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1. When soul singer Joss Stone first appeared on the scene, many were surprised to find out she’s not black.(Pr)

When soul singer Joss Stone first appeared on the scene, many were surprised to find out she's not black.(Pr) Source:Landmark / PR Photos

2. When Justin Timberlake went solo,lots of people were googling who this new R&B artist was, to find it was him. (Prphotos)

When Justin Timberlake went solo,lots of people were googling who this new R&B artist was, to find it was him. (Prphotos) Source:Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

3. R&B star Robin Thicke’s sweet, falsetto is commonly mistaken for a black soul artist.(PrPhotos)

R&B star Robin Thicke's sweet, falsetto is commonly mistaken for a black soul artist.(PrPhotos) Source:AP Photo/Point Foundation, Colin Young-Wolff

4. Teena Marie’s range and classic R&B hits often made people question her ethnicity. (Retna)

Teena Marie's range and classic R&B hits often made people question her ethnicity. (Retna) Source:Bill Ware / PR Photos

5. Adele tore up the airwaves this past year, often being compared to Soul Legends for her voice. (PrPhotos)

Adele tore up the airwaves this past year, often being compared to Soul Legends for her voice. (PrPhotos) Source:Joel Ryan/Invision/AP

6. Phoebe Snow another artist with a lot of soul who most thought was at least part black. (PR)

Phoebe Snow another artist with a lot of soul who most thought was at least part black. (PR) Source:Mark Rupp / PR Photos