Black Celebrities Affected by Breast Cancer

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  • 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
  • Patti LaBelle

Naomi Sims

One of first Black supermodels, Naomi Sims, also battled breast cancer. She succumbed to the illness in Newark, N.J., on August 3, 2009, when she was just 61 years old. However, her iconic legacy lives on forever.

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