Comedian and excutive of an independent TV production company.
Ashford and Simpson.
Prolific husband-and-wife songwriting and performing duo.
Emmy Award-winning musical director.
Jamaican-born U.S. Marine turned construction contractor.
Blige, Mary J.
Grammy-winning vocalist known as the "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul".
Inspirational speaker and boxing coach.
Buery Jr., Richard.
Distinguished community activist and nonprofit leader.
Promising power hitter for the Yankees.
Olympian runner and political activist.
Highly-anticipated rap artist debuting on Jay-Z's Roc Nation label.
Pro Football Hall-of-Fame defensive end.
Leading aerospace engineer for NASA.
Elie, Lolis Eric.
New Orleans-based journalist and television writer on HBO's Treme.
Jamaican singer who made her mark in the male-dominated ska and reggae genres.
Influential novelist and screenwriter praised for seminal essay "The New Black Aesthetic".
Respected president of the National Basketball Players Association.
Highly regarded bandleader of Count Basie Orchestra.
Prolific author of top-selling urban lit novels.
Gospel singer and songwriter who put Christian music on the pop charts.
First African-American CEO of a major pharmaceutical company.
Prominent basketball pioneer.
Tireless civil, environmental, and human rights advocate.
Award-winning CSI: NY actor and successful self-help author.
Hall-of-fame running back and businessman.
Johnson, Conrad O.
Beloved bandleader of the Kashmere Senior High School Band of Houston, TX.
Johnson, Norma H.
Renowned former chief federal judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Longtime R&B singer.
Jordan, Michael B.
Young actor known for emotional roles in The Wire and Friday Night Lights.
Rising professional hockey player.
Celebrated Olympian in track and field.
Pioneering executive for the Atlanta Braves.
Nobel Peace Prize–winning activist.
"Top Model" and actress starring in reality series on Oxygen.
Public radio host and acclaimed journalist.
Versatile former 3LW singer who transitioned to acting career.
Former mayor of Paradise Valley, AZ.
First president of the Republic of Cape Verde.
Family-oriented founder of the hot-selling Carol's Daughter cosmetics line.
Grammy-winning rapper and Chicago City Council contender.
Powerhouse singer and Glee actress.
Innovative television marketing executive charged with rebranding CNN Worldwide.
Cuban-born Grammy-winning singer and songwriter.
Outspoken football star and sports analyst.
Minister, media figure, and relentless advocate for social justice.
Talented singer, model, and younger sister of Beyoncé.
Eminent administrator, educator, and researcher.
Triple-threat actress, playwright, and director who starred in TV's I'll Fly Away.
Experimental jazz musician and composer.
Contemporary jazz sensation from New Orleans.
Dallas County district attorney dedicated to reversing wrongful convictions.
Classically trained actress in the popular HBO series True Blood.
Williams, Michael Kenneth.
Movie and television actor known for roles in HBO's The Wire and Boardwalk Empire
Crusading environmental activist.