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1. Mathew Henson- Explorer (First to reach the North Pole)

2. Benny Carter, jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He was a major figure in jazz from the 1930s to the 1990s, and was recognized as such by other jazz musicians who called him King. In 1958, he performed with Billie Holiday at the legendary Monterey Jazz Festival.

3. Lucius Venable “Lucky” Millinder, rhythm and blues and swing bandleader. Although he could not read or write music, did not play an instrument and rarely sang, his showmanship and musical taste made his bands successful. His group was said to have been the greatest big band to play rhythm and blues,   and gave a break to a number of influential musicians at the dawn of the rock and roll era. He is a 1986 inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

4. Rosetta LeNoire, stage, screen, and television actress, as well as a Broadway producer and casting agent. LeNoire is best known to contemporary audiences for her work in television. She had regular roles on the series Gimme a Break! and Amen, and is best known for her role as Estelle Winslow on Family Matters.

5. Jimmy Witherspoon, Legendary Blues Singer, Witherspoon’s style of blues – that of the “blues shouter” – became unfashionable in the mid-1950s, but he returned to popularity with his 1959 album, Jimmy Witherspoon at the Monterey Jazz Festival, which featured Roy Eldridge, Woody Herman, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Earl Hines and Mel Lewis, among others.    He later recorded with Gerry Mulligan, Leroy Vinnegar, Richard “Groove” Holmes and T-Bone Walker.

6. Joe Tex, (Joseph Arrington Jr.) Soul Singer (Hold On To What You’ve Got)

7. Julian Dixon, elected to Congress representing California’s 28th District in 1978

8. Louis “Sweet Lou” Dunbar, 27-year veteran basketball player for the Harlem Globetrotters.

9. Mohandas Dewese, better known as Kool Moe Dee, is a Hip Hop MC prominent in the late 1970s through the early 1990s. He was born in Manhattan, New York. He was one of the first rappers to earn a Grammy Award and was the first rapper to perform at the Grammys.

10. Countess Vaughn, actress and singer. She is perhaps best known for her role as Kim Parker on the UPN television sitcom Moesha and its spin-off The Parkers.

11. Meagan Monique Good, film and television actress, and occasional film producer. Beginning her career at the age of four, Good has appeared in numerous commercials, television shows, feature films, and music videos.

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