Famous Black Screenwriters

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 1 Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

An actress, director, writer, and producer, Rashida Jones is a multi-talented woman who first gained prominence as a TV actress. A Harvard University graduate, the bright young woman entered the entertainment industry in the mid-1990s and has since made a name for herself. She is the recipient of several awards including a Grammy.

 2 Daniel Kaluuya

Daniel Kaluuya
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 3 Chris Rock

Chris Rock
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Famous As: Standup Comedian, Actor
Birthdate: February 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Andrews, South Carolina, United States

A high-school drop-out, Chris Rock worked at restaurants before stepping into stand-up comedy. He gained fame with SNL and earned his first role through Eddie Murphy. Known for voicing Marty in the Madagascar franchise, Chris also created the series Everybody Hates Chris and was voted Comedy Central’s fifth-greatest stand-up comedian.

 4 Spike Lee

Spike Lee
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: March 20, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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.

 5 Charlie Murphy

Charlie Murphy
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: July 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: BrBrooklyn, New York, United States
Died: April 12, 2017
Charlie Murphy, older brother of Eddie Murphy, is best remembered for his sketch-comedy series Chappelle's Show and for his performance as Vic in Black Jesus. He also voiced Big Kid on the children’s show Thugaboo. He also starred in movies such as CB4 and co-wrote Vampire in Brooklyn.

 6 LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 16, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Landstuhl, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Best known for his performances as Kunta Kinte in Roots and Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation, LeVar Burton is also known for his 23-year stint as the award-winning host of Reading Rainbow. Though he initially aspired to be a Catholic priest, he doesn’t believe in any religion anymore.

 7 Hannibal Buress

Hannibal Buress
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: February 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
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 8 John Singleton

John Singleton
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: January 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: April 28, 2019

 9 Ryan Coogler

Ryan Coogler
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: May 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA

 10 Michaela Coel

Michaela Coel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

 11 Lena Waithe

Lena Waithe
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

 12 Lamorne Morris

Lamorne Morris
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States

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.

 13 Nate Parker

Nate Parker
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, USA

 14 Michael Che

Michael Che
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: May 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, U.S.

 15 Lee Daniels

Lee Daniels
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: December 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 16 Kenya Barris

Kenya Barris
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: August 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 17 Jermaine Fowler

Jermaine Fowler
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 18 Glynn Turman

Glynn Turman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 31, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

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.

 19 Charles S Dutton

Charles S Dutton
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

Charles S. Dutton is an American actor and filmmaker. He is best known for playing Boy Willie in the television film The Piano Lesson, for which he received nominations at Golden Globe Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards. Interestingly, Dutton discovered his passion for acting in prison after he was jailed for manslaughter in 1967.

 20 Loni Love

Loni Love
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Famous As: Comedian
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.

 21 Nicole Byer

Nicole Byer
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 29, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Jersey, USA

 22 John Ridley

John Ridley
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: September 30, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

 23 Sam Richardson

Sam Richardson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

 24 Orlando Jones

Orlando Jones
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Famous As: Comedians
Birthdate: April 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, USA

 25 Andre Royo

Andre Royo
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA

 26 Shaka King

Shaka King
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Famous As: For directing and co-writing the 2021 biopic Judas and the Black Messiah.
Birthdate: March 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 27 Jerrod Carmichael

Jerrod Carmichael
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States

 28 Ron Funches

Ron Funches
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States

 29 Adrian Lester

Adrian Lester
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 14, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Birmingham, England, UK

 30 Nia DaCosta

Nia DaCosta
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Famous As: First African-American woman to have a film debut at number one upon opening weekend
Birthdate: November 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 31 Jaboukie Young-White

Jaboukie Young-White
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian, Actor
Birthdate: July 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 32 Tim Russ

Tim Russ
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA

 33 Debra Wilson

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

 34 Boots Riley

Boots Riley
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

 35 Dwayne Glenn McDuffie

Dwayne Glenn McDuffie
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Famous As: American writer
Birthdate: February 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: February 21, 2011

Dwayne Glenn McDuffie was an American writer best remembered for writing and producing popular animated series like Ben 10, Justice League Unlimited, and Static Shock. He is credited with co-founding Milestone Media, which is renowned for creating Milestone Comics. Over the course of his illustrious career, Dwayne Glenn McDuffie won many prestigious awards like the Humanitas Prize and Inkpot Award.

 36 Antwone Fisher

Antwone Fisher
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: August 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

 37 Ted Lange

Ted Lange
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oakland, California, U.S.

 38 Mark Angel

Mark Angel
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

 39 Joie Lee

Joie Lee
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Famous As: Actress, Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York

 40 Adepero Oduye

Adepero Oduye
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York (state) New York, U.S.

 41 Janicza Bravo

Janicza Bravo
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Famous As: Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: February 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, United States

 42 Maïmouna Doucouré

Maïmouna Doucouré
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: 1985 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France

 43 Ousmane Sembène

Ousmane Sembène
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Famous As: Senegalese film director
Birthdate: January 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ziguinchor, Casamance, Senegal
Died: June 9, 2007

 44 Lloyd Haynes

Lloyd Haynes
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Famous As: Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: September 19, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States
Died: January 1, 1987

 45 Steven Kanumba

Steven Kanumba
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Famous As: Actor, Film director
Birthdate: January 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shinyanga, Tanzania
Died: April 7, 2012

 46 Travon Free

Travon Free
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Famous As: Comedian, Basketball player
Birthdate: March 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 47 E. Lynn Harris

E. Lynn Harris
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 20, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, United States
Died: July 23, 2009

 48 Dany Laferrière

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

 49 Idil Ibrahim

Idil Ibrahim
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: California, United States

 50 Lydia Forson

Lydia Forson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mankessim, Ghana