Debbie Allen is an American actor, choreographer, film director, television producer and a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. She is best known for her role as Lydia Grant in the hit television series, Fame. She currently teaches young dancers at her Debbie Allen Dance Academy. She also taught choreography to former L.A. Laker dancer-turned singer, Paula Abdul.
Aretha Franklin has been dubbed for years "The Queen Of Soul", but many also call her "Lady Soul," as well as the more affectionate "Sister Re". She is renowned for her soul and R&B recordings but is also adept at jazz, rock, blues, pop, gospel, and even opera. She is generally regarded as one of the top vocalists ever, due to her ability to inject whatever she may be singing about with passion, soul and sheer conviction.
Paula Giddings did an excellent job of researching the history of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her work is compiled in a very informative book that she authored - In Search of Sisterhood.
Nikki Giovanni has made her mark in society as an innovative poet.. One of her poems that is an inspiration to all Black Women is "Ego Tripping".
Ericka Dunlap broke a 68-year-old color barrier by becoming the first African-American Miss Florida. On September 20, 2003, was crowned Miss America 2004.
Shirley Caesar is an Grammy winning gospel singer and Christian pastor. She is also known as the “Queen of Gospel”.
Lena Horne is known as one of the most popular African American entertainers of the twentieth century. A woman of great beauty and commanding stage presence, she performed in nightclubs, concert halls, movies, and on radio and television.
Dorothy I. Height, PhD was National President (1947-1956) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.. She was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the Presidential Commission on a national Agenda for the 1980’s. She has served as president of the National Council of Negro Women for over 40 years.
Natalie Cole is a Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter. Also daughter of the late Nat King Cole.
Roberta Flack is an singer, notable in the areas of jazz, soul, and folk. Flack is best known for singles such as "Killing Me Softly With His Song", which won the 1974 Grammy for Record of the Year, and "Where Is the Love", the latter being one of her many duets with Donny Hathaway.
Kim Whitley is an actor and comedian. She has made guest appearance in several television sitcoms, including The Parent 'Hood, Married... with Children, Moesha, That's So Raven, The Parkers and Curb Your Enthusiasm. She has played in several films such as Deliver Us From Eva, Baby Boy, and Next Friday.
Kellie Shanygne Williams is an actress best known for her role as Laura Winslow on the television series Family Matters. Kellie was on the show from its original airdate in late 1989 to the summer of 1998. After the show, Kellie began acting in the ABC television show What about Joan. She also starred in the urban teen film Ride in 1999 and In The Mix in 2005.
Nancy Wilson is an singer whose sixty-plus albums have blended jazz and pop music. She currently hosts a jazz radio program on National Public Radio, Jazz Profiles.
Fannie Lou Hammer was an American voting rights activist and civil rights leader. She was instrumental in organizing Mississippi's "Freedom Summer" for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and later became the Vice-Chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, attending the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in that capacity.
Tynesha Lewis is a professional basketball player in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), most recently playing for the Minnesota Lynx. Lewis graduated in 2001 from North Carolina State University, and was the president of the Mu Omicron Chapter of, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Sheryl Lee Ralph is an actress and singer of Jamaican descent, best known for her work in Broadway productions such as Dreamgirls (in which she was nominated for a Tony Award) and Thoroughly Modern Millie. In television, she had co-starring roles in the 1980s sitcoms It's A Living and Designing Women and as Brandy's stepmother on the successful UPN sitcom, Moesha.
Jacque Reid is the anchor of The BET Nightly News.
Betty Shabazz also known as Betty X, was the wife of the late Malcolm X.
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Debbie Allen, Aretha Franklin, Paula Giddings, Ericka Dunlap, Shirley Caesar, Lena Horne, Dorothy I. Height, Kim Whitley, Kellie Shanygne Williams, Nancy Wil