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    Jack Black

    Actor

    Jack Black is known for roles in "Shallow Hal" (2001), "School of Rock" (2003), "King Kong" (2005), and the "Kung Fu Panda" franchise (2008–2016). He has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. He is the lead vocalist of the rock group Tenacious D.

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    Mel Tormé

    The Velvet Fog

    Mel Tormé, nicknamed The Velvet Fog, was best known as a singer of jazz standards. He was also an actor and an author. He composed the music for "The Christmas Song" ("Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire") and co-wrote the lyrics with Robert Wells.

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    Ava DuVernay

    Film Director

    For her work in "Selma" (2014), Ava DuVernay was the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award. With "Selma", she was also the first black female director to have her film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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    Robert Wells

    Robert Wells collaborated with singer and songwriter Mel Tormé, writing several hit songs, most notably "The Christmas Song" in 1945. Wells was nominated for several Academy Awards and won six Emmys and a Peabody Award.

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    Valentin Chmerkovskiy

    Dancer

    Valentin Chmerkovskiy is best known for his appearances on the United States version of "Dancing with the Stars", which he won twice. He is a two-time World Latin Dance Champion (Junior and Youth) and a 14-time U.S. National Latin Dance champion.

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    Bart Baker

    Parody Artist

    Bart Baker is an American entertainer, web-based comedian, video producer, singer, and parody artist. He is best known for making parody videos of notable songs, which he posts on his YouTube channel. He was described as one of the most prolific makers.

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    Tracey Edmonds

    President and CEO, Edmonds Entertainment and President and CEO, Alright Now

    Tracey Edmonds is the President and CEO at Edmonds Entertainment, President and CEO at Alright Now, and co-host on the television show "Extra". She currently sits on the national board of directors for the Producers Guild of America (PGA).

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    Deion Sanders

    Former Football and Baseball Player

    Deion Sanders is a former football and baseball player, who works as an analyst for CBS Sports and the NFL Network. He is currently the offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill high school. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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    Eddie Murphy

    Comedian and Actor

    Eddie Murphy is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and producer. In 2007, he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal in "Dreamgirls".

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    Thurgood Marshall 

    Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States (1967 - 1991)

    Thurgood Marshall was an American lawyer, serving as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court's 96th justice and its first African-American justice.

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