Famous Black Writers

 1 Van Jones

Van Jones
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Famous As: Motivational speaker
Birthdate: September 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 2 Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Nicholas Cannon is a comedian, rapper and television host. The Nick Cannon Show, America's Got Talent and The Masked Singer are some of his popular TV shows. He has also acted in films like Drumline, Love Don't Cost a Thing and Roll Bounce. Cannon has been accused of making racist and anti-Semitic remarks. He has called White people ‘savages’.

 3 Shonda Rhimes

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Famous As: Television Producer
Birthdate: January 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Shonda Rhimes is a screenwriter, author, and television producer. She is credited with creating, writing, and executive producing one of the most popular American medical drama TV series ever, Grey's Anatomy. She is also credited with creating series like Private Practice and Scandal. In 2007, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 People Who Help Shape the World.

 4 Ben Carson

Ben Carson
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Famous As: Politician, Former Neurosurgeon
Birthdate: September 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson is credited with many pioneering neurosurgical procedures. He became a Library of Congress “Living Legend” and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He later contested in the 2016 presidential primaries, has authored numerous books, was a Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and earned 60 honorary doctorates.

 5 Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 6 James Baldwin

James Baldwin
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: December 1, 1987

Amongst the greatest writers of the 20th century and a leading literary voice in the civil rights movement, James Baldwin extensively explored issues like race, sexuality and humanity in his work. His best known work include his debut novel Go Tell It on the Mountain and his books of essays Notes of a Native Son and Nobody Knows My Name.

 7 Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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 8 Sidney Poitier

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Birthdate: February 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Bahamian, American

Sidney Poitier is a Bahamian-American actor who became the first Afro-Bahamian and Black male actor to receive an Oscar for Best Actor in 1964. In 2009, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His life and work inspired a couple of documentary films, including the 2008 film Sidney Poitier, an Outsider in Hollywood.

 9 Maya Angelou

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: May 28, 2014
Poet, author, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou was a champion for black feminism and is best remembered for her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing. The recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and over 50 honorary degrees was also a child sex abuse survivor.

 10 August Wilson

August Wilson
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Famous As: American playwright
Birthdate: April 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: October 2, 2005

 11 Anita Hill

Anita Hill
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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 12 Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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.

 13 Michaela Coel

Michaela Coel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Ghanaian, British

 14 Lashana Lynch

Lashana Lynch
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Lashana Lynch is best known for her roles of Rosaline Capulet in the series Still Star-Crossed and Maria Rambeau in the film Captain Marvel. She received the Laurence Olivier bursary in drama school. Lynch will be seen as Nomi in the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die

 15 Langston Hughes

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Famous As: Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist
Birthdate: February 1, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 22, 1967

Langston Hughes is best remembered as a prominent leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He was one of the first to write jazz poetry. He also wrote plays and short stories. He was a columnist for The Chicago Defender and wrote the iconic poem The Negro Speaks of Rivers.

 16 Colman Domingo

Colman Domingo
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 17 Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American, Zimbabwean
Danai Gurira is best known as Michonne from The Walking Dead and as Okoye from the Marvel films Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. She earned a Tony nomination for writing the Broadway play Eclipsed. She has been a UN Goodwill Ambassador and promotes arts and women empowerment.

 18 Assata Shakur

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Famous As: Murder Convict
Birthdate: July 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Cuban, American

Assata Shakur is a former member of the revolutionary organization 'Black Liberation Army'. Sentenced to life for murder, Shakur escaped from the 'Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women' and was eventually granted political asylum in Cuba. She is the first woman to be added to FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list. Her life inspired the documentary film Eyes of the Rainbow.

 19 Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

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.

 20 Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 21 Mo'Nique

Mo'Nique
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 22 Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Cullors
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 23 Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 24 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Nigerian

 25 Martinique

Martinique
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Algerian

 26 Alice Walker

Alice Walker
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 9, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 27 Karamo Brown

Karamo Brown
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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: November 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 28 Allen West

Allen West
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 7, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 29 Daymond John

Daymond John
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Famous As: CEO of FUBU
Birthdate: February 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 30 Frantz Fanon

Frantz Fanon
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Famous As: Psychiatrist
Birthdate: July 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Algerian, French, Martiniquan
Died: December 6, 1961

 31 Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron
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Famous As: Singer, Writer, Composer, Poet, Pianist
Birthdate: April 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: May 27, 2011

 32 Octavia E. Butler

Octavia E. Butler
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Famous As: Science fiction author
Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 24, 2006

 33 Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston
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Famous As: Folklorist, Anthropologist
Birthdate: January 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: January 28, 1960

 34 J. B. Smoove

J. B. Smoove
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 35 N. K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 36 Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Henry Louis Gates Jr.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 37 Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe
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Famous As: Nigerian novelist
Birthdate: November 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: March 21, 2013

 38 Clarke Peters

Clarke Peters
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 39 Ron Cephas Jones

Ron Cephas Jones
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 40 Christopher Darden

Christopher Darden
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: April 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 41 Saul Williams

Saul Williams
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Poet
Birthdate: February 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 42 Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: November 17, 1992

 43 Larry Elder

Larry Elder
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Famous As: Radio Host
Birthdate: April 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 44 Eldridge Cleaver

Eldridge Cleaver
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Birthdate: August 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: May 1, 1998

 45 Dwayne Wayans

Dwayne Wayans
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Famous As: Composer, Actor, Musician, Writer
Birthdate: July 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 46 Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka
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Famous As: Author, Poet, Playwright
Birthdate: July 13, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Nigerian

 47 Chirlane McCray

Chirlane McCray
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Famous As: Writer, Social Activist
Birthdate: November 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 48 Yolanda King

Yolanda King
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: May 15, 2007

 49 William Kamkwamba

William Kamkwamba
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: August 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Malawian

 50 Maurice Ashley

Maurice Ashley
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Jamaican, American