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African American Almanac
ISBN: 9781578593231

African American Hero of the Day:

What supermodel has become a successful businesswoman and starred in her own reality show about models?

  • She was born to a low-income family in Los Angeles, California, in 1973.
  • She has written a popular book about beauty that also is about the beauty within.
  • She is a talk show host.
  • She was voted Supermodel of the Year in 1997.

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Who was the founder of Chicago, Illinois?
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Who was the music producer who founded Def Jam Recordings?
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Whose idea for a Negro History Week eventually evolved into today's Black History Month?
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What famous jazz trumpet player once knocked The Beatles off the top of the music charts?
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Which actor won a best-supporting actor role for 1990's Glory?
Who was the founder of the American Moral Reform Society?
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What acclaimed actress is famous for her role in 1974's The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman?
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