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Billy Dee Williams 

Billy Dee Williams is internationally famous for playing Lando Calrissian in numerous Star Wars films, novels, comic books, and video games. He has acted in a number of other timeless films such as: Batman, Guiding Light, Lady Sings the Blues, Nighthawks, The Last Angry Man, Brian’s Song, and Carter’s Army. 



Boris Kodjoe 

Boris Kodjoe is most famous for playing one of Sanaa Lathan’s love interest in the film Brown Sugar and playing Damon Cater on the hit show Soul Food. He has acted in a number of films like Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Redistribution, and Surrogates and TV series like Second Time Around, Eve, and Crossing Jordan. He can currently be seen in BET comedy Real Husbands of Hollywood, Fox comedy The Last Man on Earth, and co-hosting a talk show with his wife titled The Boris & Nicole Show. 



Clifton Powell 

NAACP award winning actor and comedian Clifton Powell earned notoriety for playing Pinky in blockbuster films Next Friday and Friday After Next. He has appeared in films like Menace II Society, Dead Presidents, Ray, Just Another Day, and Norbit. He has appeared in TV series such as Army Wives, Roc, and Murder She Wrote and has voiced charters in top selling video games like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.


Derek Luke

Derek Luke is an American actor. He won the Independent Spirit Award for his big-screen debut performance in the 2002 film Antwone Fisher, directed and produced by Denzel Washington.[2] Luke played one of the four male leads in Spike Lee's 2008 war film Miracle at St. Anna,He plays Alicia Keys' love interest in her music video for "Teenage Love Affair". Luke played Sean 'Puffy' Combs in the 2009 film Notorious,[2] and James 'Boobie' Miles in the 2004 film Friday Night Lights.Luke was cast to play Gabe Jones, a member of the Howling Commandos in Captain America: The First Avenger, released


Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union has a successful acting career that spans more than 2 decades. She has appeared in hit films like: Bring It On, Bad Boys II, Deliver Us from Eva, Cadillac Records, and Think Like a Man and acted in TV series such as: 7th Heaven, City of Angels, Night Stalker, and FlashForword. She can currently be seen starring in her own successful show Being Mary Jane. 



Gary Dourdan 

Gary Dourdan got his start portraying Shazza Zulu on A Different World and has earned considerable notoriety for playing Warrick Brown in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.  He has acted in films like: Alien: Resurrection, Perfect Stranger, and Imposter and has appeared in TV series such as: Being Mary Jane and Glee. 


Glynn Turman

Glynn Turman began his acting career at the mere age of 13 portraying the role of Travis Younger in the Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun. He has since gone on to act in blockbusters like: Super 8, Men of Honor, Gremlins, and Burlesque and appear in TV shoes like Proof, The Defenders, and In Treatment. He can currently be seen portraying Jeremiah Kaan in hit series House of Lies. 



John Salley 

John Salley began his career as a record-breaking basketball player, who became the first NBA player to play on 3 different championship-winning teams and the first NBA player to win a championship in 3 different decades. After retiring from the NBA, he has acted in films like Bad Boys, Bad Boys II and The Comebacks. He has appeared in TV series like I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! and has hosted numerous reunions for popular VH1 reality show franchises Basketball Wives and Basketball Wives LA. 


Kimberly Elise

Elise's first film was Set It Off (1996), in which she played one of four women who resort to robbing a bank for money. Her big break came in 1997 when she was cast in the Family Channel original television movie The Ditchdigger's Daughters, based on the Pulitzer-prize nominated and critically acclaimed 1995 memoir The Ditchdigger's Daughters: Her performance helped her land a role the next year in Beloved alongside Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. She is often compared to a young Cicely Tyson, whom she resembles.



Lance Gross

Gross began his career by modeling for Karl Kani and appearing in music videos for artists such as Mary J. Blige, Rihanna and Mariah Carey.[4] In 2006, he had minor roles in Eve and The Bernie Mac Show.[5] He was consequently cast as Calvin Payne on Perry's new sitcom House of Payne.




Lou Gossett Jr.

His Emmy Award-winning role of Fiddler in the 1977 television miniseries Roots first brought Gossett to the audience's attention.While filming An Officer and a Gentleman, Gossett was also starring in the 1982–1983 science fiction series, The Powers of Matthew Star. His role as drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman won him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was the first black male to win an Oscar in a supporting role, the second black male to win for acting, and the third black actor to win overall.



Larenz Tate

Tate is best known for his roles as O-Dog in Menace II Society and as Councilman Tate in Power. Tate's other films and television series include the films Dead Presidents, Love Jones, A Man Apart, Crash, Waist Deep, Ray and the television series Rush and Game of Silence and many more.




Joe Sikora

Sikora made his acting debut in an episode of The New Adam-12 after playing extras on a few TV shows. He was cast as Johnny in Rudy. After making small appearances in TV shows and films such as Early Edition, Turks, The Watcher, and Ghost World, he was cast in two episodes of Third Watch.




Naturi Naughton

Naturi is an American actress and singer-songwriter. Naughton is best known as one-third of the R&B group 3LW and for her acting roles in Fame, Notorious, where she played Lil' Kim, and The Playboy Club. Naughton was a series regular in season one of the Lifetime television drama series The Client List as Kendra. Naughton stars in the Starz drama Power as Tasha St. Patrick.



Laila Ali 

Laila Ali began her career as an undefeated boxing champ. She then went on to act in films like American Gladiators and Daddy’s Girl. She has also hosted the 2010 BET Awards ceremony and hosted her own TV series titled All in with Laila. 





Lisa Raye 

NAACP nominated actress LisaRaye is most famous for her roles in The Players Club, All of Us, and Single Ladies. She has also appeared in TV shows like: Martin, Hawthorne, and The Parent ‘Hood and made cameo appearances in a multitude of videos for esteemed artists such as Ice Cube and Jamie Foxx. 



Lynn Whitfield 

Lynn Whitfield’s big break in the acting world came in 1991 when she starred as Josephine Baker in the HBO film The Josephine Baker Story, which earned her an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe nomination.  In the succeeding years, she went on to star in films like: A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Eve’s Bayou, and Head of State. The 5-time NAACP Image Award winning actress is set to appear in Oprah Winfrey Network’s original series Greenleaf. 



Malik Yoba 

Malik Yoba began his career in 1993 and is best known for his starring roles in New York Undercover and Cool Runnings. He has also earned notoriety for appearing in season 1 of TV shows Empire and Alphas.  




Morris Chestnut

Morris Chestnut has an extremely successful career as an actor. He has appeared in films like: Boyz n the Hood, The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday, The Brothers, Two Can Play That Game, and Think Like A Man and has appeared in TV series like:  Out All Night, C-16: FBI, V, and Nurse Jackie. He can currently be seen starring in Fox original series Rosewood.



Pam Grier

Golden Globe nominated actress, Pam Grier rose to fame for starring in Blaxploitation films like Coffy and Foxy Brown.  She has since appeared in TV series like: The L Word, Smallville, and Linc’s and appeared in films like Jackie Brown, Above the Law, and Mars Attacks!. 




Rotimi

Olurotimi Akinosho (born November 30, 1988), known professionally as Rotimi, is a Nigerian-American actor, singer, and model. He is known for his role as Darius Morrison on the Starz series Boss, and currently stars as Andre Coleman on Power




Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore gained notoriety for portraying Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless and his role of Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds. He is also famous for hosting the Soul Train Awards for 4 consecutive years, from 1999 to 2003, and appearing in massive films like: The Brothers, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and Justice League: War. 



Spike Lee

Honorary Academy Award winner Spike Lee is a director known for his films Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing, Inside Man, and 25th hour. Spike has also used his directorial skills to direct videos for legendary artists like Prince and Michael Jackson and create commercials for Nike that starred Michael Jordan. He has recently released a film entitled Chi-Raq.



Tim Reid

Actor Tim Reid has an expansive career that has lasted over 4 decades. His has appeared in hit television series like: Venus Flytrap, WKRP in Cincinnati, Simon & Simon, Sister, Sister, and That ‘70s Show.  He has also been in a number of motion pictures including Trade and Preaching to the Choir. 




Tracee Ellis Ross

NAACP Award Winning actress Tracee Ellis Ross’s breakthrough role came when she got the chance to portray Joan Clayton in the popular show Girlfriends. She has since gone on to appear in a number of TV series such as Read Between the Lines and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and appeared in feature films like Daddy’s Little Girls. She can currently be seen portraying Rainbow in the hit TV series Black-ish. 


Vivica Fox

Vivica Fox is an internationally famous actress that is known for appearing in blockbuster films like: Independence Day, Set It Off, Booty Call, and Why Do Fools Fall in Love. Vivica Fox most recently starred in Celebrity Apprentice, hosted the VH1 show Mob Wives reunion special, and appeared on the hit TV series Empire. She can currently be seen appearing on Mann & Wife and is set to appear in the 2016 film Independence Day: Resurgence alongside a number of A-List actors and actresses. 


Wendy Williams 

Wendy Williams first rose to fame for hosting the infamous radio show entitled The Wendy Williams Experience and then for hosting her own nationally syndicated talk show titled The Wendy Williams Show. She has hosted numerous seasons of the R&B Diva franchises’ reunions and recently portrayed Matron "Mama" Morton on the Broadway production of Chicago.  She also has a line of clothing on the Home Shopping Network.

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