African Americans From New Jersey

Famous black celebrities from New Jersey, include Shaquille O’ Neal, Whitney Houston, Zoe Saldana.

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 1 Shaquille O’ Neal

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Famous As: Former Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States

Shaquille O'Neal is an American former basketball player who currently works as a sports analyst. Considered one of the greatest basketballers ever, O'Neal was also one of the heaviest and tallest players of all time. One of the most important players in the history of LA Lakers, O'Neal helped the team win three consecutive NBA championships between 2000 and 2002.

 2 Whitney Houston

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Famous As: Singer & Actress
Birthdate: August 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 11, 2012

Amongst the best-selling recording artists of all time and an inspiration to millions of budding artists, Whitney Houston achieved stardom with her eponymous debut album. The success of her later albums consolidated her position and earned her a spot in the Guinness World Records as the most awarded female artist of all time. She struggled with drug abuse and troubled marriage and died of drowning in her hotel's bathtub. 

 3 Zoe Saldana

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United StatesPassaic

American actress, Zoe Saldana, is best known for starring in fantasy-adventure films like Star TrekAvatarGuardians of the GalaxyAvengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, which were massive worldwide hits. She faced flak in 2016 when she used skin-darkening makeup to play jazz musician Nina Simone in the biopic Nina, which led to debates about colour bias in society.

 4 Queen Latifah

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

Queen Latifah is an American musician and actress whose song U.N.I.T.Y. played a major role in raising awareness about women's rights worldwide. Dubbed Queen of Jazz-Rap, Latifah has influenced several soul, R&B, and hip-hop artists like Remy Ma, Lil' Kim, Ivy Queen, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, and Eve among other artists. As an actress, Latifah has won several prestigious awards.

 5 Ice-T

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: February 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States

Rapper, singer, songwriter, musician, and actor, Ice-T is known for his fusion music that combines elements of rock and hip hop. Beginning his career as an underground rapper in the 1980s, he went on to release many albums that were commercially and critically successful. He is also an actor and voice actor.

 6 John Amos

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States

 7 Lauryn Hill

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, United States

Famous rapper and singer, Lauryn Hill, is widely regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time and a pioneer in the Neo soul genre. The artist whose album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill won five Grammy Awards, is an inspiration for numerous singers and rappers. Earlier, she gained recognition as member of Fugees, an award-winning hip hop group.

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 8 Beetlejuice

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey

Despite being born with conditions like microcephaly and dwarfism, Beetlejuice went on to become a popular film, radio, and TV personality. A prominent member of Wack Pack, which is part of The Howard Stern Show, Beetlejuice was named the greatest Wack Packer ever by Howard Stern in 2015.

 9 Marsha P. Johnson

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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: August 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA
Died: July 6, 1992

 10 Dionne Warwick

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Famous As: Singer & Actress
Birthdate: December 12, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: City of Orange, New Jersey, United States

Dionne Warwick is an American singer, TV host, actress, and former FAO Goodwill Ambassador. Warwick was one of the most successful singers between 1955 and 1999, ranking among the 40 biggest hitmakers according to the Billboard Hot 100. 80 of her singles have been featured on Billboard's music charts, making Warwick one of the most-charted female singers in history. 

 11 Nicole Byer

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

 12 Retta

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: April 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

 13 Rubin Carter

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: May 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Clifton, New Jersey
Died: April 20, 2014

Rubin Carter was an American-Canadian boxer whose boxing career was overshadowed by his murder conviction; after serving almost 20 years of prison term, it was revealed that he was wrongfully convicted of murder. His autobiography, The Sixteenth Round, which he had written during his time in prison, inspired the 1999 film, The Hurricane, where Denzel Washington played Rubin Carter.

 14 J. R. Smith

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: September 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Freehold Borough, New Jersey
Shooting guard J. R. Smith was initially drafted by the New Orleans Hornets and later played with the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks, too. He won one NBA Championship each with the Cavaliers and the LA Lakers. He has also been part of controversies related to reckless driving.

 15 Paul Robeson

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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Singer, Actor & Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: April 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, U.S
Died: January 23, 1976

Singer and actor, Paul Robeson, was as much known for his music and films as he was for his political activism. As a black man who had to endure great difficulties to establish himself, he was actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement and other social justice campaigns. As a performer, he was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

 16 Tim Howard

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: North Brunswick Township, New Jersey, United States

 17 Te'a Cooper

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: April 16, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States

 18 Ron Cephas Jones

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States

 19 Dwayne Haskins

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: May 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Highland Park, New Jersey, United States

 20 Celia Cruz

Celia Cruz.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 21, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fort Lee, New Jersey, United States
Died: July 16, 2003

 21 Tamika Catchings

Tamika Catchings
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stratford, New Jersey, United States

 22 Michael Jace

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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 13, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States

 23 Shakur Stevenson

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: June 28, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

 24 Flip Wilson

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Famous As: Comedian & Actor
Birthdate: December 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S
Died: November 25, 1998

 25 Lola Falana

Lola Falana.
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Famous As: Singer, Dancer, and Actress
Birthdate: September 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Jersey

 26 Tasha Smith

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Camden, New Jersey, United States
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 27 Rotimi

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Maplewood, New Jersey, U.S.

 28 Mark Ingram Jr.

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: December 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hackensack, New Jersey, United States

 29 Dennis Johnson

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: September 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Pedro, California, United States
Died: February 22, 2007

 30 Laurie Hernandez

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: June 9, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Old Bridge Township, New Jersey, United States

 31 Emmanuel Yarbrough

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Martial artist
Birthdate: September 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rahway, New Jersey, United States
Died: December 21, 2015

 32 Phil Ivey

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Famous As: Poker Player
Birthdate: February 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Jersey, USA

 33 Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 3, 1990

 34 D'Lo Brown

D'Lo Brown
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: October 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burlington, New Jersey, United States

 35 Treach

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: East Orange, New Jersey, United States

 36 Dorian Missick

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 15, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: East Orange, New Jersey, United States

 37 Derek Luke

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

 38 Malinda Williams

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 24, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey

 39 Lexington Steele

Lexington Steele
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

 40 Franco Harris

Franco Harris
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: March 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Dix, New Jersey, USA

 41 Bill Bellamy

Bill Bellamy
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

 42 Dee Dee Warwick

Dee Dee Warwick.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: October 18, 2008

Dee Dee Warwick was a soul singer whose career was largely marred by drug addiction. However, she found success later in her career, recording songs for Private Stock Records and RCA Records. In 1999, she was honored by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation with a Pioneer Award. Warwick is also remembered for being one of the first openly gay singers.

 43 Micki Harris

Micki Harris
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 10, 1982

 44 Mohamed Sanu

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: August 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

 45 Rodney Jerkins

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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Record producer
Birthdate: July 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pleasantville, New Jersey, USA
Rodney Jerkins is a multiple Grammy Award winning American rapper and record producer who is popularly known by his stage name Darkchild. Over the course of his career, he has collaborated with a number of popular artists, such as Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber etc. In 2008, he co-founded an online music portal Music Mogul.com where artists can communicate with their fans.

 46 Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 7, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark
Died: January 9, 2014

 47 Crystal Waters

Crystal Waters
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Camden, New Jersey Camden, New Jersey, U.S.

 48 Rosalind Cash

Rosalind Cash
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 31, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
Died: October 31, 1995

 49 Jersey Joe Walcott

Jersey Joe Walcott
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 31, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Camden, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 25, 1994

 50 Rashan Gary

Rashan Gary
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: December 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey, United States