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Groundbreaking Black Entertainers

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By Raoul Mowatt Special to MSN EntertainmentWhere would the entertainment industry be without its galaxy of black stars? It's almost painful to think of a world without Motown, without black stand-up comedians to win laughs, without actors whose skill shows that qualities like dignity, intelligence and honor know no color boundaries. Many of the best were more than entertainers who made viewers and listeners giggle or tap their toes with their irresistible rhythms. They went on to change minds and work to a more just society. Indeed, the real difficulty was limiting a list of prominent black celebrities to a tiny fraction of those who have shown their talent in the various entertainment fields. Some were chosen for their financial and critical success, while others were picked for their groundbreaking nature or their broader impact. But, certainly, numerous celebrities who made large impacts will have to be excluded. In celebration of Black History Month, we now salute some of the finest and most successful performers of any race.
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