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Many people in the elite black comedy world have kept a secret for well over a year; their friend, mentor and colleague, Paul Mooney, is sick. Many people who do not know Mooney spread rumors or made horrible assumptions about his health. But Mooney has been battling  prostate cancer for well over a year and…

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Rap legend MC Lyte and comedian Paul Mooney hosted the “Justice for Trayvon” vigils organized by the National Action Network in Chicago, Illinois yesterday. The goal was to press the federal government to investigate civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.  Prayer vigils and rallies were held in front of federal buildings across the nation encouraging the United States…

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We’re taking a look at influential black comedians, both past and present. From Richard Pryor in the ’70s, to Eddie Murphy in the ’80s, and “The Original Kings of Comedy,” blacks have played a defining role in American comedy. Click continue for our top 15.

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