Black Celebrities Affected by Breast Cancer

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  • 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
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Richard Roundtree
  • Minnie Riperton

Hattie McDaniel

The first Black actress to win an Oscar in 1940 died from breast cancer at the age of 57 on October 26, 1952. She became the first African-American to star in a radio show with the program Beulah, but, although the show was a success, she could not continue after falling too ill from the disease.

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