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Who was the first Black entertainer to host his own show on national television?

  • He was born in Montgomery, Alabama and grew up in Chicago.
  • He was one of the most successful singers of popular music.
  • In 1948, he led the first black jazz group to have its own sponsored program on radio.
  • "Straighten Up and Fly Right," his first record, sold more than five hundred thousand copies.

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