The first singer in The Temptations after the “Classic 5”.
First elected female head of state in the African continent.
In 1950 became the first gospel singer to perform at Carnegie Hall.
Transgender woman activist and feminist.
Wrote and directed Gods and Monsters, Kinsey, and Dreamgirls.
Co-founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPP) with Huey Newton while they were both enrolled at Merritt Community College in Oakland, California.
Tony award for Pippin in 1973.
She coined the term “Mississippi appendectomy” for the involuntary sterilization of black women (including herself) to reduce the population.
Frank Sinatra said he was: “the only true genius in show business.”
Billy Joel said: ” . . . I think Ray Charles was more important than Elvis Presley.”