1. David Blackwell, mathematician and professor. Professor Emeritus of Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley, and is one of the eponyms of the Rao–Blackwell theorem. Born in Centralia, Illinois, he was the first African Americaninducted into the National Academy of Sciences, and the first black tenured faculty member at UC Berkeley.
2. Joe Henderson, jazz tenor saxophonist. In a career spanning more than forty years Henderson played with many of the leading American players of his day and recorded for several prominent labels, includingBlue Note.
3. Cedric The Entertainer (Cedric Antonio Kyles), actor and comedian. He is perhaps best known as the co-star of the WB sitcom The Steve Harvey Show, as Eddie in the Barbershop films, and as one of the four comedians featured in the Spike Lee film The Original Kings of Comedy.
4. Djimon Hounsou, actor and model. As an actor, Hounsou has been nominated for two Academy Awards. Hounsou became a naturalized American citizen in 2007. He was reluctant to renounce his Beninese citizenship and therefore opted to become a dual citizen of both Benin and the United States, effectively rendering him a Beninese-American. Hounsou is one of just twenty-seven people in the world today to be officially recognized by this nationality.
5. Ajai Sanders, actress and stand-up comedian best known for her supporting role as Gina Devereaux in The Cosby Show spin-off A Different World.