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Who is Matt James? 9 things to know about the first black Bachelor

Who is Matt James? 9 things to know about the first black Bachelor

Matt James has accepted the rose to become the first black Bachelor in franchise history. James, whose casting was announced Friday on “Good Morning America” after repeated calls from fans and alums for the franchise to fix its diversity problem, is now also the first Bachelor since Matt Grant in 2008 to not have competed on a prior season of “The Bachelorette.” But he’s not a complete newbie to Bachelor Nation.

Die-hard fans know him as the roommate and Bff of Tyler Cameron, who finished in second on Hannah Brown‘s season of “The Bachelorette” last year. James was announced as a suitor on Clare Crawley‘s postponed season of “The Bachelorette” in March, but that meet-cute with her and America will not happen now.

So until “The Bachelor” can (hopefully) premiere as planned in 2021, here are nine things to know about the first black Bachelor.

1. The basics

James is

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