Black Directors...

by gee_anderz | created - 22 Feb 2015 | updated - 20 May 2019 | Public

...who have directed at least 1 of the following:

Feature Length Movie or Documentary (Hollywood Studio, Independent, Foreign, Art Film, Student Film, Made for TV, Direct-To-Video, Video-On-Demand, Low Budget, No Budget, Blockbuster, or Bomb...or Bootleg).

TV Show or TV Episode (Network, Cable, DIRECTV, DISH, FiOS, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Google Play, Crackle, Vimeo or Youtube).

***This is a list, not a ranking.*** Please do not be angry with me because your favorite Director, Actor/Director, Rapper/Director, Hip-Hop Mogul/Director is not listed as high as you would like them to be.

This list is a Work-In-Progress. 930+ directors listed. More to come...

1. Melvin Van Peebles

Actor | The Shining

Melvin Van Peebles was born on August 21, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Shining (1997), Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) and Don't Play Us Cheap (1972). He was married to Maria Marx. He died on September 21, 2021 in Manhattan, New York City, New ...

The godfather of independent film and modern Black cinema. The Melvin Van Peebles Foundation

2. Spencer Williams

Actor | Juke Joint

American actor, writer, director, and producer whose early pioneering work in African-American or "race" films was eclipsed in fame by his role as one of the title characters in the equally pioneering and also controversial 1950s sitcom The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951). A native of Vidalia, Louisiana, ...

3. Maria P. Williams

Director | Flames of Wrath

Maria P. Williams was a Kansas City schoolteacher who entered the political arena in the 1890s as a lecturer who traveled through the state of Kansas giving speeches for political candidates and delivering lectures on the "topics of the day." From 1891 to 1894, she was editor-in-chief of a weekly ...

Produced and directed Flames of Wrath (1923). Owned, along with her husband Jesse, the Western Film Producing Company and Booking Exchange."

4. Tressie Souders

Director | A Woman's Error

Little is known about Theresa "Tressie" Souders, who in 1922, became the first known African-American female director, when the Afro-American Film Exhibitors Company of Baltimore and Dallas, Texas, contracted with her to distribute her film "A Woman's Error." Billboard Magazine for January 28, 1922...

Considered to be the first Black woman filmmaker in the United States for writing, directing and producing her own film, A Woman’s Error (1922). The Tressie Souders Film Society

5. Michael Schultz

Director | Cooley High

Michael Schultz was born on November 10, 1938 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Cooley High (1975), Car Wash (1976) and Krush Groove (1985). He has been married to Lauren Jones since December 6, 1965. They have two children.

A TV and film director who, along with Ivan Dixon and Stan Lathan, was one of a small group of Black directors working steadily in the 70s and early 80s.

6. Kathleen Collins

Writer | The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy

She was the second Black American woman to make and release a feature film, after Jessie Maple's "Will" (1981).

The Cruz Brothers and Mrs. Malloy (1980) was the first feature-length movie written, directed and produced by an African American woman.

7. William Foster

Producer | A Woman's Worst Enemy

William Foster was born on September 16, 1860 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He was a producer and director, known for A Woman's Worst Enemy (1918), Honest Crooks (1930) and The Grafter and the Maid (1913). He was married to Ella B. Byrd. He died on April 9, 1940 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Founded the Foster Photoplay Company in 1910.

8. Zora Neale Hurston

Writer | She's Gotta Have It

Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama, USA. She was a writer and director, known for She's Gotta Have It (1986), Barracoon and Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940 (1940). She was married to James Howell Pitts, Albert Price III and Herbert ...

9. Ousmane Sembene

Writer | Moolaadé

The first film director from an African country to achieve international recognition, Ousmane Sembene remains the major figure in the rise of an independent post-colonial African cinema. Sembene's roots were not, as might be expected, in the educated élite. After working as a mechanic and ...

The Father of African Cinema

10. William Alexander

Producer | The Vanities

William Alexander was born on August 21, 1916 in Shelbina, Missouri, USA. He was a producer and director, known for The Vanities (1946), That Man of Mine (1946) and Rhythm in a Riff (1947). He died on November 18, 1991 in The Bronx, New York, USA.

11. Oscar Micheaux

Writer | Within Our Gates

Oscar Micheaux, the first African-American to produce a feature-length film (The Homesteader (1919)) and a sound feature-length film (The Exile (1931)), is not only a major figure in American film for these milestones, but because his oeuvre is a window into the American history and psyche ...

Founded the Micheaux Film and Book Corporation, later known as the Micheaux Film Corporation in 1918.

12. William Greaves

Editor | Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One

William Greaves was born on October 8, 1926 in New York City, New York, USA as William Garfield Greaves. He was an editor and director, known for Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968), Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey (2001) and Nationtime (1972). He was married to Louise Archambault. He died on ...

Produced and directed documentaries in the period between Oscar Micheaux's last feature (The Betrayal, 1948) and Melvin Van Peebles' first feature (The Story of a Three-Day Pass, 1968), when there were no other Black Directors working during that time.

13. Gordon Parks

Director | The Learning Tree

The pre-eminent American photojournalist of sub-Saharan descent. An acclaimed photographer for Life magazine from the late 40s through late 60s, he turned to directing films, his second of which, the blaxploitation movie Shaft (1971), achieved success at the box office. In 1989 his first film ...

The first African-American to direct a major Hollywood film, The Learning Tree (1969)

Wrote and directed Motherhood: Life's Greatest Miracle (1925)

15. Richard Maurice

Actor | Eleven P.M.

Richard D. Maurice was a pioneering filmmaker of African descent. Born in Cuba, he migrated to the United States in 1903, eventually moving to Detroit, where worked as tailor. In July 1920, he founded the Maurice Film Company there. His debut feature, Nobody's Children (1920) premiered in Detroit ...

Founded the Maurice Film Company in 1920

"Owned(?)/Produced movies for the Ebony Film Company of Chicago.

Luther J. Pollard/ J. L. Pollard (?)"

17. Euzhan Palcy

Director | Siméon

Euzhan Palcy was born on January 13, 1958 in Martinique, France. She is a director and writer, known for Siméon (1992), Sugar Cane Alley (1983) and A Dry White Season (1989).

The first black woman to direct a Hollywood produced movie, A Dry White Season (1989)

18. Stan Lathan

Director | Real Husbands of Hollywood

Stan Lathan is an accomplished producer and one of Hollywood's most prolific directors of television and film.

Lathan has directed pilots for many popular sitcoms, including: Real Husbands of Hollywood, The Soul Man, Amen, Martin, Moesha, The Parkers, and The Steve Harvey Show.

In 1991, he launched ...

Producer and director of feature films, TV shows and TV movies, his career has lasted over 40 years.

19. Mark Warren

Director | Laugh-In

Mark Warren worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1965. He was a producer in the department called "TV Light Entertainment." His colleagues included Chris Beard and Stan Jacobs. Phyllis Kroeker was unit secretary, typing his scripts for the show "Charlie Had One But He Didn't Like It ...

...Mr. Warren, who was born in Harrodsburg, Ky., began his television career in Toronto, where he was the producer and director in charge of variety programming for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. When he returned to the United States, one of the shows he directed was ''Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In,'' for which he won an Emmy Award in 1971, becoming the first black director to win the award...

NY Times 1/25/99

20. George Johnson

Writer | By Right of Birth

He was the General Booking Manager of the early African American film company Lincoln Motion Picture Co., founded by he and his older brother, actor Noble Johnson.

Co-founded the Lincoln Motion Picture Company in 1916.

21. Ossie Davis

Actor | Do the Right Thing

Ossie Davis was born on December 18, 1917 in Cogdell, Georgia, USA as Raiford Chatman Davis. He was an actor and writer, known for Do the Right Thing (1989), Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) and The Client (1994). He was married to Ruby Dee. He died on February 4, 2005 in Miami Beach, Florida, USA.

"A hugely successful actor who directed movies in the 70s, including Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970) Black Girl (1972) Gordon's War (1973).

He later went on to work in several films directed by Black Directors, such as Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever), Mario Van Peebles (Baadasssss!), Bill Duke (Deacons For Defense), Charles Burnett (Finding Buck McHenry) and Sidney Poitier (Let's Do It Again)."

22. Eloyce Gist

Director | Hellbound Train

Eloyce Gist was born on October 21, 1892 in Hitchcock, Texas, USA as Mayme Eloyce King. She was a director and actress, known for Hellbound Train (1930), Verdict Not Guilty (1933) and Heaven-Bound Traveler (1935). She was married to John William Slaughter, Arthur C. Wood, James Gist and Roscoe C. ...

Wrote, directed, produced and self-distributed religious-based films with her husband, James Gist.

Writer, director and producer of religious films which he and his wife, Eloyce, exhibited as traveling evangelists.

24. Powell Lindsay

Writer | Souls of Sin

Powell Lindsay was born on September 2, 1905 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for Souls of Sin (1949), That Man of Mine (1946) and Jivin' in Be-Bop (1946). He was married to June Campbell McKee and June. He died on September 22, 1987 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

25. Noble Johnson

Actor | King Kong

African-American movie actor and producer Noble Johnson was born on April 18, 1881, in Marshall, Missouri. His family moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, when Noble was very young, and it was there that he met Lon Chaney at school. They became friends as children, and later got re-acquainted when ...

Co-founded the Lincoln Motion Picture Company in 1916.

26. Wendell Franklin

Assistant_director | Funny Girl

"The first black member of the Screen Directors Guild and the second black stage manager to work in network television, he broke down racial barriers in the industry as President of the NAACP's Hollywood chapter.

He landed a 2nd AD position for George Stevens on The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

27. Ralph Cooper

Actor | The Duke Is Tops

Ralph Cooper was called "The Dark Gable" after Clark Gable, of course, because of his handsome, rugged good looks and his charm and wit. Too talented and handsome for Hollywood and wouldn't accept stereotype roles Hollywood gave Blacks - so he went and made and starred in films for Blacks. While ...

Started the original Harlem Amateur Hour in 1933.

Started the Wednesday Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in 1934.

Formed the Cooper-Randol Production Company in 1936 with George Randol.

28. Ivan Dixon

Actor | To Trap a Spy

Ivan Dixon was a handsome, mustachioed African-American actor and director who carried a strong, serious nature about his solid frame. He initially earned attention in groundbreaking stage and film work with pronounced themes of social and racial relevance. He would become better known, however, ...

Actor, director of television and films, his directing career began in the early 70s when there was only a handful of Black directors.

29. George Randol

Writer | Rhythm Rodeo

George Randol was born on November 19, 1895 in Buena Vista, Virginia, USA as George Elwood Randol. He was a writer and producer, known for Rhythm Rodeo (1938), Midnight Shadow (1939) and Dark Manhattan (1937). He died on December 23, 1973 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.

Formed the Cooper-Randol Production company in 1936 with Ralph Cooper.

30. Hugh A. Robertson

Editor | Midnight Cowboy

Hugh A. Robertson was born on May 28, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He was a director and editor, known for Midnight Cowboy (1969), Shaft (1971) and Bim (1974). He died on January 10, 1988 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

31. Bert Williams

Actor | A Natural Born Gambler

One of the first black superstars of popular entertainment, Egbert Austin Williams, although born in the Bahamas, was raised largely in California. Nursing show business aspirations early on, he teamed with boyhood friend George Walker to form a highly successful vaudeville act, which continued ...

A Black actor/comedian - who was required to work in Black face - wrote, produced, directed and starred in 2 films (Fish, A Natural Born Gambler) in 1916.

33. Aaron Burns

Actor | Knock Knock

Aaron Burns was born on January 28, 1985 in Austin, Texas, USA. He is known for his work on Knock Knock (2015), The Green Inferno (2013) and Planet Terror (2007).

35. Aaron Greer

Producer | Service to Man

Aaron Greer is a professor at the Loyola University Chicago, where he teaches film and video production. He has produced and directed documentary, narrative and experimental films, which have been screened in film festivals nationally and internationally. His first feature film Gettin' Grown and a ...

36. Aaron Woolfolk

Director | The Harimaya Bridge

Aaron Woolfolk was born and raised in Oakland, California. He received degrees in both Ethnic Studies and Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley. After teaching English in rural Japan (in Kochi Prefecture on the island of Shikoku), he returned to the United States and moved to New ...

37. Abderrahmane Sissako

Director | Timbuktu

Abderrahmane Sissako was born on October 13, 1961 in Kiffa, Mauritania. He is a director and writer, known for Timbuktu (2014), Life on Earth (1998) and Waiting for Happiness (2002).

38. Abdul Malik Abbott

Editor | Curse of War

Born in New York and raised in Harlem, Abdul Malik Abbott at an early age decided to follow in the footsteps of his father to become a filmmaker and photographer. Abdul attended the acclaimed High School of Music & Art as a painter and illustrator. After high school he went to the college, (SVA) ...

39. Abdoulaye Ascofare

Director | Faraw!

Abdoulaye Ascofare was born on April 20, 1949 in Gao, Mali. He is a director and actor, known for Mother of the Dunes (1997), Zabou, mannequin des sables (2003) and Wamba (1976).

40. Adama Drabo

Writer | Taafé Fanga

Born in Bamako (Mali). He dreamed of making films ever since he was a boy, but when his country achieved independence in 1960, there was a great need for teachers. So, for ten years, he taught in various village schools. At the same time, he wrote plays including "Pouvoir de Pagne". In 1979, he ...

41. Adrian Lester

Actor | The Day After Tomorrow

Adrian Lester CBE was born on August 14, 1968 in Birmingham, England. He is a multi award winning actor and director, known for seven seasons of the hit TV show Hustle (2004), The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and Primary Colors (1998) and his extensive classical work in the theatre playing Othello, ...

42. Adrain Washington

I Am Legend

Adrain Washington was born as Adrain Rondell Washington. He is an actor and producer, known for I Am Legend (2007), Finding the Prospers (2014) and The Cure (2012).

44. Affion Crockett

Actor | The Wedding Ringer

Affion Crockett is an actor and writer, known for The Wedding Ringer (2015), Wild 'N Out (2005) and A Haunted House 2 (2014).

45. Ahmed Best

Actor | Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Ahmed Best was born on August 19, 1973 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).

46. Akin Omotoso

Director | Tell Me Sweet Something

Akin Omotoso was born in 1974 in Nigeria. He is an actor and director, known for Tell Me Sweet Something (2015), Man on Ground (2011) and Vaya (2016).

47. Akosua Busia

Actress | The Color Purple

Akosua Busia was born on December 30, 1966 in Accra, Ghana as Akosua Cyamama Busia. She is an actress and director, known for The Color Purple (1985), Tears of the Sun (2003) and Low Blow (1986). She was previously married to John Singleton.

48. Al Freeman Jr.

Actor | Malcolm X

Al Freeman, Jr. was an actor and director who was the first African American to win a Daytime Emmy Award for acting. His most famous role was that of Police Captain Ed Hall in the soap opera One Life to Live (1968), which brought him the Emmy in 1979. He was a regular on the soap from 1972 through ...

49. Al Thompson

Actor | A Walk to Remember

Al Thompson is an actor and producer, known for A Walk to Remember (2002), The Cleveland Show (2009) and Elementary (2012).

50. Alain Gomis

Director | Félicité

Alain Gomis was born in 1972 in Paris, France. He is a director and writer, known for Félicité (2017), As a Man (2001) and Aujourd'hui (2012).

51. Alastair Christopher

Cinematographer | Between Wars

The 31-year-old director of photography, Alastair "Gee-Lock" Christopher, is a self-made man. After spending the majority of in downtown Brooklyn, Christopher has proven himself a rising star in film production and photography.

At age 15 Christopher met Jonathan Hock, a filmmaker working for NFL ...

52. Albert Hughes

Director | The Book of Eli

Albert and Allen Hughes began making movies at age 12, but their formal film education began their freshman year of high school when Allen took a TV production class. They soon made a short film entitled How To Be A Burglar and people began to take notice. Their next work, Uncensored videos, was ...

53. Aleta Chappelle

Casting_department | The Godfather: Part III

Aleta Chappelle began her career in the film industry working at Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Studio, where she assisted in the casting of The Outsiders. Rumble Fish, Peggy Sue Got Married, The Cotton Club and more. She soon advanced to the level of Casting Director and some of her credits ...

55. Alexander Etseyatse

Producer | Mikel's Faith

Alexander Etseyatse is a director and writer, known for Mikel's Faith (2011), Otis (2018) and Lp (2019).

56. Alfons Adetuyi

Producer | Love Jacked

Alfons Adetuyi is an award-winning producer and director creating successful cross-cultural films and television series.

Alfons recently directed the award-winning rom-com LOVE JACKED featuring a formidable ensemble cast of Amber Stevens West (HAPPY TOGETHER), Shamier Anderson (ACROSS THE LINE), ...

57. Alfonso Ribeiro

Actor | The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Alfonso Ribeiro was born in New York on September 21, 1971. Alfonso's family is from Trinidad & Tobago. Although rumor has been that he is of Dominican descent, he has stated in an interview that this is false. Neither he nor his family are from the Dominican Republic; they originate from Trinidad ...

58. Alfred Robbins

Director | All That Matters

Alfred Robbins was born in Queens N.Y. He was raised on Long Island and graduated from the State University of New York - Old Westbury. Robbins enjoyed a career in the insurance industry prior to becoming a filmmaker. In 2008 his debut feature film "Grapes on a Vine" was nominated for Best Director...

59. Ali LeRoi

Writer | Everybody Hates Chris

Ali LeRoi is a writer and producer, known for Everybody Hates Chris (2005), The Obituary of Tunde Johnson (2019) and Are We There Yet? (2010).

60. Alile Sharon Larkin

Director | A Different Image: Coda

Alile Sharon Larkin was born on May 13, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Sharon Larkin. She is a director and writer, known for A Different Image: Coda, The Kitchen (1975) and Your Children Come Back to You (1979).

61. Alison Swan

Director | Mixing Nia

Alison Swan was born in Bermuda. She is a director and writer, known for Mixing Nia (1998), Nothing Like the Holidays (2008) and Mrittupuri: Kill Zone.

62. Allen Hughes

Director | The Book of Eli

Albert and Allen Hughes began making movies at age 12, but their formal film education began their freshman year of high school when Allen took a TV production class. They soon made a short film entitled How To Be A Burglar and people began to take notice. Their next work, Uncensored videos, was ...

63. Allen L. Sowelle

Writer | New Amsterdam

Allen L. Sowelle is a writer and producer, known for New Amsterdam (2018), Front Seat Chronicles (2012) and Emma Rae (2017).

64. Alphonse Beni

Actor | Les 69 positions

Alphonse Beni was born in 1946 in Nkongsamba, Cameroon. He is an actor and director.

65. Alrick Brown

Director | Kinyarwanda

Recognized as one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces to Watch, Alrick Brown is an award winning writer, director and producer. His collective works have screened in over 65 festivals worldwide, earning numerous awards and honors. Among them is the HBO Life Through Your Lens Emerging Filmmaker ...

66. Alrick Riley

Director | Money Talk

Alrick Riley was born in London and is a graduate of the National Film & Television School. His two film school shorts, Money Talks and Concrete Garden achieved international film festival success. Both were screened on UK television. He has directed high profile television projects and continues ...

67. Alton Glass

Director | Cru

Alton Glass is a director and writer, known for Cru (2014), The Mannsfield 12 (2007) and The Confidant (2010).

68. Alvin Moore Jr.

Actor | The Perfect Gift

Alvin Moore Jr. is an actor and director, known for The Perfect Gift (2011), A Mother's Prayer (2009) and When the Lights Go Out (2010).

69. Aml Ameen

Actor | The Maze Runner

The son of Caribbean parents, Aml Ameen shone in his breakout performance as Trife in the cult classic KIDULTHOOD, for which he was recognized as one of the Screen International's 2005 Stars of Tomorrow and nominated for Screen Nation's 2006 Best Newcomer award.

Ameen portrayed series regular Lewis ...

70. Amma Asante

Director | Belle

Amma Asante is a British BAFTA award winning screenwriter and director, known for Belle (2013), and A Way of Life (2004). She is a former child actress, who began her writing career at the age of 23 with a script deals from both Channel 4 in the UK and BBC. Her first movie, A Way of Life, which she...

71. Anais Granofsky

Actress | Degrassi Junior High

Anais Granofsky was born on May 14, 1973 in Springfield, Ohio. She is an actress and director, known for Degrassi High (1987), Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001) and On Their Knees (2001).

72. Andre Allen

Director | Chappelle's Show

Andre Allen is known for his work on Chappelle's Show (2003), Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (2016) and The Daily Show (1996).

73. Andre Braugher

Actor | Homicide: Life on the Street

Andre Braugher was born on July 1, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Andre Keith Braugher. He is an actor and producer, known for Homicide: Life on the Street (1993), Frequency (2000) and The Mist (2007). He has been married to Ami Brabson since December 28, 1991. They have three children.

74. Andre Robert Lee

Director | Virtually Free

Andre Robert Lee is a producer and director, known for Virtually Free (2020), Dirty Laundry (2006) and The Prep School Negro (2012).

75. Andrew Dosunmu

Director | Mother of George

Andrew Dosunmu was born as Waheed Andrew Dosunmu. He is a director and producer, known for Mother of George (2013), Hot Irons (1999) and Restless City (2011).

77. Andy Mundy-Castle

Producer | The Fade

Mundy-Castle has a degree in Media and Film from the University of East London. He also completed a Masters in Documentary at the prestigious Goldsmiths College, University of London. He was chosen as a mentor for Newcomers day at the Sheffield International Doc Fest in 2011. Producing his first ...

78. Angela Bassett

Actress | Strange Days

Captivating, gifted, and sensational, Angela Bassett's presence has been felt in theaters and on stages and television screens throughout the world. Angela Evelyn Bassett was born on August 16, 1958 in New York City, to Betty Jane (Gilbert), a social worker, and Daniel Benjamin Bassett, a ...

79. Angela Elayne Gibbs

Actress | Think Like a Man

Angela Gibbs Producer/ Writer/ Director

Angela Gibbs is a native of Detroit, Michigan and has a diverse background in the entertainment industry that spans 4 decades. As an actor, her credits include films, Love Jacked, Straight Outta Compton, and TV shows... End of the World: As We Know It, On My ...

80. Angela Robinson

Writer | D.E.B.S.

Angela Robinson was born on February 14, 1971 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is a producer and writer, known for D.E.B.S. (2004), D.E.B.S. (2003) and Hung (2009). She is married to Alexandra Kondracke. They have one child.

83. Anika C. McFall

Producer | The Trials of Zander Peterson

Lead Actress in a film screened at the esteemed Cannes Film Festival and Supporting Actress in the Jury Award Winning film of the renowned Sundance Film Festival. She has also received honors during the Hong Kong Intl Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, Las Vegas International Film Festival, ...

84. Anika Poitier

Director | The Devil Cats

Anika Poitier was born on February 29, 1972 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. She is a director and actress, known for The Devil Cats (2004), Swordfish (2001) and Yard Sale (2010).

85. Anike Bay

Producer | Girls Like Us! Part 1

Anike Bay - 'also known as' Iris Montgomery-Ilori - is the author of "Little Iris' First Day of School," "Little Iris' First-Grade Field Trip to Jet Magazine," "Girls Like Us! Season 1, 2,3 and 4." In addition, She's also a film festival 54x's nominated and Invited award-winning director, writer, ...

86. Anna Maria Horsford

Actress | Minority Report

Anna Maria Horsford was born and raised in Harlem, New York. Her parents immigrated to the United States from the island nation Antigua & Barbuda, in the West Indies (then a British colony), during the 1940s. Anna grew up not really feeling American but not West Indian either, just somewhere in ...

87. Anthony Anderson

Actor | The Departed

Anthony Anderson was born on August 15, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Departed (2006), Kangaroo Jack (2003) and Transformers (2007). He has been married to Alvina Anderson since September 11, 1999. They have two children.

88. Anthony Hemingway

Director | Red Tails

Anthony Hemingway is a director and producer, known for Red Tails (2012), Underground (2016) and American Crime Story (2016).

90. Antoine Fuqua

Producer | The Magnificent Seven

Antoine Fuqua is an American film director, known for his work in the film Training Day as well as The Replacement Killers, Tears of the Sun, King Arthur, Shooter, Brooklyn's Finest, Olympus Has Fallen and The Equalizer.

He has directed music videos for such artists as Arrested Development, Prince, ...

91. Antwon Tanner

Actor | Coach Carter

Antwon Tanner was born on April 14, 1975 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is an actor and director, known for Coach Carter (2005), Never Die Alone (2004) and Chase (2010).

92. Antwone Fisher

Writer | Antwone Fisher

Antwone Fisher was born on August 3, 1959 in Cleveland, Ohio. He grew up in Cleveland's foster care system and was emancipated from care at age 17 in the world alone and living on the tough streets of Cleveland, at age 18 Antwone joined the United States Navy where he traveled the world and was ...

93. April Lundy

Producer | The Last Punch

Filmmaker, writer, producer, director and Assistant Professor of Film and Television Studies at Clark Atlanta University. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking & Art Degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Degree from Georgia State University, and Online Teaching certification ...

94. Ariyon Bakare

Actor | Life

Ariyon Bakare is a British actor, writer and director who has been working across film, television and theatre since graduating from Drama Centre London.

Ariyon Bakare grew up in the East End of London and brought up by his Nigerian father. He moved to NYC at a very young age to study dance but ...

95. Arlando Smith

Assistant_director | The Jeffersons

Arlando Smith is known for his work on The Jeffersons (1975), Legends of the Superheroes (1979) and It's Your Move (1984).

96. Arthur Jafa

Cinematographer | Daughters of the Dust

Arthur Jafa was born on November 30, 1960 in Tupelo, Mississippi, USA. He is known for his work on Daughters of the Dust (1991), Eyes Wide Shut (1999) and Just Married (2003).

97. Ashley-Nicole Sherman

Actress | CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Ashley-Nicole Sherman is an actress and producer, known for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), Just Add Water (2008) and Nancy Drew (2007).

98. Attika Torrence

Stunts | Inside Man

Attika Torrence is a producer and actor, known for Inside Man (2006), Dilemma (2010) and Psyche (2004).

100. Ava DuVernay

Producer | Queen Sugar

A director, producer, writer, marketer and film distributor, Ava DuVernay made her feature film debut with the documentary This is the Life (2008), a history on hip hop movement that flourished in Los Angeles in the 1990's. This was followed by series of television music documentaries which ...

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