Famous Black Screenwriters

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 1 

Daniel Kaluuya
5
Birthdate: February 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 2 
Spike Lee
(Film director)

Spike Lee
5
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.

 3 
Charlie Murphy
(Best Known as a Writer & Cast Member of the Sketch-Comedy Series 'Chappelle's Show')

Charlie Murphy
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Birthdate: July 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, 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.

 4 
Dan Harmon
(Creator of the Sitcoms 'Community', 'Rick and Morty' and The Podcast 'Harmontown')

Dan Harmon
4
Birthdate: January 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Dan Harmon is best known for writing the comedy series Community. He co-created Channel 101, hosted the podcast Harmontown, and wrote the animated series Rick and Morty. He also invented a storytelling method known as the Story Circle. His work on the 81st Annual Academy Awards won him an Emmy.

 5 
Hannibal Buress
(Comedian)

Hannibal Buress
5
Birthdate: February 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

 6 
John Singleton
(Director)

John Singleton
4
Birthdate: January 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: April 28, 2019

 7 
Ryan Coogler
(Director)

Ryan Coogler
4
Birthdate: May 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA
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 8 
Michaela Coel
(Actress)

Michaela Coel
4
Birthdate: October 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

 9 
Lena Waithe
(Screenwriter)

Lena Waithe
4
Birthdate: May 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

 10 
Peter Fonda
(Known for His Role of 'Wyatt' in the Film 'Easy Rider')

Peter Fonda
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Birthdate: February 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: August 16, 2019

Peter Fonda, son of Henry Fonda and brother of Jane Fonda, was an icon of the anti-establishment 1960s’ counterculture. He is best known for his Academy Award-nominated screenplay of Easy Rider and his Golden Globe-winning performances in the TV film The Passion of Ayn Rand and the film Ulee's Gold.

 11 

Nate Parker
3
Birthdate: November 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, USA

 12 
Lee Daniels
(Screenwriter)

Lee Daniels
3
Birthdate: December 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 13 

Glynn Turman
3
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.

 14 
Kenya Barris
(Screenwriter)

Kenya Barris
4
Birthdate: August 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 15 

Jerrod Carmichael
3
Birthdate: June 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States

 16 

Jermaine Fowler
3
Birthdate: May 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 17 
Nicole Byer
(Comedian)

Nicole Byer
3
Birthdate: August 29, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Jersey, USA

 18 
Orlando Jones
(Comedians)

Orlando Jones
3
Birthdate: April 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, USA

 19 
Michael Che
(Stand-up comedian)

Michael Che
4
Birthdate: May 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, U.S.

 20 

Sam Richardson
3
Birthdate: January 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

 21 
John Ridley
(Screenwriter)

John Ridley
2
Birthdate: January 12, 1984, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

 22 
Andre Royo
(Actor)

Andre Royo
3
Birthdate: July 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA

 23 

Adrian Lester
3
Birthdate: August 14, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Birmingham, England, UK

 24 

Ron Funches
3
Birthdate: March 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States

 25 
Nia DaCosta
(First African-American woman to have a film debut at number one upon opening weekend)

Nia DaCosta
0
Birthdate: November 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 26 
Shaka King
(For directing and co-writing the 2021 biopic Judas and the Black Messiah.)

Shaka King
0
Birthdate: March 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 27 
Boots Riley
(Musician)

Boots Riley
3
Birthdate: April 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

 28 
Tim Russ
(Actor)

Tim Russ
3
Birthdate: June 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA

 29 
Jaboukie Young-White
(Stand-up comedian, Actor)

Jaboukie Young-White
0
Birthdate: July 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 30 
Dwayne Glenn McDuffie
(American writer)

Dwayne Glenn McDuffie
2
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.

 31 
Ted Lange
(Actor)

Ted Lange
2
Birthdate: January 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oakland, California, U.S.

 32 
Antwone Fisher
(Director)

Antwone Fisher
2
Birthdate: August 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

 33 
Mark Angel
(Comedian)

Mark Angel
2
Birthdate: May 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

 34 
Joie Lee
(Actress, Screenwriter)

Joie Lee
2
Birthdate: June 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York

 35 
Adepero Oduye
(Actress)

Adepero Oduye
2
Birthdate: January 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York (state) New York, U.S.

 36 
Janicza Bravo
(Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter)

Janicza Bravo
0
Birthdate: February 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, United States

 37 
Maïmouna Doucouré
(Film director)

Maïmouna Doucouré
2
Birthdate: 1985 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France

 38 
Lloyd Haynes
(Actor, Screenwriter)

Lloyd Haynes
0
Birthdate: September 19, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States
Died: January 1, 1987

 39 
Steven Kanumba
(Actor, Film director)

Steven Kanumba
0
Birthdate: January 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shinyanga, Tanzania
Died: April 7, 2012

 40 
Ousmane Sembène
(Senegalese film director)

Ousmane Sembène
2
Birthdate: January 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ziguinchor, Casamance, Senegal
Died: June 9, 2007

 41 

E. Lynn Harris
1
Birthdate: June 20, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, United States
Died: July 23, 2009

 42 
Travon Free
(Comedian, Basketball player)

Travon Free
0
Birthdate: March 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 43 

Dany Laferrière
1
Birthdate: April 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 44 
Idil Ibrahim
(Film director)

Idil Ibrahim
0
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: California, United States

 45 
Lydia Forson
(Actress)

Lydia Forson
1
Birthdate: October 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mankessim, Ghana

 46 

Lonne Elder III
1
Birthdate: December 26, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Americus, Georgia, United States
Died: June 11, 1996

 47 

Philippe Lacôte
0
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Abidjan, Ivory Coast

 48 
Ibi Zoboi
(Writer)

Ibi Zoboi
1
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 49 
Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
(Screenwriter, film director and visual artist)

Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
0
Birthdate: January 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hlotse, Lesotho

 50 

Nahla Mahmoud
0
Birthdate: March 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wau, Sudan Wau, Sudan