8. Erica Kennedy: March 24, 1970 – June 13, 2012
This accomplished author rose to fame with her popular books Bling and Feminista. In 2010, Erica made Ebony magazine’s Ebony Power 100 and was recognized as one of the most influential African Americans of the time. Erica Kennedy’s body was found at her Miami Beach, Florida home. Her death still remains a mystery.