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Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For Sept 18

Louis Myers

1. Louis Myers, Co-Founder  along with his brother Dave Myers, The Aces was one of the earliest and most influential of the electric Chicago blues band in the 1950s.

Benjamin Solomon Carson

2. Benjamin Solomon Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Neurosurgeon and the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States by President George W. Bush in 2008.

Carson has received numerous honors and many awards over the years, including over 61 honorary doctorate degrees. He was also a member of the American Academy of Achievement, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the Yale Corporation (the governing body of Yale University), and many other prestigious organizations. He sits on many boards including the Board of Directors of Kellogg Company, Costco Wholesale Corporation, and America’s Promise. He was also the president and co-founder of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments. In 2007, Carson was inducted into the Indiana Wesleyan University Society of World Changers and received an honorary doctorate while speaking at the university. He returned to IWU the following year when his friend, Tony Dungy, was also inducted into the society.  On June 19, 2008, Carson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush. He is a recipient of the Ford’s Theatre Lincoln Medal, the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership, and is a 2010 appointee to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the United States National Academy of Sciences.

Holly Robinson Peete

3. Holly Elizabeth Robinson Peete, is an actress and singer. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Judy Hoffs on the Fox TV police drama 21 Jump Street, Vanessa Russell on the ABC sitcom Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, and Dr. Malena Ellis on the NBC/WB sitcom For Your Love. After graduating from high school, Peete entered Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She majored in psychology and French, and could speak four languages. During her time as an undergraduate, she spent a year abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. After she graduated in 1986, she considered attending graduate school and perhaps working in languages for the U.S. State Department. However, her love of acting contributed to her decision to give an acting career a chance for a few months first. Within a short time, Peete found roles on a television series and in two films, and thoughts of graduate school were left behind.
Peete is one of the original five co-hosts of the CBS daytime talk show The Talk.

Ricky Bell New Edition

4. Ricky Bell, nicknamed “Slick”  is an  R&B singer and Rapp artist best known as one of the founding members of New Edition and the lead singer of Bell Biv DeVoe.

Aisha N Tyler

5. Aisha N. Tyler, an actress, stand-up comedian, and author, known for her regular role as Andrea Marino in the first season of Ghost Whisperer and voicing Lana Kane in Archer, as well as her recurring roles in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Talk Soup, and on Friends as Charlie Wheeler.

Jada Pinkett Smith

6. Jada Pinkett, actress, producer, director, author, singer-songwriter and businesswoman. She began her career in 1990, when she made a guest appearance in the short-lived sitcom True Colors. She starred in A Different World, The Nutty Professor (1996). Menace II Society (1993) and Set It Off (1996), Ali, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions.


7. Alvin Nathaniel Joiner, better known by his stage name Xzibit, is a Rapp Artist, actor, and television host. He is known as the host of the MTV show Pimp My Ride, which brought him mainstream success. Before hosting the show, he achieved fame in the West Coast hip-hop scene as a rapper, debuting with his acclaimed At the Speed of Life and gathering chart success with his follow-up albums Restless, Man vs. Machine and Weapons of Mass Destruction, working with high-profile artists such as Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Method Man, Game and 50 Cent. After his largely unsuccessful sixth studio album Full Circle, his rap career was put on hold. He also built himself a second leg as an actor, starring in Hollywood blockbusters such as 8 Mile, xXx: State of the Union, Hoodwinked, Gridiron Gang, The X-Files: I Want to Believe and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For Sept 13

Alain LeRoy Locke

1. Alain LeRoy Locke, writer, philosopher, educator, and patron of the arts. He is best known for his writings on and about the Harlem Renaissance. He is regarded as the “Father of the Harlem Renaissance”.  His philosophy served as a strong motivating force in keeping the energy and passion of the Movement at the forefront.

Leon Berry

2. Leon (Chu) Berry, Swing Jazz Saxophonist, Berry graduated from Lincoln High School, in Wheeling, then attended West Virginia State College, near Charleston, for three years.  His sister played piano and Chu became interested in music at an early age, playing alto saxophone at first with local bands. He was inspired to take up the tenor sax after hearing Coleman Hawkins on tour. Although Berry based his style on Hawkins’ playing, the older man regarded Berry as his equal, saying “‘Chu’ was about the best.” was affiliated with Cab Calloway from 1937 to 1941

Charles Brown

3. Charles Brown, blues singer and pianist whose soft-toned, slow-paced blues-club style influenced the development of blues performance during the 1940s and 1950s. He had several hit recordings, including “Driftin’ Blues” and “Merry Christmas Baby”.

Nell Carter

4. Nell Carter, an American singer, and film, stage, and television actress. She won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway musical Ain’t Misbehavin’, as well as an Emmy Award for her reprisal of the role on television. She also received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her starring role in the long-running 1980s sitcom Gimme a Break!.

Joni Sledge

5. Joni Sledge,  Member of Sister Sledge a musical group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, formed in 1972 and consisting of four sisters

tavis smiley

6. Tavis Smiley, Radio-TV personality,  talk show host, author, political commentator, entrepreneur, advocate and philanthropist. He worked during the late 1980s as an aide to Tom Bradley, the mayor of Los Angeles. Smiley became a radio commentator in 1991, and starting in 1996 he hosted the talk show BET Talk (later renamed BET Tonight) on BET.  Smiley began hosting The Tavis Smiley Show on NPR from 2002 to 2004 and currently hosts Tavis Smiley on PBS on the weekdays and “The Tavis Smiley Show” from PRI. Most recently, he and close friend Dr. Cornel West have joined forces for their own radio talk show, “Smiley & West”. They were featured together interviewing musician Bill Withers in the 2009 documentary film Still Bill.

Bernie Williams

7. Bernie Williams, Major League Baseball player.  At a young age  Williams played classical guitar as well as baseball. He was also active in track and field, winning medals at an international meet at the age of 15.  He was one of the world’s best 400-meter runners for his age.  break into the majors in 1991.  become the regular Yankees center fielder by 1993.  In 1995 He hit 18 home runs and led the team in runs, hits, total bases and stolen bases. 

Tyler PerryMadea

8. Tyler Perry, is an actor, director, playwright, screenwriter, producer, author, and songwriter. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays in the South during the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2005, he released his first film,Diary of a Mad Black Woman. In 2009, Perry was ranked by Forbes magazine as the sixth highest-paid man in Hollywood.

Events In African American History For Sept 08


1. In 1957, Althea Gibson, Tennis Champion, first Black to win a Major United States National championship when she won  the Wimbledon tennis championship.

2. In 1973, “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye top the charts.

3. In 1986, Oprah Winfrey Became first Black Female to host National Talkshow.

Events In African American History For July 26

1. In 1847, President Joseph Jenkins Roberts, a native of Virginia, declared Liberia an independent republic.

2. In 1848, Frederick Douglass was the only male to play a prominent role at the first Woman’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls, New York. He seconded the woman’s suffrage motion introduced by Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

3. In 1855, Berea College founded, the oldest continually integrated college in America.

4. In 1865, Patrick Francis Healy, first Black awarded Ph.D. degree, passed final examination at Louvain in Belgium.

5. In 1926, National Bar Association incorporated.

6. In 1926, Spingarn Medal awarded to Carter G. Woodson for “ten years devoted service in collecting and publishing the records of the Negro in America.”

7. In 1948, Bob Howard became one of the first Black male hosts on television. The New York CBS affiliate hired the Black entertainer to star in The Bob Howard Show.

8. In 1948, President Truman Signed Executive order No. 9981 which made equal opportunity and treatment for all in the U.S. Armed Forces a Requirement.

9. In 1951, The Army announces that it is disbanding the 24th Infantry Regiment, its last and oldest all African American regiment, in order to integrate all White and African American troops in the Korean War zone.

10. In 1997, Independence Day for the Republic of Liberia

11. In 1998, Larry Doby, the first African American in major league baseball’s American League, and Joe Rogan, a player in the Negro Leagues, are inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Birthdays Of Famous Famous African Americans for July 18

1. Lemuel Haynes, first Black to serve as minister to a White congregation.

2. Fannie Norton Smith Washington, She was an educator and activist. married Booker T. Washington in 1880 and joined the faculty of Tuskegee Institute immediately, broadening the curriculum for Tuskegee girls and developing a home economics program.

3. Stephen Gill Spottswood, He was a religious leader, and a civil and human rights activist. As head of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, he became the center of a political storm in 1971 when he publicly chastised the Nixon administration for its treatment of blacks. Although under extreme pressure from the administration, he refused to retract his statement.

4. Nelson Mandela, He is a South African activist, spent 27 years in prison for opposing apartheid.  The Main Figure and leader who helped end apartheid, the first black president of South Africa, and a winner of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize.

5. Jalacy Hawkins best known as Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was a musician, singer, and actor. Famed chiefly for his powerful, operatic vocal delivery and wildly theatrical performances of songs such as “I Put a Spell on You” and “Constipation Blues”, Hawkins sometimes used macabre props onstage, making him the one of few original shock rockers.

6. Martha Reeves, R&B and soul singer and former politician, and was the lead singer of the Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas. During her tenure with The Vandellas, they scored over a dozen hit singles, including “Jimmy Mack”, “Dancing in the Street” and “Nowhere to Run”. From 2005 until 2009, Reeves served as an elected councilwoman for the city of Detroit, Michigan.

7. Calvin Peete, golfer. He was the most successful African-American on the PGA Tour, with 12 wins, before the emergence of Tiger Woods.

8. Anne-Marie Johnson, Actress, Impressionist, (what’s happening/In Living Color), starred in film and television. She is perhaps best known for her role as high school educator Althea Tibbs on the NBC/CBS television drama In the Heat of the Night. Anne-Marie is the current First Vice-President of the Screen Actor’s Guild.

9. Vin Diesel, actor, writer, director and producer. He became known in the early 2000s, appearing in several successful Hollywood films, including The Fast and the Furious and XXX. He founded the production companies One Race Films, Tigon Studios and Racetrack Records.

10. Anfernee Hardaway, former American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), specializing as a small forward, shooting guard, and point guard. His most productive years came in his days as a member of the Orlando Magic as well as the early portion of his stint with the Phoenix Suns. Hardaway was an all-NBA player early in his career, but was plagued by constant injuries which gradually reduced his effectiveness. He last played for the Miami Heat, who released him December 12, 2007.

11. Jason Weaver, also known by his stage name J-Weav, is an American actor and singer. He is perhaps best known for his television roles as a pre-teenage Michael Jackson in the Emmy Award-winning 1992 miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream, and as high school student Marcus Henderson on the WB sitcom Smart Guy.

12. Wendy Joan Williams , Media personality and New York Times bestselling author. She calls herself the “Queen Of All Media” and hosts her own syndicated talk show, The Wendy Williams Show.[1] Williams has gained notoriety for her on-air spats with celebrities. Williams was a contestant on the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars. She was eliminated on April 5, 2011.

Birthdays of Famous African Americans for July 12

1.  Gabriel Prosser, was a literate enslaved blacksmith who planned to lead a large slave rebellion in the Richmond area in the summer of 1800. However, information regarding the revolt was leaked prior to its execution, thus Gabriel’s plans were foiled. Gabriel, along with twenty-six members of the revolt, were hanged. In reaction, the Virginia and other legislatures passed restrictions on free blacks, as well as the education, movement and hiring out of the enslaved.

2.  George Augustus Bridgetower, virtuoso violinist

3.  George Washington Carver, scientist, botanist, educator, and inventor

4.  Edgar Daniel(E. D.) Nixon, civil rights leader and union organizer who played a crucial role in organizing the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. Nixon also led the Montgomery branch of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters union, known as the Pullman Porters Union. Nixon also served as president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Montgomery Welfare League, and the Montgomery Voters League.

5.  Roy Butler, Jazz musician, learned how to play the tenor saxophone and began playing music in carnivals, minstrel shows, and small bands during his early years in Columbus, Ohio. He joined Sammy Stewart’s Orchestra and went to Chicago in 1922, playing local clubs. It was with this band that he made his first recordings and began clarinet and oboe lessons. Among his influences were Barney Bigard and Fletcher Henderson.

6.  Beah Richards, actress of stage, screen and television. She was a poet, playwright and author.

She made numerous guest television appearances including recurrent roles on The Bill Cosby Show, Sanford and Son, Designing Women, The Practice, and ER (as Dr. Peter Benton’s mother.) She was the winner of two Emmy Awards, one in 1988 for her appearance on the series Frank’s Place, and another in 2000 for her appearance on The Practice.

7.  William Henry “Bill” Cosby, Jr., comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician and activist. A veteran stand-up performer, he got his start at various clubs, then landed a starring role in the 1960s action show, I Spy. He later starred in his own series, the situation comedy The Bill Cosby Show, in 1969. He was one of the major characters on the children’s television series The Electric Company for its first two seasons, and created the humorous educational cartoon series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, about a group of young friends growing up in the city. Cosby has also acted in a number of films. During the 1980s, Cosby produced and starred in what is considered to be one of the decade’s defining sitcoms, The Cosby Show, which aired eight seasons from 1984 to 1992.

8.   Denise Nicholas, actress and social activist who was involved in the American Civil Rights Movement. She is known primarily for her role as high school guidance counselor Liz McIntyre on the ABC comedy-drama series Room 222, and for her role as Councilwoman Harriet DeLong on the NBC/CBS drama series In the Heat of the Night.

9.  Ruth-Miriam Garnett, poet, writer, and workshop coordinator. Garnett’s parents took her and her siblings to picket lines to protest segregated facilities in the St. Louis area when she was a child. After the protests, their friends and colleagues would gather in their family living room, sing freedom songs, and converse about contemporary politics. Garnett holds a BA in Social Anthropology and English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University. She has done further work in Anthropology at Columbia University and Dance Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

10.  Tonya Lee Williams, actress, best known for her role as Dr. Olivia Barber Winters on the American soap opera The Young and the Restless, from 1990 to 2005, and for a brief time in 2007. She returned to the series in the fall of 2008.

11.  Rolonda Watts, actress and former television talk show host. She was the host of the Rolonda, a syndicated talk show which aired from 1994 to 1997. She is currently the announcer of the courtroom show Judge Joe Brown.

12.  Lisa Nicole Carson, actress. She is best known for her work on U.S. television, including supporting roles in NBC’s ER and Fox’s Ally McBeal. Carson appeared in the roles simultaneously, but has since appeared in no other roles.

13. Phoebe Snow (Phoebe Ann Laub)  singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known for her 1975 hit “Poetry Man.”


Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For this date April 22

Geogia Gordon Taylor

1. Georgia Gordon Taylor,  vocalist. became a fisk Jubilee Singer in 1872.

2. Benjamin Griffith Brawley,  prominent author and educator. He studied at Atlanta Baptist College, the University of Chicago, and Harvard, and he taught at Atlanta Baptist College, Howard University, and Shaw University, serving as the Dean of Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA. He wrote a good deal of poetry, but is best known for his prose work including: History of Morehouse College (1917); The Negro Literature and Art (1918); A Short History of the American Negro (1919); A Short History of the English Drama (1921); A Social History of the American Negro (1921); A New Survey of English Literature (1925).

Charles Mingus

3. Charles Mingus, jazz musician, composer, bandleader, and human rights activist.  Having released numerous records of high regard, Mingus is considered one of the most important composers and performers of jazz as well as a pioneer in bass technique. Dozens of musicians passed through his bands and later went on to impressive careers. Mingus was also influential and creative as a band leader, recruiting talented and sometimes little-known artists whom he assembled into unconventional and revealing configurations.

Norman Hill

4. Norman Hill, Administrator, activist and labor leader. in the early 1960’s, Hill joined the the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), first as East Coast Field Secretary, then as National Program Director from 1961 to 1964. During those years he coordinated the Route 40 (from Baltimore to Washington, D.C) restaurant desegregation campaign, the Waldorf Astoria, A&P Stores, the Trailways Bus Company campaigns and he planned and directed the civil rights demonstration at the 1964 RNC.

5. Cathy Hughes (Catherine Elizabeth Woods), Entrepreneur, radio and television personality and business executive. Ms. Hughes founded the media company Radio One and later expanded into TV One, the company went public in 1998, making Catherine L. Hughes the first and only African-American female to head a publicly traded corporation. In the 1980’s, Cathy Hughes created the very successful urban radio format called The Quiet Storm.

6. Sherri Evonne Shepherd,  comedienne, actress, and television personality. She is one of five co-hosts on the ABC daytime talk show, The View. As an actress, she is perhaps best known for her role on the sitcom Less Than Perfect and supporting film roles, most notably as Cornrows in the 2009 Oscar-nominated film Precious.

7.  Helene Cooper,  journalist who is a White House correspondent for the New York Times. Before that, she was the paper’s diplomatic correspondent in Washington, D.C.. She joined the Times in 2004 as assistant editorial page editor.

At The Wall Street Journal, Cooper wrote about trade, politics, race and foreign policy at the Washington and Atlanta bureaus from 1992 to 1997. From 1997 to 1999, she reported on the European Monetary Union from the London bureau. From 1999 to 2002, she was a reporter focusing on international economics; then assistant Washington bureau chief from 2002 to 2004.

In 2008, she published a memoir titled The House at Sugar Beach (Simon & Shuster). The memoir largely concerns the Liberian coup of 1980 and its effect on Cooper’s family, socially and politically-elite descendants of American freed slaves who colonized the country in the 19th century. The book received critical acclaim and was a National Books Critics Circle Award finalist for autobiography.

8. DJ Drama (born Tyree Cinque Simmons) is the DJ wtih wide experience in the mixtape game, perhaps best known for the “Gangsta Grillz” series. He has worked with a wide range of acts including T.I., Jime Jones, Saigon, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Webbie, Little Brother, and the Pimp Squad Click (P$C). He’s also one third of the highly productive Aphilliates Music Group with DJ Don Cannon and DJ Sense. On January 16, 2007, DJ Drama, along with DJ Cannon, were arrested on RICO charges for selling CDs that did not have a publisher’s address.

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