Famous Black Media Personalities

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 1 
Ida B. Wells
(Journalist)

Ida B. Wells
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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.

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W. E. B. Du Bois
(Civil Rights Activists)

W. E. B. Du Bois
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Birthdate: February 23, 1868
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 27, 1963

W. E. B. Du Bois was an American civil rights activist, sociologist, and Pan-Africanist. Du Bois played an instrumental role in fighting for full civil rights for people of color around the world. A co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Du Bois also played an important role as the leader of the Niagara Movement.

 3 
Candace Owens
(Conservative Author, Political Commentator & Activist)

Candace Owens
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Birthdate: April 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stamford, Connecticut, United States

A political activist of color, Candace Owens first gained visibility as an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and the Republican Party. Having changed her political stance since then, she is now known for her increasingly pro-Trump activism. Her support for Trump and criticism of Black Lives Matter have made her a controversial figure.

 4 
Ian Wright
(Footballer)

Ian Wright
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Birthdate: November 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Woolwich, London, England

Ian Wright is an English former football player. Renowned for his speed, Wright played for popular clubs like Arsenal and helped his national team qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. After retiring from the sport, Wright went on to become a TV and radio personality; he currently contributes as a commentator for ITV Sport and BBC Sport.

 5 
Michael Strahan
(American Football Player, Television Presenter)

Michael Strahan
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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.

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Jalen Rose
(Basketball player)

Jalen Rose
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Birthdate: January 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Larry Wilmore
(Actor, Screenwriter, Comedian, Television actor, Journalist)

Larry Wilmore
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Birthdate: October 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles
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Chris Webber
(Basketball player Power Forward, Businessperson)

Chris Webber
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Birthdate: March 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Patrice O'Neal
(Stand-up Comedian)

Patrice O'Neal
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Birthdate: December 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 29, 2011

Cedric the Entertainer
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Birthdate: April 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jefferson City, Missouri, United States

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Gilbert Arenas
(Basketball player)

Gilbert Arenas
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Birthdate: January 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States

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Aaron McGruder
(Writer, Cartoonist & Public Speaker)

Aaron McGruder
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Birthdate: May 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago

Aaron McGruder is an American writer, cartoonist, screenwriter, producer, and lecturer. He is best known for writing a Universal Press Syndicate comic strip titled The Boondocks. He also wrote its TV series adaptation where he served as the creator, head writer, and executive producer.

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Arsenio Hall
(Comedian)

Arsenio Hall
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Birthdate: February 12, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

 14 
Tiffany Pollard
(Television personality)

Tiffany Pollard
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Birthdate: January 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Utica, New York, USA

 15 
Michael Irvin
(Sports commentator, former American football wide receiver)

Michael Irvin
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Birthdate: March 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

 16 
Mo'Nique
(Comedian)

Mo'Nique
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Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Woodlawn, Maryland, United States

 17 
Randy Jackson
(Bassist)

Randy Jackson
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Birthdate: June 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Randy Jackson started his career playing bass guitar for various artists, He then started his stint as a producer with Columbia and MCA Records. He is best known for his appearance as a judge on American Idol. He has also been the executive producer of America's Best Dance Crew.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates
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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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Ahmad Rashād
(Sportscaster)

Ahmad Rashād
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Birthdate: November 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States

 20 
Harris Faulkner
(News Anchor)

Harris Faulkner
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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. 

 21 
Stuart Scott
(Sportscaster)

Stuart Scott
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Birthdate: July 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 4, 2015
Sportscaster Stuart Scott is best remembered as an ESPN anchor. His signature style included catchphrases such as “booyah.” He mostly covered the NBA and NFL games. He received the Jimmy V Award for his long battle with appendix cancer and eventually died of the disease at age 49.

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Sunny Hostin
(Lawyer, Journalist, Television Host)

Sunny Hostin
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Birthdate: October 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

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.

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Gwen Ifill
(Journalist)

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

 24 
Brian McKnight
(Singer-Songwriter with Thrid Most Grammy Nominations Without a Win)

Brian McKnight
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Birthdate: June 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States

Brian McKnight is a singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist in R&B and soul genres. Associated with labels like Motown, Mercury, and Warner Brothers, he is known for his albums, Back at One, and Anytime. The co-writer of the song Wait also hosted radio shows.

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John Salley
(Basketball player)

John Salley
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Birthdate: May 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

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D.L. Hughley
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Birthdate: March 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

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Tinie Tempah
(Rapper Known for Number-one Singles, 'Pass Out' and 'Written in the Stars')

Tinie Tempah
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Birthdate: November 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Plumstead, London, England

Tinie Tempah is a British television presenter and rapper. He is credited with creating a company named Disturbing London which operates mainly as a record label. Over the course of his career, Tinie Tempah has won many prestigious awards, such as Brit Awards, MOBO Awards, and Urban Music Awards.

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Loni Love
(Comedian)

Loni Love
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Birthdate: July 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

Loni Love is an American comedian, actress, television host, and author. Love won the prestigious Daytime Emmy Award under the Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host category in 2018 for her work in the popular syndicated talk show, The Real. A former electrical engineer, Loni Love has worked in popular companies like Xerox Holdings Corporation and General Motors.

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Bryant Gumbel
(Journalist, Sportscaster)

Bryant Gumbel
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Birthdate: September 29, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Keyshawn Johnson
(Former American Football Player)

Keyshawn Johnson
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Birthdate: July 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Former American football player Keyshawn Johnson has had an illustrious 11-season career playing as an NFL wide receiver. He has played for teams such as the New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys. He later became an ESPN analyst and also appeared on Dancing with the Stars.

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Michael Winslow
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Birthdate: September 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, USA

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Wynton Marsalis
(Trumpeter)

Wynton Marsalis
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Birthdate: October 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

 33 
Montel Williams
(Actor, Officer, Television presenter, Radio personality)

Montel Williams
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Birthdate: July 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore

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Van Jones
(Motivational speaker)

Van Jones
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Birthdate: September 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jackson, Tennessee Jackson, Tennessee, United States U.S.

Especially known for his honest and poignant commentaries, Van Jones is an award-winning political contributor, commentator, and the host of popular CNN programs like Van Jones Show and The Redemption Project. Also a leader in the fight for criminal justice reform for more than twenty-five years, he has founded number of non-profit organizations and authored several best-selling books.

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W. Kamau Bell
(Comedian)

W. Kamau Bell
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Birthdate: January 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States U.S.

 36 
Mel B
(Singer)

Mel B
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Birthdate: May 29, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Harehills, West Yorkshire, England

Mel B is an English television personality and singer-songwriter. She gained international recognition as part of the popular pop girl group Spice Girls, which has sold more than 85 million records. Over the years, Mel B has been an important TV personality, appearing in several reality series as a participant as well as a judge.

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Channing Frye
(Basketball player, Podcaster)

Channing Frye
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Birthdate: May 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States

 38 
Jason Whitlock
(Journalist)

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

 39 
Larry Elder
(Radio Host)

Larry Elder
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Birthdate: April 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

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Ronde Barber
(American football player)

Ronde Barber
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Birthdate: April 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

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Jamelia
(Singer-songwriter)

Jamelia
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Birthdate: January 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Handsworth, Birmingham, England

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John Fashanu
(Television presenter)

John Fashanu
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Birthdate: September 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England

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Don Lemon
(Journalist)

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

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Angellica Bell
(Television Presenter)

Angellica Bell
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Birthdate: March 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

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Carter Woodson
(Historian)

Carter Woodson
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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.

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Faith Jenkins
(Attorney)

Faith Jenkins
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Birthdate: 1977 AD
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana

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Trevor McDonald
(Journalist)

Trevor McDonald
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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.

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Krayzie Bone
(Rapper)

Krayzie Bone
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Birthdate: June 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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Debra Wilson
(Actress)

Debra Wilson
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Birthdate: April 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: South Ozone Park, New York, United States

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Yolanda Adams
(Gospel singer)

Yolanda Adams
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Birthdate: August 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

Initially a schoolteacher, four-time Grammy-winning contemporary gospel singer Yolanda Adams rocked the Billboard charts with her debut full-length single Just As I Am. She was also part of the Tony-nominated team that created the original score of the Broadway musical SpongeBob SquarePants. She has also penned a book on Christian life.