Famous Black Screenwriters

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 1 Daniel Kaluuya

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

 2 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.

 3 Hannibal Buress

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

 4 LeVar Burton

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

 5 Ryan Coogler

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

 6 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

 7 Michaela Coel

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

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

 9 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.

 10 Kenya Barris

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

 11 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.

 12 Nate Parker

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

 13 Lee Daniels

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

 14 Jermaine Fowler

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

 15 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.

 16 Nicole Byer

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

 17 John Ridley

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

 18 Orlando Jones

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

 19 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

 20 Andre Royo

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

 21 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.

 22 Adrian Lester

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

 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 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.

 25 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

 26 Tim Russ

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

 27 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

 28 Boots Riley

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

 29 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.

 30 Antwone Fisher

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

 31 Mark Angel

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

 32 Ted Lange

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

 33 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

 34 Maïmouna Doucouré

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

 35 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.

 36 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

 37 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

 38 Dany Laferrière

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

 39 Lydia Forson

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

 40 Lonne Elder III

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

 41 Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 42 Nahla Mahmoud

Nahla Mahmoud
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wau, Sudan Wau, Sudan

 43 Carlton Moss

Carlton Moss
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: February 14, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: August 10, 1997

 44 Hugues Gentillon

Hugues Gentillon
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Famous As: Film director, Writer
Birthdate: December 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 45 Dorothy A. Atabong

Dorothy A. Atabong
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cameroon

 46 Tina Wells

Tina Wells
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

 47 Masimba Musodza

Masimba Musodza
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 29, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe

 48 Sahndra Fon Dufe

Sahndra Fon Dufe
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Famous As: Actress, Author
Birthdate: October 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yaoundé, Cameroon

 49 Isabella Matambanadzo

Isabella Matambanadzo
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 5, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pelandaba, Zimbabwe

 50 Pauline Mvele

Pauline Mvele
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ivory Coast