Colion Noir

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Colion Noir
Collins Iyare Idehen Jr.

1983/1984 (age 35–36)[1]
Houston, Texas, United States
EducationUniversity of Houston (BA)
Thurgood Marshall School of Law (JD)
OccupationCivil rights activist, attorney
Years active6 (YouTube), 4 (NRA videos)
Known forYouTube videos about firearms, firearm rights

Colion Noir (born Collins Iyare Idehen Jr.)[2] is an American civil rights activist, lawyer, and host of the web series NOIR. He has over 121 million views on his YouTube channel, as of September 2019,[3] and over 1,000,000 subscribers to his channel, as of September 2019.[4]

In 2013, the NRA recruited him to appear in NRA News videos in subsequent months.[3] Later that year, he appeared at its convention in Houston.[1][5] Since then, he has become the NRA's "most prominent black commentator", as The Guardian described him in 2017.[6]

Early life[edit]

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.[2] He spent his formative years in Houston, Texas.[1]


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.[1] He first became interested in guns while a student at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.[6]


Noir founded a website which blogs about second amendment issues, and sells merchandise.[7]


Reaction to the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting demonstration[edit]

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:


  1. ^ a b c d Hennessy-Fiske, Molly (23 July 2013). "NRA's black commentator becomes Web sensation". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b Grove, Lloyd (2018-03-29). "For NRA TV'S Colion Noir, Happiness Is a Warm Gun". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  3. ^ a b Fox, Lauren (4 March 2013). "NRA Recruits YouTube Gun Enthusiast for Minority Ad Campaign". US News & World Report. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  4. ^ Weiss, Joanna (25 June 2015). "The gun owners' argument". Boston Globe. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  5. ^ Fuller, Jaime (15 May 2014). "Which NRA member are you?". Washington Post. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  6. ^ a b Beckett, Lois (2017-06-20). "Prominent black NRA defender criticizes ruling in Philando Castile case". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  7. ^, retrieved November 88, 2019 Check date values in: |accessdate= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ 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.

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