1. Henry “Son” Sims, Blues musician . Sims mastered several instruments (piano, guitar, violin, viola and mandolin ), but mostly played fiddle and guitar as accompanist for many major blues artist.
.2. John Lee Hooker, blues singer-songwriter and guitarist, born near Clarksdale, Mississippi. Hooker began his life as the son of a sharecropper, William Hooker, and rose to prominence performing his own unique style of what was originally closest to Delta blues. He developed a ‘talking blues’ style that was his trademark. Though similar to the early Delta blues, his music was metrically free. John Lee Hooker could be said to embody his own unique genre of the blues, often incorporating the boogie-woogie piano style and a driving rhythm into his masterful and idiosyncratic blues guitar and singing. His best known songs include “Boogie Chillen'” (1948), “I’m in the Mood” (1951) and “Boom Boom” (1962), the first two reaching R&B #1 in the Billboard charts.
3. Vernon Reid, guitarist, songwriter, composer and bandleader. Best known as the founder and primary songwriter of the heavy metal band Living Colour, Reid was named #66 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
5. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, actor, and former fashion model best known for his roles as Mr. Eko on Lost, Simon Adebisi on Oz and Nykwana Wombosi in The Bourne Identity.
6. Christopher Williams, noted balladeer and R&B singer and actor. Williams, who emerged during the late 1980s as a recording artist for Geffen Records, has scored many hit singles, notably “Promises, Promises” (1989), “Talk to Myself” (1989), and “Every Little Thing U Do” (1993). The single “I’m Dreamin'” (1991), from the New Jack City soundtrack, became a #1 single on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks charts. After a six-year hiatus from recording music, he returned to the music scene with Real Men Do on the indie label Renegade, in 2001. It received a glowing, flattering review in Ebony Magazine that summer.
Williams appeared in the successful motion picture film New Jack City in 1991. He portrayed the role of Kareem Akbar, one of Nino Brown’s assistants. He also had a cameo appearance in the 1990s police drama, New York Undercover as “the singer,” performing “Stranger In My Life,” in the episode entitled “The Shooter.” He had another cameo in Gunmen, starring Christopher Lambert and Mario Van Peebles, again doing what he does best — singing!