African Americans From New Jersey

Famous black celebrities from New Jersey, include Shaquille O’ Neal, Beetlejuice, Queen Latifah.

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 1 Shaquille O’ Neal

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 Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: January 19, 1999
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Salem, New Jersey, United States

 3 Beetlejuice

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.

 4 Queen Latifah

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 Lauryn Hill

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.

 6 Dionne Warwick

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. 

 7 Zoe Saldana

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

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.

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 8 Ice-T

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.

 9 Bam Adebayo

Bam Adebayo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 18, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States

 10 Mark Ingram Jr.

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

 11 Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: June 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pequannock Township, New Jersey, United States

Derek Jeter is an American former baseball player whose popularity had made him one of the most marketed sportsmen of his generation during his playing career. Since 2017, he has been playing a key role as part owner and the chief executive officer of the Miami Marlins. Also a well-known philanthropist, Jeter created a charitable organization called Turn 2 Foundation.

 12 J. R. Smith

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.

 13 Flip Wilson

Flip Wilson
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Famous As: Comedian, Actor
Birthdate: December 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Died: November 25, 1998

 14 John Amos

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

 15 Shakur Stevenson

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

 16 Tasha Smith

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

 17 Dwayne Haskins

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

 18 Paul Robeson

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.

 19 Nicole Byer

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

 20 Jay Lethal

Jay Lethal
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: April 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States

 21 Rubin Carter

Rubin Carter
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
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.

 22 Sharife Cooper

Sharife Cooper
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 11, 2001
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States

 23 Marsha P. Johnson

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

 24 Retta

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

 25 P. J. Walker

P. J. Walker
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: February 26, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States

 26 Tim Howard

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
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 27 Ron Cephas Jones

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

 28 Jay Williams

Jay Williams
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey, United States

 29 Michael Jace

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

 30 Phil Ivey

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

 31 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

 32 Kevin White

Kevin White
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football wide receiver
Birthdate: June 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey, United States

 33 Dexter Darden

Dexter Darden
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Camden, New Jersey, U.S.

 34 Rotimi

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

 35 Lola Falana

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

 36 Jozy Altidore

Jozy Altidore
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Livingston, New Jersey, United States

 37 Emmanuel Yarbrough

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

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.

 38 Drew Pearson

Drew Pearson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: January 12, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: South River, New Jersey, United States

 39 Todd Bowles

Todd Bowles
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football coach
Birthdate: November 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States

 40 Derek Luke

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

 41 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.

 42 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

 43 Andrew Bynum

Andrew Bynum
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: October 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Plainsboro Township, New Jersey, United States

 44 Laurie Hernandez

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

Born to Puerto Rican-American parents, Laurie Hernandez was homeschooled since third grade and began training in gymnastics at age 5. At 16, she was the youngest of the Final Five that won a team gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Her wide smile has earned her the nickname The Human Emoji.

 45 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

 46 Malinda Williams

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

 47 Lexington Steele

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

 48 Rakeem Christmas

Rakeem Christmas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: December 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Irvington, New Jersey, United States

 49 Bill Bellamy

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

 50 David Njoku

David Njoku
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: July 10, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cedar Grove, New Jersey, United States