Black Celebrities Affected by Breast Cancer

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  • Patti LaBelle
  • Richard Roundtree
  • Minnie Riperton
  • Naomi Sims
  • Lil' Mama
  • Nas
  • Hattie McDaniel
  • Ruby Dee
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Robin Roberts
  • Wanda Sykes
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway
  • Bershan Shaw
  • Zoleka Mandela
  • Roxie Roker
  • Audre Lorde
  • Nina Simone
  • Hoda Kotb
  • Diahann Carroll

Minnie Riperton

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1976, iconic singer Minnie Riperton was given only six months to live. The year before, she’d scored her biggest hit with the song “Lovin' You.” Riperton (also the mother of actress Maya Rudolph) became a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. She died from her illness in 1979.

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