Deena Jones in the play and has been leaving marks on the industry ever since. Modern audiences may remember her as the educator and step-mom from the 1990s’ sitcom “Moesha.” As often displayed in memes and gifs, the culture also remembers her as the strict mother to Lauryn Hill’s character in “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.” Ralph’s multi-decade career is expansive regardless of what entry point fans and audience members find her. Currently, she portrays Barbara Howard in ABC’s “Abbott Elementary,” having earned a 2022 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Throughout the years, Ralph has proven to be a powerhouse on and off the screen. She is the...

Josh Rodgers

Feb 6, 2024

What Is Deion Sanders' Reported Net Worth in 2023?

Deion Sanders rose to fame in the 1990s thanks to his skills on the field for several NFL teams over the years. Coupled with his often flashy persona, he became instantly recognizable. Sanders can even include two Super Bowl wins and an appearance at the MLB World Series thanks to his foray into professional baseball as well. Dubbed “Prime Time” and “Neon Deion” during his pro football days, he is now regarded as one of the greatest NFL cornerbacks of all time. Sanders later went on to expand into reality television, served as a sports analyst and eventually pivoted to coaching college football. So, with a career as illustrious as this, exactly how much is Deion Sanders worth today? Deion Sanders’ Early Life Deion Sanders is a native Floridian who was born in Fort Myers in 1967. He immersed himself in football at a young age and would later become a letterman and All-State honoree in not only football but also basketball and baseball by the time he was enrolled in North Fort Myers...

What Is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Reported Net Worth in 2023?

Anyone who followed the NBA in the 1970s and 1980s is familiar with the name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The six-time NBA champion is also the all-time leading scorer and the only six-time MVP. With long-time stints for both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks, no one would argue that Abdul-Jabbar is one of the GOATs (greatest of all time). While basketball put Kareem’s name on the map, cinephiles might remember him from cameos in classic movies like “Airplane!” and even playing opposite Bruce Lee with a fight scene in “Game of Death.” Considering his storied athletic career and expansion into activism, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a legend. Just how much is this storied icon worth these days ? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Early Life Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. in 1947 in Harlem, a famous neighborhood in New York. His mother migrated to New York after relocating from North Carolina while his father was a Trinidadian immigrant. Although born in Harlem, his family...

What Is Daymond John's Reported Net Worth in 2023?

Whether you are a Gen Z’er, Millennial, Gen X’er or Boomer, you have probably seen Daymond John on TV. Elder Millennials, Gen X’ers and Boomers probably remember John from the iconic FUBU brand launched with famed spokespeople like LL Cool J during the 90s. Meanwhile, younger Millennials and Gen Z members may only know him as one of the main angel investors on the hit ABC reality show, “ Shark Tank .” Wherever one remembers him from, Daymond John has become a fixture in the investor circuit and a strong example of Black Excellence fueled by entrepreneurship. From working behind the scenes when Hip-Hop expanded beyond the music industry to becoming the face of helping small business owners skyrocket to success through shrewd business deals, he has proven his business acumen time and again. Which leaves just one question — how much is Daymond John Worth? Daymond John’s Early Life Like many people in and around Hip-Hop during the early years, Daymond John is from New York — Brooklyn to...

What Is Stevie Wonder's Reported Net Worth in 2023?

Stevie Wonder needs no introduction. With a career that spans more than six decades, countless hits and awards to his name, no one questions whether the gifted music artist has earned his flowers. His musical genius has touched pop, R&B, progressive soul, jazz and gospel music. He is not only a master of performance, he is also a prolific songwriter and producer. Award winning albums like “Songs in the Key of Life”, “Innervisions”, and “Fulfillingness’ First Finale” have solidified him as an icon in the industry. He even performed at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, further enshrining him as a pop cultural superstar around the world. With all of his accolades, you might wonder exactly how much Stevie Wonder is worth in 2023. Stevie Wonder’s Early Life Stevie Wonder was born Stevland Hardaway Morris in 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan. Because he was born six weeks premature and was kept in an oxygen-rich incubator, he suffered from retinopathy of prematurity. This means that his eyes failed to...

What is Lewis Hamilton's Reported Net Worth in 2023?

It is not an understatement to say that auto racing is big business. While in the U.S., IndyCar and NASCAR are the most popular options, there is another that is the biggest in the world — Formula 1 (F1). You’re forgiven if you think that IndyCar is the same as F1 since the cars used in both circuits are very similar. In particular, there’s one F1 driver who’s taken the world by storm, Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton currently drives for Mercedes and has won an impressive seven World Drivers’ Championship titles, and also currently holds the records for several other prestigious positions. While Lewis Hamilton may not be a household name for the average American if they don’t follow F1, he’s quickly built up a reputation and fan base — and is also credited for making the F1 sport as a whole more accessible and appealing to a larger audience. But exactly how much is Lewis Hamilton worth? Lewis Hamilton’s Early Life Lewis Hamilton was born in 1985 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in the United...

What is Jordan Peele's Reported Net Worth in 2023?

To say that Jordan Peele revolutionized the Black horror genre is something of an understatement. “ Get Out” continues to be one of the most critically acclaimed suspense thriller movies of this century. Meanwhile, from stints directing the series reboot of “ The Twilight Zone” and HBO’s “ Lovecraft Country” to movies like “ Nope” and “ Us ,” Peele has mastered the art of centering the Black experience within the horror genre, while still creating content that is relatable to a wider audience. While most people initially recognized Peele from his hit comedy sketch show “ Key & Peele” that he helmed with co-host and friend Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele earned his acting and comedic chops much earlier. With all of his accolades and continued success, one might be wondering just how much this pivoting actor turned filmmaker is worth. Jordan Peele’s Humble NYC Beginnings Born in 1979, Jordan Peele is a native New Yorker who grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He was raised...

Kerry Washington Built An Estimated $50M Fortune, But Her Husband And 3 Kids Are 'Proof Of God' To Her

When Shonda Rhimes gave us the critically acclaimed “Scandal,” Thursday nights were never the same. The brilliance of the show’s characters kept viewers captivated, all led by Olivia Pope, as portrayed by Kerry Washington. Washington made the world feel like Olivia Pope could do just about anything. She was the proverbial cousin in most people’s heads and the “fixer” many people wish they had in real life. Although Washington’s role in “Scandal” was noteworthy, it wasn’t the first nor would it be the last time she’d make her mark on the culture. Kerry Washington is a New York native with early roots in the acting industry. During her early teen years, she was a part of New York’s TADA! Youth Theater. Her work with the theater would prove beneficial as Washington went on to appear in hit television shows and films including “Ray” and “Little Fires Everywhere.” The 46-year-old actress is also known for her work behind the camera as a producer and director for shows such as the hit HBO...

Josh Rodgers

Apr 19, 2023

Hip-Hop's First Billionaire Jay-Z Now Has A $2.5B Net Worth And Not Because Of The Genre

Back toward the beginning of his career, who would’ve imagined the 1998 release of “Hard Knock Life” would become a pit stop on the journey toward billionaire status for Sean “Jay-Z” Carter? Today, although he’s already a part of the club as Hip-Hop’s first billionaire, Jay-Z is still traveling along his journey, increasing his net worth to $2.5 billion, Forbes estimates. Most people have come to know the New York native from his legendary music career. From his early days with Roc-A-Fella Records to the evolution to what the world knows as Roc Nation, Jay-Z is heavily awarded and recognized for his musical contributions — leading to Billboard ranking him as the greatest rapper of all time. Whether or not Hip-Hop fans and enthusiasts agree, very few can argue with his impact on the industry and culture. Even Warren Buffet jumped into the proverbial group chat, saying, “For a young person growing up, he’s the guy to learn from.” In addition to music, Jay-Z is an accomplished...

Josh Rodgers

Mar 30, 2023

Future Was Said To Previously Be Worth $40M — Here's What That Estimate Is Now

March is an eventful month. It’s Women’s History Month as well as the beginning of spring and the NCAA tournament. And the soundtrack the culture continues to choose to celebrate this time of year is the 2015 classic “March Madness” by Future. Born Nayvadius DeMun Cash, Future is an Atlanta native and trap music legend. He initially entered the industry as a part of the Dungeon Family collective, dropping a series of mixtapes. According to his website, the Future mixtape era led him to sign his first major record deal with Epic Records. In 2012, he released his official debut album “Pluto,” which featured hits like “Tony Montana” and “Same D*mn Time.” Future would continue to release a series of successful studio and collaborative albums with artists such as Drake, Lil Uzi Vert, and Juice WRLD. The 39-year-old’s music career has earned him several nominations and awards, including two Grammys trophies. Although the rapper has advocated for his hard work, he credits his long-time...

Josh Rodgers

Mar 17, 2023

Ryan Coogler Built A Multi-Million Dollar Empire, But His Brothers' Work On 'Creed III' Proves It's A Family Affair

In the arsenal of Black culture are movies many within the community can pull from as classic unified entertainment. One of those films is the 1999 release of “The Best Man.” The movie is mainly centered around the long-lasting friendship of four chosen brothers and the nuanced complexity and beauty between them. As standard with most feature films, a soundtrack and title track communicate the movie’s themes through music. R&B artists Ginuwine, R.L., Tyrese, and Case came together to produce the song “The Best Man I Can Be.” In it, they sing about the support of having brothers, whether by choice or blood. The Coogler Brothers — Ryan, Noah, and Keenan — bring all these concepts together as they make their mark on the industry. Many are pretty familiar with the work of Ryan Coogler. He debuted in 2013 with his first feature-length film, “Fruitvale Station.” He would go on to write and co-create Marvel’s hit films “Black Panther” and the sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” Ryan...

Josh Rodgers

Mar 3, 2023

Former NBA Player Matt Barnes Nearly Lost It All Early In His Career – ‘At The End Of Every Summer, I Was Broke’

During the 90s and early 200s, the world saw an influx of people proudly flaunting their money and all of its material assets. From the big chains to the high-end brands, luxury and the allure of wealth were in excess. Fast forward to today, and not much has changed. However, some people who had that flashy mindset years ago have changed their perspectives on how they use money and maintain wealth. Former NBA superstar Matt Barnes is an example of those who admitted he needed to mature as it related to his relationship with wealth. Maybe Biggie and the squad were right – “Mo Money Mo Problems.” Barnes entered the NBA in 2002 as the 46 th draft pick of the Memphis Grizzlies. He was immediately traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on draft night and eventually landed a spot in the NBA’s D-League. He would soon land with the Los Angeles Clippers and play for several separate teams before he retired in 2017. His first official contract was a one-year deal with the Clippers worth $249,531....

Josh Rodgers

Nov 15, 2022

Ryan Coogler Sits On A $25M Fortune, But His Success Wouldn't Be Possible Without His Wife — 'I Was Broke, Playing Football'

The year 2018 was the year Black people temporarily traded in the coveted head nod for the Wakanda Forever signal. It was a moment of endearment, a chance for connection, and an unspoken term of social engagement. That phenomenon is credited to “Black Panther,” written and directed by Ryan Coogler. Coogler is an Oakland, CA, native and American filmmaker. The film director graduated from Sacramento State with a B.S. in business administration/finance in 2007. From there, he would be accepted to USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he made short films and honed his screenwriting skills. At USC, his skills would lead him to write and direct his breakout film “Fruitvale Station” in 2013. Starring Michael B. Jordan, “Fruitvale Station” is a film that depicts the real-life story of Oscar Grant, III. From that breakout moment, Coogler would go on to make other feature films, including “Creed” and the Marvel hit “Black Panther.” His work gained him the recognition of his peers with several...

Josh Rodgers

Sep 22, 2022