2 Ta-Nehisi Coates(Author and Journalist Known for His Non-Fiction Books: ‘The Beautiful Struggle’ and ‘Between the World and Me’)
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.
3 Harris Faulkner(News Anchor)
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.
4 Sunny Hostin(Lawyer, Journalist and Co-Host on ABC's Morning Talk Show 'The View')
Sunny Hostin is an American journalist, lawyer, and television host. She is best known for co-hosting the popular talk show, The View, for which she has received four Daytime Emmy Award nominations so far. Before appearing on TV, Sunny Hostin served as a federal prosecutor; for successfully prosecuting sex offenders, Hostin was honored with a Special Achievement Award.
5 Gwen Ifill(Journalist)
6 Bryant Gumbel(Journalist, Sportscaster)
7 Larry Wilmore(Actor, Screenwriter, Comedian, Television actor, Journalist)
8 Jason Whitlock(Journalist)
9 Carter Woodson(Historian)
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.
10 Trevor McDonald(Journalist)
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.
11 Don Lemon(Journalist)
12 Yamiche Alcindor(Journalist)
13 Mumia Abu-Jamal(Journalist, Activist)
14 Joy Reid(Journalist)
15 Domonique Foxworth(American football player)
16 Deborah Roberts(Journalists)
17 Star Jones(Lawyer, Journalist, Television Personality & Fashion Designer)
18 April Ryan(Journalist)
19 Keorapetse Kgositsile(Poet, Journalist, Political activist)
Keorapetse Kgositsile was a South African Tswana journalist, poet, and political activist. During the 1960s and 1970s, Kgositsile played an important role in the development of the African National Congress. Keorapetse Kgositsile helped bridge the gap between black poetry in the United States of America and African poetry. He was inaugurated as the nation's National Poet Laureate in 2006.
20 Fredricka Whitfield(Journalist)
21 James Brown(Basketball player, Sports commentator)
22 Auma Obama(Activist, Journalist)
23 Roy Wilkins(Civil rights activist who was the leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 1964 to 1977)
24 Ben Okri(Writer, Journalist, Novelist, Author, Poet)
25 Max Robinson(Broadcaster)
26 Martin Delany(Journalist)
27 Mary Ann Shadd(Activist)
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.
28 Ayesha Rascoe(Journalist)
29 Armstrong Williams(TV host has hosted a daily radio show, and hosts a nationally syndicated television program called The Armstrong Williams Show)
30 Sean Fletcher(TV presenter on Good Morning Britain and on Countryfile)
31 Charlayne Hunter-Gault(American journalist)
32 Stanley Crouch(Musician, Novelist, Writer, Music critic, Journalist)
33 Amy Holmes(Commentator)
34 Kendis Gibson(Won two Emmy Awards for 'outstanding news reporting' and 'sports feature')
35 Tayeb Salih(Sudanese Writer Best Known for His Novel 'Season of Migration to the North')
One of the most influential Sudanese authors, Tayeb Salih was born into a farming community and had thus aspired to work in agriculture. However, he became a journalist later and worked with al Majalla and BBC. His works such as The Wedding of Zein mirror the intricacies of African life.
36 Sol Plaatje(Journalist)
37 Komla Dumor(Journalist)
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.
38 Carole Simpson(Broadcaster)
39 Zororo Makamba(Journalist)
40 Alice Bah Kuhnke(Politician)
Alice Bah Kuhnke was appointed the Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy in October 2014 and continued in the office till January 2019. Thereafter, in 2019 she was elected as one of the 20 Members of the European Parliament in Sweden. The Swedish politician, who played a role in establishing the think tank Sektor3, was a television personality earlier.
41 Clarence Page(Journalist)
42 Hans Massaquoi(Journalist, Writer)
43 Mona Kosar Abdi(Multimedia journalist)
44 Jon Kelley(Journalist)
45 George Padmore(Writer, Journalist)
46 Rui de Noronha(Poet and Journalist)
Rui de Noronha was a Mozambican poet best remembered as the forefather of modern Mozambican poetry. His dream of publishing a book of poems was never realized during his lifetime as he died at the age of 34. However, Dr. Domingos Reis Costa collected and revised 60 of his poems and published a posthumous edition titled Sonetos in 1946.