May 21st in Black History:
FEATURED: Katherine Dunham
1904: Jazz pianist, composer, singer and writer of ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ Fats Waller was born. (Died: 1943)
1923: Legendary Basketball coach Clarence ‘Big House’ Gaines was born. (Died: 2005)
1938: Blues Singer Lee ‘Shot’ Williams was born. (Died: 2011)
1941: Singer/songwriter, musician, producer & actor Ron Isley was born.
1952: Actor Mr. T was born.
1963: Stevie Wonder recorded what would become his 1st hit ‘Fingertips’ Pt. 2.’
1972: Talented & gifted rapper Notorious B.I.G. was born. He was murdered in 1997 at age 24.
1977: #1 Song – ‘Sir Duke’ by Stevie Wonder.
1977: Former NFL running back Ricky Williams was born.
1981: Reggae legend Bob Marley was laid to rest in his hometown of Kingston, Jamaica. He was buried with full state honors.
1983: ‘No more Tears’ by Anita Baker debuted on the R&B Chart.
1985: Singer, songwriter, record producer & rapper Kano was born.
1996: Babyface was named Songwriter of the Year for ‘I’ll Make Love to You’ at the BMI’s 4th Annual Pop awards ceremony in La.
2006: Dancer, choreographer, author, educator, and social activist Katherine Dunham passed away at age 96.
2012: Otis Clark passed away at age 109. He was the oldest living survivor of the 1921 Tulsa race riots considered to be the worst in American history. He moved to California and found work as a butler for movie stars Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, and Joan Crawford. He later became an evangelist traveling the U.S. and the world on behalf of the Church of God in Christ. He traveled to Zimbabwe for a 3 week mission when he was 104. He was in good health until his passing . . . no medications, no hearing aids or walking canes.