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Tag: Brooklyn Black History

"Iron Mike" Tyson is considered one of the best heavyweights of all time.

Feb 28: Black History Maker, Mike Tyson

Michael “Mike” Gerard Tyson was born in Bedford Stuyvesant on June 30, 1966, to Purcell Tyson and Lorna Mae Smith. Tyson was one of the three children in his family. He had an older brother Rodney and a sister Denise, ...

The Honorable Judge Betty Staton is the executive director of Bedford Stuyvesant Community Legal Services.

Feb 26: Black History Maker, Betty Staton

The Honorable Judge Betty Staton is a former judge and currently the president of Brooklyn Legal Services. Staton grew up during a time when racial segregation was the norm, and she has seen a great degree of social injustice. But, ...

Feb 25: Black History Maker, Spike Lee

Feb 25: Black History Maker, Spike Lee

Actor, director, producer and writer Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia, and soon moved to Fort Greene. Growing up in a relatively well-off African-American family, Lee was making amateur films by age ...

Grammy Award-winning artist Maxwell has been credited for spearheading the neo-soul movement.

Feb 24: Black History Maker, Maxwell

Maxwell was born May 23, 1973, in Brooklyn. Born to a Puerto Rican father and a Haitian mother, Maxwell suffered the loss of his father (in a plane crash) when he was just three years old.  The experience made him ...

Feb 23: Black History Maker, Eddie Murphy

Feb 23: Black History Maker, Eddie Murphy

Edward Regan Murphy was born April 3, 1961, in Bushwick to Lillian Lynch, a telephone operator, and Charles Edward Murphy, a transit police officer who was also an amateur comedian and actor. His brothers are Charlie Murphy and Vernon Lynch ...

Feb 22: Black History Maker, MC Lyte

Feb 22: Black History Maker, MC Lyte

Rapper MC Lyte was born Lana Moorer on October 11, 1971 in Queens and raised in the East Flatbush.  She began rapping when she was 12, learning from her brothers Milk and Gizmo of the rap group Audio Two. Her ...

Feb 21: Brooklyn History Maker, Lenny Kravitz

Feb 21: Brooklyn History Maker, Lenny Kravitz

Leonard “Lenny” Albert Kravitz, known to most as Lenny Kravitz, was born on May 26, 1964, in Bedford Stuyvesant, the only child of actress Roxie Roker and Hollywood producer Sy Kravitz. His father was Jewish and his mother was of ...

Jackie Robinson was a baseball legend who broke racial barriers and earned a place in the Hall of Fame.

Feb 16: Black History Maker, Jackie Robinson

Longtime Bedford-Stuyvesant resident Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia, in 1919 to a family of sharecroppers. Robinson excelled early in all sports. Jackie Robinson attended UCLA where he became the first athlete to win varsity letters in four ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...