African Americans From Maryland

Famous black celebrities from Maryland, include Kevin Durant, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Brown.

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 1 Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: September 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Kevin Durant is regarded as one of the best basketball players of his generation. He is known for his phenomenal scoring ability and is hailed as an excellent playmaker. He currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets of National Basketball Association (NBA). He was part of the US men’s national team which won the Olympic gold medal in 2012 and 2016.

 2 Jada Pinkett Smith

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

An actress, screenwriter, producer, and businesswoman, Jada Pinkett Smith is a woman who dons many hats. Entering the entertainment world in the 1990s as an actress, she quickly cemented her place in Hollywood and soon branched out into production as well. An ambitious lady, she also runs her own music company and fashion label.

 3 James Brown

James Brown.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer, bandleader
Birthdate: May 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Barnwell, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 25, 2006

Referred to by honorific nicknames, such as Godfather of Soul, James Brown was a prominent figure of 20th century music. A progenitor of funk music, Brown influenced the development of many music genres. An inductee of the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame, Brown is ranked seventh in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.

 4 Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: February 29, 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dorchester County, Maryland, United States
Died: March 10, 1913

Born to parents who were bonded slaves, Harriet Tubman life was a difficult one from the very beginning. Yet with her remarkable courage and determination, she not only escaped slavery herself, but also led other enslaved people to freedom. The prominent political activist and abolitionist was also the first woman to lead an armed expedition during the American Civil War.

 5 Lance Reddick

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 31, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

Lance Reddick is an American musician and actor. Over the years, Reddick has contributed immensely to the success of several TV series, such as Oz, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Wire, Fringe, and Bosch. He has also been entertaining children and adults alike by providing his likeness and voice for video games like Quantum Break and Destiny series.

 6 Muggsy Bogues

Muggsy Bogues
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Muggsy Bogues is a former basketball player. Standing at 5 feet 3 inches tall, Bogues is the shortest player in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). When his 14-season NBA career came to an end, Bogues served as the head coach for Charlotte Sting, which participated in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) from 1997 to 2007. 

 7 Dominique Dawes

Dominique Dawes
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: November 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Known as Awesome Dawesome, Dominique Dawes is a retired star gymnast from the U.S. who was part of the gold-winning team at the Atlanta Olympics. She also became the first African-American to earn an individual Olympic medal, with her bronze. She is also part of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

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 8 Len Bias

Len Bias
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Landover, Maryland, USA
Died: June 9, 1986

 9 Toni Braxton

Toni Braxton.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: American R&B Singer-songwriter & Musician
Birthdate: October 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Severn
Soul and R&B sensation Toni Braxton initially performed with her sisters in The Braxtons. She won three of her seven Grammys with her debut album. Known for her Billboard-charters such as Un-break My Heart, she also collaborated with Babyface, competed in Dancing with the Stars, and produced Braxton Family Values.

 10 Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall.
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Former Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
Birthdate: July 2, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: January 24, 1993

The first African-American member of the US Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall was an associate justice from 1967 to 1991. Earlier as an attorney, he fought for the abolishment of racial segregation in American public schools. He was also a strong proponent of individual rights. A symbol of black icon, there are numerous memorials in America to honour his legacy.

 11 Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: August 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 12 Victor Oladipo

Victor Oladipo.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: May 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland

Professional basketball player Victor Oladipo currently plays for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He started playing basketball in high school and went to Indiana University Bloomington, where he played for the Indiana Hoosiers. He began his professional playing career in 2013 and has been going strong since then. He is also a singer.

 13 Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates gained international prominence while serving as the national correspondent at The Atlantic. His writings on socio-political issues related to African Americans and white supremacy garnered him much appreciation. He is a recipient of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Prize for Writing to Advance Social Justice. He also writes fiction and comics.

 14 Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tyler, Texas, United States

 15 Jarrett Hurd

Jarrett Hurd
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Accokeek, Maryland, United States

 16 Gayle King

Gayle King.
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: December 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States

Gayle King is an American author and TV personality. Since 2012, King has been co-hosting CBS News' popular program, CBS This Morning. She has also been serving as CBS News' broadcast journalist. Also an editor-at-large for the famous O, The Oprah Magazine, King was included in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People in 2019.

 17 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.

 18 Sam Cassell

Sam Cassell.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: November 18, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 19 Mo'Nique

Mo'Nique
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Woodlawn, Maryland, United States

 20 Tracie Thoms

Tracie Thoms
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 19, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 21 Mutulu Shakur

Mutulu Shakur
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musical artist
Birthdate: August 8, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 22 Rudy Gay

Rudy Gay.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 23 Howard Rollins

Howard Rollins
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: December 8, 1996

 24 Stefon Diggs

Stefon Diggs
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: November 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States

 25 Reggie Lewis

Reggie Lewis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland
Died: July 27, 1993

 26 Chase Young

Chase Young
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: April 14, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Upper Marlboro, Maryland, United States
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 27 Bresha Webb

Bresha Webb.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 28 Lio Rush

Lio Rush
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: November 11, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lanham, Maryland, United States

 29 6lack

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

 30 Montel Williams

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Famous As: Actor, Officer, Television presenter, Radio personality
Birthdate: July 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore

 31 Josh Smith

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: December 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: College Park, Georgia, United States

 32 Shalita Grant

Shalita Grant.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 33 Trevon Diggs

Trevon Diggs
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: September 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States

 34 Hasim Rahman

Hasim Rahman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: November 7, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 35 Steve Francis

Steve Francis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Players
Birthdate: February 21, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

 36 Michael Steele

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland
Michael Steele was the first African-American to chair the Republican National Committee, from 2009 to 2011. He has also worked with MSNBC, Fox News, and the online magazine The Root. He was the lieutenant governor of Maryland, from 2003 to 2007, and a partner at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae.

 37 Tavon Austin

Tavon Austin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: March 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 38 Moose

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: April 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Seabrook, Maryland, United States

 39 Elijah Cummings

Elijah Cummings.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former United States Representative
Birthdate: January 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: October 17, 2019

Elijah Cummings was an important and influential American politician and advocate of civil rights. Such was his impact on American politics that after his death, he became the first black lawmaker to be honored with a state funeral at the United States Capitol. His official funeral was attended by personalities like Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton.

 40 Akil Baddoo

Akil Baddoo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: August 16, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

 41 Lester Speight

Lester Speight
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: August 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 42 Matthew Henson

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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: First African-American to explore the North Pole
Birthdate: August 8, 1866
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nanjemoy
Died: March 9, 1955

 43 Benjamin Banneker

Benjamin Banneker.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Compiler of Almanacs
Birthdate: November 9, 1731
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baltimore County
Died: October 9, 1806

Benjamin Banneker was born to a free African-American mother and a former slave father, and was largely self-educated. While he showed immense talent in both mathematics and astronomy, having predicted a solar eclipse with precision, he also wrote essays on civil rights and rallied against slavery.

 44 Gloria Richardson

Gloria Richardson
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: civil rights Activist
Birthdate: May 6, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 45 Shaquil Barrett

Shaquil Barrett
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: November 17, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 46 Kweisi Mfume

Kweisi Mfume
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: American Politician
Birthdate: October 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 47 Joe Haden

Joe Haden
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football players
Birthdate: April 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fort Washington, Maryland, United States

 48 Melvin Williams

Melvin Williams
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Famous As: American actor
Birthdate: December 14, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

 49 Kyle Fuller

Kyle Fuller
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: February 16, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 50 Valerie Thomas

Valerie Thomas
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: scientist and inventor
Birthdate: 1943 AD
Birthplace: Maryland, United States
After becoming one of the two female students in her university class to graduate in physics, Valerie Thomas joined NASA as a data analyst. While she oversaw the Landsat program, she is best remembered for inventing the illusion transmitter, which helped project a 3D optical illusion using concave mirrors.