"The Ulltimate Black Performers List 2011"

This list is of the ultimate black actors, actresses, singers, writers, athletes, etc. The list is not in any particular order. I just listed the person as I thought of them.
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1.
Sidney Poitier
A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas (though born in Miami during a mainland visit by his parents), Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers Evelyn (Outten) and Reginald James Poitier, who also drove a cab. He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to Miami to live with his brother...
“ Date of Birth
20 February 1927, Miami, Florida, USA

Birth Name
Sidney L. Poitier ” - purplescorpion
 
2.
“ Date of Birth
18 December 1917, Cogdell, Georgia, USA

Date of Death
4 February 2005, Miami Beach, Florida, USA (natural causes)

Birth Name
Raiford Chatman Davis ” - purplescorpion
 
3.
Richard Pryor
Highly influential, and always controversial, African-American actor/comedian who was equally well known for his colorful language during his live comedy shows, as for his fast paced life, multiple marriages and battles with drug addiction. He has been acknowledged by many modern comic artist's as a key influence on their careers...
“ Date of Birth
1 December 1940, Peoria, Illinois, USA

Date of Death
10 December 2005, Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA (heart attack)

Birth Name
Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III ” - purplescorpion
 
4.
Harry Belafonte
Harold George Belafonte was born in New York City. He attended George Washington High School, where he was on the track team. In 1944 he left high school and joined the Navy. His wife, Julie Robinson, was a featured dancer in Katherine Dunham's dance troupe. Both Harry and Julie were, and still are, extremely active in the civil rights struggle.
“ Date of Birth
1 March 1927, New York City, New York, USA

Birth Name
Harold George Belafonte Jr. ” - purplescorpion
 
5.
Calvin Lockhart
Bahamian-born Calvin Lockhart first caught moviegoers' attention in the supercharged urban films Cotton Comes to Harlem and Halls of Anger before becoming a fairly steady fixture in the "blaxploitation" movies of the early-to-mid 1970s. Born Bert Cooper to a large family in Nassau on October 18, 1934, he...
“ Date of Birth
18 October 1934, Nassau, Bahamas

Date of Death
29 March 2007, Nassau, Bahamas (complications from a stroke)

Birth Name
Bert Cooper ” - purplescorpion
 
6.
Bill Cosby
Music Department, Bill Cosby: Himself
Bill Cosby is one of the world's most well-known entertainers and comedians. William Henry Cosby, Jr. was born on July 12, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Anna Pearl (Hite), a maid, and William Henry Cosby, Sr., a U.S. Navy sailor. After tenth grade, Cosby joined the Navy and completed high school through a correspondence course...
“ Date of Birth
12 July 1937, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Birth Name
William Henry Cosby Jr.

Nickname
The Cos ” - purplescorpion
 
7.
Roscoe Lee Browne
He was a master class in cerebral eloquence and audience command...and although his dominant playing card in the realm of acting was quite serious and stately, nobody cut a more delightfully dry edge in sitcoms than this gentleman, whose calm yet blistering put-downs often eluded his lesser victims...
“ Date of Birth
2 May 1925, Woodbury, New Jersey, USA

Date of Death
11 April 2007, Los Angeles, California, USA (cancer) ” - purplescorpion
 
8.
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA. At an early age, he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. It appeared to work as he has since starred in many films over a 40-year period, beginning with the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. He is...
“ Date of Birth
17 January 1931, Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA

Nickname
Todd (childhood) ” - purplescorpion
 
9.
Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day. Denzel Hayes Washington...
 
10.
Will Smith
Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards...
 
11.
Taye Diggs
Actor, Chicago
Taye Diggs was born in Newark, New Jersey, and was raised in Rochester, New York. He is the son of Marcia (Berry), a teacher and actress, and Andre Young, a visual artist. When he was a child, his mother married Jeffries Diggs, whose surname Taye took. He received a BFA degree in musical theater from Syracuse University...
 
12.
Ice Cube
Producer, Friday
Ice Cube was born in South Central Los Angeles, to Doris (Benjamin), a custodian and hospital clerk, and Hosea Jackson, a UCLA groundskeeper. He first came to public notice as a singer and songwriter with the controversial and influential band N.W.A. His compositions with that group included many of the classic cuts from their debut LP "Straight Outta Compton" (Ruthless/Priority...
 
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14.
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx is an American actor, singer, and comedian. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, for his work in the 2004 biographical film Ray. The same year, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the action film Collateral...
 
15.
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson is an American producer and highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance, Unbreakable, Shaft, Formula 51, Black Snake Moan, Snakes on a Plane, and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999-2005), as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe...