Archive for the ‘Black Poet’ Category
1. Ruby Dee, actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and activist, perhaps best known for co-starring in the film A Raisin in the Sun (1961) and the film American Gangster (2007) for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
2. Robert Brown Elliott, Member of the United States House of Representatives from South Carolina
3. John Rosamond Johnson, with Bob Cole, of the famous vaudeville team Cole & Johnson. Best remembered as a composer who, with his brother James Weldon Johnson providing the lyrics, will write “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
4. Sam Collins, Blues Artist and guitarist, sometimes known as Crying Sam Collins, His best known recording was “The Jail House Blues”
5. Alex Haley, Writer, award-winning author (Roots won Pulitzer Prize/Malcolm X Bio.)
6. Carl T. Rowan, Commissioned as a naval officer in WWII
7. Otis Taylor, college and professional American football player, for Prairie View A&M University and the American Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 215 pounds, Taylor possessed sure hands and served as a devastating upfield blocker, springing Chiefs running backs for many long runs.
8. Yusef Komunyakaa, Poet who currently teaches at New York University and is a famous member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Komunyakaa is a recipient of the 1994 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, for Neon Vernacular” and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He also received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.
9. Miguel A. Nunez Jr., Actor,He is best known for his supporting roles in The Return of the Living Dead and Life and a leading role in Juwanna Mann.
10. Chris Kelly of Rapp Group KrisKros (Jump)
1. James Presley Ball, Abolitionist, free Black man, photographer and businessman.
2. Queen Mother Audley Moore, Founder/Universal Association/Ethiopian Women
3. Isaac L. “Banjo Ikey” Robinson, banjoist and vocalist. played and recorded with Jelly Roll Morton, Clarence Williams, and Jabbo Smith during 1928-1929.
4. Chester Himes, writer whose novels and autobiographies explore the absurdity of racism.
5. Junior Kimbrough, bluesman from Mississippi. His best known work included “Keep Your Hands Off Her” and “All Night Long”.
6. Evelyn Dilworth-Williams, poet, teacher, author, and motivational speaker.
7. Vida Rochelle Blue Jr., is a former Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher. In a 17-year career, he played for the Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, and Kansas City Royals.
8. Soulja Boy, born DeAndre Ramone Way Rapp Artist and record producer.
1. Harry Hosier, He was a renowned Black preacher and an evangelist. Born a slave in North Carolina, following the Revolutionary War he gained his freedom and was converted to Methodism. His sermon, “The Barren Fig Tree,” preached at Adam’s Chapel, Fairfax County, Virginia, in May of 1781, was the first recorded Methodist sermon by an African-American. Hosier became famous as a traveling evangelist throughout the Atlantic seaboard.
2. Richard Potter, Magician, one of the first black illusionist in America, Potter has been credited as America’s first successful stage magician, hypnotist, and ventriloquist. One of the earliest records of Potter advertising his shows was on November 2, 1811, in Boston at the Columbian Museum. The performance featured ventriloquism and magic.
3. Joseph Lee, Inventor, invented machinery for processing food and became very prominent in the food industry.
4. Kelly Miller, historian and educator, Miller wrote essays and a weekly column for the black press, where he dealt with the promise and progress of African-Americans since Emancipation and proposed ideas for global racial equality. Additionally, he wrote several books, including “Race Adjustment” (1903), “Out of the House of Bondage” (1917), and “History of the World War and the Important Part Taken by the Negroes” (1919).
5. Alice Nelson Dunbar, novelist, poet, essayist, and critic associated with the early period of the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s and ’30s.
6. Jody Edwards (Butter Beans), Vaudevillian, teamed with his wife Susie , worked with Ethel Waters and Bessie Smith, appeard at the Apollo Theater and the Cotton Club
7. Rachel Robinson, former nurse and the widow of baseball player Jackie Robinson. She was born in Los Angeles, and attended the University of California, Los Angeles. There, she met Jackie in 1941, and they married in 1946. A baby, Jackie Robinson, Jr., was born to her in November 1946. The Robinsons would later have a daughter, Sharon, and another son, David.
8. Buster Benton, blues guitarist and singer, who played guitar in Willie Dixon’s Blues All-Stars, and is best known for his solo rendition of the Dixon-penned song “Spider in My Stew.
9. Thulani Davis, writer, educator, and journalist.