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We’re shouting out SOME successful black female politicians, entertainers, CEOs and all-around awesome women whose names aren’t Michelle, Stephanie, Kylie, or any of these other run-of-the-mill names after a story hit the web about a bi-racial teen who changed her name from “Keisha” to “Kylie” to avoid racist bullies. Did we miss anybody? Let us know in the comment section!

Successful Black Women with “Ethnic” or “Unique” Names was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. Quvezhane Wallis is the youngest actress to be nominated for an Oscar.

Quvezhane Wallis is the youngest actress to be nominated for an Oscar.

2. Keke Palmer, award-winning actress and singer

Keke Palmer, award-winning actress and singer

3. Kamala Harris, California Attorney General

Kamala Harris, California Attorney General

4. Rosalind Brewer, President and CEO, Sam’s Club

Rosalind Brewer, President and CEO, Sam’s Club

5. Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Council

Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Council

6. Keisha Whitaker, Creator of Kissable Couture

Keisha Whitaker, Creator of Kissable Couture

7. Romonda Belcher-Ford, Iowa’s first African-American Judge

Romonda Belcher-Ford, Iowa’s first African-American Judge

8. Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Congresswoman Maxine Waters

9. Beyonce: Actress, Entrepreneur, Musician

Beyonce: Actress, Entrepreneur, Musician

10. Ursula Burns, Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation

Ursula Burns, Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation

11. Mia Love, mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah

Mia Love, mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah

12. Condoleezza Rice, Former Secretary of State

Condoleezza Rice, Former Secretary of State

13. Maya Angelou, poet, author, activist and educator

Maya Angelou, poet, author, activist and educator

14. Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul

Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul

15. Aisha Tyler: Ivy league graduate, comedian and talk show host

Aisha Tyler: Ivy league graduate, comedian and talk show host

16. Rumia Burbank, President of Vendor Managed Solutions Inc

Rumia Burbank, President of Vendor Managed Solutions Inc

17. Iyanla Vanzant, nationallly acclaimed author and self-help guru

Iyanla Vanzant, nationallly acclaimed author and self-help guru

18. Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme, United Nations, U.S.A

Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme, United Nations, U.S.A

19. Keshia Knight Pulliam: HBCU graduate and actress

Keshia Knight Pulliam: HBCU graduate and actress

20. Sundra L. Ryce, President & CEO, SLR Contracting

Sundra L. Ryce, President & CEO, SLR Contracting

21. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey President, CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey President, CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

22. Rashida Jones: Ivy league graduate, actress and screenwriter

Rashida Jones: Ivy league graduate, actress and screenwriter

23. Areva Martin: Attorney, Author, Public Speaker and Television Personality

Areva Martin: Attorney, Author, Public Speaker and Television Personality

24. Issa Rae: Stanford graduate, writer, director, producer and entrepreneur

Issa Rae: Stanford graduate, writer, director, producer and entrepreneur
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