African Americans From California

Famous black celebrities from California, include Zoë Kravitz, Tyler, The Creator, Jussie Smollett.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: June 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

A four-time All-Star and six-time All-Defensive Team member, Kawhi Leonard has helped two teams win NBA championships while earning the Finals Most Valuable Player award on both THE occasions. In 2015 and 2016, he was named Defensive Player of the Year. Nicknamed the Claw for his amazing ball-hawking skills, Leonard is known for his quiet demeanor off-court.

 2 Tyler, The Creator

Tyler, The Creator
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 6, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ladera Heights, California, United States

 3 Zoë Kravitz

Zoë Kravitz
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Venice, Los Angeles, California, United States

Actress, singer, and model Zoë Kravitz first gained prominence for her role in the superhero film X-Men: First Class in the early 2010s. She is the daughter of actor parents and her entry into Hollywood is hardly surprising. Besides acting, she also works as a fashion model and musician. As a singer, she is involved with the band Lolawolf.

 4 Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: March 31, 2019

Nipsey Hussle was an American rapper who left behind quite a legacy when he was fatally shot at the age of 33. His death was met with a strong artistic response as more than 50 murals dedicated to him were painted in Los Angeles alone within a few months after his death. As a rapper and activist, Hussle influenced several youngsters.

 5 Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States

A fashion model turned actor, Shemar Moore is known for his rugged good looks and raw sex appeal. He started modeling in college and soon moved to act in TV shows. After having a successful stint in the TV series The Young and the Restless, he became a popular name in the show business.

 6 Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: April 26, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Linden, California, United States
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge became the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year. In 2017, he made a single-season franchise home record with the Yankees. He became the first MLB rookie to win the Home Run Derby. His charity All Rise Foundation focuses on helping children become responsible citizens.

 7 Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones
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Famous As: Actress - Known for Her Roles in TV Comedies
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.

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 8 Tay-K 47

Tay-K 47
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 16, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Long Beach, California
Rapper Tay-K is best known for his Billboard-charting and platinum-certified track The Race. The same day the song was released, U.S. marshals arrested him on murder charges in New Jersey. He was convicted in the case involving the death of Ethan Walker and was later indicted for another murder.

 9 Aisha Tyler

Aisha Tyler
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Famous As: Actress, TV Host
Birthdate: September 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Francisco

Aisha Tyler is credited with co-founding an all-female a cappella group called Dartmouth Rockapellas, which aimed at spreading social awareness through music. She later became a prominent actress, playing important roles in popular TV series like Criminal Minds and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Aisha Tyler is also an ardent advocate of the Black Lives Matter movement and LGBTQ rights.

 10 DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 7, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Compton, California, United States

DeMar DeRozan is an American basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. A four-time NBA All-Star, DeRozan has also been an important member of the United States national team, helping the team win gold medals at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 11 will.i.am

will.i.am
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Eastside Los Angeles, California, United States
Rapper and music producer William James Adams Jr., better known as “will.i.am,” is a founding member of the Black Eyed Peas. He went solo later and released tracks such as the NBA Live theme Go! The seven-time Grammy-winning artist also wrote Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign theme Yes We Can.

 12 Mahershala Ali

Mahershala Ali
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Famous As: First Muslim Actor to Win an Oscar
Birthdate: February 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States

 13 Renee Elise Goldsberry

Renee Elise Goldsberry
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States

Actress, singer, and songwriter, Renee Elise Goldsberry, is a popular figure in Broadway theater. She is best known for her role in the musical Hamilton, for which she won a Tony Award. She is also active in films and TV shows. As a singer and songwriter, she is the winner of one Grammy Award. 

 14 Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: July 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Riverside, California, United States
Former baseball player Barry Bonds is known for his stints with the MLB teams Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. The seven-time NL MVP-winning and eight-time Gold Glove-winning player once faced trial for use of anabolic steroids. He is a 14-time All Star, he is also a cycling lover.

 15 Keith Stanfield

Keith Stanfield
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 12, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Bernardino, California, United States

Keith Stanfield is an American actor best known for playing real-life personalities like Snoop Dogg and Jimmie Lee Jackson in biographical films. For playing rapper Snoop Dogg in Straight Outta Compton, Lakeith Stanfield won the Breakthrough Performer award at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

 16 JuJu Smith-Schuster

JuJu Smith-Schuster
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: November 22, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster became the youngest player to score 2,500 career receiving yards and the first NFL player to score five touchdowns before 21. He was a Rose Bowl champion at USC. He is immensely popular on social-media platforms such as Twitch, YouTube, and TikTok

 17 Reggie Bush

Reggie Bush
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: March 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Spring Valley, California, United States

 18 Keenon Jackson

Keenon Jackson
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Compton, California, United States

Keenon Jackson is an American actor and rapper whose 2013 single My Nigga, for which he collaborated with Rich Homie Quan and Young Jeezy, won the 2014 BET Hip Hop Award for Best Collabo, Duo or Group. One of the most controversial rappers of the current generation, Keenon Jackson was arrested in 2020 on robbery charges and was detained for arraignment.

 19 Ray Allen

Ray Allen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Merced, California, United States

 20 Dennis Haysbert

Dennis Haysbert
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 2, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Mateo, California, United States
Dennis Haysbert is best known as Pedro Cerrano from the Major League films and Tim Collin from Absolute Power. He also played a fictional American president in the series 24, a role that earned him several award nominations. Some of his other notable projects are Far from Heaven and Incorporated.

 21 Hopsin

Hopsin
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Panorama City, Los Angeles, California

 22 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

 23 Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: August 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States

 24 Orlando Brown

Orlando Brown
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Famous As: Actor, Voice Actor, Singer
Birthdate: December 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Orlando Brown is an American actor, singer, and rapper. After starting his career as a child actor, Brown went on to establish himself in the entertainment industry. Unfortunately, his personal life, entangled with legal issues, has overshadowed his professional achievements so far. He has been arrested several times with various charges.

 25 Jrue Holiday

Jrue Holiday
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chatsworth, California, USA

 26 DeSean Jackson

DeSean Jackson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: December 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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 27 MC Ren

MC Ren
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: June 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Compton, California, United States

 28 Darryl Strawberry

Darryl Strawberry
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: March 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 29 Ryan Coogler

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

 30 DJ Yella

DJ Yella
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 31 Dusty Baker

Dusty Baker
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball manager
Birthdate: June 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Riverside, California, United States

 32 Michael Thomas (wide receiver, born 1993)

Michael Thomas (wide receiver, born 1993)
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: March 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 33 Todd Bridges

Todd Bridges
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

Todd Bridges is an American actor best known for playing Willis Jackson in the popular TV series, Diff'rent Strokes. From 2008 to 2013, he worked as a commentator on the series, TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest... He has also appeared in music videos and popular TV shows, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show.

 34 E-40

E-40
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States

 35 Ricky Williams

Ricky Williams
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Players
Birthdate: May 21, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA

 36 Rhonda Ross Kendrick

Rhonda Ross Kendrick
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Rhonda Ross Kendrick, daughter of singer Diana Ross and Motown founder Berry Gordy, is best known for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of Toni Burrell in the soap Another World. She has also appeared in series such as The Temptations and Cosby. She grew up believing Robert Ellis Silberstein was her father. 

 37 D.L. Hughley

D.L. Hughley
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 38 CC Sabathia

CC Sabathia
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: July 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vallejo, California, U.S.

 39 Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Science fiction author
Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States
Died: February 24, 2006

One of the finest African-American sci-fi authors, Octavia Butler was raised single-handedly by her widowed mother. Best known for the Patternist series and the short story Bloodchild, she often mingled mythology and spirituality in her work. She was the first sci-fi author to receive a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

 40 Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: February 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Torrance, California, United States

 41 Aunjanue L. Ellis

Aunjanue L. Ellis
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 21, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

 42 Vince Staples

Vince Staples
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Compton, California, United States

 43 Anderson Paak

Anderson Paak
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oxnard, California, U.S.

 44 Ennis Cosby

Ennis Cosby
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: April 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: January 16, 1997

The only son of comedian Bill Cosby, Ennis Cosby made headlines when he was shot dead at 27, in an attempted robbery on a deserted Southern California road. He was dyslexic and discussed his disability with the children he taught as a student-teacher at the Alfred E. Smith Elementary School.

 45 Ashton Sanders

Ashton Sanders
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 24, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Carson, California, USA

 46 Thomas Mikal Ford

Thomas Mikal Ford
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Famous As: Actor & Comedian Known for His Role as Tommy Strawn on the FOX Sitcom Martin
Birthdate: September 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: October 12, 2016

 47 Miles Brown

Miles Brown
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Famous As: Actor, Dancer
Birthdate: December 28, 2004
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oxnard, California, United States

 48 Apollo Crews

Apollo Crews
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: August 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States

 49 Darius McCrary

Darius McCrary
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Walnut, California, United States

 50 Gary Payton

Gary Payton
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Former Basketball player who played the point guard position
Birthdate: July 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States