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Andrew (Rube) Foster

1. Andrew “Rube” Foster, baseball player, manager, and pioneer executive in the Negro leagues. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981.

Jack McDuff

2. Brother Jack McDuff, jazz organist and organ trio bandleader who was most prominent during the hard bop and soul jazz era of the 1960s, often performing with an organ trio.

LaMonte McLemore

3. LaMonte McLemore, R&B Singer (Fifth Demensions), Entertainer Lamonte  McLemore graduated from  High School in1952 and enlisted in the United States Navy, where he worked as an aerial photographer.

Athletically gifted, McLemore was the first African American athlete to try out for the St. Louis Cardinals. He moved to Los Angeles and landed a short lived minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a strong-arm pitcher.
In 1958, McLemore began his career as a photographer with Halmont Graphics, a company he co-partnered. He became the first African American photographer hired by Harper’s Bazaar magazine and the photographer chosen to shoot Stevie Wonder’s first album cover. McLemore has been a photographer for Jet and Ebony magazines for over forty years.

BeBe Winans

4. BeBe Winans, a gospel and R&B singer. He is a member of the noted Winans family, most members of which are also gospel artists.

Doug E. Fresh

5. Douglas E. Davis, better known by the stage name Doug E. Fresh, is an Rapp Artist, record producer, and beat boxer, also known as “the Human Beat Box”. One of the early pioneers of beat boxing, Fresh is able to accurately imitate drum machines and various special effects using only his mouth, throat and a microphone.

Malik Yoba

6. Abdul-Malik Kashie Yoba, better known by his stage name Malik Yoba, is an  actor and occasional singer. He is perhaps best known for his starring role as NYPD Detective J.C. Williams on the FOX police drama series New York Undercover. Currently, he appears as former FBI Special Agent Bill Harken on the Syfy drama series Alphas.

Hi Five

7. Marcus Sanders, R&B Singer, Member of Hi-Five formed in 1990 in Waco, Texas. Members also included Tony Thompson, Roderick Clark, Russell Neal, and Toriano Easley. They were signed to Jive Records who helped them release their first album, the self-titled Hi-Five, in 1990.  Hi-Five broke up in 1994.

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