Famous Black Screenwriters

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Spike Lee
(Film director)
Spike Lee
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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.

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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.
 3 
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.

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

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Ryan Coogler
(Director)
Ryan Coogler
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Birthdate: May 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Hannibal Buress
(Comedian)
Hannibal Buress
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Birthdate: February 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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John Singleton
(Director)
John Singleton
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Birthdate: January 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: April 28, 2019
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 8 
Michaela Coel
(British Actress and Screenwriter Known for Her TV Series 'Chewing Gum' and 'I May Destroy You')
Michaela Coel
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Birthdate: October 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

Ghanaian-origin British actor and screenwriter Michaela Coel was raised according to Pentecostal faith and took to poetry and acting later. A Guildhall scholar, she won a BAFTA for her sitcom Chewing Gum. With I May Destroy You, she became the first Black woman to win an Emmy for writing.

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Lena Waithe
(Screenwriter)
Lena Waithe
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Birthdate: May 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Michael Che
(Stand-up comedian)
Michael Che
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Birthdate: May 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Steve McQueen
(British Director Best Known for His Film '12 Years a Slave')
Steve McQueen
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Birthdate: October 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

Steve McQueen is a British filmmaker and video artist best known for his film 12 Years a Slave. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, making him the first black filmmaker to win the award. He is also a prominent visual artist and a recipient of the Turner Prize, the highest award given to a British visual artist. 

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Glynn Turman
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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.

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Kenya Barris
(Screenwriter)
Kenya Barris
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Birthdate: August 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Lee Daniels
(Screenwriter)
Lee Daniels
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Birthdate: December 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 15 
Jerrod Carmichael
(Comedian)
Jerrod Carmichael
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Birthdate: June 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
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Sam Richardson
(Actor)
Sam Richardson
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Birthdate: January 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 17 
Nicole Byer
(Comedian)
Nicole Byer
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Birthdate: August 29, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Jersey, USA
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 18 
Orlando Jones
(Comedians)
Orlando Jones
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Birthdate: April 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, USA
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 19 
John Ridley
(Screenwriter)
John Ridley
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Birthdate: 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
 20 
Jermaine Fowler
(Actor)
Jermaine Fowler
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Birthdate: May 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 21 
Adrian Lester
(Actor)
Adrian Lester
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Birthdate: August 14, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Birmingham, England, UK
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 22 
Andre Royo
(Actor)
Andre Royo
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Birthdate: July 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 23 
Ron Funches
(Actor)
Ron Funches
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Birthdate: March 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 24 
Tim Russ
(Actor)
Tim Russ
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Birthdate: June 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 25 
Jaboukie Young-White
(Stand-up comedian, Actor)
Jaboukie Young-White
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Birthdate: July 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
 26 
Nia DaCosta
(First African-American woman to have a film debut at number one upon opening weekend)
Nia DaCosta
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Birthdate: November 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Boots Riley
(Musician)
Boots Riley
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Birthdate: April 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 28 
Ted Lange
(Actor)
Ted Lange
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Birthdate: January 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oakland, California, U.S.
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 29 
Shaka King
(For directing and co-writing the 2021 biopic Judas and the Black Messiah.)
Shaka King
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Birthdate: March 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
 30 
Antwone Fisher
(Director)
Antwone Fisher
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Birthdate: August 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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Joie Lee
(Actress, Screenwriter)
Joie Lee
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Birthdate: June 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York
 32 
Janicza Bravo
(Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter)
Janicza Bravo
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Birthdate: February 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, United States
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Adepero Oduye
(Actress)
Adepero Oduye
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Birthdate: January 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York (state) New York, U.S.
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Maïmouna Doucouré
(Film director)
Maïmouna Doucouré
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Birthdate: 1985 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Lloyd Haynes
(Actor, Screenwriter)
Lloyd Haynes
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Birthdate: September 19, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States
Died: January 1, 1987
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Ousmane Sembène
(Senegalese film director)
Ousmane Sembène
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Birthdate: January 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ziguinchor, Casamance, Senegal
Died: June 9, 2007
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Steven Kanumba
(Actor, Film director)
Steven Kanumba
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Birthdate: January 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shinyanga, Tanzania
Died: April 7, 2012
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E. Lynn Harris
(Author)
E. Lynn Harris
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Birthdate: June 20, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, United States
Died: July 23, 2009
 39 
Travon Free
(Comedian, Basketball player)
Travon Free
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Birthdate: March 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
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Dany Laferrière
(Novelist)
Dany Laferrière
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Birthdate: April 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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Idil Ibrahim
(Somali-American Director, Producer and Actress)
Idil Ibrahim
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Birthplace: California, United States
 42 
Lonne Elder III
(Actor)
Lonne Elder III
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Birthdate: December 26, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Americus, Georgia, United States
Died: June 11, 1996
 43 
Lydia Forson
(Actress)
Lydia Forson
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Birthdate: October 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mankessim, Ghana
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Ibi Zoboi
(Haitian-American Author of Young Adult Fiction Best Known for Her Novel 'American Street')
Ibi Zoboi
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Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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Philippe Lacôte
(Director)
Philippe Lacôte
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Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Abidjan, Ivory Coast
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Trevor Rhone
(Jamaican Writer, Playwright and Film Maker)
Trevor Rhone
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Birthdate: March 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: September 15, 2009

Trevor Rhone was a Jamaican writer, filmmaker, and playwright. He is best remembered for his contribution as a co-writer of the internationally successful 1972 Jamaican crime film The Harder They Come. In 1999, Trevor Rhone was honored by the Institute of Jamaica with the prestigious Musgrave Gold Medal for his contributions to Jamaican literature, theatre, and film.

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Nahla Mahmoud
(Writer)
Nahla Mahmoud
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Birthdate: March 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wau, Sudan Wau, Sudan
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Idrissa Ouedraogo
(Film director, Screenwriter)
Idrissa Ouedraogo
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Birthdate: January 21, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Banfora, French Upper Volta Upper Volta
Died: February 18, 2018
 49 
Carlton Moss
(Screenwriter)
Carlton Moss
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Birthdate: February 14, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: August 10, 1997
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Tina Wells
(Writer)
Tina Wells
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Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States