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These celebs had single moms and all made it to the top

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According to 2010 government statistics, 72 percent of black children are born to single mothers.  Although statistics indicate that children of single mothers are more likely to be poor as adults, the Atlanta BlackStar recently highlighted the case of 8 celebrities who beat the odds and became rich and famous.

Jay-Z’s mother Gloria Carter raised him and his three siblings by herself after his father, Andes Reeves, reportedly abandoned the family.  Gloria reports having to take on a second job as a security guard, on top of her job as an investment analyst for the city of New York, in order to make ends meet.  After becoming a rap star and business mogul, Jay-Z’s estimated worth is now $520 million.

Kanye West’s parents divorced when he was just 3-years old, and after relocating to Chicago, his mother Donda West raised her son alone.  As a rapper and producer, Kanye has managed to build his net worth to an estimated $100 million.

After her father abandoned the family when she was 4-years old, Halle Berry’s mother Judith Ann raised her and her older sister Heidi.  Judith Ann worked as a nurse.  Despite the revelation in 1992 that she had not spoken to her father since he left and was not even sure if he was alive or dead, Berry has built a successful career as an actress and beauty icon, amassing a net worth of $60 million.

Bill Cosby is another example of someone who was raised in a largely single parent household and still managed to become successful.  Although his parents were married, Bill’s father William Henry Cosby Sr. was absent from the home due to his military career.  Bill’s mother worked as a domestic worker to support him and his brother.  Despite his humble beginnings, Bill’s net worth is not estimated at $350 million.

Alicia Keys’ parents reportedly divorced when she was 2, leaving her mother Teresa Augello to raise her.  Keys has become a successful R&B star amassing a net worth of $45 million.

Hip-hop mogul Sean Combs was raised by single mother Janice Combs after the shooting death of his father Melvin Combs when he was just 2-years old.  Combs rose to stardom as a rap artist and producer, creating an estimated net worth of $700 million.

Superstar actor Samuel L. Jackson reports that he only met his father twice in his lifetime due to him leaving the family when Jackson was just an infant.  Jackson’s mother Elizabeth worked in a factory and then as a supplies buyer to support her son.  Through his Hollywood career, Jackson has created an estimated net worth of $150 million.

Last but not least is NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal who was raised by his mother Lucille O’Neal due to his fathers drug addiction and incarceration.  O’Neal has acknowledged that his step father is who he considers to be his real father.  As an athlete and rap artist, O’Neal has created a net worth of $250 million.


  1. Arneader

    July 16, 2014 at 12:34 am

    I think this is great !

  2. big annie

    July 16, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    There are many successful non- famous, everyday people who were raised in single parent homes. Folks who did not turn to crime, earned post- secondary degrees or certificates and have done well. They are law abiding, are”normal”…not on the public dole, don’t have a slew of kids, aren’t ghetto or trifling, not shooting or killing folks,etc. But when bad stuff happens, everyone is quick to say its because a person is from single parent home( like in the prior story about newscaster saying crime in black community is because of fatherless boys…)

  3. SweetTweet

    July 16, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    What is the excuse for white folks turning to crime?

  4. big annie

    July 16, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    @ sweet treat: is your question directed to me? If so…don’t know and don’t care. Maybe a white person can shed light on that or cite statistics.

  5. big annie

    July 16, 2014 at 3:46 pm


  6. redbone

    July 18, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    God is the “Father To The Fatherless”, and God does not produce a (Condemned Seed), our choices /paths we choose in life by hardcore disobedience is what condemns us, but Gods grace and love for his people is still sufficient enough for us to survive.

    For the race is not given to the swift, neither is it given to the strong, but to the ones who endure to the end.


  7. Ann G.

    July 18, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    A single mom can do anything she so chooses, it is up to her. Their children can become anything they so desire, all it takes is a mom that gives a damn weather she is single or married! But, the key word here is “care.”

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