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2013 The Root 100

Jamie Foxx showed courage and stepped up as an activist in light of the Trayvon Martin case.

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  • Jamie Foxx

  • One of the most visible celebrities in the Trayvon Martin case; spoke at 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
  • Job: Actor, singer, activist
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @iamjamiefoxx
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Age: 45
  • Bio:

    In a celebrity world where many do not make waves for fear of sanctions against their pockets, Jamie Foxx showed courage by showing up to the 2012 BET Awards in a shirt depicting Trayvon Martin. It was a quiet but powerful show of solidarity with the slain teen -- and the first of three awards shows for which Foxx donned Martin's image on his chest. Since then, the Oscar winner has steadily marched with Trayvon's parents, gotten some pushback from Bill O'Reilly and spoken at this year's 50th anniversary of the March on Washington during which he called on other black celebrities (by name!) to become more involved in social justice issues. What made Foxx's speech all the better was his trademark spot-on impersonation of Harry Belafonte, the man Foxx said encouraged him to be more of an activist.

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  • Fun Fact: Filmmakers used the actor's horse Cheetah in the scene in Django Unchained where Foxx dons that electric blue suit atop his horse.