Nothing will motivate a man to move forward faster than knowing what's behind Him.

1. Edwin C. Berry was born on this day in Oberlin, Ohio. He errected a 22-room hotel, Hotel Berry, in Athens, Ohio; at the time of his retirement in 1921, he had a reputation as the most successful black small-city hotel operator in the U.S.(1892).

2. Ray Willis Nance, Jazz Trumpeteer\Violinist\singer and dancer (played with Duke Ellington).

3. Guitar Slim (Eddie Jones), Blues Artist.

4. Henry L. Marsh III, civil rights lawyer and politician. A Democrat, Marsh was elected the first African-American mayor of Richmond. Virginia.

5. Ralph Tavares, Rhythm and Blues Artist (Tavares).

6. Jessica Cleaves, Rhythm and Blues Artist,   was lead singer for Friends of Distinction in the 1960s.

7. Nia Peeples, (Virenia Gwendolyn Peeples) Actress, Walker Texas Ranger, Young and The Restless.

8. Kuniva, (Von Carlisle)  Rapp Artist (D12)

9. Raven-Symone, Actress (The Cosby Show/Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper)

10. Michael Clarke Duncan (born December 10, 1957) is an American actor, best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe and also in Planet Of The Apes 2001.

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