Film/TV

Black actors, directors, producers, and writers within the industry.

Quality in film and television actress, Loretta Devine


Loretta Devine

Loretta Devine was born on this date in 1949. She is an African American actress.

Born in Houston, TX, she earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston and a master's degree from Brandeis University.

After moving to New York City, she landed her first professional role in "Coming Uptown." She then appeared in Bob Fosse’s Broadway production "Big Deal." But it was her portrayal and creation of Lorell in the Broadway hit "Dreamgirls" that won her the admiration of critics and audiences.

Actress Alfre Woodward, an actor with wide-ranging venues and talents


AlfreWoodward

Alfre Woodard, an African American actress, was born on this date in 1953.

Born in Tulsa, OK, she is the youngest of three children. She was named by her godmother, who claimed she saw a vision of Alfre's name written out in gold letters. A former high school cheerleader and track star, Alfre was bitten by the acting bug after being persuaded to audition for her school play by a nun at her school.

Black comedy with a corporate look, Nipsey Russell


Nipsey Russell

Nipsey Russell was born on this date in 1924. He was an African American dancer and comedian.

Born in Atlanta, he was most widely known as a guest panelist on many 1970s and 1980s game shows, such as Match Game, To Tell the Truth, and Pyramid. One of the early Black stand-up comedians who found success with mainstream audiences, Russell started performing professionally in 1931 at the age of 6, when he was featured as a singing- dancing master of ceremonies for a children's troupe in Atlanta organized by Eddie Heywood, Sr.

First Black actor cast on American soap opera


Rex Ingram

On this date in 1962, the first Black actor integrated American day time television.

African American actor, Rex Ingram, appeared as an ordained minister named Victor Graham on the show "A Brighter Day."

In August on that year, the show made history by creating the first daytime television contract role for an Black, but had no time to make much of an impact, as the show was cancelled two weeks later on September 28.

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Denzel Washington, actor born


Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington was born on this date in 1954. He is an African American film, television, and stage actor and occasional director.

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr., was born in Mount Vernon, New York. He has an older sister, Lorice, and a younger brother. His father, Virginia-born Reverend Denzel Washington, was an ordained Pentecostal minister, who worked for the Water Department and at a local department store. His mother, Lennis, a beauty parlor owner, was born in Georgia and raised in Harlem.

Visual stimulation for the soul, David Russell


David Russell

David Russell was born on this date in 1950. He is an African American visual storyboard artist, educator, and painter.

Danny Glover does not act in real life


Danny Glover

Danny Glover was born on this date in 1946. He is an African American actor and director and an activist.

Danny Lebern Glover was born in San Francisco. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University. As a young man he was a member of the Black Panther Party.

At the University, he met and married his wife, Asake Bomani, in 1975; they have one child named Mandisa.

Whoopi Goldberg, actress, comedian, TV star


Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg was born on this date in 1949. She is an African American actor, comedian, and television host.

Kevin Clash, the diverse voice of the Muppets!


Kevin Clash

*Kevin Clash was born on this date in 1960. He is an African American puppeteer.

From Baltimore, Maryland, Clash is the distinctive voice for Elmo, the Muppet character. Elmo was introduced on "Sesame Street" in the 1980s. Clash began making puppets when he was 10, having been a "Sesame Street" fan from early childhood. He began performing with his puppets at age 12 in his neighborhood, later taking his act to Baltimore's Harborplace. Local Baltimore television personality Stu Kerr spotted Clash and hired him for his show, "Caboose."

A commanding presence, Julius Harris


Julius Harris

The birth of Julius Harris in 1923 is celebrated on this date. He was an African American actor.