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    Josephine Baker

    Actress

    Josephine Baker was an American born French entertainer, activist, and French Resistance agent. She was the first African-American to star in a major motion picture, the 1927 silent film "Siren of the Tropics", directed by Mario Nalpas and Henri Étiévant.

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    Rosa Parks

    First Lady of Civil Rights

    Rosa Parks was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The United States Congress has called her "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement".

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    Phillis Wheatley

    1st Published African-American Poet

    Phillis Wheatley was the first published African-American female poet. Born in West Africa, she was sold into slavery at the age of seven or eight and transported to North America. She was purchased by the Wheatley family of Boston.

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    Alex Haley

    Author, "Roots: The Saga of an American Family"

    Alex Haley was an American writer and the author of the 1976 book "Roots: The Saga of an American Family". ABC adapted the book as a television miniseries of the same name and aired it in 1977 to a record-breaking audience of 130 million viewers.

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    Jussie Smollett

    Actor and Recording Artist

    Jussie Smollett began his caree starring in commercials and films, including "The Mighty Ducks" (1992) and Rob Reiner's "North" (1994). In 2015, he attracted international attention for his portrayal of musician Jamal Lyon in the drama series "Empire".

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    Peter Jackson

    Film Director

    Peter Jackson is best known as the director, writer, and producer of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy (2001 - 2003) and the "Hobbit" trilogy (2012 - 2014), both of which are adapted from the novels of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien.

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    Nicolás Maduro

    46th President of Venezuela (2013 - Present)

    Nicolás Maduro is a Venezuelan politician serving as the 46th President of Venezuela since 2013 and previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2013 and as Vice President of Venezuela from 2012 to 2013 under President Hugo Chávez.

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    James Ingram

    2-Time Academy Award Nominee and 2-Time Grammy Award Winner

    James Ingram was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. He was a 2-time Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song and 2-time Grammy Award winner.

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    Michael Bloomberg

    108th Mayor of New York City

    Michael Bloomberg is an American businessman, politician, author, and philanthropist. As of June 2018, his net worth was estimated at $51.8 billion, making him the 8th richest person in the United States and the 11th richest person in the world.

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    Kevin Barnett

    Actor

    Kevin Barnett was a writer and actor, known for "Rel" (2018), "Broad City" (2014), and "Unhitched" (2008). He died on January 22, 2019 in Mexico.

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