Black Celebs We Lost in 2021

Black Celebs We Lost in 2021

Some of those who have passed on may surprise you. Here we take a look back

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A look at those we’ve lost in 2021
A look at those we’ve lost in 2021
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As this year is winding down, we have to give flowers to those who left us in 2021. From rap artists and filmmakers to civil rights pioneers, we’ve lost incredible creators and thought leaders who paved the way and made a way for so many of us. If there’s any doubt, just think about the forces of nature we called DMX and Paul Mooney; the civil rights groundbreakers like Bob Moses and Gloria Richardson, and pioneers like Biz Markie. They are gone now, but not forgotten. Swipe through to see those we’ve lost and who we will never forget.

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Young Dolph, hip-hop artist


Young Dolph, hip-hop artist

Young Dolph attends Rolling Loud Fueled by West Coast Cure Los Angeles 2019 - Day 1 on December 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
Young Dolph attends Rolling Loud Fueled by West Coast Cure Los Angeles 2019 - Day 1 on December 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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Biz Markie, hip-hop legend

Biz Markie, hip-hop legend

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Coronji Calhoun Sr., Monster’s Ball actor

Coronji Calhoun Sr., Monster’s Ball actor

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Lee Evans, Olympic champion

Lee Evans, Olympic champion

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Black Rob, rapper

Black Rob, rapper

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Paul Mooney, comedian

Paul Mooney, comedian

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Ronnie Wilson, musician

Ronnie Wilson, musician

From left, Ronnie Wilson and Charlie Wilson in Cannes, France, on Jan. 28, 1983.
From left, Ronnie Wilson and Charlie Wilson in Cannes, France, on Jan. 28, 1983.
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Shock G, rapper

Shock G, rapper

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Gregg Leakes, TV personality

Gregg Leakes, TV personality

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DMX, rapper

DMX, rapper

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Bob Moses, civil rights leader

Bob Moses, civil rights leader

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Midwin Charles, CNN analyst

Midwin Charles, CNN analyst

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Agnes Tirop, long distance runner

Agnes Tirop, long distance runner

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Gloria Richardson, civil rights pioneer

Gloria Richardson, civil rights pioneer

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Jovita Moore, broadcast anchor

Jovita Moore, broadcast anchor

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Martha White, civil rights activist

Martha White, civil rights activist

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Yaphet Kotto, actor (right)

Yaphet Kotto, actor (right)

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