Black Celebrities With Republican Ties

LL Cool J and more stars that are down with G-O-P.

Shyne - Shyne may be free, but since he cancouldn't come back to the U.S. (so he took up residence in Belize), his career has been indefinitely stalled. Although he's rarely heard (he dropped a tape in 2012 called Gangland), Shyne keeps his presence felt on social media and the former Bad Boy has been in several Twitter beefs with Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Game and Kendrick Lamar, just to name a few. Last time we really heard from him, he was trashing K Dot's major label debut, the critically acclaimed good kid, m.A.A.d city. (Photo: UPI/Debbie Hill /Landov)

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Shyne - Keep reading for a look at Black celebrities and history makers affiliated with the Republican Party.  – Britt Middleton"I'd vote for Romney," Shyne told MTV News in a revealing interview on Oct. 8, during which the rapper criticized President Obama for not helping him get a work visa permitting him to enter the country.  (Photo: UPI/Debbie Hill /Landov)

Stacey Dash - The last presidential election had some folks thinking that Clueless star Stacey Dash may be clueless about politics.  The actress sent shockwaves throughout the country when she sent out the above tweet. Dash has the right to support the candidate of her choosing, but she was criticized for not doing the best job defending her position. (Photo: Twitter via Stacey Dash)

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Stacey Dash - Clueless actress Stacey Dash was the subject of racial backlash on Twitter when she tweeted her support for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign on Oct. 7. (Photo: twitter)

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50 Cent  - In a 2005 interview with GQ, the rapper said President Bush is "incredible…a gangsta. I wanna meet George Bush, just shake his hand and tell him how much of me I see in him." (Photo: Daniel Deme / WENN.com)

Closing The Gap - Chris played a significant part in shaping LL Cool J's career. He's the reason LL was able to rap "How Easy Is This?" in a Gap commercial, fortifying another rap star's endorsement potential. (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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LL Cool J - The hip hop icon supported John McCain at the Republican National Convention in 2004. (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Don King - The boxing promoter has stumped for former President George W. Bush and for former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele. (Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Don King - The boxing promoter has stumped for former President George W. Bush and for former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele. (Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

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 Lynn Swann - Lynn Swann, an NFL Hall of Famer turned politician, was the Republican nominee for governor of Pennsylvania in 2006. (Photo: Rob Kim/Getty Images GQ)

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 Lynn Swann - Lynn Swann, an NFL Hall of Famer turned politician, was the Republican nominee for governor of Pennsylvania in 2006. (Photo: Rob Kim/Getty Images GQ)

Joseph C. Phillips - The actor, who?s best known for playing Denise Huxtable?s husband on The Cosby Show, was also the national co-chair of the steering committee for the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign. (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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Joseph C. Phillips - The actor, who’s best known for playing Denise Huxtable’s husband on The Cosby Show, was also the national co-chair of the steering committee for the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign. (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Karl Malone - The NBA legend reportedly donated $4,000 to Bush's re-election campaign in 2004 and $2,000 to support Lisa Murkowski, a Republican senatorial candidate from Alaska, in 2004. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

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Karl Malone - The NBA legend reportedly donated $4,000 to Bush's re-election campaign in 2004 and $2,000 to support Lisa Murkowski, a Republican senatorial candidate from Alaska, in 2004. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

No. 1 Box Office Gem - With 2013 coming to a complete close, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been named the highest grossing actor of the year. This means that all of the movies he starred in this year made more money combined than any other actor. Congrats!  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson - The action film star is a registered Republican and was invited to speak at the 2000 RNC. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

T.D. Jakes the most gratifying moments of his ministry:  - “It’s not always the glitzy moments that mean the most; sometimes it’s down in the trenches on death row working with people who are in trouble, in crisis, in homeless shelters. Things that people don’t see, that ultimately give me the most gratification.”(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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T.D. Jakes - In 2005, the bishop and megachurch leader joined then-president Bush on his tour of areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. In Bush's 2010 memoir, the former president described Jakes as "a kind of man who puts faith into action." (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Wilt Chamberlain - The NBA legend was a registered Republican through his adult life. He notably supported Richard Nixon in the 1968 and 1972 presidential elections, an endorsement that sparked a feud with then-teammate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a member of the Nation of Islam and supporter of the Black nationalist movement. (Photo: Brian Bahr  /Allsport)

Booker T. Washington - One of the most prominent social and political leaders in African-American history, Washington also served as an adviser to two Republican presidents, President Theodore Roosevelt and President William Howard Taft. (Photo: Wikicommons)

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Booker T. Washington - One of the most prominent social and political leaders in African-American history, Washington also served as an adviser to two Republican presidents, President Theodore Roosevelt and President William Howard Taft. (Photo: Wikicommons)

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Frederick Douglass - Douglass, who escaped from slavery and went on to lead the abolitionist movement, was the first African-American to receive a vote for president of the United States at the 1888 Republican National Convention. (Photo: Wikicommons)

Jimmie Walker: June 25 - The Good Times actor celebrates his 65th birthday. (Photo: Getty Images)   Download the BET Awards App to relive the entire history of the BET Awards in video and pics and to POWER vote for Viewers’ Choice and Who Rocked the Mic!

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Jimmie "J.J." Walker - Former Good Times star Jimmie "J.J." Walker is a registered Republican. In a July interview with Fox News, he panned President Obama's performance, declaring, "He’s not a good guy for the job we have to do.” (Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images)

Colin Powell - The former United States secretary of state and retired U.S. Army general was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom not once, but twice. First by President George H. W. Bush in 1991 and for the second time by Clinton in 1993.(Photo: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

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Colin Powell - Perhaps the most well-known Black Republican, Colin Powell served as U.S. Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, although he did endorse then-Senator Barack Obama during the 2008 election. (Photo: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Condoleezza Rice - The former U.S. Secretary of State (she succeeded Powell in 2005) is another Black superstar in the GOP and delivered an impassioned plea to voters for Mitt Romney at the 2012 Republican National Convention in August. (Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Condoleezza Rice - The former U.S. Secretary of State (she succeeded Powell in 2005) is another Black superstar in the GOP and delivered an impassioned plea to voters for Mitt Romney at the 2012 Republican National Convention in August. (Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)