African American Women Writers

African-American women writers

  • 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 (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 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.
  • Alaya Dawn Johnson Alaya Dawn Johnson
    Alaya Dawn Johnson is an American writer of speculative fiction.
  • A'Lelia Bundles A'Lelia Bundles
    A'Lelia Bundles is an African-American journalist.
  • 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 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
    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
    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 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.
  • Angela Flournoy
    Angela Flournoy is an American writer.
  • angel Kyodo Williams 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 Doreen Diggs
    Anita Doreen Diggs is an American editor, novelist, and lecturer.
  • 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 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 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 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
    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
    Attica Locke is an American author of fiction and a writer for the television series Empire.
  • Audre Lorde 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
    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
    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 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
    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 Berry
    Bertice B. Berry is an American sociologist, author, lecturer, and educator.
  • Bethany Veney 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
    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.
  • Bianca Williams (anthropologist)
    Bianca Christel Williams is a Black American cultural anthropologist, feminist, author and academic.
  • 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
    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
    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.
  • Carlene Hatcher Polite
    Carlene Hatcher Polite was an American writer.
  • 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
    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
    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 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
    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 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 Lennear
    Claudia Lennear is an American soul singer.
  • 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 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
    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.
  • Cupcake Brown Cupcake Brown
    Cupcake Brown is an American author and a lawyer.
  • Danielle Valore Evans
    Danielle Evans is an American fiction writer.
  • Danzy Senna 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
    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.
  • Donzaleigh Abernathy Donzaleigh Abernathy
    Donzaleigh Abernathy is an American actress, author and civil rights activist.
  • 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.
  • Doris Jean Austin
    Doris Jean Austin was an American author and journalist.
  • Dorothy West 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 (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 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
    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
    Felicia Pride is an American author, screenwriter, and producer based in Los Angeles, California.
  • Femi Emiola 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
    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 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
    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 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 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 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
    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 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
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  • Jewell Parker Rhodes Jewell Parker Rhodes
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  • Kiini Ibura Salaam Kiini Ibura Salaam
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  • LaShonda Katrice Barnett
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  • Laurie Carlos
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  • Leighann Lord
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  • 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 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.
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  • Lori Bryant-Woolridge Lori Bryant-Woolridge
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  • Lorraine Hansberry Lorraine Hansberry
    Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was an African-American playwright and writer.
  • Louise Meriwether
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  • Lucille Clifton 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 Delaney
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    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
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  • Lurma Rackley
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  • Lynn Nottage Lynn Nottage
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  • Margaret Buckner Young
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  • Marita Bonner Marita Bonner
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  • Marita Golden Marita Golden
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  • Marquetta Goodwine Marquetta Goodwine
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  • Martha Southgate
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  • Marvel Cooke Marvel Cooke
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  • Marvelyn Brown Marvelyn Brown
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  • Mary Ann Shadd Mary Ann Shadd
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  • Mary Church Terrell Mary Church Terrell
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  • Mary Elizabeth Carnegie
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  • Mary Morten Mary Morten
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  • Mary Weston Fordham
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  • May Miller
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  • Melissa Harris-Perry Melissa Harris-Perry
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  • Mia McKenzie
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  • Michaela DePrince
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  • Michelle Cliff
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  • Mignon Holland Anderson
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  • Mildred D. Taylor
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  • Mindy Thompson Fullilove
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  • Misha Green
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  • Morgan Parker (writer)
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  • Nakia D. Johnson Nakia D. Johnson
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  • Nancy Gardner Prince
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  • Naomi Kritzer
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  • Naomi Long Madgett
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  • Natalie Cole Natalie Cole
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  • Nea Anna Simone
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  • Nekima Levy-Pounds
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  • Nella Larsen Nella Larsen
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  • Nicole L. Franklin
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  • Nikki Giovanni Nikki Giovanni
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  • Nikky Finney Nikky Finney
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  • Nina Foxx
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  • Niobia Bryant 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
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  • N. K. Jemisin
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  • Ntozake Shange
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  • Octavia E. Butler Octavia E. Butler
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  • Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
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  • Olympia Vernon Olympia Vernon
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  • Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey
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  • Pamela Sneed
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  • Pat Cummings (illustrator)
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  • Pat Parker
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  • Patricia Smith (poet) Patricia Smith (poet)
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  • Patsy Moore Patsy Moore
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  • Patti Webster Patti Webster
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  • Paule Marshall Paule Marshall
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  • Pauli Murray Pauli Murray
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  • Pauline Hopkins Pauline Hopkins
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  • Penny Mickelbury
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  • Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley
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  • Phyllis Alesia Perry
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  • Piper Dellums
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  • Priscilla Shirer
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