5 Wildly Successful Black Entertainers Who Never Went to College

5 Wildly Successful Black Entertainers Who Never Went to College

5 Wildly Successful Black Entertainers Who Never Went to College

These actors/actresses never finished college, went to college or in some instances never even finished high school. However, they still managed to turn all the way up for the culture.

PUBLISHED ON : OCTOBER 19, 2016 / 12:43 PM

  1. Eddie Murphy
    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 03:  Honoree Eddie Murphy speaks onstage at Spike TV's "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only" at the Saban Theatre on November 3, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

    Eddie Murphy tried the college thing for a little while. Bu three months in, he auditioned for a role on Saturday Night Live. He landed the role and several others. 

  2. Chris Rock
    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  Chris Rock speaks on stage at The Comedy Awards 2012 at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 28, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
    (Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)

    Chris Rock didn't end up attending college. In fact, he never ended up making it to college. Instead, he decided to drop out and later earned his GED. Rock then worked menial jobs at various fast food restaurants. 

  3. Jill Scott
    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 02:  Jill Scott performs at the 2011 Essence Music Festival at the Louisiana Superdome on July 2, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Erika Goldring/Getty Images)

    After graduating from high school, Jilly from Philly attended Temple University while working two jobs at the same time. She was studying to become an English teacher. However, she decided a teaching career wasn't for her and decided to take up a career in singing. 

  4. Oprah Winfrey
    SANTA BARBARA, CA - FEBRUARY 05:  Oprah Winfrey attends the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival Montecito Award held at Arlington Theatre on February 5, 2014 in Santa Barbara, California.  (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
    (Photo: C Flanigan/FilmMagic)

    Oprah Winfrey almost finished college. She left although she only needed one more credit to graduate.


  5. Jay Z
    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30:  Jay Z performs on stage during Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2014 at Barclays Center on October 30, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
    (Photo: Mike Pont/FilmMagic)

    Jay Z didn't end up finishing high scoool, but he encourages others to through his Shawn Carter Foundation. 

Written by BET Staff


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