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The Actor: TERRENCE HOWARD has turned in award winning performances on screen, stage and in the studio during an impressive career that includes the films Hustle & Flow, Crash, Ray and Pride, television shows Law & Order: Los Angeles, Living Single, NYPD Blue and the ABC miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream, as well as Broadway an all-African-American production of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Howard made his film debut in 1993 in Who's the Man?, which he followed with the role of Cowboy in the period saga Dead Presidents. In 1995, Howard was noticed for his role as a star high school athlete in Mr. Holland's Opus. Other feature film credits include The Best Man, Valerie Flake, Best Laid Plans, The Brave One, August Rush and Iron Man.

His work in Hustle & Flow earned him Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. He earned a National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Performance for his role in Crash. In 1999, Howard was honored with the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor, an Independent Spirit Award nomination, a Chicago Film Critics Association Award nomination for his role as Quentin in The Best Man.

A self-taught musician, Howard plays both the piano and the guitar. He displayed his musical talents in Ray as Ray Charles' one-time guitarist Gossie McKee, and in Hustle & Flow as the rapper Djay. For the movie, Howard performed all the tracks for his character, including "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp," which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

In 2011, Howard accepted the NAACP award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Law & Order: Los Angeles.

The Impact of the Tuskegee Airmen: "Many of the accomplishments of the civil rights movement happened as the result of the desegregation of the Armed Forces and what these men did. All the things they fought for set up the precedents that Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and even Barack Obama relied on. So, I'm very thankful that they persevered through all of the suffering and the persecution. Often times you don't know who is benefiting from all your hard work when you're benefiting everyone."

The Story: "The real life story of the Red Tails is a great American story. It's a story about the contribution that black people have made to security and freedom. The thing that makes this film beautiful is that is an historically significant story about how the Tuskegee Airmen contributed to the world at the time."

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