Famous Black Directors

 1 Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Nicholas Cannon is a comedian, rapper and television host. The Nick Cannon Show, America's Got Talent and The Masked Singer are some of his popular TV shows. He has also acted in films like Drumline, Love Don't Cost a Thing and Roll Bounce. Cannon has been accused of making racist and anti-Semitic remarks. He has called White people ‘savages’.

 2 Alfonso Ribeiro

Alfonso Ribeiro
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Alfonso Ribeiro is an American actor, television personality, and dancer who got to dance alongside Michael Jackson for a Pepsi commercial when the former was just a kid. Since then, Ribeiro has not looked back and later used his dancing skills to become an actor. He currently hosts one of the most beloved TV shows ever, America's Funniest Home Videos.

 3 Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier
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Birthdate: February 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Bahamian, American

Sidney Poitier is a Bahamian-American actor who became the first Afro-Bahamian and Black male actor to receive an Oscar for Best Actor in 1964. In 2009, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His life and work inspired a couple of documentary films, including the 2008 film Sidney Poitier, an Outsider in Hollywood.

 4 Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Kenyan, Mexican

Lupita Nyong'o is one of the most popular black actresses of all time. The first Kenyan-Mexican actress to receive the prestigious Academy Award, Lupita Nyong'o has often been named in lists, such as the world's most beautiful woman. In 2020, she was named by Forbes magazine as one of Africa's 50 Most Powerful Women.

 5 Spike Lee

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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: March 20, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Spike Lee is a celebrated and one of the most decorated American filmmakers of his generation. Most of his critically acclaimed films explore political issues, such as urban crime and poverty, colorism in the African-American community, and race relations. Four of his films have been selected for conservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

 6 LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 16, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German, American

 7 Lamorne Morris

Lamorne Morris
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Lamorne Morris began his career with the BET shows HotWyred and 106 & Park. He gained game with his Teen Choice Award-nominated role of Winston in New Girl. He has appeared in many FunnyorDie shorts, in the docu-drama Valley of the Boom, and as Keef Knight in the series Woke.

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 8 Glynn Turman

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 31, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Glynn Turman is an American actor, filmmaker, and writer. In a career spanning over 60 years. Some of the notable characters that he has portrayed are: Lew Miles in the movie Peyton Place, Leroy Jackson in the film Cooley High, and Bradford Taylor in the sitcom A Different World. He has also won several awards like the NAACP Image Award.

 9 Rick Famuyiwa

Rick Famuyiwa
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: June 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Nigerian, American

Rick Famuyiwa is a Nigerian-American filmmaker and screenwriter. Some of his best-known works include the 1999 coming-of-age film, The Wood, 2002 romantic comedy movie, Brown Sugar, and 2015 coming-of-age film, Dope. Over the years, Famuyiwa has been vocal about the issues faced by African-Americans in the film industry and works hard to resolve such issues.

 10 Chandra Wilson

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Chandra Wilson is an American actress best known for playing Dr. Miranda Bailey in the popular medical drama TV series Grey's Anatomy, for which she has received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Apart from being an actress and director, Chandra Wilson is also an activist; she works towards raising awareness about cyclic vomiting syndrome.

 11 Colman Domingo

Colman Domingo
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 12 John Singleton

John Singleton
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: January 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: April 28, 2019

 13 Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 14 Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay
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Famous As: American director
Birthdate: August 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 15 Adrian Lester

Adrian Lester
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 14, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 16 Ryan Coogler

Ryan Coogler
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: May 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 17 Phill Lewis

Phill Lewis
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: September 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Ugandan, American

 18 Barkhad Abdi

Barkhad Abdi
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Somalian, American

 19 Blair Underwood

Blair Underwood
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 20 Yaphet Kotto

Yaphet Kotto
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 15, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 21 Charles S Dutton

Charles S Dutton
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 22 Clarke Peters

Clarke Peters
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 23 Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 24 Keesha Sharp

Keesha Sharp
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 25 Bill Duke

Bill Duke
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 26, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 26 Nate Parker

Nate Parker
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 27 Thomas Mikal Ford

Thomas Mikal Ford
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: October 12, 2016

 28 DJ Yella

DJ Yella
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 29 Tim Russ

Tim Russ
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 30 Tasha Smith

Tasha Smith
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 31 Ivan Dixon

Ivan Dixon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: March 16, 2008

 32 Lexington Steele

Lexington Steele
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 33 Lee Daniels

Lee Daniels
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: December 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 34 Damian Harris

Damian Harris
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: August 2, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 35 Janet Mock

Janet Mock
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 36 David Ramsey

David Ramsey
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 37 Boots Riley

Boots Riley
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 38 Kevin Abstract

Kevin Abstract
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 16, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 39 Stephen McKinley Henderson

Stephen McKinley Henderson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 31, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Irish, American

 40 Damien Dante Wayans

Damien Dante Wayans
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 15, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 41 Fred Williamson

Fred Williamson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 42 Paula Jai Parker

Paula Jai Parker
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 43 Antwone Fisher

Antwone Fisher
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: August 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 44 Sticky Fingaz

Sticky Fingaz
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 45 John Kani

John Kani
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Famous As: Actor, Playwright, Director
Birthdate: August 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: South African

 46 Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: November 30, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 7, 2006

 47 Chip Fields

Chip Fields
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 5, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 48 Ted Lange

Ted Lange
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 49 John Ridley

John Ridley
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: September 30, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 50 Tunde Adebimpe

Tunde Adebimpe
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American