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Akon

He is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. Akon often provides vocals as a featured artist and is currently credited with over 300 guest appearances and more than 35 Billboard Hot 100 songs.
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Al Green

Reverend Al Green, is an American singer, best known for recording a series of soul hit singles in the early 1970s, including "Tired of Being Alone", "I'm Still In Love With You", "Love and Happiness" and his signature song, "Let's Stay Together".
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Al Jarreau

He and his family sang together in church concerts and in benefits, and he and his mother performed at PTA meetings. In 1978, Al won his first U.S. Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for his album, Look To The Rainbow.
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Alicia Keys

She became the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001.
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Aloe Blacc

He is best known for his singles "I Need a Dollar", UK number 1 single "The Man," and for writing and performing vocals on Avicii's "Wake Me Up," which charted at #1 in 22 countries.
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Aretha Franklin

Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Think". These hits and more helped her to gain the title The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s decade.
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B.B. King

He is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of Blues", and one of the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar" (along with Albert King and Freddie King)
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Barack Hussein Obama II

Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office.
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Barry White

On September 20, 2004, he was posthumously inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in New York. On September 12, 2013, which would have been White's 69th birthday, he was posthumously awarded the 2,506th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6914 Hollywood Blvd. in the category of recording.
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Bayard Rustin

In 1963, Rustin brought his unique skills to the crowning glory of his civil rights career: his work organizing the March on Washington, the biggest protest America had ever seen.
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Beyonce

She performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child, and rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny's Child.
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Billie Holiday

Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.
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Black Academy Award winners and nominees

This list of black Academy Award winners and nominees are current as of the 86th Academy Awards ceremony held on March 3, 2014.
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Boyz II Men

"End of the Road" would set a new record for longevity, staying at Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 for thirteen weeks, breaking the decades-old record held by Elvis Presley. They are top ranking members with regard to time spent at number one in Billboard history, currently (as of 2014) at the number one, three, and four spots.
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Carter Godwin Woodson

A founder of Journal of Negro History (now titled The Journal of r. Woodson has been cited as the father of black history.
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