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Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg has won numerous awards and received considerable acclaim for her work in film, television, recordings and theater. She is equally well-known for her tireless humanitarian efforts on behalf of children, the homeless, human rights, education, substance abuse and the battle against AIDS, as well as many other causes and charities. More...

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Harry Belafonte - photoHarry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte has a distinguished career that spans motion pictures, television, Broadway, recordings and concerts. Born in Harlem and raised in Jamaica, he supported his acting studies as an intermission singer at the Royal Roost in New York... More...

Cedric 'The Entertainer'Cedric 'The Entertainer' - photo

Cedric "The Entertainer," a popular actor and comedian, currently stars as Coach Cedric Robinson opposite comedian Steve Harvey on the WB's number-one-rated sitcom The Steve Harvey Show. More...

Ceila Cruz - photoCelia Cruz

Celia Cruz has recorded more than 70 albums and has received twelve Grammy nominations, winning for the first time in 1989. In Havana's National Music Conservatory, she studied musical theory, voice, and piano. More...