Maya Angelou [Marguerite Annie Johnson]
April 4, 1928- May 28, 2014
The first, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition. Her books were centered around themes such as racism, identity, family and travel.
As a respected spokesperson for black people and women, her works have been considered a defense of Black culture. She was also active in the Civil Rights movement, and worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.
Jill Scott April 4, 1972
Platinum record-selling R&B singer and actress known for her soulful lyrics in songs like “Hate on Me” “The Way” and for her collaborations with Lupe Fiasco, among others.
She studied education at Temple University and planned on becoming a teacher. Her journey towards a musical career began through spoken word performances.
She is a three-time Grammy Award winner and has been nominated for ten more Grammy Awards as well.
She had a son named Jeff with her ex-fiancé and drummer John Roberts. She was married to Lyzel Williams from 2001 to 2007. In 2016, she married Mike Dobson; however they split the following year.
Kelly Price April 4th 1973
Grammy Award-nominated soul singer who released two platinum-selling albums, Soul of a Woman and Mirror Mirror.
She first performed in her church choir at age six. She appeared as a guest vocalist on songs like Mariah Carey‘s “Fantasy.” And her backup singer.
She won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist for “Friend of Mine” in 1998.
She was married to Jeffrey Rolle from 1992 to 2015. She and Rolle raised a daughter named Jonia and a son named Jeffrey Jr.