Black Men Who Won in 2013

From Drake to Idris Elba and Kendrick Lamar, 2013 was a stellar year for black men.

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Drake; Idris Elba; Kendrick Lamar

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Black men triumphed in 2013. From film to politics and music, here's a look at how they captured America's hearts and minds.

Steve McQueen

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Steve McQueen

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The British auteur scored seven Golden Globe nominations—including one for best picture-drama—for his groundbreaking film, 12 Years a Slave, based on the memoir of Solomon Northrup. More than one critic described it as “the greatest feature film ever made about American slavery.”

Cory Booker

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Sen. Cory Booker

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Former Newark Mayor Booker won a tougher than expected election in November to become the U.S. Senate’s only Democratic and only elected black member. Now, he’s got a “Festivus” bro-mance going on Twitter with Senate colleague Rand Paul about the war on drugs and mandatory-minimum sentencing.

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