theGrio remembers black icons we lost in 2012

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This past year was monumental for black people all over the world.

We saw the re-election of President Barack Obama and the emergence of a bright young star in Gabby Douglas at the Olympic games in London.

The year 2012 was also a year where we lost lives of influential African-Americans that captivated the world.

Singing legends Whitney Houston and Donna Summer passed away, as well as athletes Jovan Belcher and O.J. Murdock.

Black performers who once charmed audiences on the big and small screen,  such as Sherman Hemsley and Michael Clarke Duncan, passed away as well.

As we look ahead to 2013, we remember the black icons lost in 2012 and remember them in all of their greatness; for all their many accomplishments.

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