Black History at Home and Abroad: 10 Leaders Whose Impact Went Global
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Black History at Home and Abroad: 13 Leaders Whose Impact Went Global


Getting her chops as the dynamic power performer part of the “Ike & Tina Turner Revue,” Turner’s career has spanned more than half a century. She was listed as one of “The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone and is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Some of her most popular hits, “River Deep — Mountain High,” “Proud Mary” and “What’s Love Got to Do with It” are in the Grammy Hall of Fame and she has won eight Grammy Awards. She is also the recipient of the Kennedy Honors and is one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history and having sold at least 180 million copies of singles and albums worldwide.

 At the age of 73, Turner became the oldest person to be on the cover of Vogue, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Early in her solo career she first found success overseas, particularly in Europe, and now the singer, born in Tennessee, is a Swiss citizen. Though retired from touring, the 76-year-old still boasts a major fan base, with more than 3 million followers on her Facebook page alone.