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Most Fascinating People of 2005

 

Jamie Foxx, Kanye West, and Condoleeza Rice all made Barbara Walters’ prestigous list of the most people of 2005.

These three African-American notables shared this accomplishment with the likes of the critically acclaimed actor Tom Cruise, the seven-time Toure de France winner Lance Armstrong, and arguably the most popular of the year, Thomas Mesereau.

 

Walters’ praised Jamie on his most recent cinematic accomplishment Jarhead and for his amazing performance in the Ray. Jamie Foxx is only the third African-American to win the oscar for best male performance following Sidney Potier and Denzel Washington.

 

When asked to by Walters to describe his year, Foxx said, this year has like the Superbowl, the Stanley Cup, and the World Series all wrapped up in one.

 

Kanye West has made headlines all year with the release of his already platinum album "Late Registration" and his contraversial statements. Winning three Grammys and landing the cover of Time magazine was nothing short of fascinating for the Chicago native.

 

When Walters asked West if he regretted his infamous script deviation, "George Bush doesn’t care about black people," quote.  West replied, "I spoke from my heart. And I stand by my statement."  

 

"I wonder why those words are considered to be harsh," West added.

 

The first female African-American Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, was commended by Walters on her resolve. Walter told Rice’s now familiar story. She was the daughter of sharecropper and raised in the then segragated state of Alabama who toiled relentlessy to become arguably the most powerful woman in the world.

 

When asked by Walters if she would run for president of the United States in the 2008 election, Rice responded, "I have no desire to do so."

 

This list documents this year’s most prominent names in entertainment, politics and sports.