A 14-Year-Old's Top 10 African-American Influencers

Writing at the Huffington Post, China Anne McClain, the teen star of Disney's A.N.T. Farm, gives a youthful perspective on Black History Month by running down a list of the people who inspire her. 

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Writing at the Huffington Post, China Anne McClain, the teen star of Disney's Ant Farm, gives a youthful perspective on Black History Month by running down a list of the people who inspire her. 

1. My Mom 
As soon as I heard "influential African-Americans," the first people I thought about were my amazing parents! Let's start with my Mom. She is always so loving and supportive of me ...

2. My Dad
Now for my Dad! He has influenced me so much by following his dreams. He has been a music producer since before I was born and he loves it! Seeing him do something he loves made me want to do it also ...

3. Michael Jackson. 
Michael Jackson has influenced me to be a passionate performer. When he was on stage performing, you could tell that he loved it and was really having fun. Every single time I watch videos of Michael performing, I feel like I am on stage with him! …

4. Hattie McDaniel          

Hattie McDaniel was the definition of multi-talented. She was a singer, songwriter, and an incredible actress! Mrs. McDaniel would go on to become the first African-American woman to receive an Academy Award ...

5. Beyoncé              
Beyoncé has taught me how to be confident on stage! She always has so much attitude! My sisters and I always watch her tours and performances together to try and learn how she manages to pull her audience in, whether it's 10 or 10,000 people! ...

Read China Anne McClain's entire piece at the Huffington Post.

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