9.  Jamaal Wilkes (Cornbread, Earl & Me)

A young Jamaal Wilkes portrayed Cornbread, a college bound basketball star that gets struck down by police before he could realize his dreams and reach his potential. Audiences suspended belief and bought into Wilkes being Cornbread so when a young Laurence Fishburne walked through the streets after Cornbread’s death scene…Wait. Is this a spoiler alert? The movie came out in 1975!

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