1. Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Vocalist and Guitarist Gospel music, pioneering gospel singer, songwriter and recording artist who attained great popularity in the 1930s and 1940s 95 Years ago
2.Willie Lewis Brown, Jr., is an American politician of the Democratic Party. He served over 30 years in theCalifornia State Assembly, spending 15 years as its Speaker, and afterward served as the 41st mayor of San Francisco, the first African American to do so. Under current California term limit law, no Speaker of the California State Assembly will ever have a longer tenure than Brown’s. The San Francisco Chronicle called Brown “one of San Francisco’s most notable mayors” that had “celebrity beyond the city’s boundaries.”
3. Camile Cosby, Business manager for her husband, comedian, author, and television actor Bill Cosby; oversees all financial, philanthropic and staffing matters. Also president of COC Productions, a film production company, and C&J Productions, a stage production company. Board member, Essence Communications.
4. Tanya Boyd, actress who is best known for her role as Celeste Perrault on Days of our Lives. Boyd performed by traveling the world as a back-up vocalist with such well-know artists as Anita Baker, Lou Rawls, Bobby Lyle and Natalie Cole. In 1979, she became a member of the vocal group The 5th Dimension, replacing Pat Bass. 59 Years ago
5. Shelton Jackson “Spike” Lee, is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983.
Lee’s movies have examined race relations, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues. Lee has won numerous awards, including an Emmy Award. He has also received two Academy Award nominations.
6. Vanessa Bell Calloway, actress who has appeared in a number of films, including Biker Boyz, Love Don’t Cost a Thing, What’s Love Got to Do with It, Coming to America, and Cheaper by the Dozen.
7. Darren Oshay (Mookie) Blaylock, retired professional basketball player. He spent thirteen years in the NBA with three teams. selected by the New Jersey Nets with the 12th overall pick of the 1989 NBA Draft and settled quickly into Nets’ rotation. He was traded to the Atlanta Hawks prior to the 1992–93 season, where he flourished under newly-signed coach Lenny Wilkens. He was traded to the Golden State Warriors in a trade that brought the 1999 10th overall draft pick Jason Terry to Atlanta, and finished off his career playing as a reserve for the Warriors.
8. Bianca Lawson, Actress, She has had roles in Saved by the Bell: The New Class and films such as Save the Last Dance and Breakin’ All the Rules.
Lawson started acting at the age of nine. She has appeared in television commercials for Barbie and Revlon and in several television shows. On Buffy the Vampire Slayer she portrayed Kendra Young, another Vampire Slayer who is activated as a result of the temporary death of title character, Buffy Summers, in the first season finale.
She has also appeared on The WB’s Dawson’s Creek, where she portrayed Nikki Green, the daughter of the high school’s new principal and competitor of the show’s title character Dawson Leery. She has had roles in Saved by the Bell: The New Class and films such asSave the Last Dance and Breakin’ All the Rules. She also appeared in the ABC/WB series Sister, Sister as Ronda Coley. She also appeared on “The Parent Hood”.
In December 2009, Lawson plays in the cast as Maya St. Germain in the TV series Pretty Little Liars based on the book series by Sara Shepard. Lawson also appeared as Emily Bennett in The Vampire Diaries.