There are some celebrities who are timeless, and are able to reach people of any age. They always have something to say, and you want to listen. Their impact holds a special place in our hearts, whether they’re in the limelight at the moment or not.
Here are a few celebrities who always give us inspiration and give us life at the same time:
As if her entire career isn’t a reflection of excellence and hard work, she recently took over Coachella and had mouths on the floor. Her entire performance paid homage to being black, and being resilient.
Her performance featured tastes of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and Black Greek life. She even brought the house down with a rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” She also gave a tribute to Queen Nefertiti in the beginning of her performance.
Beyoncé heavily supports the Black Lives Matter and Civil Rights movement, which has been a constant theme in her music and performances.
2. Will Smith
Will Smith has conquered acting and music. He’s given us “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Bad Boys,” “Men in Black” and “Independence Day,” to name a few. And we can’t forget about his hits “Summertime,” “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” and “Wild Wild West.”
Smith has shown us how to balance family and career, while keeping an optimistic perspective. He recently started a YouTube channel, where he’s taking his 1.7 million subscribers behind the scenes of his life and career. He also shares wise words on Snapchat.
“You can not win the war against the world if you can’t win the war against your own mind,” Smith said in a snap.
3. Angela Bassett
WAKANDA FOREVER! Bassett recently starred in Marvel hit “Black Panther” as Ramonda, the Queen Mother of Wakanda. She played the mother of the Black Panther and Shuri, a technical genius. And it’s not uncommon to see Bassett in roles that serve a deep purpose.
The actress said in a recent interview, the movie depicted the past and the future of African Americans. She also spoke about the movie being a great source of inspiration for her children; to remind them that they’re kings and queens.
Bassett is a model of confidence and resilience. She didn’t have a privileged life growing up, but that didn’t stop her from being the award-winning actress who graces our screens.
4. John Legend
Legend not only uses his voice to captivate the world, he also uses it to speak about the importance of social change and the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Legend and Common came together to record and perform the award-winning song “Glory” in 2015. The song was featured in the movie “Selma,” a film that depicts the Civil Rights Era. The singer also used the song as a way to inspire African Americans to continue the fight for justice.
5. Queen Latifah
The actress, singer, and rap phenomenon, has used her career to promote female and minority empowerment. She also supports AIDS and cancer research, along with organizations that support equality.
Latifah starred in “Living Single,” “The Perfect Holiday” and “Beauty Shop.” Her most recent work is hit movie “Girls Trip,” where she portrayed the character Sasha Franklin.
During the Golden Globes, Latifah said, “Look at people for an example, but then make sure to do things your way. Surround yourself with positive people.”
It’s evident that she lives by this and inspires others to do the same.
These celebrities prove that it’s not enough to simply act, sing or rap. Your life must serve a greater purpose, and you must take your influence seriously.
In the words of Will Smith, “If you’re not making someone else’s life better, then you are wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other people’s lives better.”