1. Eddie Heywood Jr., jazz pianist who became very popular in the 1940s. His father, Eddie Heyward, Sr. was also a jazz musician from the 1920s. Heywood, Jr. played with several popular jazz musicians such as Wayman Carver in 1932, Clarence Love from 1934 to 1937 and Benny Carter from 1939 to 1940 after moving to New York.
After starting his band, Heywood would occasionally do back-up for Billie Holiday in 1941. In 1943, Heywood took several classic solos on a Coleman Hawkins quartet date (including “The Man I Love”) and put together the first sextet, including Doc Cheatham and Vic Dickenson. After their version of “Begin the Beguine” became a hit in 1944, they had three successful years ahead of them.
Between 1947 to 1950, Heywood was stricken with a partial paralysis of his hands and could not play at all. However, it did not stop him when he made a comeback later in the decade. In the 1950s, Heywood composed and recorded “Land of Dreams” and “Soft Summer Breeze” and is probably best known for his 1956 recording of his composition “Canadian Sunset,” all of which he recorded with Hugo Winterhalter and his orchestra. After a second partial paralysis in the 1960s, Heywood made another comeback and continued his career in the 1980s. Eddie Heywood has a “Star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2. Bernard King, retired American professional basketball player at the small forward position in the NBA. He played all or part of 14 seasons with the New Jersey Nets (1977–1979, 1992-93), Utah Jazz (1979-80), Golden State Warriors, (1981–1982), New York Knicks (1982–1987), and the Washington Bullets (1987–1991).
3. Lee Smith, former American Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher. A native of Jamestown, Louisiana, Smith was scouted by Buck O’Neil and drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft. During his 18-year baseball career, he pitched from 1980–1997 for eight different teams, pitching primarily with the Cubs, whom he spent his first eight seasons with.
4. Jay-Z, (Shawn Corey Carter), Rap Artist and businessman. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America having had a net worth of over $450 million in 2010. He has sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide, while receiving ten Grammy Awards for his musical work, and numerous additional nominations.
Jay-Z co-owns The 40/40 Club, is part-owner of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and is also the creator of the clothing line Rocawear. He is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, one of the three founders of Roc-A-Fella Records, and the founder of Roc Nation. As an artist, he holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200. Jay-Z also has had four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100, one as lead artist.
5. Tyra Banks (Tyra Lynne Banks), model, media personality, actress, occasional singer, and businesswoman. She first became famous as a model in Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo and New York, but television appearances were her commercial breakthrough. Banks is the creator and host of the UPN/The CW reality television show America’s Next Top Model, co-creator of True Beauty, and host of her own talk show, The Tyra Banks Show.