If you only watched the evening news or depended on pop culture to paint a picture of young blacks, you would probably think that the majority of black youngsters were only ambitious about sports and music, or caught up in crime and debauchery.

However, the face of black success isn’t limited to the fields that are occupied by Jay-Z, Beyonce and LeBron James. There are a multitude of young blacks who are achieving at a high level in science, math, classical music, chess and other knowledge-based areas and preparing to change society.

Click continue to view the 10 black child geniuses you should know.

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

  • Denise

    I’m very proud of theses young scholars. #blackexcellence

  • http://www.facebook.com/omowale.adewale Omowale Adewale

    Awesome! Thank you for covering to story.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JONATHANTRAPP82 Jonathan Trapp

    Yes indeed proud of my youngins!!

  • Haiti

    Mabou Loiseau, my haitien princess.

  • http://twitter.com/Art2Light Lateef Jawara

    And we know these are just a few. Knowledge is power!

  • aa

    I am just so impressed I cannot speak!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Lee/1751068513 Dan Lee

    I don’t know any of you young people, but you fill my heart with pride and joy. Keep it up!

  • Shelleyhumm

    AWESOME! Will share for sure love it

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  • Linwoodj004

    Great article!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000384908017 Braxton Lee Anderson III

    I salute the accomplishments of each of these very gifted youth. HOWEVER NONE OF THEM ARE Geniuses, they are correctly termed PRODIGIES.

    Black people have to start correctly identifying and labeling our achievements.

    • menzoic

      Autum Ashante – “She scored 149 on the standard IQ test.” which makes her a genius by definition….

    • menzoic

      I get your point though. I misunderstood the intent.

    • ladym

      None of them is NOT are … correct that

    • HHCassius

      All due respect to semantics, would the headline have caught your attention with a less sensational title?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000384908017 Braxton Lee Anderson III

        Yes it would…because I look for accomplishment of ours in many endeavors.

    • Dawn Mason

      You should have said why a prodigy and not a genius. A Child Prodigy does something that is well beyond their age. There are no adult prodigies. But there are adult geniuses a person can be both a geniuses and a prodigy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brandy.e.anderson Brandy Elyse Anderson

      Though they did not give the IQ results on Stephan R Stafford II, the very fact that he entered college at the age of 11 and picked up 3 majors, suggest that he might (more like is) very well be a genius.

    • Pam

      I agree. While many of the kids in that list probably would qualify as geniuses, others are prodigies. My first thought was you have to be a genius to play golf?? o_O

      • Smitty

        Why do we continue to be crabs? There we go judging and correcting
        each other. We are the ones (black Americans) destroying
        our culture by being so critical of one another. Protege, genius
        whatever. Those young people are going to read these comments
        and they will probably think; there’s no geniuses here. Think before
        responding. Nite! Oops I meant good night. Lol

        • Pam

          So we should lie to them? There’s actually a definition to the word genius and it differs from the definition of the word prodigy. One is applicable to some of these kids and one is not. As if being called a prodigy is an insult or something. Yes, let’s lie to them and call them geniuses so that they can be disenchanted when they’re older and find out they’re probably not. They would feel even worse after thinking that about themselves for years, rather than being set straight immediately. Maybe we should also give everybody trophies whether they win or lose a soccer game, just so they don’t feel bad. Oh wait, we already do that. And a Google search will turn up quite a few articles on how that is more harmful than good in the long run.

  • http://www.facebook.com/selenaleblanc Selena Le Blanc

    They forgot 8 year old Soleil Le Blanc! Watch her here

  • http://www.facebook.com/marteybeku John Young

    This is not surprising at all because there are SO MANY gifted and talented African American children. The problem is that mainstream (read white) mass media has absolutely no interested in reporting their narritatives.

    • Sara

      We cannot continue to expect anyone to admire, report, or share our accomplishments. We are not thought of as viable group of people. We MUST empower ourselves, quietly, without RIVALRY/COMPETING with each other, without expecting honor or prestigue. Please read A People’s History of the US: Howard Zinn and PBS: The War on Drugs! WE MUST COME TOGETHER AS A GROUP!

      • Time2Live

        Sara I agree with you whole heartedly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zbarakalove Zhan Baraka-Love

    It is wonderful to feature these young people and we will pass this on. However, I have some questions. We live in a region that features ethnic organizations such as Celtic Women, The Irish American Club, The Sons and Daughters of Italy, The Chinese American Club,The Hispanic American Council, The Latvian Club, The German American Club, etc. The Sons of Scotland. They are featured regularly in the news. Why are the editors of this article still using old language like “black American” (with a lower case “b”), or just “blacks”, and referring to one of the young women as a “female”? This shame-based vocabulary does nothing to uplift our children.
    Also, why is it that European Classical music is considered such an accomplishment? All cultures have “Classics”. We hope one day to see Classical (Traditional) African Dance and Music considered to be the accomplishments that the truly are. Then, maybe our children would not turn to shallow and superficial, disconnected expressions of what they think is their ethnic heritage. Language is powerful. Please take its impact on our youth into consideration.

    • Raye Tanner

      I agree wholeheartedly, Sista Baraka-Love. Indeed, your post should accompany this outstanding news. Another less-known, or rather less-expressed, fact is that JAZZ is America’s ONLY original classical music.

      • Blue collar scholar

        As I was told many years ago. The Blues are America’s original music. But! In truth, both have contributed beyond measure to the world beyond our borders.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laurelvantull Laurel Van-Tull

    Excellent! i’m so very proud of our PRINCES AND PRINCESSES, We need to

    make as many Black children as possible aware of the accomplishments of these Prodigies. I feel like a proud mom. Congratulations! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! (-:

  • http://twitter.com/Wardrum70 SANKOFA

    This is valuable information that we must share with the children. I certainly will be sharing it with the children that I volunteer with at W.W. Bushman Elementary School in Oak Cliff (South Oak Cliff) Dallas Texas 4200 Bonnie View Road

  • Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

    Autum Ashante: “At age 13, she was accepted into the University of Connecticut.”

    Or maybe not.

    Did Dad Dupe Media About 13-Year-Old Daughter’s College Admission?


    YORK — The story was compelling when it was first broken several weeks
    ago by the New York Daily News — a 13-year-old Black whiz-kid named
    Autum Ashante accepted to the University of Connecticut, only to have
    that acceptance rescinded, and her fraught father calling for justice.

    But the story might be a work of fiction.

    Veilleux and Michael Kirk from UConn’s communications office tell a different story.

    “She applied, and her application was denied. It was not accepted. Nothing was ‘rescinded,’” Kirk wrote in an email to NewsOne.

  • Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

    “At 17, Rochelle Ballantyne is one of the top chess players in the world.”

    Number 9 among Top Girls Under 21 in US, current rating 2087.

    Number 36 among US players of age (exactly) 17.

    Top 100 Under Age 21 in US takes a rating of 2223.

    Rochelle is “one of the top chess players in the world” without even
    being within shouting distance of being top 100 under age 21 in US.

    • 2bgood

      Shame on you. Looking for all the wrong. Sorry your kids did not make the cut.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcella-Ashe/100000094665154 Marcella Ashe

    I mentor children , to see that children this young from an African American
    decent [10 Black Child Geniuses] have been recognized lead me to thankfulness . There are so many African Americans that from a child up to adult gave to our society contributions in comfort items and foods that have never been properly recognized for their contributions. I am also a best selling author in the Children and Teen Categories and know that it is a struggle to even get a glance of recognition from the mainstream and this is 2013!! I may get local recognition in lieu of a honorary plaque to my contribution in giving inspirational literature back to my community and beyond after I am dead , if I get it then would be a miracle. So Congrats to you in the Top Ten category of African American Child Geniuses!!

  • http://twitter.com/Tendaijoe Tendai Sean Joe

    Amazing kids

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Valentine-Joseph/702964509 Valentine Joseph

    But I thought black people had smaller brains and were genetically predisposed to be inferior than whites!!!

  • http://twitter.com/HBCUCareerCntr Marcia Robinson SPHR

    We are proud of their accomplishments! Keep reaching for excellence.

    Mrs. R at The HBCU Career Center

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lawrence-Brown/1018646121 Lawrence Brown

    This is “greatness” pure Geniuses” congratulations to all of our youth & people who excel. Where is “ebony & jet”? Let all of our media expose/promote our accommplishments!

  • TheCircle000

    Everyone on Earth needs to know about this article.

  • Forest Brown

    I Hope they Progress and Grow like others before them!

  • The Baroness

    I love talented, committed people, period. Whether they play classical or jazz, piano or drums, speak Chinese, Arabic, Italian or Swahili, are great cooks, dancers, actors, comedians, writers talent is talent is talent because innate ability met with diligent work ethic to breed greatness. Good on every awesome kid who is devoted to their passion. Go on and excel with your bad selves 🙂 <3

  • beast6228

    I wonder how many of these black kids have caucasian genetics? I ask because some of them look mixed.

    • 9jachick

      Only one look mixed. that you’ll try to undermine their accomplishment by them being mixed is a shame.

    • parentk

      A few are children of African immigrants to the US and the UK. Anyone who tries to claim “genetics”, must accept the good and the bad of that ethnic group. So it’s not advisable to go in that direction in order to figure out why these kids’ gifts were nurtured at an early age and not so many others.

  • Sybil N.

    I would like to add an additional name to this. Congratulations to Mr. Jelani Norman, age 11 from Brooklyn, NY. He has been accepted to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. He will be starting with 4 classes on campus this summer on campus before he begins the fall semester on a Full Ride Scholarship! I’m proud of all of these babies for persevering beyond adversity, not falling into the trap of mediocrity & following their calling & dreams!!!

  • arlene spencer

    many blessings to you young people. this is what we want on the streets of america. positive thinkers

  • letinstar

    wonderful! so proud of all these young people! the future looks bright!

  • col-co

    So proud of you !! Keep up the great work !!

  • Kaarn Tid

    My babies. Love me a go-getter!

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  • Tan Tan

    The one that developed a system that cut the amount of time in performing a hysterectomy should be talking about a patent, not getting honored. Or did I miss something?