ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS: March
Mar 11 – Terrence Howard (actor).
Mar 12 – Virginia Hamilton (children’s author).
Mar 14 – Quincy Jones (Producer).
Mar 15 – Sly Stone (singer – Sly and the Family Stone – oh yeah!).
Mar 17 – Nat King Cole (singer); Mar 18 – Queen Latifah (actress, singer/songwriter, rapper, model, and commedienne); Mar 19 - Glenn Close (actress - nominated for six academy awards for her work in Dangerous Liaisons, Fatal Attraction, Albert Nobbs, The Natural, The Big Chill, and The World According to Garp).
Mar 19 – Jackie “Moms” Mabley (comedian – now that’s going way back!).
Mar 20 – Spike Lee (filmmaker – he should have won an Oscar for “Malcolm X” – ok, that’s my opinion).
Mar 22 – George Benson (jazz guitarist); Mar 23 – Chaka Khan (singer – does anyone remember the group Rufus?).
Mar 25 – Aretha Franklin (singer/songwriter who spans many genres from “R&B” to “Jazz” to “Funk” and is known for American classics such as “Respect” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman). She has sung at historical events such as Martin Luther King’s funeral and the first Inauguration of Barack Obama).
Mar 25 - Gloria Steinem (journalist and activist who established Ms. Magazine. She is best known for her investigative journalism piece on the grueling life of a Playboy Bunny. She has been heralded as a feminist icon).
Mar 26 – Diana Ross (singer - rose to fame as lead singer of The Supremes. After leaving the group in 1970, Ross began a solo career that included successful ventures into film and Broadway. She received an academy award nomination for her role in Lady Sings the Blues).
Mar 27 - Julia Alvarez (writer - born on March 27, 1950, writes about identity and assimilation using her experiences as a Dominican-American in the United States. Her young adult novels, including How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, shed light on what is like to be a child surrounded by people who do not look like you).
Mar 27 – Sarah Vaughn (singer – now that’s a class act!)
Mar 30 – Tracy Chapman (singer/songwriter – multi-platinum and four-time Grammy-Award winner)
Have others to add? Just let me know! - Head of School Rory Pullens, Duke Ellington School of the Arts