When you think of African-Americans who are affiliated with the Grand Old Party (GOP), political figures like Condoleezza Rice (former United States Secretary of State), Colin Powell (former United States Secretary of State), Herman Cain (2012 U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate), Ben Carson (2016 U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate), and Clarence Thomas (Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States) immediately come to mind.
Then of course there are the Republican pundits and political analysts like Armstrong Williams, Larry Elder, Amy Holmes, Juan Williams and Raynard Jackson.
But surprisingly—as we learned back in 2012 when we first compiled “Black & Republican: 9 Celebrities Down With The GOP“—many prominent Black celebrities, faith leaders and athletes are either registered Republicans and/or have publicly supported the GOP. Some celebrities featured on our 2012 list like LL Cool J have publicly clarified that they are registered as Independents and not either Republican or Democratic.
Now just because you’re a card-carrying Republican doesn’t mean you’re supporting Donald Trump. Even reality TV star and Trump loyalist Omarosa Manigault is a former Democrat who is now registered as an Independent. But for those who do identify as Republican, it does mean that you primarily vote for issues and platforms that embody conservatism.
With an election to determine the 45th President of the United States coming in November, there’s no better time than now to take a look at some prominent Black personalities who are down with the GOP.
- Dewayne “The Rock” Johnson: This Hollywood action star and sometimes WWE wrestler is a proud Republican who spoke at the Republican National Convention in 2000. In 2014, The Rock said he “learned never to say never” when asked about running for office.
- Tamera Mowry-Housley: Though the Emmy-nominated co-host of the daytime talk show “The Real” shies away from talking politics on TV, the conservative former “Sister, Sister” star is married to Fox News correspondent Adam Housley.
- Sage Steele: The host of “NBA Countdown” on ESPN and ABC was billed as a conservative Republican back in 2014 when she was auditioning for a job on “The View” to potentially replace Elizabeth Hasselbeck.
- 50 Cent: The rapper/actor was a public supporter of President George W. Bush Jr. and in 2005 told GQ magazine he wanted to “just shake his hand and tell him how much of me I see in him.”
- Donnie McClurkin: This Grammy-winning Gospel singer and pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York doesn’t shy away from his Republican affiliation, despite agreeing to perform a series of Gospel concerts for Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2007.
- Judge Lynn Toler: The presiding judge of the longest-running court show on TV, “Divorce Court” is an admitted Republican. One of her professional triumphs is winning a campaign for a municipal court judge job in the Democratic city of Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
- Sheryl Underwood: This comedienne and Emmy-nominated co-host of the CBS daytime show “The Talk” is a proud Republican, though the former president of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has admitted she voted for President Barack Obama during both elections.
- Marvin Winans: A member of the famed Gospel quartet The Winans and pastor of The Perfecting Church in Detroit, Winans is a known Republican. His GOP association was loosely used as inspiration for Russ Parr’s independent film, “The Undershepherd.”
- Tony Dungy: He’s the first African-American head coach to lead a NFL team to a Super Bowl victory when the Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears in 2007, but he’s also an Evangelical Christian who campaigned against gay marriage in Indiana.
- Stacey Dash: Many believe art imitates life as this “Clueless” star has now become a commentator for Fox News. In addition to bashing President Barack Obama, she has declared Black History Month, BET and the NAACP Image Awards should all end.
- Jimmie “J.J.” Walker: The former star of the iconic sitcom “Good Times” is a proud Republican. What’s really “Dy-no-mite” is that this comic actually dated the infamous and highly-offensive conservative political commentator, Ann Coulter.
- Joseph C. Phillips: Former star of “The Cosby Show” and “General Hospital” is now a conservative commentator who served as National Co-Chair of the African American Steering committee for Bush-Cheney 2004 and on RNC’s African American Advisory Board in 2004.