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TRIVIA: Who's Who in Black History?

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    February is Black History Month. Do you know your black history?

    This actress currently stars in a drama as a Washington D.C.-based crisis manager. Her character is partially based on a former George H.W. Bush administration press aide who is the show's co-executive producer! She's also been in a number of TV shows and movies including Save the Last Dance, Miracle at St. Anna, and I think I love My Wife among others. Can you name the actress and the real life crisis manager?

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    Answer: Kerry Washington

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    This music legend was the first African-American solo singer to have a #1 hit on the Billboard charts, paving the way for future generations. Do you know who it is?

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    Answer: Nat King Cole

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    This woman has been ranked the richest black American of the 20th century, and has been named the greatest black philanthropist in American history. She has her own network, and hosted the highest-rated talk show in American television history. Can you guess who she is?

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    Answer: Oprah

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    This actor starred in a very famous TV show with his own name in it, but before he did that he co-starred an a TV show called "I Spy." His role in this show earned him the title of first African American star of a network television drama and the first African American to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. Do you know who he is?

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    Answer: Bill Cosby

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    This talented and legendary musician was once a child prodigy - but there's one catch: he's been blind since short after his birth! He has received countless Grammy Awards and has sold over 100 million albums and singles. He performed on the most recent Grammy Awards with electronic duo Daft Punk. Do you know who he is?

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    Answer: Stevie Wonder

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    This very famous musician was among the first African-Americans to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in the inaugural class no-less! He is often referred to as "The Godfather of Soul" and got his start in an R&B vocal group called The Avons (which later became The Famous Flames). Do you know who he is?

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    Answer: James Brown

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    To be named "Time" magazine's Man of the Year is a huge honor. Do you know who the first African American to receive this honor was?

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    Answer: Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    In 1959, the inaugural Grammys took place, and there were two artists who took home two awards each - and they became the first African-American Grammy Award-winners in the process. Do you know who they are?

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    Answer: Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie

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    This athlete is the first African-American to hold the #1 rank in tennis! Can you guess who he is?

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    Answer: Venus Williams

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    This disco diva was a five-time Grammy Award winner, and the first to have three consecutive double albums reach #1 on the U.S. Billboard album chart, not to mention she achieved four #1 singles within a 13-month time span! She made regular appearances at New York City's famous nightclub Studio 54, entertaining many people up until the "last dance" of the night, and became known as "Queen of Disco." Do you know who she is?

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    Answer: Donna Summer

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    This actor recently played visionary Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. He also has many other talents including singing, rapping, and he can even DJ! Do you know who he is?

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    Answer: Idris Elba

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    This eclectic comedian/actress' real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson. She's starred in some pretty powerful movies including her breakthrough role in The Color Purple, and is a moderator on daytime talk show "The View." She is one of the few entertainers to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, AND Tony Award! Do you know who she is?

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    Answer: Whoopie Goldberg

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    Gone With The Wind is one of the most famous movies, and one of its stars became the first African American to win an Academy Award. She won for Best Supporting Actress. Can you guess who she is?

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    Answer: Hattie McDaniel

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    This athlete is one of the most famous golfers of today. He is also the first African American to win the United States Amateur Championship and the first African American to win a major men’s golf tournament! Do you know who he is?

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    Answer: Tiger Woods

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    The president has a beautiful wife, who is a Princeton Grad, and is not only extremely fashionable, but passionate about the issues she stands for. She is also the first black First Lady of the United States. Do you know who she is?

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    Answer: Michelle Obama

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    The year 2009 brought forward the first African-American Disney princess! The actress chose as the voice of this princess has starred in For Colored Girls, Dreamgirls, and in A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway. Can you name the actress and the princess?

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    Answer: Tiana and Anika Noni Rose

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    He is the leader of our country and the very first black President of the United States! You better know who he is!

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    Answer: Obama

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    This soulful lady became the first African American woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - with much R.E.S.P.E.C.T. of course. Do you know who this superstar is?

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    Answer: Aretha Franklin

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    This drop dead gorgeous star has been in countless movies, and is the first African-American woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress! Do you know who she is?

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    Answer: Halle Berry

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