Passing the Torch: Iconic Stars and Their Successors

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  • Diahann Carroll, Kerry Washington
  • Vanessa Williams, Nina Davuluri
  • Jay Z, J. Cole
  • Halle Berry, Ruby Dee
  • Beyonce, Tina Turner
  • Rihanna, Janet Jackson
  • Nicki Minaj, Queen Latifah
  • Eddie Murphy, Kevin Hart
  • Prince, Janelle Monae
  • Jennifer Holliday, Jennifer Hudson
  • Chris Rock, Richard Pryor
  • Michael Jackson, Usher
  • Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys

Jay Z and J. Cole

Legend has it that J. Cole stood outside his idol Jay Z's office every day, waiting for the opportunity to drop a copy of his mixtape into his hands. He finally got his chance, and was eventually signed to Jay's label Roc Nation. Hova even rapped on Cole's track "Mr. Nice Watch."

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