Whether an actor, singer, athlete, writer, or comedian, there exist the same undeniable requirements for success — hard work, dedication, persistence, and belief in yourself. However, in the face of adversity, these ideals are hard to hold on to. Being black in America (especially before the Civil Rights Movement, but also today) presents its own set of challenges in addition to the difficulties of standing out and proving your talent to the world. Fortunately, there are many celebrities who have shown that whatever your race, it's possible to break molds, shatter barriers, fight for what you want, and win it! Check out the top 20 memoirs by African-American celebrities that not only detail how they achieved their dreams, but which will inspire you to do the same.