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Stone Johnson
Stone Johnson
Civil rights activist Colonel Stone Johnson, one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "foot soldiers", died January 19th at age 93. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King
Coretta Scott King and her husband Martin Luther King Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King
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Joe Frazier
A picture taken in January 1973 of US heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier during a training in Kingston before his match against George Foreman.Joe Frazier, the former undisputed heavyweight champ famed for his epic fights against Muhammad Ali, died on November 7, 2011 after a brief but brave battle with liver cancer. He was 67. The family issued a statement confirming Frazier's death late Monday night. The boxing icon won an Olympic gold medal in a brilliant career that spanned almost 20 years but he was best known for fighting Ali in a famed 1970s trilogy of bouts, including the epic "Thrilla in Manila."(Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
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75th All-Star Game
75th All-Star Game
HOUSTON - JULY 13: Muhammad Ali walks on to the field before he and the children of the Boys and Girls club throw out the first pitch before the Major League Baseball 75th All-Star Game at Minute Maid Park on July 13, 2004 in Houston, Texas. (Credit: Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Will Smith Made $30 Million
Will Smith Made $30 Million
US actor Will Smith acknowledges the crowd as he arrives on May 16, 2012 for the UK Premiere of “Men In Black III”, in London’s Leicester Square. (Credit: MAX NASH/AFP/GettyImages)
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3rd Annual Diane Von Furstenberg Awards - Greenroom
3rd Annual Diane Von Furstenberg Awards - Greenroom
Oprah attends the 3rd annual Diane Von Furstenberg awards at the United Nations on March 9, 2012 in New York City. (Credit: Andrew H Walker/Getty Images)
New York Knicks v Brooklyn Nets
New York Knicks v Brooklyn Nets
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 26: Artist Jay-Z on November 26, 2012 at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Credit: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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US singer Beyonce performs the National Anthem to conclude the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonial swearing-in of US President Barack Obama at the US Capitol on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama waves as the presidential inaugural parade winds through the nation's capital January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama U.S. President Barack Obama waves as the presidential inaugural parade winds through the nation's capital January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Actor Denzel Washington (Photo credit should read DANIEL SANNUM-LAUTEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Denzel Washington
US actor Denzel Washington arrives for a press conference in Oslo on December 11, 2010 ahead of the annual Nobel Peace Prize concert. Artists from all over the world will be gathering at the Oslo Spektrum to help spread the message of peace and celebrate this year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL SANNUM LAUTEN (Photo credit should read DANIEL SANNUM-LAUTEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Denzel Washington (Photo credit should read DANIEL SANNUM-LAUTEN/AFP/Getty Images)
LITTLE ROCK, AR - JANUARY 1:  Undated picture of Malcolm X (C), the leader of the Organization for the Afro-American unity.  (Credit: STF/AFP/Getty Images)
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LITTLE ROCK, AR - JANUARY 1: Undated picture of Malcolm X (C), the leader of the Organization for the Afro-American unity. (Credit: STF/AFP/Getty Images)
LITTLE ROCK, AR - JANUARY 1: Undated picture of Malcolm X (C), the leader of the Organization for the Afro-American unity. (Credit: STF/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES:  Undated photo of US baseball star Jackie Robinson as he signs a then-record contract to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson, who endured insults and death threats to integrate United States sports, was honored 15 April by the permanent retirement of his jersey number throughout Major League baseball. The contract, the highest salary in Dodger history up to then, was for US $35 000 a year. (Credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Undated photo of US baseball star Jackie Robinson
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Undated photo of US baseball star Jackie Robinson as he signs a then-record contract to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson, who endured insults and death threats to integrate United States sports, was honored 15 April by the permanent retirement of his jersey number throughout Major League baseball. The contract, the highest salary in Dodger history up to then, was for US $35 000 a year. (Credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Undated photo of US baseball star Jackie Robinson as he signs a then-record contract to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson, who endured insults and death threats to integrate United States sports, was honored 15 April by the permanent retirement of his jersey number throughout Major League baseball. The contract, the highest salary in Dodger history up to then, was for US $35 000 a year. (Credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Louis Training
Louis Training
29 Nov 1947 : Joe Louis in training for the fight against Jersey Joe Walcott. (Credit: Allsport UK/ALLSPORT/Getty Images)
Former Cleveland Indians baseball great and the fi
Former Cleveland Indians baseball great and the fi
Former Cleveland Indians baseball great and the first African-American player in the American League, Larry Doby, speaks to the fans during a ceremony in his honor before the Indians played the Kansas City Royals, 05 July, at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio. Doby's first major league game with the Indians was fifty years ago 05 July 1947. Doby and baseball legend Frank Robinson were named honory captains for the American and National League All-Star teams. Doby will throw out the first ceremonial pitch. (Credit: KIMBERLY BARTH/AFP/Getty Images)
AARP Magazine's 2011 Inspire Awards
AARP Magazine's 2011 Inspire Awards
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 09: Maya Angelou speaks during the AARP Magazine's 2011 Inspire Awards at Ronald Reagan Building on December 9, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Kris Connor/Getty Images)
Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
PHILADELPHIA - UNDATED: Wilt Chamberlain #13 of the Philadelphia 76ers poses for a photo with his trophy after becoming the NBA's all time leading scorer circa late 1960's. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1960 NBAE (Credit: NBA Photo Library/NBAE via Getty Images)
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(FILES) In this file picture taken in Se
Paris, FRANCE: (FILES) In this file picture taken in September 1971, James Brown performs at the Olympia hall in Paris. James Brown, the legendary singer known as the Godfather of Soul, has died of complications of an illness 25 December 2006 at the age of 73. (Credit: -/AFP/Getty Images)
Ebony Power 100 Gala
Ebony Power 100 Gala
Al Sharpton at the Jazz at Lincoln Center on November 2, 2012 in New York City. (Credit: Andrew H Walker/Getty Images)
Boise State Broncos v Louisville Cardinals
Boise State Broncos v Louisville Cardinals
MEMPHIS, TN - DECEMBER 31: Musician Little Richard performs during the halftime show of the game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Boise State Broncos in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on December 31, 2004 at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee. Louisville defeated Boise State 44-40. (Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Michelle Obama (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Michelle Obama Michelle Obama (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Michael Jackson performs on stage during is 'HIStory' world tour concert at Ericsson Stadium November 10, 1996 in Auckland, New Zealand. (credit: Phil Walter/Getty Images)
michael jackson Michael Jackson performs on stage during is 'HIStory' world tour concert at Ericsson Stadium November 10, 1996 in Auckland, New Zealand. (credit: Phil Walter/Getty Images)
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'Soul Train' creator Don Cornelius. (Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS - AUGUST 9: Producer Don Cornelius attends the 10th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards Nominations at the Spago Restuarant on August 9, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images).
'Soul Train' creator Don Cornelius. (Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
2012 Miss USA Competition - Arrivals
2012 Miss USA Competition - Arrivals
LAS VEGAS - JUNE 3: Arsenio Hall arrives at the 2012 Miss USA pageant the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on June 3, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Credit: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)
This picture taken on May 31, 2012 shows
This picture taken on May 31, 2012 shows
This picture taken on May 31, 2012 shows singer Tina Turner arriving on the red carpet for the fashion show by 77-year-old designer Giorgio Armani at the 798 art complex in Beijing. Entitled 'One Night Only in Beijing', the show presented 12 autumn/winter collections and was billed as a celebration of 'over a decade of Armani in China'. (Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/GettyImages)
TIME 100 Gala, TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World - Red Carpet
TIME 100 Gala, TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World - Red Carpet
Cicely Tyson attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Credit: Fernando Leon/Getty Images)
President Obama Attends Christmas in Washington
President Obama Attends Christmas in Washington
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 9: (AFP OUT) Performer Diana Ross watches as President Barack Obama speaks during the "Christmas in Washington" concert, attended by President Barack Obama, at the National Building Museum on December 9, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The concert benefits the National Childrens Medical Center and is hosted by comedian Conan O'Brien. (Credit: Molly Riley-Pool/Getty Images)
Picture shows American jazzman Louis Armstrong dur
Picture shows American jazzman Louis Armstrong dur
PARIS, FRANCE: Picture shows American jazzman Louis Armstrong during a concert in Paris, 5th June 1965. N/B B/W (Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
Portraits: 69th Venice Film Festival - Jaeger-LeCoultre Collection
Portraits: 69th Venice Film Festival - Jaeger-LeCoultre Collection
Director Spike Lee poses during a portrait session for Jaeger-LeCoultre during the 69th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2012 in Venice, Italy. (Credit: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
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