Patrick Aloysius Ewing, retired Hall of Fame basketball player and current assistant coach for the National Basketball Association’s Orlando Magic. He played most of his career with the NBA’s New York Knicks as their starting center and played briefly with the Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic. Ewing was named as the 16th greatest college player of all time by ESPN. He won Olympic Gold Medals as a member of the 1984 and 1992 US Men’s National Basketball teams. In a 1996 poll celebrating the 50th anniversary of the NBA, Ewing was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Basketball Players of All Time. On April 7, 2008 he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame on September 5, 2008 along with former NBA coach Pat Riley and former Houston Rockets center, Hakeem Olajuwon. His number 33 was retired by the Knicks in 2003.
Ja’net Dubois, an actress and singer. Dubois is perhaps best known for her portrayal of the wise-cracking, gossip maven Willona Woods on the 1970s sitcom Good Times. Dubois also co-wrote and sang the theme song of the sitcom The Jeffersons, and has appeared in a number of other television programs (usually as a guest star), most notably in 1972 during the second season of Sanford and Son as Fred’s old flame Juanita in an episode entitled “Sanford and Son and Sister Makes Three” (this appearance got her noticed by Norman Lear, and led to her being cast in Good Times and in films). She usually found herself playing roles which made her seem much older than she was. For example, when Good Times premiered in 1974 she was 28 while the show made her out to be much closer in age to Esther Rolle, who was born in 1920.
She co-starred in the movie I’m Gonna Git You Sucka and the sitcoms Moesha and The Steve Harvey Show. She played the grandmother on the hit show The Wayans Bros.. She appeared in the 2003 movie Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. Among her other credits, she appeared in the 1969 made-for-TV holiday film J.T.. She also appeared in former Good Times co-star Janet Jackson’s “Control” music video as her mother. She also appeared in Love of Life between 1970-1972 as Loretta Allen, years prior to starring in Good Times.
Dubois won an Emmy Award for her work on the TV movie Other Women’s Children based on the novel by Perri Klass, as well as two Emmys for her voiceover work on the animated program The PJs.
She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
Chip Fields, who is sometimes credited as Chip Hurd or Chip Fields-Hurd, (born August 5, 1951) is an actress, director,consultant, and dialogue coach, who has appeared in popular films, television shows, and Broadway theatre. She is best known for portraying Penny Gordon’s abusive birth mother in a four-part episode of the 1970s sitcom Good Times. She is also the mother of Kim and Alexis Fields. She also guest starred on Living Single as Kim Fields character’s mother.