Odds are that if you’re a music or movie fan, you’re probably aware that there are a number of major celebrities that have Haitian ancestries including Denzel Washington and Usher; both world renown personalities. Denzel Washington has obviously done well making movies and Usher has had great success in this country from his singing and writing skills, to being a part of TV’s popular singing competition show the Voice.
As a noteworthy American actor, Denzel Washington has appeared in numerous blockbuster movies, earning him a net worth of an estimated $140 million. Denzel, the actor, director, producer and screenwriter, was born in Mount Vernon, New York, where he lived with his father, who was a Pentecostal minister, and his mother, who both owned and work at a beauty salon.
Denzel earned a full scholarship to the renowned American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California after attending Fordham University and receiving his B.A. He eventually turned down his scholarship, deciding instead to pursue a professional acting career in New York. As it is the case for most would be actors or actresses going for their dream of stardom, it was a slow and challenging process.
Denzel worked his way up, working on small films and a variety of television roles including popular medical drama St. Elsewhere in 1982 (his first real role), until the season finale in 1988.. Some of the actor’s most popular, money making movies include Virtuosity, Courage Under Fire, Fallen, The Siege, Training Day, Out of Time, Man on Fire and American Gangster. Denzel’s income has landed him a #5 position on the richest African American men in the entertainment industry list; an honorable and much deserved acknowledgement.
When you think of Usher, his chic styles and dance moves, polished vocals and broad vocal range probably come to mind; that and his romantic ballads that make women swoon. Born October 14, 1978 in Chattanooga, TN, Usher Terry Raymond IV started singing at only 6 years old in his church choir.
After moving with his brother and mother to Atlanta, he performed on the hit show at the time, Star Search, and secured a recording contract with LaFace Records shortly after. His first, self titled album was released in 1994, when he was only 15 years of age.
Usher eventually joined a local R&B quintet called the NuBeginnings, and rose to fame during the late 1990s with the release of My Way, his second album, which produced his first Billboard Hot 100, #1 hit, “Nice & Slow”. Since then the album has been certified platinum 6 times by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His next album, 8701, produced the Billboard Hot 100 #1 hits U Got It Bad) and “U Remind Me” and since then the album has been certified platinum 4 times.
The RIAA has also ranked Usher as one of American music history’s best selling artists. User is estimated to have a net worth of $140 million.
Countless Haitian’s first came to the United States at the turn of the century in search of economic opportunity and in doing so made the country a better place.