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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. Lenny Kravitz and one of the sexiest men alive, made his debut in Precious.

7. Ludacris was in 2 Fast 2 Furious but got rave reviews for ‘Crash’

8. Whitney sissled on the silver screen in ‘The Bodyguard’

9. Ice-T found success in Law and Order SVU as Detective Tutuola

10. Beyonce starred alongside Idris Alba in ‘Obsessed’

Beyonce starred alongside Idris Alba in ‘Obsessed’

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

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

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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’

15. Sean “Diddy’ Combs starred in ‘A Rasin In The Sun’

Sean “Diddy’ Combs starred in ‘A Rasin In The Sun’

16. Tupac Shakur starred in ‘Juice’ & ‘Poetic Justice’

Tupac Shakur starred in ‘Juice’ & ‘Poetic Justice’

17. We all remember Drake from the show ‘Degrassi’

We all remember Drake from the show ‘Degrassi’

18. Bow Wow starred in ‘Bounce’, ‘Lottery Ticket’, & ‘The Fast & The Furious : Tokyo Drift’

Bow Wow starred in ‘Bounce’, ‘Lottery Ticket’, & ‘The Fast & The Furious : Tokyo Drift’

19. Method Man had winning roles in HBO’s ‘The Wire’, the films ‘How High’ & ‘Red Tail’

Method Man had winning roles in HBO’s ‘The Wire’, the films ‘How High’ & ‘Red Tail’

20. Nicki Minaj starred in ‘Barber Shop: The Next Cut’ as Draya

Nicki Minaj starred in ‘Barber Shop: The Next Cut’ as Draya