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Ruth Bonner, Who Helped Open Smithsonian African-American Museum, Dies At 100

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David Tang, the creator of the Shanghai Tang clothing and accessories chain, sits in his Hong Kong office in 2004. Tang has died at the age of 63. Samantha Sin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Marshall Islands Foreign Minister Tony deBrum Dies

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Despite Different Styles, Dick Gregory And Jerry Lewis Inspired Generations Of Comics

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Jerry Lewis, pictured here in 2016, told Fresh Air that comics need a place where they can fail. "We had the [Borscht Belt] at the Catskill Mountains. We had Lakewood, N.J. We had vaudeville, burlesque. ... I mean, there were so many places for you to be bad. Today, kids don't have a hell of a chance." Rich Fury/Invision/AP hide caption

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Jerry Lewis On His Borscht Belt Childhood And The Lonely Work Of Comedy

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Comedian And Civil Rights Crusader Dick Gregory Dies At 84

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Comedian Jerry Lewis Dies At 91, Also Known For Muscular Dystrophy Telethon

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Social Satirist Dick Gregory Was The 'First To Have A Crossover Market'

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Dean Martin (left) and Jerry Lewis in 1953. They met in 1945, and over the next decade went on to become the highest-paid comedy act in the U.S. Express Newspapers/Getty Images hide caption

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Jerry Lewis, Comic Icon And Titan Of Telethons, Dies At 91

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Dick Gregory, Comedian And Civil Rights Activist, Dies At 84

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Dick Gregory, known for his sharp commentary on race relations during the 1960s civil rights movement, was considered a pioneer in using satire to address social issues. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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