The Internet gives everyone an opportunity to learn about anything at any time. This may be a contributing factor to how cultures have crossed more frequently than the pre-social media era.
That said, Black film, television and music, outside of a few examples, is still largely non-existent for a majority of white audiences, so recently, the question was prompted to Twitter on who they believed is the most “Blackfamous” person ever.
According to writer and poet Michael Harriot, “Blackfamous” individuals “would be someone EVERY black person knew but was unknown by EVERY white person.”
“Blackfamous” is the gap between black stardom and white anonymity.— michaelharriot (@michaelharriot) December 14, 2019
For instance: The highest possible rating on the “blackfamous” scale would be someone EVERY black person knew but was unknown by EVERY white person.
So I ask: Who is the most “blackfamous” person of all time?
So, drumroll please…
Below are some of the most popular candidates posed by Black Twitter.
Definitely Frankie Beverly. He’s like asking black people “Who is Dave Matthews?”— Dwayne Brewton (@deebes) December 14, 2019
Wypipo don’t know nothing about:— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) December 14, 2019
Bishop Noel Jones
Eric Jerome Dickey
and the list goes on.#BlackFamous https://t.co/XbB2j0YGYF
Pre- "Diary of a Mad Band" Jodeci. From about 91-92 every black person knew who they were, even your parents knew "Forever My Lady". White people? Not so much. They had crossover appeal by the second album— Jason Johnson (@DrJasonJohnson) December 14, 2019
The legend... the icon... Phyllis Hyman. pic.twitter.com/GCspao9KRo— Clay Cane (@claycane) December 14, 2019
Gerald LeVert and Tom Joyner spring to mind— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 14, 2019
Kirk Franklin— Pam Keith (@PamKeithFL) December 14, 2019
Countess Vaughn. pic.twitter.com/WejcDfbGbJ— @KarmaJonez (@KarmaJonez) December 14, 2019
Tasha Smith pic.twitter.com/HcG9D7qUJe— rosechocglam (@rosechocglam) December 14, 2019
Teddy Pendergrass.— G O L D I E. (@goldietaylor) December 14, 2019
Robin Harris and— D Merle (@dmsr89) December 14, 2019
Moms Mabley pic.twitter.com/SO8jNgTEW0
New Edition— Tyrone Dudley, BCaBA (@TheOnlyTyronly) December 14, 2019
My entire dorm had no idea who they were. My heart broke.
My first thought was Keith David, but its probably Leon. pic.twitter.com/YOq3M2Vrp9— Acey Deecey 🚀🚀 (@mcgarrygirl78) December 14, 2019
I’m going to say Cherrelle, Alexander O’Neal, Lisa Lisa, Ready for the World and Clarence Carter. Think of all the songs we play at family reunions and weddings. One of my fav songs is Tender Love by Force MDs. My white friends have no clue who that is lol. #Blackfamous pic.twitter.com/Ybz2iVHBAy— Brandi Boatner (@ThinkBluePR) December 14, 2019
Peep this, a white dude sangin black music but white people never heard of him lol🤯 i guess “They dont know” how to Cool Relax😉 Jon B iz #blackfamous frfr lol🔥 #BlackTwitter pic.twitter.com/Ng6p6QcSmW— Babyface Kese (@BabyfaceKese) December 14, 2019
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