1. Sidney Poitier, Actor Lillies Of the Field, Up Town Saturday Night, Let’s Do It Again, A Piece Of The Action, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, To Sir With Love (First African American to Win an Academy Award “Lillies Of The Field)
2. Army Lt. Gen. Emmett Paige, After his U.S. Army retirement in 1988, became the president and chief operating officer of OAO Corporation, an aerospace engineering and information systems company. He left OAO in 1993, to serve as assistant secretary of defense for command, control, communications and intelligence until 1997. During his Army service, Paige received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal. 80 Years ago
3. Nancy Wilson, singer with more than 70 albums, and three Grammy Awards. She has been labeled a singer of blues, jazz, cabaret and pop; a “consummate actress”; and “the complete entertainer.” The title she prefers, however, is song stylist. She has received many nicknames including “Sweet Nancy”, “The Baby”, “Fancy Miss Nancy” and “The Girl With the Honey-Coated Voice”. Nancy Singing “This Song Is You” as a guest star on “I SPY”
4. Charles Wade Barkley, former professional basketball player. Nicknamed “Sir Charles” and “The Round Mound of Rebound“, Barkley established himself as one of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA’s) most dominating power forwards. He was selected to the All-NBA First Team five times, the All-NBA Second Team five times, and once to the All-NBA Third Team. He earned eleven NBA All-Star Game appearances and was named the All-Star MVP in 1991. In 1993, he was voted the league’s Most Valuable Player and during the NBA’s 50th anniversary, named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games and won two gold medals as a member of the United States’ Dream Team. In 2006, Barkley was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
5. Robyn Rihanna Fenty, better known as simply Rihanna, is an R&B recording artist and songwriter. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna moved to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a recording career under the guidance of record producer Evan Rogers. She subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for then-label head Jay-Z. Only Girl (In The World)