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Leon Robinson
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    (March 8, 1962- )
    Born in New York City, New York
    Middle name is Preston
    Acted in 'The Five Heartbeats,' 'Cool Runnings,' 'Above the Rim,' and 'Little Richard'
    Appeared in Madonna's 1989 'Like a Prayer' music video
    Lead vocalist/songwriter of Leon and the Peoples
    He started going by simply Leon around 2001 (including on his IMDB page).
    He starred in a Hallmark movie.
    Pepsi pulled Madonna's 'Make a Wish' commercial debuting 'Like a Prayer' when the actual video dropped a day later showing her dancing in front of burning crosses and making love to him inside a church (prompting a statement from the Vatican).
    There were complaints that the video showed him as a Black Jesus (itself scandalous at the time) but he was actually meant to be St. Martin de Porres (patron Saint of the Mixed Races).
    His own BET talk show lasted only five episodes.
    He went to Loyola University on a basketball scholarship.
    The controversy surrounding the 'Like a Prayer' video helped the song top the Billboard charts.
    His dual role in the 'Like a Prayer' video was ahead of its time (in addition to a Saint, he played a black man wrongfully accused of rape and murder).
    He worked productively throughout the 1990's, acting in a string of critically acclaimed projects.
    He received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Little Richard.
    He has had recurring roles on Oz and Blue Bloods.
    In 2009, AOL Black Voices named him one of the sexiest actors of all-time.
    Leon & The Peoples' second album 'Love Is A Beautiful Thing' had two singles chart on the Billboard Hot Singles at No. 3 and No. 12.

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