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Black History: Leontyne Price

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Mary Violet Leontyne Price (born February 10, 1927) is an Americansoprano. Born and raised in LaurelMississippi, she rose to international acclaim in the 1950s and 1960s and was one of the first African Americans to become a leading artist at theMetropolitan Opera. One critic characterized Price's voice as "vibrant", "soaring" and "a Price beyond pearls", as well as "genuinely buttery, carefully produced but firmly under control", with phrases that "took on a seductive sinuousness." Time magazine called her voice "Rich, supple and shining, it was in its prime capable of effortlessly soaring from a smoky mezzo to the pure soprano gold of a perfectly spun high C." A lirico spinto (Italian for "pushed lyric") soprano, she was considered especially well suited to the roles of Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini, as well as several in operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. After her …

Black History : Lenny Kravitz

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Leonard Albert "LennyKravitz (born May 26, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and arranger, whose "retro" style incorporates elements of rock, bluessoulR&Bfunkjazzreggaehard rockpsychedelicpopfolk, and ballads. In addition to singing lead and backing vocals, Kravitz often played all the guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and percussion himself when recording. He is known for his elaborate stage performances and music videos. He won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row from 1999 to 2002, breaking the record for most wins in that category as well as setting the record for most consecutive wins in one category by a male. He has been nominated for and won other awards, including American Music AwardsMTV Video Music AwardsRadio Music AwardsBRIT Awards andBlockbuster Entertainment Awards. On December 1, 2011, Kravitz was …

Black History :Will Smith

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Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him the most powerful actor in Hollywood.Smith has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards. In the late 1980s, Smith achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince. In 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he starred in the popular television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show ran for nearly six years (1990–96) on NBC and has been syndicated consistently on various networks since then. In the mid-1990s, Smith moved from television to film, and ultimately starred in numerous blockbuster films. He is the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office, and 11 consecutive films gross over $150 million int…

Black History : Barry White

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Barry White (born Barry Eugene Carter; September 12, 1944 – July 4, 2003), was an American composer and singer-songwriter. A 3-time Grammy Award-winner known for his distinctive bass-baritone voice and romantic image, White's greatest success came in the 1970s as a solo singer and with the Love Unlimited Orchestra, crafting many enduring soul, funk, and disco songs such as his two biggest hits, "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" and "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe". During the course of his career in the music business, White achieved 106 gold albums worldwide, 41 of which also attained platinum status. White had 20 gold and 10 platinum singles, with worldwide records sales in excess of 100 million, he is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.His influences included Rev. James ClevelandRay CharlesAretha FranklinElvis Presley plus Motown artists The SupremesThe Four Tops and Marv…

Black History : Loretta Devine

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Loretta Devine (born August 21, 1949) is an American character actress, best known for her roles as Marla Hendricks in the Fox drama series Boston Public, and for her recurring role as Adele Webber on the Shonda RhimesGrey's Anatomy, for which she won Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2011. In film, Devine appeared in Waiting to ExhaleThe Preacher's WifeI Am SamUrban LegendCrashWoman Thou Art LoosedFor Colored Girls, This Christmas andJumping the Broom.

Black History : Tina Turner

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Anna Mae Bullock (born November 26, 1939), known by her stage nameTina Turner, is a singer, dancer, actress, and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards. Born and raised in the Southeastern United States, she is now a Swiss citizen. She began her musical career in the mid-1950s as a featured singer with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm, first recording in 1958 under the name "Little Ann". Her introduction to the public as Tina Turner began in 1960 as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Success followed with a string of notable hits credited to the duo, including "A Fool in Love","River Deep – Mountain High" (1966), "Proud Mary" (1971) and "Nutbush City Limits" (1973), a song which she herself wrote. In her autobiography, I, Tina, she revealed several instances of severe domestic abuse against her by Ike Turner prior t…

Black History: Naomi Campbell

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Naomi Elaine Campbell (born 22 May 1970) is an English model, actress, singer, and author. Recruited at the age of 15, she established herself among the top three most recognizable and in-demand models of the late 1980s and the 1990s, and was one of six models of her generation declared "supermodels" by the fashion industry. In addition to her modelling career, Campbell has embarked on other ventures, which include authoring a novel, an R&B-pop studio album, and several acting appearances in film and television, such as the modelling competition reality show The Face and its international offshoots. Campbell is also involved in charity work for various causes. Her personal life is widely reported, particularly her relationships with prominent men (including boxer Mike Tyson and actor Robert De Niro) and several highly publicized convictions for assault.

Black History :Queen Latifah

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Dana Elaine Owens (born March 18, 1970), better known by her stage nameQueen Latifah, is an Americanrappersongwritersingeractressmodeltelevision producerrecord producercomedienne, and talk show host. She has long been considered one of  hip-hop's pioneer feminists. Her work in music, film, and television has earned her a Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Image Awards, a Grammy Award, six additional Grammy nominations, an Emmy Award nomination and an Academy Award nomination. She most recently hosted her own talk show, The Queen Latifah Show, which was canceled in 2014.

Black History: Alfre Woodard

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Alfre Woodard (born November 8, 1952) is an American film, stage, and television actress, producer, and political activist. Woodard has been named one of the most versatile and accomplished actors of her generation.She has been nominated once for an Academy Award and Grammy Award, 18 times for an Emmy Award (winning four), and has also won a Golden Globe Award and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Woodard began her acting career in theater. After her breakthrough role in the Off-Broadway play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf (1977), she made her film debut in Remember My Name (1978). In 1980, she starred in Robert Altman's Health and in 1983 won major critical praise and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role in Cross Creek. In same year, Woodard won her first Primetime Emmy Award for her performance in the NBC drama series Hill Street Blues. Later in the 1980s, Woodard had leading Emmy Award-nominated perf…

Black History:Erykah Badu

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Erykah Abi Wright (born Erica Abi Wright; February 26, 1971), better known by her stage nameErykah Badu ( is an American singer-songwriterrecord produceractivist, and actress. Badu's career began after opening a show forD'Angelo in 1994 in her hometown; Kedar Massenburg was highly impressed with her performance and signed her to Kedar Entertainment. Her first album, Baduizm, was released on February 11, 1997. It spawned three singles: "On & On", "Next Lifetime" and "Otherside of the Game". The album was certified triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Badu's first live album, Live, was released on November 18, 1997. It produced two singles: "Apple Tree" and "Tyrone". The album was certified double Platinum by the RIAA. Badu's second album, Mama's Gun, was released on October 31, 2000. It spawned three singles: "Bag Lady", "

Black History :Jasmyne Cannick

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Jasmyne Cannick (born 22 October 1977) is an African-American media and social commentator who works in politics. With a focus on hip-hop, politics, race, and sexuality, in 2005, Essence magazine named her one of 25 Women Shaping the World and in 2013 she was named one of the Most Influential African-Americans under 40 in Los Angeles by the Wave newspaper.

Black History :Debbie Allen

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Deborrah Kaye “Debbie” Allen (born January 16, 1950) is an American actressdancerchoreographertelevision directortelevision producer, and a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. She is perhaps best known for her work on the 1982 musical drama television series Fame, where she portrayed dance teacher Lydia Grant and served as the series' principal choreographer. She is the younger sister of actress/director/singer Phylicia Rashād.

Black History:Abbey Lincoln

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Anna Marie Wooldridge (August 6, 1930 – August 14, 2010),known by her stage nameAbbey Lincoln, was an American jazzvocalistsongwriter, and actress, who wrote and performed her own compositions. She was a civil rights advocate during the 1960s.

Black History :Samuel L. Jackson

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Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor and film producer. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Jungle Fever (1991), Patriot Games (1992), Amos & Andrew (1993), True Romance (1993), Jurassic Park (1993) and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino in the films Pulp Fiction (1994) and Jackie Brown (1997). He is a highly prolific actor, appearing in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995),Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000), The 51st State (2001), Black Snake Moan (2006), Snakes on a Plane (2006) and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999–2005). With Jackson's permission, his likeness was used for the Marvel Comics character Ultimate Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (2008–present). He cameoed as Fury in a post-credits scene from Iron Man (2008), and went on to sign a nine film commitment to reprise this role in future films, including majo…

Black History :Phylicia Rashād

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Phylicia Rashād(born Phylicia Ayers-Allen; June 19, 1948) is an American Tony Award-winning actress, singer and stage director, best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the long-running NBCsitcomThe Cosby Show. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for this part in 1985 and 1986. In 2004, Rashād became the first African-American actress to win the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, which she won for her role in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun.She resumed the role in the 2008 television adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun, which earned her the 2009 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special. Rashād was dubbed "The Mother" of the African-American community at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards.