Side Hustle: Actors Who Turned to Music

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  • Columbus Short
  • Jermaine Crawford
  • Mack Wilds
  • Drake
  • Childish Gambino, Donald Glover
  • Jada Pinkett-Smith
  • Stacey Dash
  • Jamie Foxx, Ray Charles, Twista, Kanye West
  • Eddie Murphy, Rick James, Snoop Dogg
  • Janet Jackson
  • Tatyana Ali
  • Wayne Brady
  • Terrence Howard
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Raven-Symoné
  • Cree Summer, Lenny Kravitz, Bill Cosby
  • Philip Michael Thomas
  • Debbie Allen
  • Diahann Carroll
  • Eartha Kitt
  • Jasmine Guy

Columbus Short

Columbus Short had a rough year as legal issues ultimately led to him being let go and his character killed off on the hit show Scandal. But he's not counting himself out. It looks like the former Britney Spears dancer is making his way back into the music arena. Rapper Kris Kelli dropped a track featuring the multitalent called "Gladiators," a nod to his character's legacy, no doubt. As Columbus gears up to kick off the second stage of his career, check out a few other thespians who also have flexed their skills on the mic. 

(Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for GQ)

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