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Bert Williams. You wouldn't know it to look at this picture, but Williams was one of the first, wealthiest and most famous black comedians of his day. Booker T. Washington wrote of Williams: "He has done more for our race than I have. He has smiled his way into people's hearts; I have been obliged to fight my way." And WC Fields said of him, "the funniest man I ever saw – and the saddest man I ever knew."

Bert Williams. You wouldn't know it to look at this picture, but Williams was one of the first, wealthiest and most famous black comedians of his day. Booker T. Washington wrote of Williams: "He has done more for our race than I have. He has smiled his way into people's hearts; I have been obliged to fight my way." And WC Fields said of him, "the funniest man I ever saw – and the saddest man I ever knew."

There are few comedians that I ever loved as much as Redd Foxx. I think Sanford and Son might be might favorite sitcom of all time. Here Redd Foxx is with his wife Betty Jean.

There are few comedians that I ever loved as much as Redd Foxx. I think Sanford and Son might be might favorite sitcom of all time. Here Redd Foxx is with his wife Betty Jean.

Redd Foxx and Nina Simone chilling in 1959. They were shot by G. Marshall Wilson (1906-1998), who was a staff photographer for EBONY for 33 years. In other news, this photo will be hanging on my wall in the near future…

Redd Foxx and Nina Simone chilling in 1959. They were shot by G. Marshall Wilson (1906-1998), who was a staff photographer for EBONY for 33 years. In other news, this photo will be hanging on my wall in the near future…

Melvin Edward "Slappy" White (September 20, 1921 – November 7, 1995) was an American comedian and actor.  He worked with Redd Foxx on the Chitlin' circuit of stand-up comedy during the 1950s and 1960s. He appeared on the television shows Sanford and Son, That's My Mama, Blossom, and Cybill.

Melvin Edward "Slappy" White (September 20, 1921 – November 7, 1995) was an American comedian and actor. He worked with Redd Foxx on the Chitlin' circuit of stand-up comedy during the 1950s and 1960s. He appeared on the television shows Sanford and Son, That's My Mama, Blossom, and Cybill.

Eric Marlon Bishop, professionally known as Jamie Foxx, is an American  singer-songwriter,actor, stand-up comedian, and talk radio host.

Eric Marlon Bishop, professionally known as Jamie Foxx, is an American singer-songwriter,actor, stand-up comedian, and talk radio host.

The Wayans Brothers took on prime-time television in 1990 with the successful sketch comedy show In Living Color, and again in 1995 with their self-entitled sitcom The Wayans Bros

The Wayans Brothers took on prime-time television in 1990 with the successful sketch comedy show In Living Color, and again in 1995 with their self-entitled sitcom The Wayans Bros

Richard Pryor Get your Quality, Double Opt-In, Surveyed, Responsive Buyer's Leads Today! http://ibourl.com/1ohd

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From left: Comedian George Kirby, Sidney Poitier, singer Gloria Lynne, Langston Hughes, Harry Belafonte, singer Joe Williams, Diahann Carroll, Nipsey Russell, Paula Kelly and, yes, Duke Ellington, 1966.

From left: Comedian George Kirby, Sidney Poitier, singer Gloria Lynne, Langston Hughes, Harry Belafonte, singer Joe Williams, Diahann Carroll, Nipsey Russell, Paula Kelly and, yes, Duke Ellington, 1966.

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