15-Time Grammy Award Winner
Eminem (often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, film producer, and actor. Throughout his career, he has had 10 number-one albums on the Billboard 200, with over 220 million records sold globally.
Dobie Gray was a singer and songwriter, whose musical career spanned soul, country, pop, and musical theater. His hit songs included "The 'In' Crowd" in 1965 and "Drift Away", which was one of the biggest hits of 1973, sold over one million copies.
Josephine Baker was an American born French entertainer, activist, and French Resistance agent. She was the first African-American to star in a major motion picture, the 1927 silent film "Siren of the Tropics", directed by Mario Nalpas and Henri Étiévant.
First Lady of Civil Rights
Rosa Parks was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The United States Congress has called her "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement".
1st Published African-American Poet
Phillis Wheatley was the first published African-American female poet. Born in West Africa, she was sold into slavery at the age of seven or eight and transported to North America. She was purchased by the Wheatley family of Boston.
Author, "Roots: The Saga of an American Family"
Alex Haley was an American writer and the author of the 1976 book "Roots: The Saga of an American Family". ABC adapted the book as a television miniseries of the same name and aired it in 1977 to a record-breaking audience of 130 million viewers.
Actor and Recording Artist
Jussie Smollett began his caree starring in commercials and films, including "The Mighty Ducks" (1992) and Rob Reiner's "North" (1994). In 2015, he attracted international attention for his portrayal of musician Jamal Lyon in the drama series "Empire".