As the next Presidential election draws nigh in November, the two most popular candidates, Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney have been paving the campaign trail. With election year comes slander, controversy and your occasional celebrity political rants. Politics met entertainment with the latest celebrity rant, coming from Nicki Minaj, in which she rapped in vote of Republican Mitt Romney. This was a shock to fans and celebrity bloggers everywhere, but Nicki is not the only popular African-American face that has shown favor to the GOP. Here is a list of some African-American celebrities who have supported or are affiliated with the Republican party:
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LL Cool J
LL Cool J attended the Republican Convention in 2004 and has been a supporter of Republican New York governor George Pataki back in 2002. He has never officially stated his political party.
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Rapper and entrepreneur 50 Cent was a supporter of former Republican president GeorgeW.Bush Jr. during his term in office. In 2005, he is noted for stating to GQ Magazine that wants to meet the former president, and “just shake his hand and tell him how much of me I see in him.
Karl Malone, known more famously as “The Mailman,” is a former NBA player and is registered as a member of the Republican party. Malone also donated to the 2004 re-election campaign of former president GeorgeW.Bush.
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
“The Rock,” a household name from the WWF franchise is claimed to be a registered Republican. He was formerly invited to speak at the 2000 Republican National Convention.
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Zora Neale Hurston
As one of the most popular African-American female authors, Zora Neale Hurston supported the Republican party during the span of her life. Hurston belonged to the Republican party and agreed with many of Booker T. Washington’s politics on hard work and self-help. She also highly opposed the Supreme Court ruling in the Brown vs. Board of Education case in 1954 for various reasons.
As one of the most popular African-Americans affiliated with the GOP, it’s no surprise that this political figure is on the list. In 2005, he highly supported former president George W. Bush and his policies amongst other Republicancandidates.
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He has not made his official political party very clear, but renowned Bishop T.D. Jakes has been affiliated with the former President GeorgeW.Bush, stating that the President seemed to take his faith seriously and was a very “believable and straight-forward person.”