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

1. Duke Ellington (Edward Kennedy Ellington), composer, pianist, and big band leader.

2. Donald Mills,  With his brothers, Herbert, Harry and John, the Mills Brothers began performing in 1922 in their hometown and over time sold an estimated 50 million records.

3. Parren James Mitchell,   Democrat, was a U.S. Congressman who represented the 7th congressional district of Maryland from January 3, 1971 to January 3, 1987. He was the first African-American elected to Congress from Maryland.

4. Carl Gardner,  singer, best known as the foremost member and founder of The Coasters. Gardner formed the group along with Bobby Nunn in 1955, after leaving The Robins at the behest of the songwriting/producing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.  Gardner’s son, Carl Jr., officially joined The Coasters in late 2005, after Gardner semi-retired, although Carl Jr. had been touring with them since at least 1998.

5. Otis Rush, blues musician, singer and guitarist. His distinctive guitar style features a slow burning sound and long bent notes.

6. Tammi Terrell  (Thomasina Montgomery). She was an African American Rhythm & Blues singer.

7. Willi Smith, A noted designer, one of the most successful young African-American fashion designers in fashion history. He won a Coty Award winner in 1983.   Williwear Ltd. sold $25 million worth of clothing a year.


8. Master P, (Percy Miller) Hip-hop music mogul-entrepreneur and entertainer. He is the founder and CEO of P. Miller Enterprises, an entertainment and financial conglomerate and Better Black TV. Master P has signed with Priority Records and relaunched No Limit Records after bankruptcy.

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