July 23: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: E. Lynn Harris
1909: Helen Martin was born. She was an actress of stage, film and television and perhaps her role and her bigger than life personality on ’227′as Pearl. She was 90 years old.
1942: Madeline Bell was born. She is a soul singer and former gospel singer. She turns 71 today.
1935: Cleve Duncan was born. His soaring tenor voice as lead singer for the Penguins helped propel the 1954 doo-wop ballad “Earth Angel into rock ‘n’ roll immortality. He passed away in 2012.
1949: ‘Trouble Blues’ by the Charles Brown Trio was the Number One Song this day.
1962: Eriq La Salle was born. He is an actor, director, writer and producer. He turns 51 today.
1962: The Shirelles charted with “Welcome Home Baby,” a logical sequel to their last hit, “Soldier Boy.”
1965: Saul ‘Slash’ Hudson was born. He is a musician, songwriter, record producer and film producer. He turns 48 today.
1967: One of the worst riots in U.S history began on 12th Street in the predominantly African American inner city in Detroit, Michigan. 43 people were killed, 342 injured and 1,400 buildings burned.
1968: Gary Payton was born. He is a former NBA player, nicknamed ‘The Glove’ for his excellent defensive ability. He turns 45 today.
1968: James Brown Day was declared in Los Angeles to honor his sellout concert at the Great Western Forum.
1971: Dalvin DeGrate was born. He is a R&B/soul musician, singer and rapper, one-quarter of the R&B group Jodeci. He is the younger brother of Jodeci’s founder DeVante Swing. He turns 42 today.
1972: Marlon Wayans was born. He is an actor, model, producer, comedian, writer, and director. He turns 41 today.
1974: Maurice Greene was born. He is an Olympic Gold Medal Track and Field sprinter (retired). He turns 39 today.
1977: Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” reached #1 in England and would soon be #3 pop in America.
1980: Michelle Williams was born. She is a singer, songwriter, record producer, former member of the group Destiny’s Child and actress. She turns 33 today.
1983: Rick James charted with “Cold Blooded,” reaching #1 R&B for six weeks and earning him his biggest R&B hit of twenty-seven singles through 1989.
1983: “All Night Long” by the Mary Jane Girls charted, eventually reaching #11 R&B. It was a busy and productive year for Rick James, who wrote and produced the record.
1984: Vanessa Williams becomes the first Miss America to resign when she surrenders her crown after nude photos of her appeared in Penthouse magazine.
1988: After a twenty year hiatus, the original Danleers of “One Summer Night” fame regrouped at the Westbury Music Fair on Long Island.
1995: Floyd McDaniel passed away. He was a singer, guitarist and a member of the Five Blazes. He was 80 years old.
2009: E. Lynn Harris passed away. He was a pioneer of gay black fiction and a literary entrepreneur who rose from self-publishing to best-selling status. He was 54 years old.