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Celebrity High School Dropouts was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. Fantasia Barrino dropped out of high school after feeling harrassed and ridiculed after being raped by a classmate. She received her G.E.D in 2010.

Fantasia Barrino dropped out of high school after feeling harrassed and ridiculed after being raped by a classmate. She received her G.E.D in 2010.

2. Andre Benjamin dropped out of school his junior year but later earned his G.E.D. (PR Photos)

Andre Benjamin dropped out of school his junior year but later earned his G.E.D. (PR Photos)

3. Drake has finally earned his diploma after dropping out of high school 10 years ago to pursue acting. (AP)

Drake has finally earned his diploma after dropping out of high school 10 years ago to pursue acting. (AP)

4. Chaka Khan dropped out of school and now has a foundation that helps disadvantaged youth receive a quality education. PR

Chaka Khan dropped out of school and now has a foundation that helps disadvantaged youth receive a quality education. PR

5. 50 Cent was expelled from high school in the 10th grade for possession of crack and got his G.E.D. while in jail. (AP)

50 Cent was expelled from high school in the 10th grade for possession of crack and got his G.E.D. while in jail. (AP)

6. Eminem dropped out of high school after failing ninth grade three times. (AP)

Eminem dropped out of high school after failing ninth grade three times. (AP)

7. Mary J. Blige dropped out of high school in the 11th grade and still regrets it. (AP)

Mary J. Blige dropped out of high school in the 11th grade and still regrets it. (AP)

8. Lil Wayne dropped out of school after getting his high school sweetheart pregnant. (AP)

Lil Wayne dropped out of school after getting his high school sweetheart pregnant. (AP)

9. Bill Cosby dropped out of high school and eventually joined the Navy where he earned his high school diploma. (AP)

Bill Cosby dropped out of high school and eventually joined the Navy where he earned his high school diploma. (AP)

10. Tyler Perry dropped out of high school when he was 16 but eventually earned his G.E.D. (AP)

Tyler Perry dropped out of high school when he was 16 but eventually earned his G.E.D. (AP)

11. Robert DeNiro was a high school dropout. At age 68 was given an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Bates College. AP

Robert DeNiro was a high school dropout. At age 68 was given an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Bates College. AP

12. Berry Gordy dropped out of high school to pursue a boxing career. Apparently, he was better at music than in the ring.

Berry Gordy dropped out of high school to pursue a boxing career. Apparently, he was better at music than in the ring.

13. Aretha Franklin dropped out of high school at age 15 and received an honorary degree from Princeton at age 70. (AP)

Aretha Franklin dropped out of high school at age 15 and received an honorary degree from Princeton at age 70. (AP)

14. Pink dropped out of high school around age 15 but got her G.E.D. in 1998. (AP)

Pink dropped out of high school around age 15 but got her G.E.D. in 1998. (AP)

15. Jay Z dropped out of high school and starting dealing drugs before finding salvation & money in hip hop. (AP)

Jay Z dropped out of high school and starting dealing drugs before finding salvation & money in hip hop. (AP)

16. Chris Rock dropped out of high school at age 17 to pursue his dream of being a comedian. He later got his G.E.D.(AP)

Chris Rock dropped out of high school at age 17 to pursue his dream of being a comedian. He later got his G.E.D.(AP)

17. Oscar winning actor Sidney Poitier dropped out of school at age 13 to help his father tend to the tomato farm.(AP)

Oscar winning actor Sidney Poitier dropped out of school at age 13 to help his father tend to the tomato farm.(AP)

18. Whoopi Goldberg struggled with dyslexia and out of frustration dropped out of school at age 17. (AP)

Whoopi Goldberg struggled with dyslexia and out of frustration dropped out of school at age 17. (AP)

19. Rock & Roll Hall of Famer David Bowie & his wife Supermodel Iman both dropped out of high school.(AP)

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer David Bowie & his wife Supermodel Iman both dropped out of high school.(AP)

20. Rapper, actor & author LL Cool J dropped out of high school to record his debut album.(AP)

Rapper, actor & author LL Cool J dropped out of high school to record his debut album.(AP)

21. Mark Wahlberg recently admitted to being a high school dropout, but is planning on getting his G.E.D. (AP)

Mark Wahlberg recently admitted to being a high school dropout, but is planning on getting his G.E.D. (AP)

22. Tracy Morgan dropped out of high school to pursue his dream of becoming a comedian.(AP)

Tracy Morgan dropped out of high school to pursue his dream of becoming a comedian.(AP)

23. Johnny Depp dropped out of school at age 15 to become a rock star. career. We’re guessing acting was his backup plan.(AP)

Johnny Depp dropped out of school at age 15 to become a rock star. career. We’re guessing acting was his backup plan.(AP)

24. Jessica Simpson dropped out of high school her senior year to pursue her music career. She later got her G.E.D.(AP)

Jessica Simpson dropped out of high school her senior year to pursue her music career. She later got her G.E.D.(AP)

25. Olympic Gold Medalist George Foreman dropped out of high school and joined the Job Corps where he learned how to box. (AP)

Olympic Gold Medalist George Foreman dropped out of high school and joined the Job Corps where he learned how to box. (AP)

26. Quentin Tarantino dropped out of school at age 16 to pursue his dreams of acting. (AP)

Quentin Tarantino dropped out of school at age 16 to pursue his dreams of acting. (AP)
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