Clifton Powell
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Denzel Washington. Samuel L. Jackson. Halle Berry. These names and faces are all too familiar with mainstream Hollywood. But what about Loretta Devine, Clifton Powell, Roger Guenveur Smith and both of the “Aunt Vivs” from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?

These are just some of the faces that are familiar in the world of black pop culture, but maybe not so much in others. And just in time for sitting around with the family on Thanksgiving and watching old movies, Twitter user @AyyThereDelilah created the hashtag #CelebritiesOnlyBlackPeopleKnow, and it took social media by storm.

Take a look at few of the greats (mine included):

https://twitter.com/YeshaCallahan/status/668561453129973760

Imagine my disappointment when someone had no clue who these people were. Seriously, you need to get your black card revoked:

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https://twitter.com/CarelessBroGawd/status/668602947765444609https://twitter.com/cards4allpeople/status/668607442947842048

And then there was this:

https://twitter.com/lovelyhime713/status/668626525319655425

I truly hope she was joking.

https://twitter.com/itskaecole/status/668565953928495104https://twitter.com/itskaecole/status/668564311837569024https://twitter.com/teijiMack/status/668569296516288512https://twitter.com/alexistere/status/668553028719505408https://twitter.com/elizkellz/status/668563822165274624

And finally, the tweet that started it all:

https://twitter.com/AyyThereDelilah/status/668511547744980992

Honestly, I only know 2 out of 4 of these people. And I’m OK with that because I know everyone’s name from The Five Heartbeats. None of which is “Smokey Robinson.”

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