A. Breeze Harper Amie "Breeze" Harper is an African-American critical race feminist, diversity strategist, and author of books and studies on veganism and racism. Her Sistah Vegan anthology features a collection of writings by black female vegans.
Adrianne Byrd Adrianne Janette Byrd is a best-selling African-American author of more than 50 romance novels. Her most widely held book, The Beautiful ones, is in more than 400 WorldCat libraries.
Adrienne Kennedy Adrienne Kennedy is an African-American playwright. She is best known for her first major play, Funnyhouse of a Negro.
Ai (poet) Ai Ogawa, born as Florence Anthony, was an American poet and educator. She won the 1999 National Book Award for Poetry for Vice: New and Selected Poems. Ai is known for her mastery of the dramatic monologue as a poetic form, as well as for taking on dark, controversial topics in her work.
Aishah Rahman Aishah Rahman, born Virginia Hughes was born November 4, 1936, in New York City, and died December 29, 2014, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Rahman was an African-American playwright, author, professor and essayist.
Aisha Tyler Aisha N. Tyler is an American talk show host, actress, author, producer, writer, and director.
Akasha Gloria Hull Akasha Gloria Hull is a poet, educator, writer, and critic whose work in African-American literature and as a Black feminist activist has helped shape Women's Studies.
Alice Childress Alice Childress was an American playwright, actor, and author, acknowledged as "the only African-American woman to have written, produced, and published plays for four decades."
Alice Dunbar Nelson Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar Nelson was an American poet, journalist and political activist. Among the first generation born free in the South after the Civil War, she was one of the prominent African Americans involved in the artistic flourishing of the Harlem Renaissance.
Alice Green Alice Green is an American political activist, living in Albany, New York. She is perhaps most notable for her campaigns for political office for Lieutenant Governor of New York in 1998, and for Mayor of Albany in 2005.
Alice Randall Alice Randall is an American author and songwriter of African-American descent. She is perhaps best known for her novel The Wind Done Gone, a reinterpretation and parody of the popular 1936 novel Gone with the Wind.
Alma Jean Billingslea Alma Jean Billingslea is an American scholar and teacher, and a veteran of the civil rights movement.
Amber Ruffin Amber Ruffin is an African-American comedian who has been a writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers since 2014. When she joined the show, she became the first American woman of color to write for a late-night network talk show.
Andrea Hairston Andrea Hairston is an African-American science fiction and fantasy playwright and novelist. Her novel Redwood and Wildfire won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award for 2011.
Andrea Lee Andrea Lee is an American author of novels and memoirs. Her stories are often international in setting and deal with questions of racial and national identity.
Angela Davis Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, academic, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.
angel Kyodo Williams Angel Kyodo Williams is an American writer, ordained Zen priest and the author of Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace, published by Viking Press in 2000.
Anita Cornwell Anita Cornwell is an American lesbian feminist author. In 1983 she wrote the first collection of essays by an African-American lesbian, Black Lesbian in White America.
Anita Woodley Anita Woodley is a journalist, actress, playwright, literary teaching artist, mixed-media artist, poet, producer, and free jazz vocalist. She grew up in Oakland, California, in housing provided by the Oakland Housing Authority.
Anna Arnold Hedgeman Anna Arnold Hedgeman was an African-American civil rights leader, politician, educator, and writer.
Anna J. Cooper Anna Julia Haywood Cooper was an American author, educator, sociologist, speaker, Black Liberation activist, and one of the most prominent African-American scholars in United States history.
Anne Moody Anne Moody was an American author who wrote about her experiences growing up poor and black in rural Mississippi, and her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement through the NAACP, CORE and SNCC. Moody fought racism and segregation from when she was a little girl in Centerville, Mississippi and...
Anne Spencer The poet Anne Spencer was born Annie Bethel Bannister in Henry County, Virginia. A noted American poet, Anne Spencer was also a teacher, civil rights activist, librarian, and gardener.
Annie Burton Annie L. Burton was an African-American memoirist, whose life's story is captured in her 1909 autobiography Memories of Childhood's Slavery Days. Her date of death is uncertain.
Ann Plato Ann Plato was a 19th-century mixed-race educator and author. She was the second woman of color to publish a book in America and the first to publish a book of essays and poems.
Antonia Wright Antonia "Toya" Wright is an American reality television personality, rapper, businesswoman, and author still better known as Toya Carter. She is best known as the former wife of rapper Lil Wayne. Since their divorce, she has been raising their daughter, Reginae Carter.
Ariel Serena Hedges Bowen Ariel Serena Hedges Bowen was an African-American writer, temperance activist, and professor of music at Clark University in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Twentieth Century Negro Literature noted that "she is regarded as one of the foremost and best cultured women of her race."
Ashley Nicole Black Ashley Nicole Black is an American comedian, actress, and writer from Los Angeles, California. In 2016, she became a writer and correspondent for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
Attica Locke Attica Locke is an American author of fiction and a writer for the television series Empire.
Audre Lorde Audre Lorde was a writer, feminist, womanist, and civil rights activist. As a poet, she is best known for technical mastery and emotional expression, as well as her poems that express anger and outrage at civil and social injustices she observed throughout her life.
Augusta Braxton Baker Augusta Braxton Baker was an African-American librarian and storyteller, renowned for her contributions to children's literature.
Barbara Ann Reynolds Barbara Ann Reynolds is an African-American journalist and author of a notable biography of Jesse Jackson, Jesse Jackson, the Man, the Myth, and the Movement. She has written for Cleveland Press, Ebony magazine, Chicago Today, and the Chicago Tribune.
Barbara Ann Teer Dr. Barbara Ann Teer was an African-American writer, producer, teacher, actress and visionary. In 1968, she founded Harlem's National Black Theatre, the first revenue-generating black theater arts complex in the U.S.
Barbara Becnel Barbara Cottman Becnel is an American author, journalist, and film producer. She was a close friend and advocate for Crips co-founder Stanley Williams, and editor of Williams's series of children's books, which spoke out against gang violence. Williams was executed in 2005.
Barbara Chase-Riboud Barbara Chase-Riboud is an American visual artist, bestselling novelist and award-winning poet.
Barbara Neely Barbara Neely is an African-American novelist, short story writer and activist who writes murder mysteries. Her first novel, Blanche on the Lam, introduced the protagonist Blanche White, a middle-aged mother, domestic worker and amateur detective.
Barbara Smith Barbara Smith is an American lesbian feminist and socialist who has played a significant role in building and sustaining Black Feminism in the United States. Since the early 1970s, she has been active as a critic, teacher, lecturer, author, scholar, and publisher of Black feminist thought.
Barbara Summers Barbara Summers was an American writer and educator who had also had a long and successful career as a fashion model, working for 17 years with Ford Models, one of America's top agencies.
Bebe Moore Campbell Bebe Moore Campbell, was an American author, journalist and teacher. Campbell was the author of three New York Times bestsellers: Brothers and Sisters, Singing in the Comeback Choir, and What You Owe Me, which was also a Los Angeles Times "Best Book of 2001".
Becky Birtha Becky Birtha is an American poet and children's author who lives in the greater Philadelphia area.
Bell hooks Gloria Jean Watkins, better known by her pen name bell hooks, is an American author, feminist, and social activist. The name "bell hooks" is derived from that of her maternal great-grandmother, Bell Blair Hooks.
Belva Davis Belva Davis is an American television and radio journalist. She is the first African-American woman to become a television reporter on the U.S. West Coast. She has won eight Emmy Awards and been recognized by the American Women in Radio and Television and National Association of Black Journalists.
Bertice Berry Bertice B. Berry is an American sociologist, author, lecturer, and educator.
Bethany Veney Bethany Johnson Veney, born into slavery in Shenandoah County, Virginia, is best remembered in historical studies for her autobiography, Aunt Betty's Story: The Narrative of Bethany Veney, A Slave Woman.
Beverly Grier Beverly Grier is an American academic in the study of child labor Sub-Saharan Africa, and former professor of government at Clark University. She is also the former president of the African Studies Association.
Beverly Smith Beverly Smith in Cleveland, Ohio, is a Black feminist health advocate, writer, academic, theorist and activist who is also the twin sister of writer, publisher, activist and academic Barbara Smith. Beverly Smith is an instructor of Women's Health at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Bevy Smith Beverly 'Bevy' Smith is an American television personality and business woman. She is best known for her work as a co-host on Bravo's fashion-themed talk show Fashion Queens.
Beyoncé Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of the R&B girl-group Destiny's Child.
Bianca Spriggs Bianca Lynne Spriggs is a black American poet and multidisciplinary artist born in Milwaukee, WI, in 1981. She currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky. An Affrilachian Poet, she is the author of Kaffir Lily, How Swallowtails Become Dragons, The Galaxy is a Dance Floor, and Call Her By Her Name.
Breena Clarke Breena Clarke is an African-American scholar and writer of fiction, including an award-winning debut novel River, Cross My Heart. She is the younger sister of poet, essayist, and activist Cheryl Clarke, with whom she organizes the Hobart Festival of Women Writers each summer.
Brenda Jackson Brenda Jackson is an American novelist who writes contemporary multicultural romance novels. She was the first African-American author to have a novel published as part of the Silhouette Desire line, and has seen many of her novels reach the New York Times and USAToday Bestsellers lists.
Brittney Grimes Brittney Grimes is a poet, published author, writer, model and motivational speaker.
Bukola Oriola Bukola Oriola is a Nigerian-American journalist. She lives in Anoka County, Minnesota, and has a son named Samuel Jacobs. She spent six years as a journalist covering education in Nigeria while still living in that country.
Camille Yarbrough Camille Yarbrough is an American musician, actress, poet, activist, television producer, and author. She is best known for "Take Yo' Praise", which Fatboy Slim sampled in his track "Praise You" in 1998.
Candace Allen (author) Candace Allen is an American novelist, political activist, cultural critic and screenwriter, who is based in London. She was the first African-American woman to be a member of the Directors Guild of America.
Carol Anderson Carol Anderson is an American academic. She is the Charles Howard Candler professor of African American Studies at Emory University. Her research focuses on public policy with regards to race, justice, and equality.
Carole Boston Weatherford Carole Boston Weatherford is an African-American author and critic, now living in North Carolina, United States. She writes children's literature and some historical books, as well as poetry and commentaries.
Caroline Randall Williams Caroline Randall Williams is an American author, poet and academic best known for the 2015 cookbook Soul Food Love, co-written with her mother, the author Alice Randall, and published by Random House. In February, 2016, Soul Food Love received the NAACP Image Award in Literature.
Carolivia Herron Carolivia Herron is a Jewish American writer of children's and adult literature, and a scholar of African-American Judaica.
Carol M. Swain Carol Miller Swain is an American political scientist, former professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, and former television host. She is the author or editor of six books. Her scholarly work has been cited by two Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Carol S. Batey Carol S. Batey was born in Nashville, Tennessee on September 11, 1955. At the age of 49, she decided to change her life after 21 years of marriage. By the age of 54, she was a professional model contracted to a major modeling agency.
Carolyn Rodgers Carolyn Marie Rodgers was a Chicago-based American poet and a founder of one of America's oldest and largest black presses, Third World Press. She got her start in the literary circuit as a young woman studying under Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks in the South Side of Chicago.
Carrie Allen McCray Carrie Allen McCray was an African-American writer born in Lynchburg, Virginia, whose published works include Ajös Means Goodbye, The Black Woman and Family Roles, and her first-person memoir, Freedom's Child: The Life of a Confederate General's Black Daughter.
Carrie Williams Clifford Carrie Williams Clifford was an author and activist in the women's rights and civil rights movements in the United States of America.
Cathy J. Cohen Cathy J. Cohen is an American author, feminist and social activist whose work has focused on the African-American experience in politics from a perspective which is underlined by intersectionality.
Charlotte Forten Grimké Charlotte Louise Bridges Forten Grimké was an African-American anti-slavery activist, poet, and educator. She grew up in a prominent abolitionist family in Philadelphia. She taught school for years, including during the war to freedmen in South Carolina.
Cheril N. Clarke Cheril N. Clarke is a Canadian-born contemporary author and playwright of gay and lesbian romance, drama and comedy. She has lived in the United States for the majority of her life. Though born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Clarke's family moved to Miami, FL when she was just six months old.
Cheris F. Hodges Cheris F. Hodges is the author of nine novels, eight of them African-American romance novels. She began her career as a romance novelist with the release of Revelations published by Genesis Press in 2003.
Cherry Muhanji Cherry Muhanji is the pen name of Jeannette Delaine Washington, an American writer.
Cheryl Clarke Cheryl L. Clarke is a lesbian poet, essayist, educator and a Black feminist community activist: she lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, and Hobart, New York. With her life partner, Barbara Balliet, she is co-owner of Bleinheim Hill Books, a used and rare bookstore in Hobart.
Chesya Burke Chesya Burke is an editor, educator and author of comic books and speculative fiction, most notably horror and dark fantasy.
Chinelo Okparanta Chinelo Okparanta is a Nigerian-American writer. Born and raised in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, she emigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 10.
Chirlane McCray Chirlane Irene McCray is an American writer, editor, communications professional, and political figure. She has published poetry and worked in politics as a speechwriter. Married to current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, she is the First Lady of New York City.
Christelyn Karazin Christelyn Karazin is an American writer, columnist, and blogger on the subject of interracial dating, particularly black women dating outside their race. She hosts the blog "Beyond Black & White" and has written for Woman's Day, Ebony, Jet, and Reuters.
Clarissa Minnie Thompson Allen Clarissa Minnie Thompson Allen was an American educator and author. She wrote fictional stories about wealthy African-American families in the American South.
Claudia Rankine Claudia Rankine is a poet, essayist, playwright and the editor of several anthologies. She is the author of five volumes of poetry, two plays and various essays.
Clenora Hudson-Weems Clenora F. Hudson-Weems is an African-American author and academic who is currently a Professor of English at the University of Missouri. She coined the term "Africana womanism" in the late 1980s.
Cleopatra Abdou Cleopatra Miriam Abdou-Kamperveen is a psychologist, author, and professor, best known for her work on reproductive health, human flourishing, and longevity.
Condoleezza Rice Condoleezza "Condi" Rice is an American political scientist and diplomat. She served as the 66th United States Secretary of State, the second person to hold that office in the administration of President George W. Bush.
Connie Porter Connie Rose Porter is an African-American writer of young-adult books, and a teacher of creative writing. Porter is best known for her contribution to the American Girl Collection Series as the author of the Addy books: six of her Addy books have gone on to sell more than 3 million copies.
Cordelia Ray Henrietta Cordelia Ray was an African-American poet and teacher. She was the sister of Charlotte E. Ray. She was born in New York City to Charlotte Augusta Burrough and clergyman, abolitionist, and newspaper publisher Charles B. Ray, and named for his first wife, Henrietta Ray.
Courtney Kemp Agboh Courtney Kemp Agboh is an American television writer and producer whose writing credits include The Good Wife and the 2014 Starz hit series, Power.
Crystal Lacey Winslow Crystal Lacey Winslow is an American author, agent, and book publisher from Brooklyn, New York. She is the founder of Melodrama Publishing, an American independent publishing house based in East Patchogue, New York that specializes in urban fiction novels geared toward women.
Danzy Senna Danzy Senna is an American novelist and essayist. Her first work, Caucasia, has been translated into ten languages and has won multiple awards.
Darlene Clark Hine Darlene Clark Hine is an American author and professor. She is known for her expertise in the field of African-American history.
Deborah Mathis Deborah Myers Mathis is an African-American journalist and author. Her journalism career began as a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat, a major newspaper in Arkansas. She also worked in television news in Little Rock and Washington. She was White House correspondent for the Gannett News Service.
Deborah Pratt Deborah M. Pratt is an American actress, writer and television producer.
Debra Dickerson Debra J. Dickerson is an American author, editor, writer, and current contributing writer and blogger for Mother Jones magazine. Dickerson has been most prolific as an essayist, writing frequently on race relations and racial identity in the United States.
Dinah Abrahamson Dinah Abrahamson was an American author and politician. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Abrahamson was a member of the Nebraska State Central Committee as well as an active member of the Republican Party.
Donna Grant Donna Grant is the co-author of seven novels, several bestsellers written between 1990 and 2010. In a lighthearted 2010 interview DeBerry and Grant described their books as, "We wreck characters' lives and put them back together for entertainment... we wreck characters' lives, not real people.
Dori Sanders Dorinda 'Dori' Sanders is an African-American novelist, food writer and farmer. Her first novel, Clover, was a bestseller, and won a 1990, Lilian Smith Book Award. She has also written a cookbook, Dori Sanders' Country Cooking, that mixes recipes and anecdotes.
Dorothy West Dorothy West was a novelist and short story writer during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. She is best known for her novel The Living Is Easy, as well as many other short stories and essays, about the life of an upper-class black family.
Edna Lewis Edna Lewis was an African-American chef and author best known for her books on traditional Southern cuisine.
Effie Lee Newsome Effie Lee Newsome, born Mary Effie Lee in Philadelphia, was a Harlem Renaissance writer. She mostly wrote children's poems, and was the first famous African-American poet whose work was mostly in this area.
Elaine Brown Elaine Brown is an American prison activist, writer, singer, and former Black Panther Party chairwoman who is based in Oakland, California. Brown briefly ran for the Green Party presidential nomination in 2008. She currently lives in Oakland, California.
Eleanor Taylor Bland Eleanor Taylor Bland was an African-American writer of crime fiction. She was the creator of Lincoln Prairie, Illinois police detective Marti McAllister.
Elise Johnson McDougald Elise Johnson McDougald, aka Gertrude Elise McDougald Ayer, was an American educator, writer, activist and first African-American woman principal in New York City public schools.
Elizabeth Alexander (poet) Elizabeth Alexander is an American poet, essayist, playwright. After 15 years at Yale University, where she taught poetry and chaired the African American Studies department, Alexander joined the faculty of Columbia University in 2016.
Elizabeth Keckley Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was a former slave who became a successful seamstress, civil activist, and author in Washington, DC. She was best known as the personal modiste and confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln, the First Lady.
Elizabeth Ross Haynes Elizabeth Ross Haynes was an African American social worker, sociologist, and author.
Eliza Potter Eliza Potter was an African-American hairdresser in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1859 she published her autobiography, A Hairdresser's Experience In High Life.
Eliza Suggs Elizabeth Gertrude Suggs was a 19th-century American author, born to former slaves. Physically impaired with Osteogenesis imperfecta, she was able to gain an education and became known as a temperance lecturer.
Ellen Tarry Ellen Tarry was an African-American author of literature for children and young adults. Tarry was the first African-American picture book author.
Era Bell Thompson Era Bell Thompson was a graduate of the University of North Dakota and an editor of Ebony magazine. She was also a recipient of the governor of North Dakota's Roughrider Award. A multicultural center at UND is named after her.
Erica Kennedy Erica Kennedy was an American author, blogger, news correspondent, fashion journalist, and singer. Her 2004 novel Bling, became a New York Times bestseller.
Esther Cooper Jackson Esther Cooper Jackson is an African-American civil rights activist, former social worker and, along with Shirley Graham Du Bois, W. E. B. Du Bois, Edward Strong, and Louis E. Burnham, was one of the founding editors of the magazine Freedomways, a theoretical, political and literary journal...
Esther Popel Esther Popel was an African-American poet of the Harlem Renaissance and an activist and educator. She was a writer and editor for magazines, including The Crisis, the Journal of Negro Education, and Opportunity.
Ethel Morgan Smith Ethel Morgan Smith born April 11, 1952 Louisville, Alabama is an American author and associate professor. She first received recognition when her essay Come and Be Black for Me was published in 1997.
Eugenia Collier Eugenia W. Collier is an African-American writer and critic best known for her 1969 short story "Marigolds", which won the Gwendolyn Brooks Prize for Fiction award. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Eulalie Spence Eulalie Spence was a black writer, teacher, director, actress and playwright from the British West Indies. She was an influential member of the Harlem Renaissance, writing fourteen plays, at least five of which were published.
Evelyn Cunningham Evelyn Cunningham was an American journalist and aide to Nelson Rockefeller. Cunningham covered the early civil rights movement and was a reporter and editor for the Pittsburgh Courier. She and the paper's staff were awarded the George Polk Award in 1998 for their coverage.
Ezola Foster Ezola Broussard Foster is an American conservative political activist, writer, and politician.
Fatima Shaik Fatima Shaik, is an American writer of children's and adult literature, and former journalist. Her literature explores the human spirit and the intersection of cultures, notably themes of family, community, and justice. Publishers Weekly described her as "knowledgeable and perceptive."
Felicia Mason Felicia Mason is an African-American novelist and journalist born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, United States. She is best known for writing in the romance genre. Her novel Rhapsody was adapted into a television movie in 2000.
Felicia Pride Felicia Pride is an American author, screenwriter, and producer based in Los Angeles, California.
Femi Emiola Femi Emiola is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in the TV series Wicked Wicked Games and in the web series If Looks Could Kill. Her first name is a Yoruba translation pronounced "F-eh-mi" meaning "love me" or "marry me".
Flo Anthony Florence "Flo" Anthony is a gossip columnist, syndicated radio host, TV contributor and author. Flo is an African-American reporter who writes for the gossip page of the Philadelphia Sun.
Frances Cress Welsing Frances Cress Welsing was an American Afrocentrist psychiatrist. Her 1970 essay, The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism, offered her interpretation on the origins of what she described as white supremacy culture.
Frances Harper Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was an African-American abolitionist, suffragist, poet and author. She was also active in other types of social reform and was a member of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, which advocated the federal government taking a role in progressive reform.
Frances Harriet Whipple Green McDougall Frances Harriet Whipple Green McDougall was an abolitionist, poet, novelist, editor, botanist, spiritualist medium, and advocate of women's, voters', and workers' rights.
Frances M. Beal Frances M. Beal, also known as Fran Beal, is a Black feminist and a peace and justice political activist.
Franchesca Ramsey Franchesca Ramsey, also known as Chescaleigh, is an American comedian, activist, television and YouTube personality, and actress, who has appeared on MTV and MSNBC.
Francis Ray Francis Ray was a New York Times and USA Today bestselling African-American writer of romance novels. Her literary fiction series – Taggart and Falcon, the Invincible Women, Grayson Family of New Mexico, and Grayson Friends – consistently made bestseller's lists. She lived in Dallas, Texas.
Gabby Douglas Gabrielle Christina Victoria "Gabby" Douglas is an American artistic gymnast. She was a member of the United States women's national gymnastics team, dubbed the Fierce Five by the media, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, where she won gold medals in the individual all-around and team competitions.
Gayl Jones Gayl Jones is an African-American writer from Lexington, Kentucky. Her most famous works are Corregidora, Eva's Man, and The Healing.
Gaylon Alcaraz Gaylon Alcaraz is a community organizer and human rights activist in Chicago, Illinois. She is the former executive director of the Chicago Abortion Fund. Her autobiography Tales of a Woojiehead was published by Blackgurl Press in 2002.
Georgia Douglas Johnson Georgia Blanche Douglas Camp Johnson, better known as Georgia Douglas Johnson, was an African-American poet, one of the earliest African-American female playwrights, and an important participant in the Harlem Renaissance.
Georgiana Simpson Georgiana Rose Simpson was a philologist and the first African-American woman to receive a PhD in the United States. Simpson received her doctoral degree in German from the University of Chicago in 1921.
Germany Kent Germany Kent is an American print and television journalist, former beauty queen, author, actress, businesswoman, model, producer, activist and philanthropist.
Glenda Hatchett Glenda A. Hatchett is the star of the former court show, Judge Hatchett, and founding partner at the national law firm, The Hatchett Firm.
Gloria Naylor Gloria Naylor was an American novelist, known for her book The Women of Brewster Place.
Goldie Taylor Goldie Taylor is an American author and opinion writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an editor-at-large of The Daily Beast.
Gwendolyn B. Bennett Gwendolyn B. Bennett was an American artist, writer, and journalist who contributed to ', which chronicled cultural advancements during the Harlem Renaissance. Though often overlooked, she herself made considerable accomplishments in poetry and prose.
Gwendolyn Brooks Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was an American poet, author, and teacher. Her work often dealt with the personal celebrations and struggles of ordinary people in her community.
Hallie Quinn Brown Hallie Quinn Brown was an African-American educator, writer and activist.
Hannah Crafts Hannah Bond, pen name Hannah Crafts, was an African-American writer who escaped from slavery in North Carolina about 1857 and went to the North. Bond settled in New Jersey, likely married Thomas Vincent, and became a teacher.
Harriet Ann Jacobs Harriet Ann Jacobs was an African-American writer who escaped from slavery and was later freed. She became an abolitionist speaker and reformer.
Harriet E. Wilson Harriet E. Wilson is considered the first female African-American novelist, as well as the first African American of any gender to publish a novel on the North American continent.
Hattie Gossett Hattie Gossett is an African-American feminist playwright, poet, and magazine editor. Her work focuses on bolstering the self-esteem of young black women.
Heidi W. Durrow Heidi W. Durrow is an American writer, author of best-seller The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, and the winner of the 2008 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially-Engaged Fiction.
Helene Johnson Helen Johnson, who was better known as Helene Johnson was an African-American poet during the Harlem Renaissance. She was also a cousin of author Dorothy West.
Helen G. Edmonds Helen Grey Edmonds was an American historian, scholar, and civic leader. She was the first African American woman to earn a doctorate from Ohio State University, the first to become a graduate school dean, and the first to second the nomination of a United States presidential candidate.
Ida B. Wells Ida Bell Wells-Barnett, more commonly known as Ida B. Wells, was an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, feminist, Georgist, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
Ina Norris Ina Norris is a playwright, poet, producer, off Broadway producer, mentor, and educator. Norris lives in The Bronx, New York.
Ingrid Burley Ingrid Burley, known professionally as Ingrid, is an American singer, rapper and songwriter. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Burley's mother was close to Tina Knowles and Mathew Knowles, who signed Burley to his record label, Music World, when she was an upcoming rap artist.
Issa Rae Jo-Issa "Issa" Rae Diop is an American actress, writer, director, producer and web series creator. She is best known as the creator of the YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl.
Iyanla Vanzant Iyanla Vanzant is an American inspirational speaker, lawyer, New Thought spiritual teacher, author, life coach and television personality. She is known primarily for her books, her eponymous talk show, and her appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Jackie Carter Jackie Carter was an American children's author. Her goal was to provide children of all races with images of themselves in the books they read.
Jackie Hill-Perry Jackie Hill-Perry is an American poet, writer, and hip hop artist from St. Louis. Hill-Perry initially garnered popularity for her performances of spoken word pieces such as "My Life as a Stud", "A Poem About Weed", and "Jig-a-Boo" at the Passion 4 Christ Movement.
Jacqueline Woodson Jacqueline Woodson born February 12, 1963 is an American writer of books for children and adolescents. She is best known for Miracle's Boys, which won the Coretta Scott King Award in 2001, and her Newbery Honor-winning titles Brown Girl Dreaming, After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way.
Jamaica Kincaid Jamaica Kincaid is an Antiguan-American novelist, essayist, gardener, and gardening writer. She was born in St. John's, Antigua, which is part of the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda.
Jamilah Lemieux Jamilah Lemieux is an African-American columnist, cultural critic, and editor based in New York City. In 2016, she became the vice president of news and men's programming for Interactive One, part of Radio One, Inc.
Jamila T. Davis Jamila T. Davis is an American prison reform activist and author.
Janet Jackson Janet Damita Jo Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.
Janet Langhart Janet Leola Langhart Cohen is an American television journalist and anchor, and author. Beginning her career as a model, she started in television reporting the weather.
Janet McDonald Janet McDonald was an American writer of young adult novels as well as the author of Project Girl, a memoir about her early life in the Brooklyn projects and struggle to achieve an Ivy League education.
Janice Bryant Howroyd Janice Bryant Howroyd is an entrepreneur, educator, ambassador, businesswoman, author, and mentor.
Janis F. Kearney Janis Faye Kearney is an author, lecturer, and publisher. She served as the Presidential Diarist to U.S. President Bill Clinton from 1995 - 2001. Hers was the first such appointment in Presidential history.
Jan Spivey Gilchrist Jan Spivey Gilchrist is an author, illustrator and fine artist from Chicago, Illinois. She is most known for her work on children's books such as The Great Migration: Journey to the North, Nathaniel Talking, and My America.
Jan Willis Janice Dean Willis, or Jan Willis is Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University, where she has taught since 1977; and the author of books on Tibetan Buddhism. She has been called influential by Time Magazine, Newsweek, and Ebony Magazine.
Jayne Cortez Jayne Cortez was an African-American poet, activist, small press publisher and spoken-word performance artist whose voice is celebrated for its political, surrealistic and dynamic innovations in lyricism and visceral sound. Her writing is part of the canon of the Black Arts Movement.
Jazmine Hughes Jazmine Hughes is a writer and associate digital editor at The New York Times Magazine. Previously she served as contributing editor of The Hairpin. Her work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and The New Republic.
J. California Cooper Joan Cooper, known by her pen name, J. California Cooper, was an American playwright and author. She wrote 17 plays and was named Black Playwright of the Year in 1978 for her play Strangers.
Jeanne Lee Jeanne Lee was an American jazz singer, poet and composer.
Jeanne Spurlock Jeanne Marybeth Spurlock was an American psychiatrist, professor, and author. She served as the deputy medical director of the American Psychiatric Association for seventeen years.
Jeannette Caines Jeannette Caines was an American author of children's books, most notably "Abby," Chilly Stomach and Just Us Women, a Reading Rainbow book. She was born and raised in Harlem, New York and worked as a Manuscript Coordinator.
Jessica Care Moore Jessica Care Moore is an American poet. She is the CEO of Moore Black Press, executive producer of Black WOMEN Rock!, and founder of the literacy-driven Jess Care Moore Foundation.
Jessie Redmon Fauset Jessie Redmon Fauset was an African American editor, poet, essayist, novelist, and educator. Fauset's literary work helped sculpt African American literature in the 1920s as she focused on portraying a true image of African American life and history.
Jewelle Gomez Jewelle Gomez is an American author, poet, critic and playwright. She lived in New York City for 22 years, working in public television, theater, as well as philanthropy, before relocating to the West Coast.
J. J. Phillips J. J. Phillips is an African-American poet, novelist and civil rights activist.
Josephine Brown Elizabeth Josephine Brown was the daughter and biographer of escaped African-American slave William Wells Brown and his first wife Elizabeth Schooner. Josephine's account, Biography of an American Bondman, by His Daughter, was published in Boston by R. F. Wallcut in 1856.
Josephine Turpin Washington Josephine Turpin Washington was a noted African-American writer and teacher. She was a long-time educator and a frequent contributor of articles to magazines and newspapers typically concerning some aspect of racism in America.
Joyce Angela Jellison Joyce Angela Jellison is an American author and Juris Doctor living in New England. She is a graduate of Urban College of Boston and Bay Path College in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She holds a law degree from Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, Massachusetts.
Joyce Dickerson Joyce Dickerson is an American politician from the U.S. state of South Carolina. She is currently serving her third term as a Richland County Councilwoman.
Juanita Harrison Juanita Harrison was an African-American writer known only for her autobiography, My Great, Wide, Beautiful World, which narrates her extensive travel abroad. No record exists of her life after the publication of her book. Hence, her date of death cannot be determined.
Julia C. Collins Julia C. Collins, was an African-American schoolteacher in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, who in 1864 and 1865 contributed essays and other writings to The Christian Recorder, a publication of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Juliette Jeffers Juliette Jeffers is a Caribbean–American actress of St. Kitts and Nevis descent. Jeffers has appeared on several TV shows, films and TV commercials.
June Jordan June Millicent Jordan was a Caribbean-American poet, essayist, and activist.
Kamala Harris Kamala Devi Harris is an American attorney and politician who currently serves as the junior senator from California. She is a member of the Democratic Party. She previously served as the 32nd Attorney General of California.
Kandia Crazy Horse Kandia Crazy Horse is an African American country musician, rock critic and writer. She has written for The Village Voice, is the editor of Rip It Up: The Black Experience in Rock 'n' Roll, and also writes for Creative Loafing, and The Guardian.
Katherine Johnson Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson is an African-American physicist and mathematician who made contributions to the United States' aeronautics and space programs with the early application of digital electronic computers at NASA. Known for accuracy in computerized celestial navigation, she conducted...
Kathleen Collins Kathleen Collins was an African-American playwright, writer, filmmaker, director, civil rights activist, and educator from Jersey City, New Jersey. Her two feature narratives—The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy and Losing Ground—furthered the range of Black women's films.
Katori Hall Katori Hall is an American playwright, journalist, and actress from Memphis, Tennessee.
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is an African American academic and writer. She is assistant professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University, and the author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.
Keli Goff Keli Goff is an American journalist, playwright and screenwriter. She first came to prominence as a blogger and political commentator during the 2008 election, recognized for her contributions to the Huffington Post and her appearances on various television networks as a political pundit.
Kiini Ibura Salaam Kiini Ibura Salaam is an essayist, science fiction and fantasy short story writer, and painter. Her short story collection Ancient, Ancient won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award for 2012.
Kim McLarin Kim McLarin is an American novelist. She is a former staff writer for The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Greensboro News & Record and the Associated Press. She is an associate professor at Emerson College in Boston.
Kristin Hunter Kristin Elaine Hunter was an African-American writer from Pennsylvania. She sometimes wrote under the name Kristin Hunter Lattany. She is best known for her first novel, God Bless the Child, published in 1964.
Kyra Davis Kyra Davis is a New York Times bestselling American novelist, best known for her Just One Night trilogy and the Sophie Katz mystery series. In 2013 Anonymous Content optioned Davis' Just One Night trilogy with the intent to develop it into a television series.
Lachi (artist) Lachi is a vocalist, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and author based in New York City. Having released numerous albums and singles, Lachi's music is often described as Pop, Dance, or Singer Songwriter.
Larycia Hawkins Larycia Alaine Hawkins is an American scholar, author, and speaker, who in 2013, became the first female African-American tenured professor at Wheaton College, a Christian evangelical liberal arts college. She served as an associate professor of political science at the college.
LaShonda Katrice Barnett LaShonda Katrice Barnett is an African American author, professor, playwright, and radio host. Her 2015 debut novel Jam! On the Vine, drew attention to the author and scholar.
Laurie Carlos Laurie Dorothea Carlos was an award-winning American actress and avant-garde performance artist, playwright and theater director. She was also known for her work mentoring emerging artists in the theater.
Leighann Lord Leighann Lord is an American comedian, writer, and actress. She performs stand-up comedy and is the co-host of the Star Talk Radio podcast.
Lena Waithe Lena D. Waithe is an American actress, producer, and screenwriter, best known for her role as Denise on the 2015 Netflix series Master of None.
Leslie King-Hammond Leslie King-Hammond is an American artist, curator and art historian who is the Founding Director of the Center for Race and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she is also Graduate Dean Emeritus.
Lillian Rogers Parks Lillian Rogers Parks was an American housemaid and seamstress in the White House.
Linda Addison (poet) Linda D. Addison is an American poet and writer of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Addison is the first African-American winner of the Bram Stoker Award, which she won four times.
Linda Beatrice Brown Linda Beatrice Brown is an African American author and educator. She was born in Akron, Ohio and went to college in North Carolina at Bennett College. While in North Carolina, she won several awards for her writing in both fiction and nonfiction.
Lisa Delpit Lisa D. Delpit is an American educationalist and author.
Lolita Files Lolita Files is a contemporary African-American author, screenwriter, and producer. Among her six bestselling novels are book club favorites Scenes from a Sistah and Child of God.
Lori Bryant-Woolridge Lori Bryant-Woolridge is an Emmy Award-winning African-American/Chinese-American author and speaker, known for contributions to the chick-lit genre.
Lorraine Bethel Lorraine Bethel is an African-American lesbian feminist poet and author. She is a graduate of Yale University. Bethel has taught and lectured on black women's literature and black female culture at various institutions. She currently works as a freelance journalist in New York City.
Lorraine Hansberry Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was an African-American playwright and writer.
Louise Meriwether Louise Meriwether is an American novelist, essayist, journalist and activist, as well as a writer of biographies of historically important African Americans for children.
Lucille Clifton Lucille Clifton was an American poet, writer, and educator from Buffalo, New York. From 1979 to 1985 she was Poet Laureate of Maryland. Clifton was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
Lucretia Newman Coleman Lucretia Newman Coleman was an African-American writer born in Canada to a fugitive slave. Fluent at the end of the nineteenth-century, her works were praised by her contemporaries of the African-American press.
Lucy Delaney Lucy Ann Delaney, born Lucy Berry, was an African-American author, former slave, and activist, notable for her 1891 narrative From the Darkness Cometh the Light, or, Struggles for Freedom.
Lucy Terry Lucy Terry Prince, often credited as simply Lucy Terry, was brought to Rhode Island as a slave from Africa. Her future husband purchased her freedom before their marriage in 1756. She composed a ballad, "Bars Fight", about a 1746 incident. It was preserved orally until being published in 1855.
Luisah Teish Luisah Teish is a teacher and an author, most notably of Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals. She is an African-American, born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Lurma Rackley Lurma M. Rackley is an American author, journalist and publicist. The daughter of a civil rights activist, she participated in civil rights demonstrations and was arrested 16 times before she was 13 years old.
Lynn Nottage Lynn Nottage is an American playwright whose work often deals with the lives of women of African descent. She is an associate professor of theater at Columbia University and a lecturer in playwriting at the Yale School of Drama.
Madeline Wheeler Murphy Madeline Wheeler Murphy was a well known African-American community activist, civil rights champion, advocate for the poor, and panelist on the Baltimore television show Square Off.
Margaret Sloan-Hunter Margaret Sloan-Hunter was a Black feminist, lesbian, and civil rights advocate, and one of the early editors of Ms. magazine.
Margaret Walker Margaret Walker was an American poet and writer. She was part of the African-American literary movement in Chicago. Her notable works include the award-winning poem For My People and the novel Jubilee, set in the South during the American Civil War.
Margot Lee Shetterly Margot Lee Shetterly is an American nonfiction writer who has also worked in investment banking and media startups.
Maria W. Stewart Maria W. Stewart was an American domestic servant who became a teacher, journalist, lecturer, abolitionist, and women's rights activist.
Mari Evans Mari Evans was an African-American poet. In 1984 she edited one of the first critical books devoted to the work of black women writers, called Black Women Writers: A Critical Evaluation. Evans died at the age of 97 in Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 10, 2017.
Marimba Ani Marimba Ani,PhD is an anthropologist and African Studies scholar best known for her work Yurugu, a comprehensive critique of European thought and culture, and her coining of the term "Maafa" for the African holocaust.
Marita Bonner Marita Bonner, also known as Marieta Bonner, was an American writer, essayist, and playwright who is commonly associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Other names she went by were Marita Occomy, Marita Odette Bonner, Marita Odette Bonner Occomy, Marita Bonner Occomy, and Joseph Maree Andrew.
Marita Golden Marita Golden is an award-winning novelist, nonfiction writer, distinguished teacher of writing and co-founder of the Hurston/Wright Foundation, a national organization that serves as a resource center for African-American writers.
Marquetta Goodwine Marquetta L. Goodwine, who was elected Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, is a native of St. Helena Island, South Carolina. She is an author, preservationist, and performance artist.
Martha Southgate Martha Southgate is an African-American novelist and essayist best known for her novel Third Girl from the Left. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, O, Premiere, and Essence.
Marvel Cooke Marvel Jackson Cooke was a pioneering American journalist, writer, and civil rights activist. She was the first African-American woman to work at a mainstream white-owned newspaper.
Marvelyn Brown Marvelyn Brown is an African-American author and AIDS activist. She is the founder of Marvelous Connections, an HIV/AIDS organization founded in 2006.
Mary Ann Shadd Mary Ann Shadd Cary was an American-Canadian anti-slavery activist, journalist, publisher, teacher and lawyer. She was the first black woman publisher in North America and the first woman publisher in Canada.
Mary Church Terrell Mary Church Terrell was one of the first African-American women to earn a college degree, and became known as a national activist for civil rights and suffrage; in 1909 she was a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Mary Elizabeth Carnegie Mary Elizabeth Carnegie was an educator and author in the field of nursing, known for breaking down racial barriers. She was the first black nurse to serve as a voting member on the board of a state nursing association.
Mary Monroe Mary Monroe is a New York Times bestselling African-American fiction author. Her first novel, The Upper Room, was published by St. Martin's Press in 1985. She is best known for her novel God Don't Like Ugly, and the series revolved around the characters first introduced in this book.
Mary Morten Mary Morten, a lifelong activist in Chicago, has dedicated her voice to advocate for marginalized communities.
Mary P. Burrill Mary P. Burrill was an early 20th-century African-American female playwright and educator who also inspired Willis Richardson and other students to write plays.
Mary Williams (activist) Mary Luana Williams is an American social activist and writer who penned The Lost Daughter: A Memoir about her life. The memoir details being adopted by Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden in her adolescence, as well as growing up as a daughter of Black Panthers before Fonda adopted her.
Mary Williams (social activist) Mary Luana Williams is an American social activist and writer who penned The Lost Daughter: A Memoir about her life. The memoir details being adopted by Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden in her adolescence, as well as growing up as a daughter of Black Panthers before Fonda adopted her.
Maya Angelou Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years.
May Miller May Miller was an African-American poet, playwright and educator. Miller became known as the most widely published female playwright of the Harlem Renaissance, with seven published volumes of poetry during her career as a writer.
Melissa Harris-Perry Melissa Victoria Harris-Perry is an American writer, professor, television host, and political commentator with a focus on African-American politics. Harris-Perry hosted the Melissa Harris-Perry weekend news and opinion television show on MSNBC from 2012 to February 27, 2016.
Mia McKenzie Mia McKenzie is a writer, activist, and the founder of the website Black Girl Dangerous. She grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended the University of Pittsburgh. McKenzie identifies as a queer Black feminist and uses her writing and website to make space for LGBTQ people of color.
Michaela DePrince Michaela Mabinty DePrince is a Sierra Leonean-American ballet dancer. With her adoptive mother, Elaine DePrince, Michaela authored the book Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.
Michelle Cliff Michelle Carla Cliff was a Jamaican-American author whose notable works included Abeng, No Telephone to Heaven, and Free Enterprise.
Michelle Obama Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is an American lawyer and writer who was First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady.
Michelle Y. Green Michelle Y. Green is an American author of children's literature. She graduated from the University of Maryland the Johns Hopkins Master's Program in Writing and teaches several courses, including one on writing children's literature.
Mignon Holland Anderson Mignon Holland Anderson is an American writer. She writes mainly short stories that focus on African-American life in the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Miki Howard Miki Howard is an American singer and actress who had a string of Top 10 hit songs in the mid–1980s and early–1990s, including "Baby, Be Mine", "Come Share My Love" and "Love Under New Management".
Mildred D. Taylor Mildred DeLois Taylor is an African-American writer known for her works exploring the struggle faced by African-American families in the Deep South.
Mindy Thompson Fullilove Mindy Thompson Fullilove, M.D. is an American clinical psychiatrist who focuses on the ways social and environmental factors affect the mental health of communities. She is currently a professor of Urban Policy and Health at The New School.
Misha Green Misha Green is an American television writer and producer, best known as creator and executive producer of the historical period drama Underground.
Mitzi Miller Mitzi Miller is an American writer and magazine editor. She was editor-in-chief of Jet from 2011 to 2014, then of Ebony from 2014 to 2015. She also co-authored the 2006 novel The Vow, adapted by Nzingha Stewart as 2015 Lifetime movie With This Ring.
Morgan Parker (writer) Morgan Parker is an American poet and editor. She is the author of poetry collections Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night and There are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé.
Nakia D. Johnson Nakia D. Johnson is an American author who specializes in African-American literature. She is the author of the novel Uptempo. An alum of Cardinal Spellman High School and Manhattan College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in management, Johnson resides in New York City.
Nancy Gardner Prince Nancy Gardner Prince was an African-American born free in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The date of her death is uncertain.
Naomi Kritzer Naomi Kritzer is an American speculative fiction writer and blogger. Her 2015 short story "Cat Pictures Please" was a Locus Award and Hugo Award winner and was nominated for a Nebula Award.
Naomi Long Madgett Naomi Long Madgett is an African-American poet, born Naomi Cornelia Long in Norfolk, Virginia. A former teacher and an award-winning poet, she is also the senior editor of Lotus Press, a publisher of poetry books by black poets.
Natalie Cole Natalie Maria Cole was an American singer, voice actress, songwriter, and actress. The daughter of Nat King Cole, she rose to musical success in the mid-1970s as an R&B artist with the hits "This Will Be", "Inseparable", and "Our Love".
Nea Anna Simone American author of African descent Nea Anna Simone began writing at the age of 37. Signing with BET Books, her debut novel Reaching BACK received national attention from Borders Bookstores who featured it in a national ad campaign and called Simone "An Original Voice of Fiction".
Nekima Levy-Pounds Nekima Valdez Levy-Pounds is an American lawyer, professor, activist, and writer. She served as president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP from 2015–2016.
Nella Larsen Nellallitea "Nella" Larsen, born Nellie Walker, was an American novelist of the Harlem Renaissance. Working as a nurse and a librarian, she published two novels, Quicksand and Passing, and a few short stories. Though her literary output was scant, she earned recognition by her contemporaries.
Nicole L. Franklin Nicole Franklin is an award-winning filmmaker, activist, writer and media professional. She founded Hack4Hope, a hackathon in St. Louis.
Nikki Giovanni Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni, Jr. is an American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator.
Nikky Finney Nikky Finney is an American poet. She was the Guy Davenport Endowed Professor of English at the University of Kentucky for twenty years. In 2013, she accepted a position at the University of South Carolina as the John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair in Southern Letters and Literature.
Nina Foxx Nina Foxx is an American author, playwright and filmmaker. She has authored several novels, co-authored one text on writing, and her work has been anthologized multiple times. She has also penned two stage plays that include original music with collaborator John Forbes.
Niobia Bryant Niobia Bryant is an African-American novelist of both romance and mainstream fiction. She also writes urban fiction as Meesha Mink and young adult fiction as Simone Bryant.
Nisi Shawl Nisi Shawl is an African-American writer, editor, and journalist.
N. K. Jemisin Nora K. Jemisin is an American speculative fiction writer and blogger. Her fiction explores a wide variety of themes, including cultural conflict and oppression. In 2010, Jemisin's short story "Non-Zero Probabilities" was a finalist for the Hugo and Nebula Best Short Story Awards.
Ntozake Shange Ntozake Shange is an American playwright, and poet. As a self-proclaimed black feminist, she addresses issues relating to race and feminism in much of her work.
Octavia E. Butler Octavia Estelle Butler was an American science fiction writer. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, in 1995 she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship.
Olivia Ward Bush-Banks Olivia Ward Bush-Banks was an American author, poet and journalist of African-American and Montaukett Native American descent. Ward celebrated both of her heritages in her poetry and writing.
Olympia Vernon Olympia Vernon is an African-American author who has published three novels: Eden, Logic, and A Killing In This Town. Eden won the 2004 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.
Pamela Sneed Pamela Sneed is an American poet, performance artist, actress, activist, and teacher. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery, and KONG And Other Works and the chapbook, Lincoln.
Pat Parker Pat Parker was an African-American lesbian feminist poet.
Patricia Smith (poet) Patricia Smith is an American poet, spoken-word performer, playwright, author, writing teacher, and former journalist.
Patsy Moore Patsy Alexis Moore, an African American, born August 10, 1964 on the West Indian island of Antigua, is an award-winning, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, as well as a poet, essayist, and educator.
Patti Webster Patti Webster was an American entertainment publicist, author, and minister.
Paula L. Woods Paula L Woods is an African-American crime novelist. Her 1999 novel, Inner City Blues, won the Macavity Award for best first mystery and was followed by other novels featuring its heroine, L.A. policewoman Charlotte Justice.
Paule Marshall Paule Marshall is an American author, best known for her 1959 novel Brown Girl Brownstones. In 1992, at the age of 63, Marshall was awarded a Macarthur Fellowship Grant.
Pauli Murray Anna Pauline "Pauli" Murray was an American civil rights activist, women's rights activist, lawyer, Episcopal priest, and author.
Pauline Hopkins Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins was a prominent African-American novelist, journalist, playwright, historian, and editor. She is considered a pioneer in her use of the romantic novel to explore social and racial themes. Her work reflects the influence of W. E. B. Du Bois.
Penny Mickelbury Penny Mickelbury is an African-American playwright and mystery novelist who worked as a print and television journalist for ten years before concentrating on fiction writing. After leaving journalism, she taught fiction and script writing in Los Angeles and saw two of her plays produced there.
Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley, also spelled Phyllis and Wheatly was the first published African-American female poet. Born in West Africa, she was sold into slavery at the age of seven or eight and transported to North America.
Phyllis Alesia Perry Phyllis Alesia Perry is an African-American writer from the Southern United States.
Piper Dellums Piper Dellums is an American author and public speaker. She is the daughter of United States politician Ron Dellums.
Priscilla Shirer Priscilla Shirer is a world-renowned New York Times best-selling Christian author and motivational speaker. She is also a Bible teacher who starred in the Box Office number-one film War Room. Her father is Dallas mega-church pastor Tony Evans and her brother is Christian entertainer Anthony Evans.
Rabbit Richards Rabbit Richards is a New York-born performance poet who has been based out of Montreal for the last 3 years. Her stories and poetry blend the politics of race, love and gender with the emotional grounding of lived experience.
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah is an American essayist. She is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and author of the forthcoming The Explainers and the Explorers on "how black America will define itself in the 21st century."
Rasheedah Phillips Rasheedah Phillips is a lawyer and an active member of the Afrofuturist community in Philadelphia. A double graduate of Temple University, she first graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice in 2005.
Rashida Jones Rashida Leah Jones is an American actress, producer, singer, screenwriter, and occasional comic book author. She is widely known for playing Ann Perkins on NBC's comedy Parks and Recreation, for which she received acclaim.
Rashida Strober Rashida Strober is an American playwright and dark skin activist.
Rebecca Cox Jackson Rebecca Cox Jackson was an African-American free woman, best known for her religious activism and for her autobiography.
Rebecca Lee Crumpler Rebecca Lee Crumpler, Davis, was an American physician and author. Becoming a Doctor of Medicine in 1864 after studying at New England Female Medical College, she was the first African-American woman to become a physician in the United States.
Rebecca Walker Rebecca Walker is an American writer, feminist, and activist. Walker has been regarded as one of the prominent voices of Third Wave Feminism since she published an article on feminism in 1992 in Ms. magazine in which she proclaimed "I am the Third Wave."
Regina Louise Regina Louise is an American author, child advocate, and motivational speaker, who is best known for successfully navigating through more than thirty foster home placements as a ward of the California Juvenile Court system. Louise is the second child of the late singer/songwriter Tom Brock.
Rita Dove Rita Frances Dove is an American poet and essayist. From 1993 to 1995, she served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.
Robin Coste Lewis Robin Coste Lewis is an American poet known for her book, Voyage of the Sable Venus, winner of the National Book Award for Poetry.
Robin Roberts (newscaster) Robin René Roberts is an American television broadcaster. Roberts is the anchor of ABC's Good Morning America.
Rochelle Alers Rochelle Alers is an American writer of romance novels. She has also written under the pen names Susan James and Rena McLeary.
Rosa Guy Rosa Cuthbert Guy was a Trinidad-born American writer who immigrated to the US with her family as a child and grew up in the New York metropolitan area.
Rosalyn Terborg-Penn Rosalyn Terborg-Penn is an American historian and author. She focuses on early African-American history and African-American women's history. She is a faculty member of Morgan State University.
Roxane Gay Roxane Gay is an American writer, professor, editor, and commentator. She is the author of The New York Times best-selling essay collection Bad Feminist, as well as the short story collection Ayiti, the novel An Untamed State, the short story collection Difficult Women, and the memoir Hunger.
Roz Nixon Roz Nixon is an American playwright and producer. She is the founder and executive producer of Roz Nixon Entertainment, which produces music festivals, concerts, and promotional events. A division of her organization books performers for television, commercial and film projects.
Sandra Kitt Sandra Kitt is an African-American author of contemporary romance novels. Her works have frequently made it to Essence magazine's "Black Board" bestseller lists.
Sandra Seaton Sandra Cecelia Seaton is an American playwright and librettist. She received the Mark Twain Award from the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature in 2012. Seaton taught creative writing and African-American literature at Central Michigan University for 15 years as a professor of English.
Sapphire (author) Ramona Lofton, better known by her pen name Sapphire, is an American author and performance poet.
Sarah Jane Woodson Early Sarah Jane Woodson Early, born Sarah Jane Woodson, was an American educator, black nationalist, temperance activist and author. A graduate of Oberlin College, she was hired at Wilberforce University in 1858 as the first African-American woman college instructor.
Sarah Lee Brown Fleming Sarah Lee Brown Fleming was an African-American educator, social and community activist, playwright, poet, novelist, and the first African-American teacher in the Brooklyn school system.
Sharon Draper Sharon Mills Draper is an American children's writer and a professional educator, the 1997 National Teacher of the Year. She is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for books about the African-American experience.
Sharon G. Flake Sharon G. Flake is an American writer of young adult literature. She has lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her daughter for many years. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in English.
Shauneille Perry Shauneille Perry is an American stage director and playwright. She was one of the first African-American women to direct off-Broadway.
Shay Youngblood Shay Youngblood is a novelist, playwright, and author of short stories. She was born in Columbus, Georgia, in 1959. She has been fascinated with the written word since she first learned how to read. Her favorite recurring dream as a child was one in which she lived in a library.
Shelia Goss Shelia Marie Goss is an American author, freelance writer, and screenwriter.
Shelia P. Moses Shelia P. Moses, is an African-American writer whose subjects include comedian Dick Gregory and The Legend of Buddy Bush.
Sheree Thomas Sheree Renée Thomas is an American writer, book editor and publisher.
Sherley Anne Williams Sherley Anne Williams was an American poet, novelist, professor, vocalist, Jazz poet, and social critic. Many of her works tell stories about her life in the African-American community.
Sheyann Webb Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Smallest Freedom Fighter" and co-author of the book, Selma, Lord, Selma. As a eight-year-old, Sheyann Webb-Christburg took part in the first attempted Selma to Montgomery march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965, known as Bloody Sunday.
Shirley Graham Du Bois Shirley Graham Du Bois was an American award-winning author, playwright, composer, and activist for African-American and other causes. In later life she married the noted thinker, writer, and activist W. E. B. Du Bois. The couple became citizens of Ghana in 1961 after they emigrated to that country.
Shonda Rhimes Shonda Lynn Rhimes is an American television producer, screenwriter, and author.
Sikivu Hutchinson Sikivu Hutchinson is an American feminist, atheist and author/novelist.
Sonia Sanchez Sonia Sanchez is an African-American poet most often associated with the Black Arts Movement. She has authored over a dozen books of poetry, as well as short stories, critical essays, plays, and children's books. She was a recipient of 1993 Pew Fellowships in the Arts.
Stacii Jae Johnson Stacii Jae Johnson is an American film and television actress, radio personality, reality TV star and author. She founded Black Girls Radio and The Single Girls Club. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate and Def Jam's How to Be a Player.
Sue Bailey Thurman Sue Bailey Thurman was an American author, lecturer, historian and civil rights activist. She was the first non-white student to earn a bachelor's degree in music from Oberlin College, Ohio.
Susan McKinney Steward Susan Maria McKinney Steward was an American physician and author. She was the third African-American woman to earn a medical degree, and the first in New York state.
Susie Taylor Susie King Taylor was the first Black Army nurse. She tended to an all Black army troop named the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, later redesignated the 33rd United States Colored Infantry Regiment, where her husband served, for four years during the Civil War.
Suzan-Lori Parks Suzan-Lori Parks is an American playwright, screenwriter and novelist. Her 2001 play Topdog/Underdog won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2002; Parks is the first African American woman to achieve this honor for drama.
Tananarive Due Tananarive Priscilla Due is an American author and educator.
Tanya Barfield Tanya Barfield is an African-American playwright whose works have been presented both nationally and internationally.
Tanya Wright Tanya Wright is an actress known for her starring on Buddies as Phyllis Brooks, as well as her recurring roles on 24 as Patty Brooks, NYPD Blue as Officer Maya Anderson, on True Blood as Deputy Kenya Jones, and as Crystal on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black.
Tayari Jones Tayari Jones is an American author and winner of the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. She was educated at Spelman College, the University of Iowa and Arizona State University.
Terry McMillan Terry McMillan is an American author. Her work is characterized by relatable female protagonists.
Terry Mulligan Terry Baker Mulligan is an American novelist. Author of the novel, Afterlife in Harlem and the memoir, Sugar Hill: Where the Sun Rose Over Harlem, she is the winner of a 2012 IPPY Award and 2013 Benjamin Franklin Awards.
The Lady Chablis Brenda Dale Knox, known professionally as The Lady Chablis, was an American actress, author, and drag performer. Through exposure in the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and its 1997 film adaptation she became one of the first drag performers to be accepted by a wider audience.
Thylias Moss Thylias Moss is an American poet, writer, experimental filmmaker, sound artist and playwright, of African American, Native American, and European heritage, who has published a number of poetry collections, children's books, essays, and multimedia work she calls poems, products of acts of making...
Tina Turner Tina Turner, is an American-born Swiss recording singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and author. Born and raised in the Southeastern United States, Turner relinquished her American citizenship after obtaining Swiss citizenship in 2013.
Toni Cade Bambara Toni Cade Bambara, born Miltona Mirkin Cade, was an African-American author, documentary film-maker, social activist and college professor.
Toni Morrison Toni Morrison is an American novelist, editor, teacher, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.
Tracie Howard Tracie Howard is an African-American writer of fiction.
Tracy Brown Tracy Brown is an American author of urban fiction who is known for her works set in Staten Island, New York.
Tracy Clayton Tracy Clayton is a Buzzfeed writer "who gained national visibility as one of the hosts of Buzzfeed's hit podcast Another Round," and hailed as "Best of 2015" by iTunes, Slate, Vulture, and The Atlantic.
Tritobia Hayes Benjamin Tritobia Jayes Benjamin was an African American art historian and educator. She began teaching in 1970 as professor of Art History at Howard University, College of Fine Arts, specializing in African-American art History and American art.
Twanna Hines Twanna A. Hines is an American writer, internet personality, and sex educator who also discusses human sexuality and relationships on her website Funky Brown Chick.
Valerie Boyd Valerie Boyd, is a widely published journalist, author, and cultural critic, best known for the critically acclaimed biography, Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston.
Valerie Wilson Wesley Valerie Wilson Wesley is an African-American author of mysteries, adult-theme novels, and children's books, and a former executive editor of Essence magazine. She is the author of the Tamara Hayle mystery series.
Valorie Burton Valorie Burton is a life coach, author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. She is the founder of the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute.
Vednita Carter Vednita Carter is an anti-prostitution activist, author, and executive director of the "Breaking Free" organization which helps women in prostitution.
Velina Hasu Houston Velina Hasu Houston, born Velina Avisa Hasu Houston, is an award-winning American playwright, essayist, poet, author, editor, and screenwriter.
Venise T. Berry Venise T. Berry is an award-winning American novelist known for her novels about contemporary African-American relationships. With her brother S. Torriano Berry, she has also written several books on African-American cinema.
Vévé Amasasa Clark Vévé Amasasa Clark was an author and scholar who coined the phrase "diaspora literacy." She was a professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley from 1991 until her death in 2007.
Vida Johnson Vida B. Johnson is an American criminal defense attorney and professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. Johnson works in the Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic and Criminal Justice Clinic, and supervises attorneys in the E. Barrett Prettyman Post-Graduate Fellowship Program.
Virginia DeBerry Virginia DeBerry is the co-author of seven novels, several bestsellers written between 1990 and 2010. In a lighthearted 2010 interview DeBerry and Grant described their books as, "We wreck characters' lives and put them back together for entertainment... we wreck characters' lives, not real people.
Virginia E. Walker Broughton Virginia E. Walker Broughton was an African American author and Baptist missionary. She was a known religious scholar and wrote articles for the National Baptist Union newspaper and National Baptist Magazine.
Wahida Clark Wahida Clark is an African American author known for her popular Thug series novels. She began her writing career while serving time in prison, and her novels have been listed on the New York Times and Essence best-sellers lists.
Walidah Imarisha Walidah Imarisha is an American writer, activist, educator and spoken word artist. She is known for coining the term "visionary fiction."
Wanda Coleman Wanda Coleman was an American poet. She was known as "the L.A. Blueswoman" and "the unofficial poet laureate of Los Angeles".
Wanda Sykes Wanda Sykes is an American actress, comedian and writer. She was first recognized for her work as a writer on The Chris Rock Show, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award in 1999. In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of the 25 funniest people in America.
Wendy Coakley-Thompson Wendy Coakley-Thompson, is a mainstream fiction author. Coakley-Thompson's work is part of emerging millennial contemporary African-American literature. Coakley-Thompson's fiction addresses themes and issues concerning interracial relationships, race, racial identity, and people of mixed race.
Wendy Williams Wendy Joan Williams Hunter is an American television host, actress, author, fashion designer, and former radio personality. She has hosted the nationally syndicated television talk show, The Wendy Williams Show, since 2008.
Whoopi Goldberg Caryn Elaine Johnson, known professionally as Whoopi Goldberg, is an American actress, comedian, author, and television host.
Xam Wilson Cartier Xam Wilson Cartiér is an African-American writer from St. Louis, Missouri, author of two critically acclaimed novels, Be-Bop, Re-Bop and Muse-Echo Blues. She has been recognized for her unique innovation of incorporating the language and rhythm of jazz into her narratives.
Xernona Clayton Xernona Clayton Brady is an American civil rights leader and broadcasting executive.
Yvette Flunder Yvette A. Flunder is an American singer and senior pastor of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ in Oakland, California and Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries.
Zara Wright Zara Wright was an American African American author based in Chicago. Her only known published works are Black and White Tangled Threads and its sequel Kenneth, which were both published in 1920.
Zilpha Elaw Zilpha Elaw was an African-American preacher and spiritual autobiographer. She has been cited as "one of the first outspoken black women in the United States." Mitzi Smith suggests that Elaw and other Black women of the time used Pauline biblical texts to develop their own "politics of origins".
Zora Neale Hurston Zora Neale Hurston was an African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, and anthropologist known for her contributions to African-American literature, her portrayal of racial struggles in the American South, and works documenting her research on Haitian voodoo.
Zuriel Oduwole Zuriel Elise Oduwole is an American girl education advocate and film maker best known for her works on the advocacy for the education of girls in Africa. She is of Nigerian and Mauritian descent Her advocacy has since made her the youngest person to be profiled by Forbes.
ZZ Packer ZZ Packer is an American writer of short fiction. In 2006 the National Book Foundation named her a 5 under 35 honoree for Drinking Coffee Elsewhere.