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July 19, 2019

Leslie Uggams' Son Shared Photo with His Father and Sister & They Look Alike

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Leslie Uggams, known for playing Kizzy in “Roots,” has a beautiful family. Her son, Justice, recently shared a photo with his sister and father, and the resemblance is uncanny.

Leslie and her husband, Grahame Pratt, have been together for over five decades, and it’s good to see that their family is still going strong.

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In a photo Justice posted recently to Facebook, he poses with his sister Danielle and their silver-haired dad. All three have bright smiles and, despite their different skin tones, share a striking resemblance.

Although Leslie, 76, was not in the particular picture, the talented entertainer was at the same event with her family. They all stepped out for the 18th Annual Tribeca Film Festival 2019 opening night screening of "The Apollo" in New York City.

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WHAT THEY WORE

On her Instagram page, Leslie shared more pictures from the event where she looked classy in a colorful jacket paired with black pants. Grahame and Justice both looked dapper in suits while Danielle chose a black evening gown with plunging neckline.

“Celebrating opening night with the family,” Leslie captioned one shot of them all. In a second picture, the actress posed on the red carpet with her husband, wearing an undeniable glow.

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FACING RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

Leslie and Grahame have come a long way from the days when they used to get hate mails for being an interracial couple and having made it thus far is commendable and inspirational.

The “Deadpool” actress, who is also a singer and Broadway veteran, once opened up about her challenges growing up as an African American girl attracted to white men.

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In a 1967 interview with Ebony Magazine, Leslie recalled one of her aunts’ reaction when the actress showed her the picture of a white boy she was dating:

“I thought he was gorgeous. But my aunt took one look and started in to lecture me. 'Well he's alright, I suppose, but only for dates, huh, honey? When you're thinking of settling down for keeps you'll make sure you marry a nice Negro fella, won't you?’”

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LOVE WINS

It was the 60s, a time when interracial marriage was still illegal in some parts of the country, so when Leslie eventually met Grahame while performing in Sydney, she was concerned.

The Australian had no idea of the racial discrimination and tensions in America, so Leslie had him come live in New York for a year to see what he would be signing up for. Despite the backlash they received, Grahame stuck with his woman, and the two tied the knot in 1965.

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WHAT PLAYING KIZZY FELT LIKE

Leslie and Grahame’s love stood the test of time, and it was after their marriage that the Tony award-winner got her career-defining role as the fierce Kizzy in Alex Haley’s 1977 TV miniseries about the slave trade era in America.

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In an interview for the January 1982 issue of JET Magazine, Leslie described the role as an “exciting adventure.”

“’Roots’ was without question the most exciting adventure of my life. It was a turning point in my career, too. …To have been part of that experience for its historical, political and social significance was to have a dream come true.”

More recently, Leslie has featured in the Fox series “Empire” and played Blind Al in Marvel’s 2016 “Deadpool” as well as the 2018 sequel.

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