Clarence Jamil Black is a contestant from Survivor: Africa.


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Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan by his mother Mae, Clarence Black is currently a high school basketball coach. He attended Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine. Black earned a college basketball scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Studies at Hillsdale College in Michigan.

While at Hillsdale, Black played basketball and founded the Tod Phister Memorial Basketball Tournament, which raises money to support cancer research in honor of a fellow teammate who passed away. After graduating, he worked as a stockbroker and financial planner, but decided the profession wasn't for him.

Clarence Black is a member of the Detroit County Alumni Council and a member of the Board of Directors for Wise Steward Ministries Youth Education Program. He describes himself as competitive, loyal and silly. His birth date is December 21.[1]


Clarence Black was a contestant on Survivor: Africa, where he was best known for stealing a can of beans. He was also accused off-camera of taking cherries when everyone else only had one, by Ethan Zohn.

Black did stay around long enough to make the merge. The beans scandal separated him from his original tribemates and left him out of the alliance with the eventual final four of Kim J., Lex, Ethan, and Tom.

Because he was alienated from the alliance, Black had to focus on the individual challenges in order to stay in the game. In the first Immunity Challenge after the merge, Teresa promised Black that she would not vote for him if he let her win immunity. An exhausted Clarence proposed to Teresa Cooper that they would play a rock-paper-scissors game to determine the winner of the challenge. Clarence lost, and removed himself from the challenge (allowing Teresa to win immunity) after six hours. Black was eliminated from the competition the next day by a vote of 8-2.

Voting History

Clarence's Voting History
Episode Clarence's
Voted Against
1 Diane Diane, Tom
2 Jessie Jessie, Tom
3 Boran Tribe Immune
4 Boran Tribe Immune
5 Silas -
6 Boran Tribe Immune
7 Lex Brandon, Frank, Ethan, Kelly,
Kim J., Kim P., Lex, Tom
Voted Out, Day 21



  • Clarence's luxury item was camouflage paint.
  • Clarence was the youngest male on the Boran tribe. 
  • Clarence was the only contestant who stayed on Boran after the tribe switch who didn't make to the Final Tribal Council.
  • Clarence is the first male to get the most votes cast against them in a season, tying with Lindsey Richter in Survivor: Africa with 12.



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