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Singers & Rappers Turned Actors was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. Alicia Keys was smokin’ hot in the 2006 movie ‘Smokin’ Aces’ and ‘Empire’.

Alicia Keys was smokin’ hot in the 2006 movie ‘Smokin’ Aces’ and ‘Empire’.

2. jJill Scott made her acting debut in the fourth season of ‘Girlfriends’

jJill Scott made her acting debut in the fourth season of ‘Girlfriends’

3. 50 Cent lost up to 54 pounds in order to accurately portray his emaciated character in the film All Things Fall Apart.

50 Cent lost up to 54 pounds in order to accurately portray his emaciated character in the film All Things Fall Apart.

4. Mos Def starred in Monster’s Ball, 16 Blocks, The Italian Job,The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Be Kind Rewind and more.

Mos Def starred in Monster’s Ball, 16 Blocks, The Italian Job,The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Be Kind Rewind and more.

5. Common

Common

6. Beyonce made her acting debut in MTV’s ‘Hip Hopera: Carmen’

Beyonce made her acting debut in MTV’s ‘Hip Hopera: Carmen’

7. We watched Will Smith grow up on ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

We watched Will Smith grow up on ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

8. Jennifer Hudson got an Oscar for her role in Dreamgirls in her very first role.

Jennifer Hudson got an Oscar for her role in Dreamgirls in her very first role.

9. Ice Cube hit it big with his first major motion picture role in Boyz n the Hood.

Ice Cube hit it big with his first major motion picture role in Boyz n the Hood.

10. Queen Latifah made her venture into acting with a role in ‘Jungle Fever’

Queen Latifah made her venture into acting with a role in ‘Jungle Fever’
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