Famous Black Journalists

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 1 Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 16, 1862
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Holly Springs, Mississippi, United States
Died: March 25, 1931
Civil rights and women's rights activist Ida B. Wells is remembered for speaking up against the lynching of Blacks in the U.S. She was born a slave and freed by the Emancipation Proclamation. She later co-founded the NAACP. She also co-owned and wrote for Memphis Free Speech and Headlight.

 2 Lester Holt

Lester Holt.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marin County, California, United States

Lester Holt is an American journalist who is the face of 'NBC News' since 2000. He hosts and co-hosts some of NBC's important programs, such as Dateline NBC and NBC Nightly News. In 1990, he was honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his work. In 2015, he was made an inductee of the California Hall of Fame.

 3 Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 14, 2016

 4 Michael Strahan

Michael Strahan.
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Famous As: American Football Player, Television Presenter
Birthdate: November 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Michael Strahan is a journalist, television personality, and former professional American football player. Strahan helped the New York Giants, where he spent his entire 15-year National Football League (NFL) career, win the Super Bowl XLII. After retiring from football, Michael Strahan co-hosted the talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, for which he received a couple of Daytime Emmy Awards.

 5 Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Luling, Texas, United States

Broadcast journalist and television talk show host Tamron Hall is best known for her eponymous award-winning syndicated daytime talk show. She has previously worked for NBC News and MSNBC. An alumnus of Temple University, she is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She is actively involved in anti-domestic violence campaigns.

 6 Gayle King

Gayle King.
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: December 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States

Gayle King is an American author and TV personality. Since 2012, King has been co-hosting CBS News' popular program, CBS This Morning. She has also been serving as CBS News' broadcast journalist. Also an editor-at-large for the famous O, The Oprah Magazine, King was included in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People in 2019.

 7 Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates gained international prominence while serving as the national correspondent at The Atlantic. His writings on socio-political issues related to African Americans and white supremacy garnered him much appreciation. He is a recipient of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Prize for Writing to Advance Social Justice. He also writes fiction and comics.

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 8 Harris Faulkner

Harris Faulkner.
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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: October 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Newscaster and TV host, Harris Faulkner, is currently associated with  Fox News Channel.  She hosts her own prime time political franchise called Town Hall America with Harris Faulkner and also a daily daytime show The Faulkner Focus. A much-respected figure in the TV industry, she is the recipient of six Emmy Awards and the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Lifetime Achievement Award. 

 9 Don Lemon

Don Lemon
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.

 10 Larry Wilmore

Larry Wilmore
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Famous As: Actor, Screenwriter, Comedian, Television actor, Journalist
Birthdate: October 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 11 Jemele Hill

Jemele Hill.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 12 Trevor McDonald

Trevor McDonald
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 16, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago

Trevor McDonald is a Trinidadian-British journalist and newsreader. Over the years, he has been contributing to the success of the Independent Television News' (ITN) Broadcast News division, working as its news presenter. In the 1999 Birthday Honours, McDonald was appointed Knight Bachelor for his services to journalism. At the 2011 BAFTA TV Awards, he was honored with a BAFTA fellowship.

 13 Joy Reid

Joy Reid
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 14 Jason Whitlock

Jason Whitlock
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

 15 Carter Woodson

Carter Woodson.
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: December 19, 1875
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Canton, Virginia, United States
Died: April 3, 1950

Historian Carter Woodson was is remembered for pioneering Black studies in schools and colleges. He began the Negro History Week, which is now celebrated as the Black History Month. Poverty had pushed him to work in the coal mines initially, and he couldn’t join high school before 20.

 16 Deborah Roberts

Deborah Roberts
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Famous As: Journalists
Birthdate: September 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Perry, Georgia, USA

 17 Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal
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Famous As: Journalist, Activist
Birthdate: April 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia

 18 Melyssa Ford

Melyssa Ford
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Famous As: Model, Journalist
Birthdate: November 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto

 19 April Ryan

April Ryan
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

 20 Domonique Foxworth

Domonique Foxworth
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: March 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oxford, England

 21 Mary Ann Shadd

Mary Ann Shadd
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: October 9, 1823
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Died: June 5, 1893

The first North American Black woman to publish a newspaper, USA-born Mary Ann Shadd was the founder of the Canadian newspaper, The Provincial Freeman. Concurrently serving as its anonymous editor and contributor, she also became one of the first women to pursue journalism in Canada. She was also one of the first Black women to earn a degree in law.

 22 Keorapetse Kgositsile

Keorapetse Kgositsile
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Famous As: Poet, Journalist, Writer
Birthdate: September 19, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Johannesburg

 23 Auma Obama

Auma Obama
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Famous As: Activist, Journalist
Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

 24 Max Robinson

Max Robinson
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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: May 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Died: December 20, 1988

 25 Martin Delany

Martin Delany
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 6, 1812
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Charles Town, Virginia, United States
Died: January 24, 1885

 26 Ben Okri

Ben Okri
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist, Novelist, Author, Poet
Birthdate: March 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Minna, Nigeria

 27 Armstrong Williams

Armstrong Williams
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Famous As: Radio personality, Journalist
Birthdate: February 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City

 28 Ayesha Rascoe

Ayesha Rascoe.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 1986 AD
Birthplace: Durham, North Carolina

 29 Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Charlayne Hunter-Gault
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Famous As: American journalist
Birthdate: February 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Due West, South Carolina, United States

 30 Stanley Crouch

Stanley Crouch
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Famous As: Musician, Novelist, Writer, Music critic, Journalist
Birthdate: December 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 31 Amy Holmes

Amy Holmes
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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: July 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lusaka, Zambia

 32 Zororo Makamba

Zororo Makamba
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
Died: March 23, 2020

 33 Komla Dumor

Komla Dumor.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 1972 AD
Birthplace: Accra
Died: January 18, 2014

Ghanaian journalist and BBC World News anchor Komla Dumor had soared to fame with his program Focus on Africa. Grandson of Philip Gbeho, who had composed the Ghanaian national anthem, Dumor boasted of a Harvard degree. New African magazine named him one of the 100 most influential Africans of 2013.

 34 Sol Plaatje

Sol Plaatje
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 9, 1876
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boshof, South Africa
Died: June 19, 1932
South African writer and journalist Sol Plaatje, known for his novel Mhudi, was well-versed in a number of languages, apart from his native Tswana. He founded what later became the African National Congress and made people across the globe aware of the plight of black Africans in his country.

 35 Carole Simpson

Carole Simpson
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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: December 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 36 Alice Bah Kuhnke

Alice Bah Kuhnke
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Malmö, Sweden

 37 Clarence Page

Clarence Page
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 2, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States

 38 Sandister Tei

Sandister Tei
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Famous As: Media professional
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Ghana

 39 Serwaa Amihere

Serwaa Amihere
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Famous As: Broadcast Journalist
Birthdate: March 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ghana

 40 George Padmore

George Padmore
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: June 28, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arouca, Trinidad and Tobago
Died: September 23, 1959

 41 Rui de Noronha

Rui de Noronha
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Famous As: Poet and Journalist
Birthdate: October 28, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maputo, Mozambique
Died: December 25, 1943

 42 Dany Laferrière

Dany Laferrière
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 43 Ann Petry

Ann Petry
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 12, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Old Saybrook, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 28, 1997

 44 Esther Arunga

Esther Arunga
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Famous As: Lawyer, Journalist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Kenya

 45 Bob Herbert

Bob Herbert
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 7, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 46 Simon Mol

Simon Mol
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Famous As: Journalist, Activist
Birthdate: November 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buea, Cameroon
Died: October 10, 2008

 47 Dennis Brutus

Dennis Brutus
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 28, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
Died: December 26, 2009

 48 Antenor Firmin

Antenor Firmin
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: October 18, 1850
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cap-Haitien, Haiti
Died: September 19, 1911

 49 Eunice W. Johnson

Eunice W. Johnson
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: April 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Selma, Alabama, United States
Died: January 3, 2010

 50 Jessica Opare-Saforo

Jessica Opare-Saforo
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Famous As: Media personality
Birthdate: April 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ghana