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1. Eva Taylor, blues artist. recorded for the Black Swan label; later on, she cut sides for Okeh, Columbia, and Bluebird. Her repertoire was blues-based, but she also included jazz and pop pieces in her performances.

2. Katherine Dunham, Dancer, Choreographer, anthropologist, Teacher, Successful on the stage and in movies, including “Stormy Weather”, in the late 1960’s, formed the Katherine Dunham Center for the Performing Arts and in 1983 will be awarded Kennedy Center honors.

3. Ella Johnson, Singer (Gotta Go Upside Your Head) jazz and rhythm and blues vocalist. Her singing drew comparisons to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Johnson scored her first hit with “Please, Mr. Johnson” in 1940. Subsequent hits included “Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?”, “When My Man Comes Home” and “Hittin’ On Me”. Her popular 1945 recording of “Since I Fell For You”, composed by her brother (Buddy Johnson), led to its eventual establishment as a jazz standard.

4. Ed Bradley is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A CBS correspondent covering the Vietnam conflict, co-anchor of CBS’ “60 Minutes” and win at least six Emmy awards.

5. Octavia Butler, science fiction writer and winner of the Hugo Award for excellence in science fiction writing in 1984.

6. Clyde (The Glide) Drexler, NBA Basketball Star

7. Donald Faison, Actor and voice actor best known for his role as Dr. Chris Turk in the ABC (formerly NBC) comedy-drama Scrubs (2001–2010).

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