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Leonard Reed

Reed started as a Charleston dancer winning amateur nights and worked white as well as black vaudeville as he was so fair-skinned and European of features that it was assumed he was white.  The height of his dancing career was in partnership with Willie Bryant, although Reed may be better remembered as Joe Louis’ vaudeville partner or for his days as an emcee at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre.  In truth, his career as a business man and producer has been longer than his performing career.