In addition to being an American film actress who acted in many films, McDaniel was also a professional singer-songwriter, comedian, stage actress, radio performer, and television star. Hattie McDaniel was in fact the first black woman to sing on the radio in America. Over the course of her career, McDaniel appeared in over 300 films, although she received screen credits for only about 80. She gained the respect of the African American show business community with her generosity, elegance, and charm.
McDaniel has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood: one for her contributions to radio at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard, and one for motion pictures at 1719 Vine Street. In 1975, she was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and in 2006 became the first black Oscar winner honored with a US postage stamp.
2. Chester Arthur Burnett better known as Howlin’ Wolf, was an influential American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player.
With a booming voice and looming physical presence, Burnett is commonly ranked among the leading performers in electric blues; musician and critic Cub Koda declared, “no one could match Howlin’ Wolf for the singular ability to rock the house down to the foundation while simultaneously scaring its patrons out of its wits.” A number of songs written or popularized by Burnett—such as “Smokestack Lightnin'”, “Back Door Man”, “Killing Floor” and “Spoonful”—have become blues and blues rock standards.
3. Shirley Owens Alston, was the member of the hit group, The Shirelles. As well as Owens, the Shirelles consisted of classmates of hers from Passaic High School, New Jersey: Addie Harris, Doris Coley, and Beverly Lee. However, her strong, distinctive voice meant that Owens was the natural choice for lead singer.
She left the Shirelles in 1975 to begin a solo career, initially recording under the name “Lady Rose”. That same year, she recorded an album entitled With A Little Help From My Friends, after the hit song by The Beatles, which featured members of the Flamingos, The Drifters, Shep and the Limelites, The 5 Satins, The Belmonts, Danny & The Juniors, Herman’s Hermits and La La Brooks of The Crystals.
She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. She also performed on the Doo Wop 51 PBS special in 2000.
4. Maxi Priest, reggae vocalist of Jamaican descent. He is best known for singing reggae music with a R&B influence, otherwise known as reggae fusion, and became one of the first international successes who regularly dabbled in the genre as well as being one of the most successful reggae fusion acts of all-time.
5. Faith Renée Evans, singer-songwriter, record producer, actress and author.
6. Lemisha Grinstead, Rhythm and Blues arist (702)
7. Jo-Jo, Rhythm and Blues Artist, Joel Hailey, also known as JoJo from the singing duo K-Ci & JoJo. Natives of Wingate, North Carolina, they were also members of the chart-topping R&B group Jodeci with the DeGrate brothers—Donald (better known as DeVante Swing) and Dalvin.
8. Sasha Obama is the younger daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama, Her formal name is Natasha.