Category: ARTISTS

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Abdias do Nascimento


Abdias do Nascimento (March 14, 1914 – May 23, 2011[1]) was a prominent Afro-Brazilian scholar, artist, and politician. Biography Pan-African topics General[show] Art[show] People[show] v t e Born in Franca, São Paulo state, Nascimento attended public school as a child and joined the […]

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Gilberto Gil


Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira (born June 26, 1942), better known as Gilberto Gil (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʒiɫˈbɛʁtu ʒiɫ] or [ʒiu̯ˈbɛɾtʊ ʒiu̯]), is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter, known for both his musical innovation and political commitment. From 2003 to 2008, he […]

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Oscar Emmanuel Peterson


Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, CC, CQ, OOnt (August 15, 1925 – December 23, 2007) was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He was called the “Maharaja of the keyboard” by Duke Ellington, but simply “O.P.” by his friends.[1][2] He released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammy Awards, […]

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Scott Joplin


Scott Joplin (c. 1867/1868? – April 1, 1917) was an African-American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions, and was later dubbed “The King of Ragtime”. During his brief career, he wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, […]

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Pablo Fanque


Pablo Fanque (born William Darby 28 February 1796 in Norwich,[1] England ; died 4 May 1871 in Stockport, England) was the first blackcircus proprietor in Britain. His circus, in which he himself was a performer, was the most popular circus in Victorian Britain for 30 years,[2][3][4] a […]

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Richard Pryor


Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, social critic, writer and MC.[15] Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed colorful, vulgar and profane language, as well as racial epithets. […]

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Chris Rock


Christopher Julius “Chris” Rock III[6] (born February 7, 1965)[7][8] is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer and director. He was voted in the US as the 5th greatest stand-up comedian of all time by Comedy Central.[9] He was also […]

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Sidney Poitier


Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE (pronounced /ˈpwɑːtjeɪ/ or /ˈpwɑːti.eɪ/; born February 20, 1927) is a Bahamian American actor, film director, author, and diplomat. He broke through as a star in acclaimed performances in American films and plays, which, by consciously defying racial […]

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Tyler Perry


Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry, Jr. September 13, 1969) is an American actor, director, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and author.[1]Already a successful artist in Southern theatre, Perry began to make national celebrity status in 2005 with the release of his first movie,Diary of […]