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1. Tupac Shakur Tupac Shakur Soundtrack, Django Unchained Notorious 25-year-old gangsta MC and actor Tupac Shakur was shot and killed before he had a chance to fulfill the promise of a successful career in both fields. He was born in New York City and his mother, Afeni Shakur, was a member of the Black Panther Party. Shakur spent much of his youth in Harlem...
2. Yaya DaCosta Yaya DaCosta Actress, The Kids Are All Right Yaya DaCosta was born and raised in New York City along with her sister and two brothers. She got her first acting gig at the age of eleven when her junior high school drama teacher, Ann Willis Ratray, encouraged her to audition for educational films. She continued to perform in school shows throughout high school and college and in 2005...
3. Mekhi Phifer Mekhi Phifer Actor, ER Mekhi Phifer was born in Harlem, Manhattan, and was raised by his mother, Rhoda, a high school teacher. Phifer's acting career began when he auditioned at an open casting call for director Spike Lee's Clockers and was selected for the leading role. Working alongside Harvey Keitel and Delroy Lindo...
4. Rob Brown Rob Brown Actor, The Dark Knight Rises Rob Brown was born in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn, New York. A natural who never studied acting and who had no professional acting experience, made his acting and motion picture debut in Finding Forrester. Rob celebrated his 16th birthday just before the start of production. He is a talented athlete in high school playing both basketball and football.
5. Rakim Mayers Rakim Mayers Soundtrack, Divergent American rapper from Harlem, New York City. Rakim is a member of the hip hop collective ASAP Mob, from which he adopted his moniker. Rocky released his debut mix-tape Live. Love. ASAP, in 2011. The success of his mix-tape led to a record deal with Polo Grounds Music, RCA Records, and Sony Music Entertainment...
6. Kathrine Narducci Kathrine Narducci Actress, A Bronx Tale
7. Sammy Davis Jr. Sammy Davis Jr. Actor, Ocean's 11 Sammy Davis Jr. was often billed as the "greatest living entertainer in the world". He was born in Harlem, Manhattan, the son of dancer Elvera Davis (née Sanchez) and vaudeville star Sammy Davis Sr.. His father was African-American and his mother was of Puerto Rican ancestry. Davis Jr. was known as someone who could do it all--sing...
8. Joan Hackett Joan Hackett Actress, Support Your Local Sheriff! Joan Hackett was never one of your conventional leading ladies. Directors sometimes found her difficult to work with. Yet, this strong-minded perfectionist had an unquenchable individuality that came through in her performances and she never hesitated being unglamorous whenever the role demanded. Born of an Italian mother and an Irish-American father in East Harlem on March 1 1934...
9. John Marley John Marley Actor, The Godfather Veteran character actor John Marley was one of those familiar but nameless faces that television and filmgoers did not take a shine to until the late 1960s, when he had hit middle age. Distinctive for his craggy face, dark bushy brows and upswept silvery hair, his life (born in 1907) started out amid tough surroundings in Harlem...
10. Allen Payne Allen Payne Actor, The Perfect Storm
11. Arthur Miller Arthur Miller Writer, The Crucible Arthur Asher Miller was born on October 17, 1915, in New York City, to Augusta (Barnett) and Isidore Miller. His family was of Austrian Jewish descent. His father manufactured women's coats, but his business was devastated by the Depression, seeding his son's disillusionment with the American Dream...
12. Cam'ron Cam'ron Soundtrack, End of Watch Rapper Cam'ron was born and raised in Harlem, attending Manhattan Center High School, where one of his basketball teammates was Mason "Mase" Betha, who also became a successful rapper. Though his playing earned him scholarship offers from top colleges, Cam'ron was unable to take advantage of them because of his poor academic record...
13. Lil Mama Lil Mama Soundtrack, Dance Flick
14. Leo O'Brien Leo O'Brien Actor, The Last Dragon
15. Dolores Hope Dolores Hope Self, Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories
16. Sasha Allen Sasha Allen Actress, Camp
17. Shorty Mac Shorty Mac Actor, Little Red Rides the Hood 2 It goes without saying that Shorty Mac is quite diminutive. However, this performer, hailing from the streets of Harlem, New York has made an distinctively-colossal mark in the adult film industry. Big things come in small packages, as the old expression goes and it is undoubtedly true when women come face-to-face with Shorty Mac...
18. Princess Superstar Princess Superstar Soundtrack, Get Him to the Greek
19. Azealia Banks Azealia Banks Soundtrack, Pitch Perfect
20. Norma Miller Norma Miller Actress, Malcolm X
21. Kent Williams Kent Williams Actor, WarGames Born in Manhattan, son of big band leader Glenn Williams and Marilyn Williams, a former June Taylor dancer. Studied music and theatre at SUNY Oswego where he graduated in 1973 along with classmate Christine Estabrook ("Desperate Housewives"). Studied acting at the American Conservatory Theatre in San...
22. Perry Moore Perry Moore Actor, The Tuskegee Airmen
23. Darryl McDaniels Darryl McDaniels Soundtrack, Die Hard Darryl Matthews McDaniels was born on May 31, 1964, in Queens, New York. His birth parents are unknown. At the age of 3 months, Byford and Banna McDaniels adopted him. He attended Catholic schools in New York City and after graduation, he attended St. John's University in Queens, New York. During this...
24. Paul Bogart Paul Bogart Director, All in the Family
25. Agnes de Mille Agnes de Mille Self, Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of American Music
26. Shabazz Ray Shabazz Ray Actor, Zoolander Shabazz Ray was born in Harlem New York. He moved to South Carolina with his parents at a young age. He lived between Bronx, New York and South Carolina until he was 17. This is when he went to New York for a summer vacation with no plans of returning to South Carolina. He decided over the course of...
27. Juelz Santana Juelz Santana Soundtrack, End of Watch
28. Ed Cambridge Ed Cambridge Actor, Deep Cover
29. Alberto Vazquez Alberto Vazquez Actor, Michael Clayton Alberto Vazquez was born in Spanish Harlem, New York. His parents are from Puerto Rico. Alberto was interested in acting since his childhood. He was a television junkie and would imitate characters from popular TV shows in the sixties. He started studying acting in 1975 with Julie Bovasso (Travolta's mother in Saturday Night Fever)...
30. James Baldwin James Baldwin Writer, À la place du coeur
31. Bre Scullark Bre Scullark Self, America's Next Top Model Bre Scullark, from America's Next Top Model, Cycle 5 is a dynamic young woman who after ANTM, did correspondent work for the Tyra Banks Show, BET and a few other outlets. Bre has been a blogger for Global Grind, Essence.com and Honey magazine while focusing on acting and continuing her correspondent work. Her latest campaigns are Garnier Fructis, Ambi Skincare and Dove Chocolate.
32. Frankie Lymon Frankie Lymon Soundtrack, American Graffiti
33. Kurtis Blow Kurtis Blow Soundtrack, It's Kind of a Funny Story
34. Vicki Sue Robinson Vicki Sue Robinson Soundtrack, The Martian Beautiful, vibrant, and talented actress and singer Vicki Sue Robinson was born on May 31, 1954 in Harlem, New York City and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of white folk singer Jolly Robinson and black Shakespearean actor Bill Robinson. (Robinson was actually part white, part black...
35. Jim Jones Jim Jones Producer, This Is Jim Jones
36. Izzy Ruiz Izzy Ruiz Actor, Lola Versus Born in New York City's Spanish Harlem, Izzy Ruiz was born to act. He moved to the south Bronx at the age of 5, where he spent most of his life since. Izzy has experienced so much in life, that others would find unbearable or unrealistic. From seeing a man shot in the head when he was 6 years old to seeing a bus run over another child's head when he was 8 years old...
37. Joe Suba Joe Suba Actor, Opium War Joe Suba had no intentions of being an actor. An only child, Suba was born and raised in Harlem, New York. A super productive, type A over-achiever who was never known to do anything half-heartedly, boxing and martial arts came naturally to him, and he became a black belt in karate at a young age. Suba...
38. Joe Budden Joe Budden Soundtrack, Mean Girls
39. Jane White Jane White Actress, Klute
40. Leroy 'Nicky' Barnes Leroy 'Nicky' Barnes Self, Mr. Untouchable
41. Vincent McMahon Vincent McMahon Writer, WWF Championship Wrestling
42. Sig Shore Sig Shore Director, The Return of Superfly Born in East Harlem and raised in the Bronx, Sig Shore earned a basketball scholarship to George Washington University. During World War II he served as a navigator in the Army Air Corps where he became a first lieutenant. After the war he was the advertising director for Dance magazine and later started advertising agencies in San Francisco and New York...
43. Lamont Coleman Lamont Coleman Soundtrack, Transporter 3
44. Felipe Luciano Felipe Luciano Actor, It Could Happen to You
45. Alfonzo Thornton Alfonzo Thornton Actor, Roxy Music: The High Road
46. Sylvia Robinson Sylvia Robinson Soundtrack, Shaun of the Dead
47. Donald Jones Donald Jones Actor, Mik-Mak
48. Piri Thomas Piri Thomas Actor, Every Child Is Born a Poet: The Life and Work of Piri Thomas
49. John Carlos John Carlos Self, Inside 'Salute'
50. Gloria Lynne Gloria Lynne Soundtrack, Se7en
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