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Mr. T Biography

Mr. T – In the mid 70s, he took work as a Chicago bouncer and bodyguard. He wore gold chains, a mohawk and replied to the name “Mr. T.” Sylvester Stallone cast him as a competing fighter in Rocky III. His dad was a minister who left the family when ...

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James Farmer Biography

Produced on January 12, 1920, in Marshall, Texas, James Farmer was a star school debater before going to head the Congress for Racial Equality, which will become among the very obvious organizations of the Civil Rights era. A devotee of Gandhi’s nonviolent strategies, Farmer also formed the historical Freedom Rides, ...

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Al McKay Biography

In 1972, he joined Earth, Wind & Fire, being a core member of the group as its mixture of pop and R&B tunes began to reach audiences. After years of succeeding, he left the group in 1980. A five-time Grammy Award winner, McKay has been inducted into the Rock and ...

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Charles S. Johnson Biography

Charles S. Johnson was born on July 24, 1893, in Bristol, Virginia. Trained in sociology in the University of Chicago, Johnson studied and wrote about race relations in America and abroad. He founded the groundbreaking journal Chance and became, in 1946, the very first African American president of Fisk University. ...

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Mickey Cohen Biography

Mickey Cohen was born on September 4, 1913, in Brooklyn, Ny, and grew up in La. Following a troubled youth, Cohen’s first links with top Jewish and Italian mobsters came during his teen years, through his participation in the boxing game. During the Great Depression he packaged professionally, and acted ...

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Tony Accardo Biography

Produced April 26, 1906, in Chicago, Illinois, into a shoemaker and his wife, Antonino Leonardo Accardo dropped from grade school and immediately dedicated himself into a life of organized crime. Accardo came to infamy as a hitman for Al Capone who supposedly participated in the Valentine’s Day Massacre. Never convicted ...

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Rudolph Valentino Biography

Rudolph Valentino, produced on May 6, 1895, was an Italian-American film actor. His star status was apparent after his sudden death in 1926 at only 31 years old, the performer suffered a ruptured ulcer, causing fans to grieve world-wide. He attended military school, however he was rejected in the service. In ...

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Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo Biography

Produced in Paris, France, on February 8, 1974, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo joined with buddy Thomas Bangalter to become iconic dance/electronica duo Daft Punk. Daft Punk had its first U.S. No. 1 record with 2013’s Random Access Memories, headed by the single “Get Lucky.” Guy-Manuel is the great grandson of Portuguese ...

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Roberta Flack Biography

She is had hits in the ’70s-’90s, including “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and “Where’s the Love,” and she collaborated often with soul superstar Donny Hathaway. Flack in addition has won several Grammys. Produced on February 10, 1937, in Black Mountain, ...

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Ray Davies Biography

Ray Davies was born in London on June 21, 1944. He played his first show along with his brother, Dave Davies, at 16, and at 18 they formed the group that will become The Kinks. In spite of feuds involving the brothers, the group triumphed for 30 years. He got ...

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