20 Black Stars Who Came From Extreme Poverty

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Wow. These stories are insanely impressive.

20 impressive black stars who overcame extreme poverty. Many black celebrities were raised in terrible poverty. It's pretty awe-inspiring how they managed to defy the odds and succeed - oftentimes through incredible struggle and hard work. Income inequality in American disproportionately affects African Americans, which is why so many black celebrities come from poor or working-class homes. Start Slideshow
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