Famous Black Media Personalities

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Oprah Winfrey
(Best Known for Her Daytime Syndicated Talk Show 'The Oprah Winfrey Show')
Oprah Winfrey
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Birthdate: January 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States

Oprah Winfrey is arguably one of the most iconic figures in America who broke many barriers to become one of the most influential women in the country. She is a role model for the black community and is also a fierce feminist. Her path-breaking The Oprah Winfrey Show mostly based on lives of common people catapulted her to unprecedented stardom.

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Ida B. Wells
(Women's Rights Activist and Civil Rights Leader)
Ida B. Wells
7
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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Candace Owens
(Conservative Author, Political Commentator & Activist)
Candace Owens
5
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.

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W. E. B. Du Bois
(Civil Rights Activists)
W. E. B. Du Bois
5
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.

 5 
Whoopi Goldberg
(Actress, Comedian and Host; Best Known for Her Role in 'The Color Purple' and 'Ghost')
Whoopi Goldberg
8
Birthdate: November 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chelsea, New York, United States

Accomplished American comedian, actress, singer and Broadway star, Whoopi Goldberg is amongst the select few who have won all the four awards—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Moreover, she is also a political activist, author and talk show host. Her notable work include films Ghost, Sister Act and The Color Purple; Broadway show Thoroughly Modern Millie and talk show The View.

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Jalen Rose
(Basketball player)
Jalen Rose
4
Birthdate: January 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
 7 
Larry Wilmore
(Actor, Screenwriter, Comedian, Television actor, Journalist)
Larry Wilmore
5
Birthdate: October 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles
 8 
Patrice O'Neal
(Stand-up Comedian)
Patrice O'Neal
6
Birthdate: December 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 29, 2011
 9 
Chris Webber
(Basketball player Power Forward, Businessperson)
Chris Webber
5
Birthdate: March 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Cedric the Entertainer
4
Birthdate: April 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jefferson City, Missouri, United States
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Arsenio Hall
(Comedian)
Arsenio Hall
4
Birthdate: February 12, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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Aaron McGruder
(Writer, Cartoonist & Public Speaker)
Aaron McGruder
3
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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Gilbert Arenas
(Basketball player)
Gilbert Arenas
4
Birthdate: January 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
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Tiffany Pollard
(Television personality)
Tiffany Pollard
4
Birthdate: January 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Utica, New York, USA
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Michael Irvin
(Sports commentator, former American football wide receiver)
Michael Irvin
4
Birthdate: March 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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Ta-Nehisi Coates
(Author and Journalist Known for His Non-Fiction Books: ‘The Beautiful Struggle’ and ‘Between the World and Me’)
Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Birthdate: September 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

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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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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Nadiya Hussain
(British Celebrity Chef and Winner of the Sixth Season of 'The Great British Bake Off')
Nadiya Hussain
7
Birthdate: December 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Luton, Bedfordshire, England

Nadiya Hussain is a British TV chef, television presenter, and author. She is best known for winning the sixth series of The Great British Bake Off. Over the years Nadiya Hussain has become a household name in the UK by hosting shows like Nadiya's Family Favourites. In 2017, she was mentioned in Debrett's' 500 most influential people in the UK list.

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Mo'Nique
(Comedian)
Mo'Nique
4
Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Woodlawn, Maryland, United States
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Ahmad Rashād
(Sportscaster)
Ahmad Rashād
5
Birthdate: November 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
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Harris Faulkner
(News Anchor)
Harris Faulkner
6
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. 

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Sunny Hostin
(Lawyer, Journalist and Co-Host on ABC's Morning Talk Show 'The View')
Sunny Hostin
4
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
8
Birthdate: September 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: November 14, 2016
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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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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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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
4
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
(Stand-up Comedian and Host Known for Her Shows 'The Real', 'I Love the 2000s' and 'Star Search')
Loni Love
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Birthdate: July 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

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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Michael Winslow
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Birthdate: September 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, USA
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Larry Elder
(Radio Host)
Larry Elder
3
Birthdate: April 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
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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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Wynton Marsalis
(Trumpeter)
Wynton Marsalis
3
Birthdate: October 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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Montel Williams
(Actor, Officer, Television presenter, Radio personality)
Montel Williams
5
Birthdate: July 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore
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Nick Cannon
(TV Host, Actor and Rapper)
Nick Cannon
2
Birthdate: October 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

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’.

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W. Kamau Bell
(Comedian)
W. Kamau Bell
3
Birthdate: January 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States U.S.
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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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Rochelle Humes
(English Television Presenter and Singer)
Rochelle Humes
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Birthdate: March 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barking, London, England

Rochelle Humes is an English television presenter and singer. She is best known for her association with the British-Irish girl group, The Saturdays, which was active from 2007 to 2014. She then established herself as a TV presenter and achieved fame after co-presenting shows like Ninja Warrior UK and The Hit List.

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Lorraine Pascale
(Celebrity Cook Known for Her Appearances in TV Shows: 'Baking Made Easy' and 'Home Cooking Made Easy')
Lorraine Pascale
3
Birthdate: November 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
British chef Lorraine Pascale has her TV shows in 70 countries worldwide and has sold one million books in UK. A highly successful fashion model in 1990s, Pascale is also the United Kingdom government Fostering and Adoption Ambassador. She was the first British Black model on the cover of American Elle and fronted campaigns for brands like Versace and Gap.
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Jason Whitlock
(Journalist)
Jason Whitlock
5
Birthdate: April 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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Ronde Barber
(American football player)
Ronde Barber
3
Birthdate: April 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
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Channing Frye
(Basketball player, Podcaster)
Channing Frye
3
Birthdate: May 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States
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Jamelia
(Singer-songwriter)
Jamelia
3
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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Faith Jenkins
(Attorney)
Faith Jenkins
5
Birthdate: 1977 AD
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana
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Angellica Bell
(Television Presenter)
Angellica Bell
5
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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Trevor McDonald
(Trinidadian-British Journalist Best Known for His Career as a News Presenter with 'ITN')
Trevor McDonald
3
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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Debra Wilson
(Actress)
Debra Wilson
5
Birthdate: April 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: South Ozone Park, New York, United States
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Andi Peters
(Best Known as the Host of TV Shows: 'Live & Kicking', 'GMTV' and 'Dancing on Ice: Extra')
Andi Peters
5
Birthdate: July 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England

Andi Peters is a British journalist, voice actor, television presenter, and producer. Over the years, Peters has contributed immensely to the success of several breakfast TV shows, such as Lorraine, Good Morning Britain, and Live & Kicking.