It is a general believe of every being that to be a parent is a tough job and has been seen as such by many African parents. Being a parent requires selflessness, sacrifice and loss of some personal freedoms.
Such a position when coupled with another difficult one – celebrity – can be quite challenging.
Nevertheless, some of our favorite black celebrities have become parents, while in their teens.
Keep reading to learn about seven black celebrities who had children while they were teenagers:
Asia Nitollano is relatively unknown in wider circles.
Nonetheless, Nitollano appeared on the reality show, Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll. She opted to become a solo artist some months after joining the all-girl singing group.
Nitollano gave birth to her daughter, at the age of 18.
The prolific orator, poet, author and civil rights activist has left a mark in American society that will be felt for many more years to come.
Born Marguerite Annie Johnson, she gave birth to her only child, Clyde when she was 17. Clyde later changed his name to Guy.
In an interview conducted in 1995, Angelou iterated, “I wrote about my experiences because I thought too many people tell young folks, ‘I never did anything wrong. Who, Moi? – never I. I have no skeletons in my closet. In fact, I have no closet.”
The Queen of Soul was known for her magical voice and the rich legacy she left behind.
Franklin was 12-years-old when she gave birth to her first son, Clarence.
At the age of 14, Franklin had another son, Edward.
Franklin had four children while maintaining an illustrious singing career.
The critically acclaimed songstress and American Idol alum has endured a few challenges in her life, but she refuses to back down.
Born Fantasia Barrino, she gave birth to her first child, Zion Quari Barrino at the age of 17.
Despite struggling to make ends meet, Fantasia persevered and used her lessons and talent to reach audiences near and far.
Lil’ Wayne and Antonia “Toya” Wright
Lil’ Wayne, the famous rapper and his former girlfriend, Toya Wright had their daughter, Reginae at the ages of 15 and 16, respectively.
Despite having a child at such young ages, the rapper and Wright have gone on to charter successful careers for themselves.
Born Caryn Elaine Johnson, Whoopi Goldberg has earned numerous accolades for her comedic and acting skills.
Whoopi had her only child, Alex Martin at the age of 18.
She was also bestowed with the title of grandmother at just 34-years-old and great-grandmother at 58.
Solange Piaget Knowles, better known as Solange is the sister of megastar, Beyoncé.
Solange is also a respected singer in her own right, gaining critical praise for her album, A Seat at the Table.
Solange got married at the age of 17 and later gave birth to her son, Daniel Julez J. Smith, Jr.
The songbird calls her son, “the greatest unplanned blessing.”