January 16, 1950

Deborah Kaye Allen American actress, dancer, choreographer, singer-songwriter, director, producer is born.

June 13, 2019

Missy Elliott is inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, becoming the first female rapper to receive this honor.

July 21, 1656

Elizabeth Key Grinstead wins her lawsuit gaining her freedom and that of her first son from slavery.

October 11, 1992

Belcalis Almanzar known professionally as Cardi B, an American rapper is born.

May 16, 1966

Janet Jackson American Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, and Actress is born.

February 21, 1936

Barbara Jordan American Lawyer, Educator, and Politician is born.

February 1, 1998

Lillian Fishburne became the first black woman promoted to Rear Admiral (RDML) in the United States Navy.