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African American Entertainers

Stars of color

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    Quvenzhané Wallis - American child actress. She is the youngest actress ever to receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
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    Halle Berry - American actress and former fashion model. Berry is also a known environmental activist. Berry said to People Magazine, "I care about the air we breathe, I care about the marine life and the ecosystem of the ocean."
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    Denzel Washington - American actor, film director, and film producer. Washington's first on screen debut was in 1974 in the film "Death Wish."
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    Will Smith - Willard Christopher "Will" Smith, Jr. is an American actor, producer, and rapper. This actors career went into the spotlight in the late 80s when he was the star of the popular television series "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."
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    Oprah - American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Oprah is believed to be the most influential woman in the world.
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    Chris Rock - American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer, and director. Chris Rock was voted in the United States as the fifth greatest stand-up comedian of all time by Comedy Central.
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    Don Cornelius - American television show creator, producer, and host of the nationally syndicated dance/music franchise Soul Train.
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    Tyler Perry - American actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, producer, author, and songwriter. In 2011, Forbes named him the highest paid man in entertainment.
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    Tyra Banks - Former American model, author and television personality. Tyra was the creator and host of "America's Next Top Model" and host of "The Tyra Banks Show."
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    Jada Pinkett Smith - American actress, singer-songwriter, and business woman. She starred in "A Different World," "The Nutty Professor," and "Madagascar."
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    Tyrese Gibson - American R&B singer, rapper, actor, author, former fashion model and MTV VJ. Tyrese started his career in music but later made the transition to the big screen.
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    The Wayans Brothers - These siblings are directors, screenwriters, comedians and actors. They pair had their own situation comedy television show named after them, "The Wayans Brothers."
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    Queen Latifah - American singer-songwriter, rapper, model, comedienne, and actress. Her work has earned her a Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Image Awards, and a Grammy Award.
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    Taraji P. Henson - American actress and singer. This academy award nominated actress is currently co-starring in the CBS series "Person of Interest."
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    Terry Crews - Former NFL player and current actor. Crews has starred on the big screen and television. He's landed a big role in "The Expendables" right next to Stallone.
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    Jamie Foxx - American actor, singer-songwriter, stand-up comedian, and talk radio host. Foxx is just his stage name and grew up as Eric Marlon Bishop.
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    Kenan Thompson - American actor and comedian. You can catch Thompson once a week as a cast member of NBC's long-running sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live.
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    Morgan Freeman - American actor, film director, and narrator. Morgan Freeman has been in 96 movies and TV shows through out his career.
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    Mos Def - American actor and MC. Mos Def's real name Dante Terrell Smith.
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    Beyonce - American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas.
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    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - American actor and professional wrestler who works for WWE. He's currently been in over 28 films since 1999.
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    Eddie Murphy - American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, singer, director, and musician. Murphy started acting in 1982 and his films make him the second-highest grossing actor in the United States.
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    Raven-Symoné - American actress and singer. Raven got her big break after she played Olivia on "The Cosby Show" in 1989.
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    Michael Ealy - American actor. Best known for his roles in "Seven Pounds" and "Barbershop."
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    Hill Harper - American film, television and stage actor, and author. Before he was an actor he went by Frank Harper and is an alumnus of Harvard Law School.