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William Leonard Roberts II/ Rick Ross (1976- )

William Leonard Roberts II, also known as Rick Ross, is a rapper, songwriter, and entrepreneur. Roberts was born on January 28, 1976, to William Leonard Roberts Sr. and Tommie Roberts in Clarksdale, Mississippi but the family relocated to Miami, Florida, when Ross was young. He … Read MoreWilliam Leonard Roberts II/ Rick Ross (1976- )

Little Anthony and the Imperials (1958- )

Beginning as the Chesters in 1957, Little Anthony and the Imperials are a legendary Doo-Wop rhythm and blues/soul vocal ensemble founded in Brooklyn, New York by tenor Clarence Collins, Countertenor/Falsetto and principal singer Jerome Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine, Ernest Wright, bass Glouster “Nate” Rogers, and … Read MoreLittle Anthony and the Imperials (1958- )

Theodore DeReese Pendergrass (1950-2010)

Musician Theodore DeReese Pendergrass, known popularly as Teddy Pendergrass, was born on March 26, 1950, to Ida Geraldine (Epps) and Jesse Pendergrass in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father left the family when Pendergrass was young and was killed in 1962. Pendergrass began singing at the age … Read MoreTheodore DeReese Pendergrass (1950-2010)

Sonny Charles and the Checkmates (1969-2008)

Sonny Charles Hemphill, arranger, tenor, director, was born in Blytheville, Arkansas, on September 4, 1940, to sharecroppers. However, at the age of 10, he, his six sisters, and parents moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana. At 14 Hemphill, a tenor and harmonica player, sang in the … Read MoreSonny Charles and the Checkmates (1969-2008)

Lauryn Noelle Hill (1975- )

Actor, vocalist, lyricist, arranger, producer, activist Lauryn Noelle Hill is one of the most influential hip-hop artists. She was born in East Orange, New Jersey, on May 26, 1975, to Mal Hill, a computer consultant, and Valerie Hill, an educator, and pianist. She has one … Read MoreLauryn Noelle Hill (1975- )

Augustus Jackson (1808-1852)

Ice cream innovator Augustus Jackson was born on April 16, 1808, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began working at the White House in Washington D.C. when he was just nine years old and worked as a chef there for twenty years from 1817 until 1837. Jackson … Read MoreAugustus Jackson (1808-1852)

Little Rock Crisis (1957)

This entry is for juvenile audiences. To see the full version of this entry, click here. What happened: In 1957, after a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that public school segregation was unconstitutional, nine Black students were selected to attend Little Rock, Arkansas’ Central … Read MoreLittle Rock Crisis (1957)

Emmett Louis Till (1941-1955)

This entry is for juvenile audiences. To see the full version of this entry, click here. Who are they: Emmett Till was born on July 25, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois. His parent’s names were Louis and Mamie Till. He was an only child, and he … Read MoreEmmett Louis Till (1941-1955)

Farai Chideya (1969- )

Farai Chideya is an American author, radio host, and Pop and Politics radio series producer and host. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to an American mother and a Zimbabwean father on July 27, 1969. Chideya explores and focuses her work on race relations, politics, … Read MoreFarai Chideya (1969- )