African Americans From Ohio

Famous black celebrities from Ohio, include Tracy Chapman, Russell Wilson, Kid Cudi.
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Russell Wilson
(American Football Player Who Plays as a Quarterback)
Russell Wilson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

American footballer, Russell Wilson, plays for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and is considered one of the best players ever. In NFL history, he is one of two quarterbacks with a career passer rating over 100. In October 2020, he was inducted in an exclusive group, the Madden 99 club of the popular ‘Madden 21’ video game.

 2 
Kid Cudi
(Rapper who Rose to Fame with His Debut Mixtape 'A Kid Named Cudi')
Kid Cudi
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Grammy-winning rapper Kid Cudi first came into public consciousness with his mixtape that made Kanye West sign him to his label. Kid delivered a double-platinum debut album, formed the band WZRD, and sold 16 million records in the U.S. He has also dabbled in acting and now owns a label.
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Tracy Chapman
(Known for Her Hit Singles 'Fast Car', 'Talkin' 'bout a Revolution' and 'Baby Can I Hold You')
Tracy Chapman
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

A four-time Grammy Award-winning artist, singer Tracy Chapman is best known for her hit single, Give Me One Reason. Interested in music from a young age, she learned to play multiple instruments as a child. She made her major-stage debut in 1985 and soon became a sensational hit. She is also known for her social activism.

 4 
Bow Wow
(Rapper and Actor Known for His Albums ‘Beware of Dog’ and ‘Doggy Bag’)
Bow Wow
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Rapper Bow Wow, earlier known as "Lil Bow Wow,” was discovered by Snoop Dogg. He is best known for songs such as Bow Wow (That's My Name). He has also appeared in movies such as Like Mike and All About the Benjamins, and in series such as Entourage.
 5 
Toni Morrison
(Novelist)
Toni Morrison
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio
Died: August 5, 2019
Author, editor, and Princeton professor Toni Morrison is best remembered for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved, part of a trilogy. Some of her other notable works include The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon. She received the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature. She also wrote several children’s books and plays.
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Charles Woodson
(Football player)
Charles Woodson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fremont, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 7 
Anita Baker
(R&B Singer)
Anita Baker
23
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toledo
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)
 8 
Arsenio Hall
(Comedian)
Arsenio Hall
20
Birthdate: February 12, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 9 
James Harrison
(American football player)
James Harrison
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 10 
Kareem Hunt
(American football Player)
Kareem Hunt
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 11 
Buster Douglas
(World Boxing Heavyweight Champion in 1990 )
Buster Douglas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 12 
Aqib Talib
(American Football player)
Aqib Talib
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 13 
Charles Oakley
(Basketball player)
Charles Oakley
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
 14 
Charles Michael Davis
(Best Known for His Roles on the TV Series 'The Originals' and 'Younger')
Charles Michael Davis
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Birthdate: December 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States

Charles Michael Davis is an American actor, producer, director, and model. He is best known for playing Marcel Gerard in the popular fantasy supernatural drama TV series, The Originals. Apart from acting in the series, Davis was also credited with directing a couple of episodes of The Originals.

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Bobby Womack
(Singer, Songwriter, Musician, and Record Producer)
Bobby Womack
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: June 27, 2014

Bobby Womack began his career with his family band The Valentinos, after gaining a record deal with The Soul Stirrers singer Sam Cooke. He later began a solo career and became famous for tracks such as Lookin’ for a Love. He also contributed to the soundtrack of Across 110th Street.

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David Justice
(Baseball player)
David Justice
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Cardale Jones
(American football player)
Cardale Jones
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 29, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 18 
Ron Harper
(Former Basketball player at shooting guard position)
Ron Harper
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 19 
Michael Behling
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Birthdate: March 5, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 20 
LaWanda Page
(Actress)
LaWanda Page
10
Birthdate: October 19, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: September 14, 2002
 21 
Ruby Dee
(Actress and Civil Rights Activist Known for Her Pioneering Work in African American Theatre and Films)
Ruby Dee
9
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 27, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: June 11, 2014

Ruby Dee was an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, poet, civil rights activist, and journalist. She is best remembered for playing Mahalee Lucas in the 2007 film American Gangster, which earned her the Screen Actors Guild Award for Supporting Role. Dee also won a Grammy and Emmy during her career. She was also a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

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Adrien Broner
(Professional Boxer and Former WBO Super Featherweight Champion)
Adrien Broner
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Adrien Broner is an American boxer. Regarded as one of the best light-welterweight boxers of his generation, Broner has held several world championships in various weight classes, such as super featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, and welterweight. He is also known for his crazy antics inside and outside the ring.

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Macy Gray
(Singer-songwriter)
Macy Gray
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 24 
Cris Carter
(American Football Player)
Cris Carter
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Troy, Ohio, USA
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 25 
Ronald Isley
(Recording artist)
Ronald Isley
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 21, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
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Shawn Porter
(American Former Professional Boxer Who Competed From 2008 to 2021)
Shawn Porter
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Greg Morris
(Actor)
Greg Morris
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Birthdate: September 27, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died: August 27, 1996
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Nancy Wilson
(Notable for Her Single ‘(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am')
Nancy Wilson
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 20, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chillicothe, Ohio, United States
Died: December 13, 2018
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Antoine Winfield Jr.
(American Football player)
Antoine Winfield Jr.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 16, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Nate Thurmond
(Basketball player)
Nate Thurmond
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Died: July 16, 2016
Height: 6'11" (211 cm)
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Orlando Pace
(American football player)
Orlando Pace
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sandusky, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
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Marshon Lattimore
(American football cornerback)
Marshon Lattimore
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 20, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: leveland, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Denzel Ward
(American football player)
Denzel Ward
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 28, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Barry Larkin
(Baseball player)
Barry Larkin
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 28, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Antoine Winfield Sr.
(American football player)
Antoine Winfield Sr.
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Clark Kellogg
(Former Basketball player who is the lead college basketball analyst for CBS Sports)
Clark Kellogg
0
Birthdate: July 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
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Carlos Hyde
(American football player)
Carlos Hyde
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Dorian Harewood
(Actor)
Dorian Harewood
3
Birthdate: August 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, USA
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Art Tatum
(American Jazz Pianist)
Art Tatum
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 13, 1909
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States
Died: November 5, 1956
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Trey Burke
(Basketball player)
Trey Burke
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio
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Edwin Moses
(American Former Track and Field Athlete and Olympic Gold Medalist in the 400 m Hurdles)
Edwin Moses
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 31, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Troy Smith
(American Football Player)
Troy Smith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Aaron Pryor
(Boxer)
Aaron Pryor
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 20, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Died: October 9, 2016
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 44 
Ron Lyle
(Boxer)
Ron Lyle
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Died: November 26, 2011
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 45 
CeCe Peniston
(Singer-songwriter)
CeCe Peniston
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
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Joey Galloway
(American football player)
Joey Galloway
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bellaire, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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David Montgomery
(American Football player)
David Montgomery
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 7, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Granville Woods
(Inventor)
Granville Woods
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Birthdate: April 23, 1856
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: January 30, 1910

Granville Woods was 10 when he began working at a machine shop, while continuing his studies at a night school. He grew up to become a steam locomotive engineer and earned the nickname the Black Edison for his countless inventions, most of which were related to electrical systems for railways.

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Jim Jackson
(Basketball player)
Jim Jackson
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 14, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
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Sarah E. Goode
(Inventor)
Sarah E. Goode
10
Birthdate: 1855 AD
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States
Died: April 8, 1905