BLACK VOICES
10/28/2012 09:00 pm ET | Updated Jan 03, 2013
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18 Famous Historically Black College and University Alumni (SLIDESHOW)

Many of pop culture's biggest names have their own remarkable origin story. A lucky break, a serendipitous career move, or the life experience and knowledge gained at university.

It should come as no surprise, then, that quite a number of today's black leaders — actors, singers, authors and political figures — all share a common bond: as fellow HBCU alumni.

From Florida A&M to Howard, Spelman to Morehouse, here are 15 of some of the most famous contemporary faces to come out of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

18 Famous Historically Black College and University Alumni (SLIDESHOW)

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