Odetta Holmes "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement" was a singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter and activist. December 31 1930 - December 2 2008.
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Bernie Mac Comedian, Actor Oct. 5, 1957 - Aug. 9, 2008.
Isaac Hayes Singer, songwriter, record producer, composer and actor. August 20, 1942 - August 10, 2008
Miriam Makeba, "Mama Africa" South African folk singer and anti-apartheid activist. March 4, 1932 - November 10, 2008.
Jennifer Hudson's 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donerson, brother, Jason, and 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, were killed in 2008.
Shakir Stewart The Island Def Jam executive who became head of the legendary rap label following Jay-Z's departure, killed himself on Nov. 1. He was 34 years old.
George Carlin Stand-up comedian, actor and author. May 12, 1937 - June 22, 2008
Madelyn Dunham Barack Obama's grandmother October 26, 1922 - Nov 3, 2008.
Levi Stubbs Oct. 17: The iconic lead singer, second from left, who gave voice to Four Tops classics like "Reach Out I'll Be There" and "Baby I Need Your Loving" died at 72 from complications of cancer and a stroke. Abdul Fakir, far left, is now the sole living member of the original quartet.
Dee Dee Warwick Oct. 18: The soul songstress died after months of declining health. Warwick, the sister of soul legend Dionne, also achieved a great deal of success, both as a solo artist as well as with her sister.
In the past, Cannon has hosted and produced four seasons of the popular improve MTV comedy show 'Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out.' The show's success prompted NBC to ink a deal with the producer for development of forthcoming projects.
"I'm thrilled to be working with NBC," Cannon said, noting that the network understands his "vision as not only an entertainer but as a creative show producer. I look forward to working with the network and their executive team on 'America's Got Talent' and other shows to come."
Cannon follows behind the likes of Regis Philbin and Springer as the third host of 'America's Got Talent.'
The fourth season of 'America's Got Talent' is set to premiere this summer.
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