Black Celebrities Affected by Breast Cancer

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  • Diahann Carroll
  • 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

Richard Roundtree

Blaxploitation film icon Richard Roundtree discovered he was among the one percent of men diagnosed with a male form of breast cancer in 1993. After remaining silent about his diagnosis for five years, the Being Mary Jane actor decided to go public with his dagnosis at a golf tournament. "I just got up and told everybody... The room was totally silent. I think it dawned on people that men can be affected by this too," he said.

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