Black Simpsons Characters

Today we take a closer look at the black characters of The Simpsons series. Since the show's arrival in 1989 there's been quite a few African American characters. Yes we're taking about the characters who give colour to an otherwise all-yellow world.

Carl Carlson

Carl or "the black one" (given the nickname by Homer Simpson as an easier way of identifying him) is a safety operations superordinate from Springfield's Nuclear Power Plant, and it's here where he works Lenny and Homer, two people he's known since a young age.

Carl is an African-Icelandic-American who's religious belief is Buddhism, he has a academic degree in atomic physical science, loves bowling and likes to drink at Moe's Tavern. He was born on September 25, 1951.

Carl often serves as a buttoned-up direct man to Homer and friends, mostly likely due to his outspoken and opinionated views of others. In one Simpsons episode, he makes all of the alcoholics in Moe's Tavern cry and then turns his attention to the camera, informing the audience: "See, this is why I don't talk much."

Julius Hibbert

Dr. Julius Murphy Hibbert II, more common called Dr. Hibbert, is Springfield's most conspicuous and capable medical practitioner, Although sometimes he makes no attempt to conceal or make light of his expensive medical cost. Nonetheless Hibbert is very pleasant, and is known to chuckle at just about every situation. At times he is aided by Dr. Nick Riviera.

Dr. Hibbert is also married to his life partner Bernice with whom he has several children with. When all his kin is seen collectively, they seem to share similar mannerisms to the Huxtables from The Cosby Show. Although Julius' character wasn't intended to be based on Dr. Cliff Huxtable at first, when the Simpsons were facing off against Cosby Show for ratings, the writers turned Hibbert into more of a spoof of Dr. Huxtable.


Lou is a policeman of Springfield Police force and at most, the cleverest and most qualified cop of the Springfield Police. Despite this he takes orders from Commissioner Clancy Wiggum, frequently pointing out Wiggum's errors (especially when someone is in the process of breaking the law, hence  distracting them all from the crime and giving the criminal the chance to escape.).

Janey Powell

Janey is known as "Lisa's offish bestie", and this is an dead-on statement. Although at times she is she is seen chilling with Lisa, at other times she mocks her alongside other kids for her bad luck or high-minded perspective.

Janey could have liked Milhouse Van Houten, who in turn is crushing on Lisa. In The Simpsons Game, she questions Bart on Milhouse's whereabouts and claims that Lisa is mean for leading Milhouse on. She exchanges cupcakes for money at Springfield elementary.

She's also very fashion-awoke, being peculiarly suspicious of apparel that look Canadian. Likewise she loves the company and attention of other girls. From Janey's own mouth, either you stand with her or you have "cooties".

Bernice Hibbert

Bernice Hibbert is Doctor Hibbert's recuperate alcoholic spouse, voiced by Tress MacNeille. Mrs. Hibbert remains one of the more rational Simpsons characters. Bernice has at least three kids with Dr. Hibbert, two boys and a girl, and also express' much laughter similar to her hubby. Their matrimony could be in trouble, as referenced in "Dude, Where's My Ranch?.

Bernice frequently wears bead necklaces and a purplish jacket with exceedingly huge shoulder-pads, which could be a reference to Clair Huxtable's clothing style from the 1980's.

While going through the town in The Simpsons Game, Bernice sometime can be seen in conversation with Carl Carlson, speaking about a past relationship they had before she became wedded to Dr. Hibbert. This isn't confirmed to be canon.

Drederick Tatum

Drederick Tatum is a retired and undefeated boxing champion who dwells in Springfield. Tatum is best-known for his huge stature, success as a boxer (past World Heavyweight Champion) and his record of raging outbursts. He appears to have given up his career as a boxer in recent years.

Tatum grew up in Springfield, reminiscing that the town was a garbage hole. Subsequently he did time in prison after dashing his mum down some stairs. In a legal proceeding , he admits that pushing his mum down the stairs wasn't something he was proud off and regrets it. If he had a chance to go back in time, he'd prevent it.

Virgil Simpson

Virgil Simpsons was a runaway slave, he's also the Great Great Great Grandfather of Homer J. Simpson. Virgil had a child with a woman called Mabel Simpson, since Virgil didn't have a last name he took hers. They named their child Abraham, who was Grampa Simpson's great grandfather and most likely his namesake. He is the earliest known member of the modern-day Simpson family. This makes Homer, Bart, Lisa and Maggie part black (amazing right?)

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  1. The Simpsons have created some awesome and memorable black animated characters in it's time.

  2. So the Simpsons parodied Mike Tyson, the Cosby Show and even Oprah Winfrey? The more you know.

  3. I loved watching the Simpsons and this was well informative. It's a pity most of these characters didn't have more of a back story or at least an episode dedicated to them. I would have loved to learn more Janey Powell or Hibbert's family other than the brief cameos.

  4. Drederick Tatum reminds me of Mike Tyson.

  5. Thanks for making this, it bought back so many memories of watching the simpsons. I wish the new episodes were as good as season 1 and 2 though.