Name: Henry Simmons
Born As: Henry Oswald Simmons, Jr.
Birth date/place: July 1, 1970 in Stanford CT
Claim to Fame: As Detective Baldwin Jones on NYPD Blue
Simmons appeared on NYPD Blue as “Detective Baldwin Jones” from 2000 to 2005. In 2006 Simmons joined the cast of the television series Shark in the role of “Isaac Wright”. He continued in the role until the series finale in 2008. Simmons will play the part of “Jean Toomer” in a 2009 television biography of artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband Alfred Steiglitz.
Name: Carl Lewis
Born As: Frederick Carlton Lewis
Birth date/place: July 1, 1961 in Birmingham, AL
Claim to Fame: Winner of 9 Olympic Gold Medals
Carl Lewis Bio: Lewis won his first Olympic Gold Medal in Los Angeles in 1984 in the 100 m. He took the Gold three more times that year for the 200 m, 4×100 m relay and the long jump. Lewis won two Gold Medals and one Silver in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, two Gold in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and a Gold in 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He has won 8 Gold Medals, 1 Silver Medal and a Bronze Medal between 1983 and 1993 in the World Championships. His last Olympic competition was in Atlanta in 1996 where he won the Gold Medal in the long jump. Lewis was voted “Sportsman of the Century” by the International Olympic Committee and “Olympian of the Century’ by Sports Illustrated.
Among his many film and television appearances Lewis played himself in cameos in Perfect Strangers, Speed Zone and Material Girls. He will play “Earl” in the film 62 Pickup which is presently in pre-production.
Name: Chris Rock
Born As: Christopher Julius Rock III
Birthdate/place: February 7, 1965 in Andrews, SC
Claim to Fame: Saturday Night Live – 1990-1992
Christ Rock Bio: Catch a Rising Star, a New York comedy club, is where Rock first began his stand-up comedy routines. In 1990 he became a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Rock’s first comedy album, Born Suspect, was released in 1991, and his role as a crack addict in the film New Jack City brought was highly praised.
Rock left SNL in 1993 an appeared as a special guest star on In Living Color. After the show’s cancellation he wrote and starred in an unsuccessful film called mocumentary CB4. Deciding to devote himself to his stand-up comedy Rock starred in the HBO comedy special Big Ass Jokes, in 1994. In 1996, his second special Bring The Pain gained him notice as one of the best comedians in the comic industry, winning him two Emmy Awards. His talk show, The Chris Rock Show, was aired on HBO, and won him three Emmy Awards and 15 nominations.
Other film and television performances include: Beverly Hills Ninja, Lethal Weapon 4, The Longest Yard and a starring role in Down to Earth. Rock was the executive producer and writer on the 2005 UPN comedy series Everybody Hates Chris. Both critics and fan gave the show high ratings.
Born As: Cameron Giles
Birthdate/place: February 4, 1976 in Harlem, NY
Cam’ron Bio: Hip-hop artist Cam’ron, aka “Killa Cam”, released his first solo album Confessions of Fire in 1998 followed by S.D.E. in 2000. His third album, Come Home With Me was his most successful album and gave him his two biggest hits, “Oh Boy” and “Hey Ma”. His sixth studio album, Crime Pays was released on May 12, 2009.
Cam’ron has appeared in five films. The latest titled The Bakery is to be released in the sumer of 2009.
Born As: Christopher Brian Bridges
Birthdate/place: September 11, 1977 in Champaign, IL
Claim to Fame: His 2003 single “Stand up: produced by Kanye West
Luacris Bio: Ludacris claims that his stage name is based on his “split” personality” which he consideres “ridiculous” and Ludicrous”
Ludacris’ debut album, Back For The First Time, was released in 2000 and was a considerable success. Word of Mouf,his second album was released in 2001 and was nominated for a VMS. In 2003, he released a new single “Act a Fool” from the soundtrack Fast 2 Furious and, about the sme time Ludacris released the lead single, “P-Poppin” from his album Chicken-n-Beer. In the fall of that year Ludicris released another single from the album titled “You Got Served” which became on of his biggest mainstream hits.
Ludacris has release three more albums: The Red Light District in 2004, Release Therapy in 2006 and Theater of the Mind in 2008. He has indicated there will be a sequel to Theater of the Mind in 2009.
Ludacris has many film and television credits. He will be appearing in a documentary titled Rap Therapy to be released in December of 2009.
Name: Tiger Woods
Born As: Eldrick Tont Woods
Birthdate/place: December 30, 1875 in Cypress, CA
Claim to Fame: He has more career major wins and career PGA Tour wins than any other active golfer.
Tiger Woods Bio: “I don’t want to be the best black golfer, I want to be the best golfer, period,” shares Woods.
Woods is an extraordinary professional golfer whose achievements to date rank him among the most successful golfers of all time. In 2008 he was the highest-paid professional athlete in the world. Winning fourteen professional major golf championships, Woods is the second highest of any male player, and 66 PGA Tour events, third each time. He has more career major wins and career PGA Tour wins than any other active golfer. He is the youngest and fastest professional golfer to win 50 tournaments on tour. Woods has held the number one position in the world rankings (a system for rating the performance level) for the most consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks. His awards include the PGA Player of the Year a record nine times, the Byron Nelson Award for lowest adjusted scoring average a record eight times, and he has tied Jack Nicklaus’ record of leading the money list in eight different seasons. Woods has been named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year a record-tying four times, and is the only person to be named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year two times. Wood won the 1997 Masters Tournament, and golf has seen an incredible increased in popularity since.
Name: Columbus Short
Born As: Columbus Keith Short, Jr.
Birth date/place: September 19, 1982 in Kansas City, MO
Claim to Fame: As the lead role, “D. J.” in the film Stomp the Yard
Short is an actor, choreographer and dancer. His film debut was made in 2004 as a dancer in You Got Served. His next film appearances were in 2006s Save the Last Dance 2 and Accepted. Short’s career took off when he was cast in the role of “Darius” in Aaron Sorkin’s critically acclaimed, but short- lived television drama, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. His next films were: This Christmas, Quarantine and Cadillac Records.
In 2007, Short was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Performance in Stomp the
Yard and Best Kiss, also in Stomp the Yard. Upcoming films for 2009 are
Whiteout and Armored. Due for release in 2010 is the film Death at a Funeral, and, in 2011, The
Born As: Shawn Corey Carter
Birthdate/place: December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, NY
Claim to Fame: debut album Reasonable Doubt (1996)
Bio: Jay-Z has 10 different nicknames: S-dot, Young Hov, Jazzy, Hova, Jigga, J-Hova, Jiggaman, Iceberg Slim, Lucky Lefty, and Joe Camel.
Jay-Z, is not only a hip hop artist he is also an incredible businessman. He is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records. He co-owns The 40/40 Club and the New Jersey Nets. He has sold over 26 million units in the United States and received several Grammy Awards for his musical work. His debut album, Reasonable Doubt, is ranked by Rolling Stone as #248 on its “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. The Blueprint, was written in only two days. He announced that he was retiring from recording music in 2003, but he returned in late 2006 with the album Kingdom Come, which sold 680,000 copies in its first week. This ended up being his highest-selling album in a one-week period. He was named number one on the MTV’s list of greatest MCs of all time. He has also appeared in several films including, State Property (2002), Paper Soldiers (2002), Fade to Black (2004) and Diary of Jay-Z: Water for Life (2006).
Name Richard T. Jones
Born As: Richard Timothy Jones
Birth date/place: January 16, 1972 in Kobe, Japan
Jones began his acting career in the 1999 movie What’s Love Got to Do with It in the role of “Ike Turner, Jr. Since the beginning of his career to the present he has appeared in over 50 films and television series episodes. Most recently, he can be seen in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as “James Ellison:
Name: Andre 3000
Born As: Andre¢ Lauren Benjamin
Birth date/ place: May 27, 1975 in Atlanta, GA
Claim to Fame: Member of OutKast
While in high school Benjamin (then performing as “Dre” teamed up with Antwan ‘Big Boi’ Patton and the two formed “OutKast” Their debut album “Southernplayalisticdillacmuzik” in 1994. By the end of the year the album achieved platinum status and OutKast was named Best New Rap Group of the year in 1996. In the next two albums, ATLiens and Aquemini, OutKast added trip-hop, soul and jungle elements to their sound. Benjamin began using the name “Andre 3000” when OutKast released their fourth album, Stankonia. More albums followed including a greatest hit release in 2001, and Speakerboxx/The Love Below, in 2003.
Benjamin played the part of “Django” in the 2007 film Battle in Seattle and as “Clarence” in Semi-Pro released in 2008.
Born As: Alexander Emanuel Rodriguez
Birthdate/ place: July 27, 1975 in New York City
Claim to Fame: Third Baseman for the New York Yankees
A-Rod began his professional baseball career as a shortstop with the “Seattle Mariners” in 1994. Just under the age of 19 he was only the third 18-year-old Major League shortstop since 1900. A-Rod signed with the Texas Rangers in 2000 with a 10-year contract at $252 million. He became a power hitter in his first season with the Rangers with 52 home runs, 133 runs scored and 393 total bases.
A-Rod joined the New York Yankees in 2004 and remains with the team at present. He hit his 500th home run in August of 2007 making him the youngest player, at age 32, to achieve this goal. Among his many awards and accomplishments are: 3-time American League MVP and 5-time AL Home Run Title. Rodriguez is considered one of the best all-around baseball players of all time.