Natalie Maria Cole was born on February 6, 1950 to Nat King Cole and jazz singer Maria Cole in Los Angeles, California. At the age of 6, she recorded “I’m Good Will, Your Christmas Spirit” with her father, and by age 11, the young songstress had begun performing in the community. Natalie Maria Cole is survived by her son, Robert Adam Yancy. Natalie Cole Biography and Profile.
Stephanie Mills (Stephanie Dorthea Mills), born on 22 March 1957, Brooklyn, New York, USA, an American R&B and soul singer, and a former Broadway star. Stephanie Mills first came to fame as “the little girl with the big voice” as the star of the hit Broadway play, The Wiz, an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s classic book, The Wizard Of Oz. Stephanie Dorthea Mills had many R&B hits such as “I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love,” “I Feel Good All Over,” “(You’re Puttin’) A Rush On Me,” “Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel)” and “Home” along with one certified million selling single, “Never Knew Love Like This Before.” Stephanie Mills Biography and Profile.
Amanda Stenberg born on 23 October 1998, the actress most famous for portraying Rue in “The Hunger Games,” asks some serious questions in a YouTube video about appropriation of black culture into the mainstream. “Pop stars… adopted black culture as a way of being edgy and gaining attention,” she says according to W Dish. Among others, she points out Perry’s ebonics in the “This Is How We Do” video and Miley Cyrus’s twerking in “We Can’t Stop.” Amandla Stenberg Biography and Profile.
Viola Davis, African-American Actress and Producer, was born 11 August 1965 in South Carolina, grew up in Rhode Island, where she began acting — first in high school, and then at Rhode Island College. After attending the Juilliard School of Performing Arts, Davis made her Broadway debut in 1996 in Seven Guitars. She has won Tony Awards for her performances in King Hedley II (2001) and a revival of August Wilson’s Fences (2010), which co-starred Denzel Washington. Viola Davis Biography and Profile.