African Americans From New Jersey

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Famous black celebrities from New Jersey, include Bobbi Kristina Brown, Beetlejuice, Rubin Carter.
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Beetlejuice
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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.

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Dionne Warwick
(One of the Most-Charted Vocalists of All Time)
Dionne Warwick
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Listed In: Singers
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. 

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Rubin Carter
(American-Canadian Middleweight Boxer Who Was Wrongfully Convicted for Murder and Imprisoned for Almost 20 Years)
Rubin Carter
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Clifton, New Jersey, United States
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.

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John Amos
(Actor)
John Amos
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Birthdate: December 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
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Paul Robeson
(Singer, Actor, and Black Activist.)
Paul Robeson
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, United States
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.

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner
(Known for His Roles as Theodore Huxtable on the NBC Sitcom the ‘Cosby Show’)
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
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Birthdate: August 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
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Marvelous Marvin Hagler
(American Professional Boxer and Film Actor)
Marvelous Marvin Hagler
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: March 13, 2021

Marvelous Marvin Hagler was an American boxer and actor who reigned as the middleweight division's undisputed champion from 1980 to 1987, during which he had 12 successful title defenses. Regarded as one of the greatest middleweight boxers of all time, Hagler was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame as well as the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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Marsha P. Johnson
(Civil Rights Activist)
Marsha P. Johnson
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA
Died: July 6, 1992
 9 
Flip Wilson
(Comedian, Actor)
Flip Wilson
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Birthdate: December 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Died: November 25, 1998
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Dwayne Haskins
(American football player)
Dwayne Haskins
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Highland Park, New Jersey, United States
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Retta
(Stand-up Comedian)
Retta
2
Birthdate: April 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
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Count Basie
(Former jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer who formed the Count Basie Orchestra)
Count Basie
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 21, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Red Bank, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 26, 1984
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Mark Ingram Jr.
(American Football player)
Mark Ingram Jr.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hackensack, New Jersey, United States
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Rotimi
(Actor)
Rotimi
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Birthdate: November 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Maplewood, New Jersey, U.S.
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Jozy Altidore
(Association football player)
Jozy Altidore
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Livingston, New Jersey, United States
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Jonathan Taylor
(American football player)
Jonathan Taylor
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 19, 1999
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Salem, New Jersey, United States
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Herm Edwards
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 27, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fort Monmouth, Oceanport, New Jersey, United States
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Tasha Smith
(Actress)
Tasha Smith
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Birthdate: February 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Camden, New Jersey, United States
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Nicole Byer
(Comedian)
Nicole Byer
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Birthdate: August 29, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Jersey, USA
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Bam Adebayo
(Basketball player)
Bam Adebayo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 18, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
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Dee Dee Warwick
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Listed In: Singers
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.

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Jaren Jackson Jr.
(Basketball player)
Jaren Jackson Jr.
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 15, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey, United States
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Malinda Williams
4
Birthdate: September 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
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Amiri Baraka
(Writer)
Amiri Baraka
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 7, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark
Died: January 9, 2014
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Franco Harris
(American Football Player)
Franco Harris
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Dix, New Jersey, USA
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Sarah Vaughan
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 3, 1990
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Bill Bellamy
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Birthdate: April 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA
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Derek Luke
(Actor)
Derek Luke
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Birthdate: April 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
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Andrew Bynum
(Basketball player)
Andrew Bynum
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Plainsboro Township, New Jersey, United States
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Jacob Lawrence
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Birthdate: September 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 9, 2000

A master of what he called dynamic cubism, 20th-century American painter Jacob Lawrence experimented with a variety of media, such as tempera, cardboard, and paper.  His narrative painting consisted of scenes from Black history. The Migration of the American Negro remains one of his best creations.

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Mohamed Sanu
(American Football player)
Mohamed Sanu
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
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Shakur Stevenson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 28, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA
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Micki Harris
(Singer)
Micki Harris
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 10, 1982
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Tamika Catchings
(Basketball player)
Tamika Catchings
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stratford, New Jersey, United States
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Kevin Johnson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States
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Te'a Cooper
(Basketball player)
Te'a Cooper
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 16, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States
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Sam Mills
(American football player)
Sam Mills
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Neptune City, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 18, 2005
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Sharife Cooper
(Basketball player)
Sharife Cooper
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 11, 2001
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
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Craig Heyward
(American Football Player)
Craig Heyward
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Died: May 27, 2006
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Rashan Gary
(American football player)
Rashan Gary
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey, United States
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Corey Clement
(American football player)
Corey Clement
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 2, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glassboro, New Jersey, United States
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Kenny Britt
(American football player)
Kenny Britt
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, United States
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Rosalind Cash
(Actress)
Rosalind Cash
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 31, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
Died: October 31, 1995
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David Njoku
(American football player)
David Njoku
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 10, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cedar Grove, New Jersey, United States
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Eric LeGrand
(American football player)
Eric LeGrand
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Avenel, New Jersey, United States
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Tim Howard
(Football player)
Tim Howard
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: North Brunswick Township, New Jersey, United States
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Dahntay Jones
(Basketball player)
Dahntay Jones
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 27, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States
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David Tyree
(American football player)
David Tyree
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Livingston, New Jersey, United States
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Treach
(Rapper)
Treach
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: East Orange, New Jersey, United States
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Emmanuel Yarbrough
(Martial artist)
Emmanuel Yarbrough
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rahway, New Jersey, United States
Died: December 21, 2015

Emmanuel Yarbrough was an American professional wrestler, martial artist, actor, and football player. Remembered for his achievements as an amateur sumo wrestler, Yarbrough was the heaviest living athlete according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Emmanuel Yarbrough passed away at the age of 51 after suffering a heart attack.