Rebecca Primus 1836 – 1932. Freed slave. Exchanged love letters with Addie Brown. Published in Beloved Sisters and Loving Friends.(1854-1868)
Audre Lourde 1934 – 1992. Writer and activist.
Kevin Aviance born 1968 fashion designer, drag queen, and musician.
Melanie DeMore born 1954 singer, musician, vocal activist.
Uche born 1995 Nigerian-American singer.
Rebecca Cox Jackson 1791 – 1875. In 1859 she founded the first Black Shaker community.
Essex Hemphill 1957-1995 poet and activist.
Michelle Cliff 1946 to 2016. Jamaican-American author.
Frank Ocean born 1987 is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and photographer.
Meshell Ndegeocello born 1950 singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist.
Stanley Bennett Clay born 1950 actor, director, playwright, filmmaker, novelist.
Layshia Clarendon born 1991 plays for WNBA.
Kwame Harris born 1982, Jamaican former NFL player.
Samiya Bashir born 1970 professor, poet, and author.
John Amaechi born1970 is a British psychologist, consultant and former NBA player. In 2007 he became the first former NBA player to come out.
Addie Brown 1841- 1870. Freed slave. Exchanged love letters with Rebecca Primus. Published in Beloved Sisters and Loving Friends.
Jussie Smollett born 1982 actor and singer.
Cheryl Dunye born 1966 tv producer and director, filmmaker.
Don Lemon born 1966 journalist and author.
Bishop Yvette Flunder born 1955 author, singer, senior pastor City of Refuge, Oakland, CA.
Luther Vandross 1951 – 2005, singer, song-writer, record producer.
Brittney Griner born 1990 professional basketball player with the WNBA.
LZ Granderson born 1972 is a journalist and former actor.
Andrea Jenkins born 1960. First Black openly transgender woman elected to public office, 2018, Minneapolis City Council.
Kevin Clash born 1960 is a puppeteer, director and producer.
Keith Boykin born1965 is a writer, author, broadcaster, and commentator.
Opal Tometi born 1983 is an activist and co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter.
Bishop O.C. Allen III born 1973. Author and entrepreneur. In 2013 he and partner were the first Same-Gender-Loving couple to be selected as one of Ebony Magazine’s “top 10 Coolest Black Families” in America.
Patrisse Cullors born 1984 is an artist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter.
Ann Allen Shockley (born 1927) is known for her works of fiction exploring black lesbian relationships and for founding the Black Oral History Program at Fisk University.
Bobby Rivers actor, entertainment reporter, film critic, former host VH1. In 1979 he was the first Black film critic on television in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Robyn Vie Carpenter born 1967 author Let’s Get Stoned
Glenn Burke 1952 – 1995. First Major League Baseball player to come out as gay.
Tracy Chapman born 1964, singer songwriter and guitarist.
Kylar Broadus born 1963 is an attorney, writer, author, professor, speaker and transgender activist. In 2012 he was the first transgender person to testify in front of the U.S. Senate.
Pat Parker 1944-1989 feminist, poet, and activist.
Jean-Michel Basquiat 1960 – 1988 Haitian and Puerto Rican artist.
Donna Brazile born 1959. Former DNC Interim chair. Author, commentator, educator, political analyst and strategist.
Paris Barclay born 1956 director, producer, writer.
Jasmyne Cannick born 1977 is a journalist, strategist and commentator. She is the co-founder of My Hood Votes and the National Black Justice Coalition.
Juba Kalamka born 1970 is an artist and activist and co-founder of Deep Dickollective.
Nona Hendryx born 1944, vocalist, songwriter, musician, author, and actress.
Rev. MacArthur Flournoy born 1960 is a teacher, theologian, and justice leader.
Jewelle Gomez born 1948 is a writer, author, poet, playwright and critic.
Blackberri born 1945 is a singer/songwriter. Some of his recordings are part of the Smithsonian National Folkways Recordings library. He is a Songstylist/Tunemaker, poet,writer, photographer, health educator and community advocate. He’s written and performed for films including Word is Out, and Looking for Langston, as well as recording the soundtrack for the Haight-Ashbury Radio Collective’s […]
Jean Weisinger born 1954 is a photographer, artist, and writer.
Dante Austin, 1992-2019, was Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s first openly gay deputy sheriff in 2013.
Josephine Baker 1906 – 1975 dancer, actress born in the United States of America and naturalized French.
Johnny Mathis born 1935. He is a singer and the third largest selling artist of the 20th century.
April Sinclair (born 1954) is an Oakland, California-based best-selling author known for her books about young black women coming of age.
B. Slade (born 1975) is a singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, rapper, dancer, producer, and activist.
Akwaeke Emezi (born 1987) is an lgbo and Tamil writer and video artist, best known for their debut novel Freshwater.
Marcus Mabry born 1967. Journalist and author.
Beverly Smith (born 1949) was one of three authors of the famous Combahee River Collective Statement which was developed by members of the radical, lesbian black feminists of the Combahee River Collective in 1977. Twin sister of Barbara Smith.
Az Marie Livingston born 1986 model, actress, singer, and DJ.
Fresh! White is a Certified Life and Mindfulness Coach, writer, speaker, and facilitator, as well as a Meditation and Dharma leader
Barbara Smith born 1949 professor, writer, and poet. Founder of Kitchen Table Press in 1980 and “Stop Islamophobia” website.
Maurice Hines born 1943 is an actor, dancer, director and choreographer. First Black person to direct at Radio City Music Hall.
Monifah born 1972 singer-songwriter.
Marlon Riggs 1957 – 1994, filmmaker, educator, poet, and activist.
Marsha Warfield born 1954 actress and comic.
Paul Winfield 1939 – 2004, actor.
Robin Roberts born 1960 is a television newscaster.
Lee Daniels born 1959 is a writer, director, and producer.
Toshi Reagon born 1964 is a musician, composer, curator, and producer.
Little Richard born 1932 is a musician, singer, songwriter, and actor.
Roxane Gay born 1974 is a writer, author, editor and professor.
Patriots-Ian Polk was born in 1973 is a filmmaker, writer, director and producer.
Karen Williams first openly black lesbian comic to discuss queer issues in her act starting in 1983.
Patrick Riley born 1970 is a personality, producer, writer, and author.
Rebecca Pierce born in 1990 is a Black and Jewish writer, editor, filmmaker and storyteller.
Countee Cullen 1903 – 1946 poet, novelist, children’s writer, and playwright during Harlem Renaissance.
Janelle Monáe born 1985 is a singer, songwriter, composer and record producer.
Taylor Bennett born in 1996 is a rapper.
Be Steadwell born in 1987 is a singer, songwriter and filmmaker.
Saeed Jones born 1985 poet and executive editor for culture at BuzzFeed.
Kehlani born in 1996 in Oakland. CA is a singer, songwriter, record producer and dancer.
Michael Sam born 1990, in 2014 was the first NFL draft pick to come out, and in 2015 was the first openly gay player in the CFL, Canadian Football League.
Angela Davis born in 1944 co-founded Critical Resistance which called for the abolition of the so-called prison-industrial complex and she came out as a lesbian in 1997.
Roy Simmons 1956 – 2014. Second former NFL player to come out as gay, first to reveal that he was HIV positive.
Siya born in 1987 is a hip-hop recording artist.
Natalie Devora born 1962 is an activist, writer and author of Black Girl White Skin: A Life in Stories.
Ruth Beckford, 1925 – 2019, toured with Katharine Dunham, founder of Oakland Dance Association.
Melvin Dixon 1950 – 1992 professor, author, poet
Alice Walker born 1944 is a writer, poet, and activist. She coined the term “womanist” to describe a feminist of color. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for The Color Purple.
Assotto Saint 1957 to 1994 was a Haitian born performance artist, poet, and publisher.
Alicia Garza born 1981 cofounded Black Lives Matter in 2013.
Phill Wilson born 1956 is President and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute which he founded in 1999.
Raven-Symoné born 1985 started her career as Olivia on The Cosby Show in 1989, but was also in Hangin with Mr. Cooper, That’s so Raven, and a host on The View where she came out as lesbian in 2016. She is an actress, singer, songwriter, model, television personality, dancer, rapper and producer.
Rashad Robinson born 1978 is executive director of ColorofChange.
Audre Lorde (1934-1992) writer, feminist, poet, librarian and activist. Co-founded Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, first U.S. publisher for women of color.
Sylvester 1947 – 1988 singer songwriter.
Dee Rees born 1977 became the first Black woman to direct a film for which an actor or actress was nominated for an Academy Award in 2017 after Mary J. Blige was nominated for her role in Mudbound.
Tim’m West born 1972 educator, author, poet, editor, co-founder Deep Dickcollective.
Bessie Smith (1894 – 1937) was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s.
Thomas Allen Harris born 1962 is a photographer, writer, director, producer, cinematographer, and editor.
Miss Major born 1940 is a transgender activist who was at Stonewall.
Barbara Jordan (1936-1996) was the first black woman to give a keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1976.
Todrick Hall born 1985 is a singer, songwriter, director, producer, and YouTuber.