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From Yvonne Orji to Iman, several Black women in Hollywood were able to achieve success in America while still paying homage to their native roots.

A Nation Of Migrants: Black Women In Hollywood Who Relocated To The States  was originally published on

1. Yvonne Orji

Yvonne Orji

The “Insecure” star migrated to the United States from Nigeria when she was six-years-old.

2. Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o

Born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, Nyong’o moved to the states to attend Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

3. Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj

Minaj moved from Trinidad to New York with her family when she was five.

4. Iman


The iconic model immigrated from Kenya to the United States before she turned 18.

5. Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira

Gurira was born in the Iowa, but her parents migrated from Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) to the U.S. in 1964. In 1983, when Gurira was five, her family moved back to their homeland. Gurira returned to the U.S. when she attended Mcalester College, in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

6. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The prolific author immigrated to the United States from Nigeria to attend college at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

7. Heather Headley

Heather Headley

The singer and actress relocated to the United States from Trinidad when she was 15.

8. Garcelle Beauvais

Garcelle Beauvais

At the age of 7, Beauvais immigrated to America from Haiti with her mother and siblings.

9. Grace Jones

Grace Jones

Jones moved to the States from Jamaica when she was 13-years-old.

10. Bozoma Saint John

Bozoma Saint John

The former Uber and Apple Music exec moved from Ghana to the U.S. when she was 6 months old.