Side Hustle: Actors Who Turned to Music

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  • Terrence Howard
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Raven-Symoné
  • Cree Summer, Lenny Kravitz, Bill Cosby
  • Philip Michael Thomas
  • Debbie Allen
  • Diahann Carroll
  • Eartha Kitt
  • Jasmine Guy
  • Evan Ross, Diana Ross, T.I., Ashlee Simpson
  • 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


Raven-Symoné has been towing the line between music and acting for years. She started out as Olivia in the waning years of The Cosby Show and released her first album, Here's to New Dreams, in 1993, when she was just seven years old.

(Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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