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Family and creativity fuel Marlon Wayans’ success

Following the advice of his brother, Keenen, to not sit around and wait for Hollywood, Marlon Wayans has firmly established his own identity as an actor, writer, producer, director and stand-up comedian.
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Dancer Misty Copeland inspires new generation of ballerinas

“This is for the little brown girls,” writes Misty Copeland in the prologue of her New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,
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James Baldwin gets his place in Harlem

As the old saying goes, the fruit never falls that far from the tree, and Trevor Baldwin, the nephew of James Baldwin, proves that even a relative of the great writer has a way with words. “This is a family ...
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‘Get on Up’ gets it right

“Get on Up” is an excellent peek inside the fascinating life of the undeniably brilliant funk-soul legend, James Brown, a complex man who displayed as many quirky personalities and personas as he did colorful nicknames and honorary titles.
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Malcolm X addressed human rights violations at OAU

Malcolm X’s visits to Mecca and West Africa in April-May of 1964 helped broaden his global scope a bit more since departing from the Nation of Islam earlier that March. Later, during the summer, he internationalized the plight of Africans ...
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Alice Coachman, an immortal Olympian

It isn’t often that this column is devoted to either the living or the recently departed, but it would be absolutely criminal not to suspend the usual guidelines and give the space to a woman who holds a unique place ...
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Alice Windom and Vicki Garvin knew Maya Angelou and Malcolm X

Fifty years ago, in April of 1964, Malcolm X began his tour of Africa and the Middle East. One of the most important stops he made was in Ghana, where he met with a number of African-American expatriates, including Shirley ...
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Remembering Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack, who became a force on the R&B scene for over five decades, couldn’t be called a jazz vocalist, but during his reign, his gravelly, soulful voice surely influenced a host of R&B singers and inspired jazz vocalists along ...
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‘Joe Louis, the legend’

It was the boxing rematch that pitted U.S. pride against Nazi Aryan aggression. The world was at war, and the African-American community was still struggling under fierce enforced institutional racism. And then young boxer Joe Louis Barrow, aka Joe Louis, ...
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Tony Dungy

Anthony Kevin "Tony" Dungy is a former professional American football player and coach in the National Football League. Dungy became the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl when his Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in Super ...
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Grandmaster Flash

There are lots of stories about the birth of jazz and the beginning of rock n’ roll, but hip-hop has founding fathers: one of them is DJ Grandmaster Flash. In the early 70’s Joseph Saddler was living in the South ...
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Louis Gossett Jr

Born May 27, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY, Lou has a flair for projecting quiet authority and has scored well personally in a string of diverse and occasionally challenging roles. The aspiring actor caught a break at his first Broadway audition ...
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Beverly Johnson

The first African American supermodel on the cover of American Vogue was Ms. Beverly Johnson. Beverly was attending college Northeastern University in Boston, MA when she tried her hand at modeling.
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President Barack Obama

His story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in ...
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Sanya Richards-Ross

4x Olympic Gold Medalist, Entrepreneur, Reality Show Star
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