Collins Iyare Idehen Jr.
1983/1984 (age 34–35)
|Education||University of Houston (BA) |
Thurgood Marshall School of Law (JD)
|Occupation||Gun rights activist, attorney|
|Years active||6 (YouTube), 4 (NRA videos)|
|Known for||YouTube videos about firearms, firearm rights|
Colion Noir (born Collins Iyare Idehen Jr.) is an American gun rights activist, lawyer, member of the National Rifle Association, and host of the NRA web series NOIR. He has over 74 million views on his YouTube channel, as of January 2018, and over 595,000 subscribers to his channel, as of January 2018.
In 2013, the NRA recruited him to appear in NRA News videos in subsequent months. Later that year, he appeared at its convention in Houston. Since then, he has become the NRA's "most prominent black commentator", as The Guardian described him in 2017.
Noir was born Collins Iyare Idehen Jr. An only child, his parents were an executive chef and a registered nurse, both of whom immigrated to the United States from Nigeria. He spent his formative years in Houston, Texas.
Noir graduated from high school in Houston. He went on to earn a political science degree from the University of Houston and a J.D. degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, also in Houston. He first became interested in guns while a student at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Reaction to the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting demonstration
In 2018, Noir said, of teenagers set to speak at a Capitol Mall demonstration against gun violence after the killings of 17 students and staff at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that: "I wish a hero like Blaine Gaskill had been at Marjory Douglas High School last month because your classmates would still be alive and no one would know your names, because the media would have completely and utterly ignored your story, the way they ignored his."
- Hennessy-Fiske, Molly (23 July 2013). "NRA's black commentator becomes Web sensation". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
- Grove, Lloyd (2018-03-29). "For NRA TV'S Colion Noir, Happiness Is a Warm Gun". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
- Fox, Lauren (4 March 2013). "NRA Recruits YouTube Gun Enthusiast for Minority Ad Campaign". US News & World Report. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
- Weiss, Joanna (25 June 2015). "The gun owners' argument". Boston Globe. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
- Fuller, Jaime (15 May 2014). "Which NRA member are you?". Washington Post. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
- Beckett, Lois (2017-06-20). "Prominent black NRA defender criticizes ruling in Philando Castile case". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
- Wootson Jr., Cleve R. (24 March 2018). "NRA host taunts Parkland teens: 'No one would know your names' if classmates were still alive". The Washington Post. Retrieved 26 March 2018.