The Original Betty Boop, Esther Jones [aka Baby Esther] was an African American singer and entertainer of the late 1920s.

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Nina Simone (1933-2003) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist and jazz musician

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Leontyne Price (born 1927) by Bradley Phillips (1929-1991).Regardless of their talents, African American singers were for years generally barred from performing with this country's more prestigious opera companies. In 1952, when audiences experienced the rich voice of Mississippi-born soprano Leontyne Price in a revival of Porgy and Bess, it became clear that this long-standing barrier would soon be breached.

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Teresa Graves - (January 10, 1948-October 10, 2002 ). American singer and actress who made history as being the first African American woman to star in her own television show ‘Get Christie Love!’. She was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1975 for the title role.

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Lena Horne, was an African American singer, actress, civil rights activist and dancer.

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Eddie Kendricks (born Edward James Kendrick, Dec. 17, 1939 – Oct. 5, 1992) was an American singer & songwriter. Noted for his distinctive falsetto singing style, he co-founded the Motown singing group The Temptations, and was one of their lead singers from 1960-71. His was the lead voice on such famous songs as "The Way You Do The Things You Do", "Get Ready", and "Just My Imagination". As a solo artist, he recorded hits of his own during the 1970s, including the #1 single "Keep On Truckin'".

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Vanessa Ray American Singer Actress | Vanessa Ray Biography American Celebrity

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