Passing the Torch: Iconic Stars and Their Successors

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  • Prince, Janelle Monae
  • Jennifer Holliday, Jennifer Hudson
  • Chris Rock, Richard Pryor
  • Michael Jackson, Usher
  • Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys
  • 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

Chris Rock and Richard Pryor

He may be the biggest-selling comedian on the planet, but Chris Rock still considers Pryor the original — and only — king of comedy. Rock told Vanity Fair that Pryor was one of the few comedians, like himself, who appealed to a wide and diverse audience. Without Pryor, there would be no Rock.

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