Why Eddie Murphy’s Legacy Still Matters

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This month, Eddie Murphy hosts Saturday Night Live for the first time in 35 years. His recent comeback, with films like Dolemite is My Name, plus his development of a sequel to his 1988 film Coming to America, led me reflect on his legacy all over again, not only his career but what he means as a cultural figure.

For people born 2000 and on, Eddie Murphy might simply be seen as the guy from…