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Tag: Black History Maker

Feb 15: Black History Maker, Chris Rock

Feb 15: Black History Maker, Chris Rock

Comedian and actor Chris Rock was born on February 7, 1965, in Andrews, South Carolina. Rock is the eldest son of Julius Rock, a truck driver, and Rose Rock, a teacher. When Rock was a toddler, his family relocated to ...

Stephanie Mills is a living legend, known as a "the little lady with a big voice, whose career has stretched four decades.

Feb 14: Black History Maker, Stephanie Mills

Stephanie Mills was born March 22, 1957, in Bedford Stuyvesant. The youngest of six children, Mills honed her rich vocals singing gospel music at Brooklyn's Cornerstone Baptist Church as a small child. By age 9, Mills appeared in her first ...

Feb 13: Black History Maker, Big Daddy Kane

Feb 13: Black History Maker, Big Daddy Kane

Big Daddy Kane, born Antonio Hardy on September 10, 1968, in Bedford Stuyvesant, is widely considered one of the most skilled MCs and charismatic entertainers in hip-hop. Not only was he a gifted lyricist, but he was also a class ...

The gutsy "Woman of the Year" made Wall Street respect Bed-Stuy

Feb 12: Black History Maker, Ernesta G. Procope

More than fifty-five years ago, Ernesta G. Procope formed E.G. Bowman Company, Inc., in Bedford Stuyvesant to provide auto and homeowners insurance services to her underserved community. Thanks to her energetic entrepreneurship, the agency grew and prospered. But by the ...

Michael Jordan is widely considered one of the best basketball players of all time

Feb 11: Black History Maker, Michael Jordan

Professional basketball player, Olympic athlete and businessperson Michael Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in Bedford Stuyvesant. His family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, when Jordan was very young. Jordan developed a competitive edge at an early age. He ...

June Jordan, one of the most widely published and highly acclaimed African-American writers of her generation.

Feb 10: Black History Maker, June Jordan

Poet, playwright and essayist June Jordan was one of the most widely published and highly acclaimed African-American writers of her generation. Born July 9, 1936, in Harlem, New York, and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant. Jordan's future was shaped, for better ...

Jay-Z pulled himself up by his bootstraps to eventually become the reigning rapper of New York City

Feb 9: Black History Maker, Jay-Z

One of the greatest, most successful hip-hop artists of all time, Jay-Z was born Shawn Corey Carter on December 4, 1969, in Bedford Stuyvesant. Carter's father, Adnes Reeves, left the family when Carter was only 11 years old. The young ...

Lena Horne broke barriers as one of the first, highly acclaimed black actresses in Hollywood who used her status to speak on behalf of civil rights for all

Feb 8: Brooklyn History Maker, Lena Horne

Singer and actress Lena Calhoun Horne was born in Bedford Stuyvesant on June 30, 1917. All four of her grandparents were industrious members of Brooklyn's black middle class. Her paternal grandparents, Edwin and Cora Horne, were early members of the ...

Richie Havens was one of the most recognizable voices in popular folk music.

Feb 7: Black History Maker, Richie Havens

  Richard P. "Richie" Havens was born January 21, 1941, in Bedford Stuyvesant. At an early age, he began organizing his neighborhood friends into street corner doo-wop groups and was performing with The McCrea Gospel Singers at 16. At the ...

Earl G. Graves is a philanthropist, author, publisher and founder of Black Enterprise Magazine.

Feb 6: Black History Maker, Earl G. Graves

Earl G. Graves was born on January 9, 1935, in Brooklyn and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant, where he learned hard work and perseverance from his parents, Earl Goodwin and Winnaford Colette Sealy Graves. Graves attended Morgan State University, where he ...

A leader in science and aeronautical engineering

Feb 5: Black History Maker, Dr. Aprille Ericsson

Dr. Aprille Ericsson is the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University and the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in Engineering at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight ...