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Beyoncé

Beyoncé  

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B. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles, 4 September 1981, Houston, Texas, USA. Knowles made her initial impact on the international music scene as the leader of the hugely successful urban group Destiny’s ...
Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll  

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(1935– ).Stage, film, and television performer. The sleek, classy, African American beauty of concerts, nightclubs, and television made two memorable Broadway musical appearances: as the young ...
Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt  

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(1928– ).Stage, television, and film performer. The durable African American singer–actress with a feline demeanor and a unique, resonating voice, she has been a longtime favorite in cabarets and ...
Eddie Anderson

Eddie Anderson  

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(b. 18 September 1905; d. 28 February 1977),actor and comedian. Anderson's character Rochester, the manservant in the Jack Benny radio shows and films of the 1930s and 1940s and ...
Ethel Waters

Ethel Waters  

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(1896–1977)African-American singer and actress who began her career in Philadelphia, literally stopping the show with her rendition of ‘St Louis Blues’. Eight years later she was billed as ‘Sweet ...
Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte  

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B. Harold George Belafonte Jnr., 1 March 1927, Harlem, New York City, New York, USA. In recent years, the former ‘King Of Calypso’ has become better known for his work ...
Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes  

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B. 20 August 1942, Covington, Tennessee, USA. Hayes’ formative years were spent playing piano and organ in various Memphis clubs. He fronted several groups, including Sir Isaac And The Doo-dads ...
Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson  

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B. Janet Damita Jo Jackson, 16 May 1966, Gary, Indiana, USA. Jackson was the youngest of the nine children in the family that produced the Jackson Five (including Michael Jackson ...
Lena Horne

Lena Horne  

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(1917–2010).Stage, television, and film performer. The sleek, slim, and sexy African American song stylist appeared only a limited number of times on Broadway and in films but was never ...
Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah  

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B. Dana Elaine Owens, 18 March 1970, Newark, New Jersey, USA. Rap’s first lady, Queen Latifah, broke through in the late 80s with a style that picked selectively from jazz ...
Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal  

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B. 6 March 1972, Newark, New Jersey, USA. O’Neal shot to fame as the star of the previously obscure Orlando Magic basketball team (‘Rookie Of The Year’ in 1992). After ...
Will Smith

Will Smith  

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B. Willard Christopher Smith Jnr., 25 September 1968, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Rap music’s most successful crossover artist, Smith started his career as one half of DJ Jazzy Jeff And The ...

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