African Americans From Florida

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Famous black celebrities from Florida, include Deion Sanders, Sidney Poitier, Antonio Brown.
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YNW Melly
(Rapper and Singer Best Known for His Songs ‘Murder on My Mind’ and ‘Mixed Personalities’)
YNW Melly
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 1, 1999
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gifford, Florida, United States

YNW Melly is an American rapper whose song Murder on My Mind became a huge hit, especially after Melly was charged with double-murder. In 2019, he pleaded not guilty and is currently awaiting trial. If proven guilty, he could face life imprisonment or even capital punishment. Apart from the double-murder charges, he is a suspect in the 2017 murder of a sheriff's deputy.

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Deion Sanders
(Former American Football Player, Coach and Only Athlete to Play in Both 'Super Bowl' and 'World Series')
Deion Sanders
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fort Myers, Florida, United States

American football player Deion Sanders is considered one of the strongest pass defenders of the game. He was an electrifying athlete and played in the National Football League for 14 seasons. He played for teams like Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens. He is now a coach and a sports analyst. He’s also a rapper.

 

 3 
Vince Carter
(American Former Professional Basketball Player Who Played as the Shooting Guard / Small Forward )
Vince Carter
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Daytona Beach, Florida, United States

Widely regarded as the greatest dunker ever in basketball history, Vince Carter is an American former basketball player. His leaping ability during his playing career often entertained crowds, earning him nicknames like Half Man, Half Amazing and Vinsanity. Also a philanthropist, Carter set up the Embassy of Hope Foundation, which helps children in places like New Jersey, Florida, and Ontario.

 4 
Kodak Black
(American Rapper Known for His Albums: ‘Painting Pictures’, ‘Dying to Live’ and ‘Bill Israel’)
Kodak Black
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pompano Beach, Florida, United States

Kodak Black is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. He gained recognition after releasing hit albums, such as Painting Pictures and Dying to Live. A well-known philanthropist, Kodak Black announced in 2018 that he was in the process of building a school in Haiti. Over the years, he has also donated money for various charitable causes.

 5 
Antonio Brown
(American Football Wide Receiver)
Antonio Brown
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

Antonio Brown is an American football player and one of the most popular wide receivers in the history of the National Football League (NFL). Controversy's favorite child, Brown is a testimony to the fact that one's personal behavior can have a major impact on their professional life; his off-the-field controversies have marred his otherwise illustrious playing career.

 6 
Jason Derulo
(Best Known for His Singles “Whatcha Say,” "In My Head" and "Wiggle")
Jason Derulo
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miramar, Florida, United States

American singer Jason Derulo is one of the best-selling and popular musicians of present times. His forte is pop, but his music also encompasses R&B and hip-hop. Whatcha Say, Don't Wanna Go Home, Talk Dirty, In My Head, Savage Love, The Other Side and Wiggle are some of his smash hit songs. He also acts in movies and television shows.

 7 
Wesley Snipes
(Known for His Action Roles in Films 'Blade' and 'Passenger 57')
Wesley Snipes
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Birthdate: July 31, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, United States

The quintessential vampire-killer of Hollywood, Wesley Snipes is best known for his action-oriented films, such as the Blade film trilogy and The Expendables 3. Apart from being an actor, Wesley Snipes is also a martial artist, and hence often portray roles that require him to perform stunts. He is a black belt holder in Hapkido and Shotokan Karate.

 8 
Sidney Poitier
(Director and the First African-American to Win an Academy Award for Best Actor)
Sidney Poitier
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Birthdate: February 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: January 6, 2022

Sidney Poitier was a Bahamian-American actor who became the first Afro-Bahamian and Black male actor to receive an Oscar for Best Actor in 1964. In 2009, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His life and work inspired a couple of documentary films, including the 2008 film Sidney Poitier, an Outsider in Hollywood.

 9 
Bobby Shmurda
(Rapper and Songwriter Best Known for His Singles: ‘Hot Nigga’, ‘Bobby Bitch’ and ‘No Time for Sleep’)
Bobby Shmurda
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

Bobby Shmurda is one of the most popular American rappers to serve a prison sentence. After releasing his debut EP, he was arrested on charges of conspiracy to murder, reckless endangerment, and weapons possession. Initially sentenced to seven years in prison, his term was later reduced to five years. In 2017, he claimed that he was writing music in prison.

 10 
Laila Ali
(One of the Greatest Female Boxers of All Time)
Laila Ali
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Birthdate: December 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Miami Beach, Florida, United States

Laila Ali is an American former professional boxer. The daughter of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali competed from 1999 to 2007, during which she remained undefeated. She is also credited with saving wrestling legend Hulk Hogan's life by calling him when he was suicidal and depressed. After retiring from professional boxing, Laila Ali became a television personality.

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Derrick Henry
(American football player)
Derrick Henry
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yulee, Florida, United States
 12 
T-Pain
(Rapper who Popularized Auto-Tune pitch Correction Effect)
T-Pain
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tallahassee, Florida, United States
Faheem Rasheed Najm, better known as T-Pain, shot to fame with the US Billboard 200-topping album Epiphany. The two-time Grammy-winning artist is known for his signature use of the auto-tune effect. He has delivered hit singles such as I'm on a Boat and has played minor roles in several films.
 13 
Emmitt Smith
(Former American Professional Football Player Who Played in the Running Back Position)
Emmitt Smith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, United States

Emmitt Smith is a former American footballer who helped the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League win three Super Bowl championships between 1993 and 1996. He remains NFL's all-time leading rusher and is the only running back to win a Super Bowl. A humanitarian, Smith is credited with founding a nonprofit organization called the Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities.

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Sean Taylor
(American football player)
Sean Taylor
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florida City, Florida, United States
Died: November 27, 2007
Ski Mask the Slump God
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 18, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

Stokeley Clevon Goulbourne, popularly known by his stage name Ski Mask the Slump God, is an American rapper. He is credited with co-founding a hip hop collective called Members Only. A controversial figure, Goulbourne has been on the wrong side of the law on a couple of occasions. In 2016, he was arrested for robbery and driving without a license.

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Sean Kingston
(Rapper Best Known for His Hit Songs: 'Beautiful Girls', 'Fire Burning' and 'Take You There')
Sean Kingston
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Jamaican-American singer and rapper Kisean Paul Anderson, better known as “Sean Kingston,” is best known for his chart-topping tracks Beautiful Girls and Eenie Meenie. He has campaigned for PETA and the non-profit Do Something. He launched the Professional Rapper Boxing League in 2020 and guest-starred in Black Dynamite.
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Roxie Roker
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Helen Willis’ in the TV Series ‘The Jeffersons’)
Roxie Roker
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Birthdate: August 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: December 2, 1995
Roxie Roker, mother of Lenny Kravitz, was best known for her portrayal of Helen Willis in the sitcom The Jeffersons. She and Franklin Cover played an interracial couple in the series, which was the first such instance on primetime TV. She was also associated with the Negro Ensemble Company.
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Denzel Curry
(Rapper Known for His Singles ‘Ultimate’ and ‘Flying Nimbus’)
Denzel Curry
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carol City, Florida, United States

Rapper Denzel Curry initially gained fame as part of the hip-hop collective Raider Klan. He then released Billboard-charting projects such as Ta13oo. He was also featured on Lil Ugly Mane's Twistin and Dillon Cooper's Eyes of the World. He has also worked with artists such as Ghostemane and ZillaKami.

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Michael Irvin
(Sports commentator, former American football wide receiver)
Michael Irvin
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Birthdate: March 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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Teddy Bridgewater
(American football player)
Teddy Bridgewater
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA
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Khalil Mack
(American Football Player)
Khalil Mack
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Pierce, Florida, USA
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Esther Rolle
(Former Actress known for Florida Evans in Maude and Good Times)
Esther Rolle
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Birthdate: November 8, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pompano Beach, Florida, United States
Died: November 17, 1998
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Amar'e Stoudemire
(American-Israeli Professional Basketball Coach and Former Player)
Amar'e Stoudemire
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lake Wales, Florida, United States

Known as much for his basketball skills, as for his towering 6’10” height, Amar'e Stoudemire has played for major teams such as the New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns. An Olympic bronze medal winner, he now coaches the NBA team Brooklyn Nets. He also founded the Each One, Teach One foundation.

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Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
(American football player)
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida
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Jordan Clarkson
(Basketball player)
Jordan Clarkson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
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Devin Hester
(American football player)
Devin Hester
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riviera Beach, Florida, United States
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Gilbert Arenas
(Basketball player)
Gilbert Arenas
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Birthdate: January 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
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Warren Sapp
(American Football Player)
Warren Sapp
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, USA
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Don Shirley
(Classical and Jazz Pianist and Composer)
Don Shirley
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 29, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, United States
Died: April 6, 2013

Don Shirley was an American jazz and classical pianist and composer. He is best remembered for his association with Cadence Records where he recorded many albums during the 1950s and 1960s. Apart from performing in numerous concert tours, Shirley also wrote organ symphonies and piano concerti. Shirley's friendship with his bodyguard Tony Lip was dramatized in the film Green Book.

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Chris Johnson
(Football player)
Chris Johnson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, United States
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Kiersey Clemons
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Birthdate: December 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
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Amari Cooper
(American Football player)
Amari Cooper
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 17, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
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Andre Berto
(Two-time Former Welterweight World Champion)
Andre Berto
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Winter Haven, Florida, United States
 34 
Jade Cargill
(Professional wrestler, Basketball player)
Jade Cargill
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vero Beach, Florida, United States
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David Robinson
(Basketball player)
David Robinson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Key West, Florida, United States
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Vince Wilfork
(American footballer)
Vince Wilfork
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boynton Beach, Florida, USA
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Dalvin Cook
(American Football player)
Dalvin Cook
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
 38 
JT
(Singer)
JT
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Liberty City, Miami, Florida, United States
 39 
Osiris Williams
(Rapper, R&B Artist)
Osiris Williams
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 7, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida
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Darryl Dawkins
(Basketball player)
Darryl Dawkins
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 11, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida
Died: August 27, 2015
 41 
Big E
(American Professional Wrestler and Former Powerlifter)
Big E
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States

Ettore Ewen, better known by his ring name, Big E Langston, currently performs for the WWE’s SmackDown. The 290-pound wrestler first gained fame as a footballer at the University of Iowa. He had also been a powerlifter before taking up wrestling. He has also voiced Canon Wulf in Lazor Wulf.

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Titus O'Neil
(Wrestler)
Titus O'Neil
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boynton Beach, Florida, United States
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Butterfly McQueen
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Birthdate: January 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
Died: December 22, 1995
 44 
Sony Michel
(American football running back)
Sony Michel
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 17, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, United States
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Nicole Beharie
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Birthdate: January 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: West Palm Beach, Florida, United States

Nicole Beharie is an American actress who has played important roles in films like American Violet, Shame, 42, and Monsters and Men. For her portrayal of Turquoise Jones in the 2020 critically acclaimed drama film Miss Juneteenth, Beharie won a Gotham Independent Film Award. Also known for her TV work, Beharie has played prominent roles in series like Sleepy Hollow.

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Devin Singletary
(American football player)
Devin Singletary
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Deerfield Beach, Florida, United States
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Geno Smith
(American football quarterback)
Geno Smith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
 48 
Betty Wright
(R&B and Soul Singer Known for Singles: ‘Tonight Is the Night’ and ‘Clean up Woman')
Betty Wright
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: May 10, 2020

Bessie Regina Norris, better known as Betty Wright, ruled the American gospel, R&B, and soul scene for 6 decades. The Grammy-winning artist joined her family gospel group at age 2, gained fame with the track Clean Up Woman at 17, and had her own record label by the 1980s.

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Alisha Wainwright
(Actress role for Raising Dion (2019) and Shadowhunters.)
Alisha Wainwright
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Birthdate: July 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, United States
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Shaquill Griffin
(Football player)
Shaquill Griffin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 20, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Florida, United States