Happy Birthday to Nipsey Russell. He was definitely a comedy legend and a pioneer in television.
There have been very few black game show hosts – only Nipsey Russell (Juvenile Jury), Amhad Rashad (Caesar’s Challenge) and Lynn Swann (To Tell The Truth) has emceed game shows. In 2008, Al Roker hosted a “celebrity” version of Family Feud on NBC.
Plus, he starred in one of the best musicals of all time, The Wiz which starred Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. His leading song, What Would I Do If I Could Feel would later be sampled by Nas' in Surviving The Times.
Check out a clip from the film and listen to some of his comedy in the Spotify Playlist below.