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Today's Birthdays - 7/08/11 (Lance Gross, Rocky Carroll and Jaden Smith)

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • July 9, 2011 2:48 AM
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Lance Gross says "hello" to 30 today. The California native has appeared in a number of film and television shows including Eve, Meet the Browns, Our Family Wedding and House of Payne. His next upcoming film will be a starring role in director Matthew Cherry's film The Last Fall which you can read about under our "Filmmaker Diary Series."
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Today's Birthdays - 6/30/11 (David Alan Grier and Paris Barclay)

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • June 30, 2011 7:00 AM
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Stage and screen actor David Alan Grier welcomes 56 today. The Detroit native and Yale Drama School graduate received a Tony nomination for playing Jackie Robinson in the Broadway musical The First. He's appeared in dozens of productions including A Different World, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, Alf, Equal Justice, Boomerang, Blankman, Jumanji, Martin, In Living Color, Life with Bonnie, Crank Yankers, Bewitched, Law & Order and Bones. His next film appearance will be in the upcoming We The Peeples alongside Kerry Washington, Craig Robinson and Kali Hawk.
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Today's Birthdays - 6/19/11 (Phylicia Rashad and Zoe Saldana)

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  • June 20, 2011 1:28 AM
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Texas native Phylicia Rashad welcomes 63. The veteran stage and screen actress has appeared in productions such as The Love Boat, One Life To Live, Uncle Tom's Cabin, A Different World, Blossom, The Cosby Show, Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored, Touched By An Angel, Everybody Hates Chris, A Raisin In The Sun, Psych, Just Wright and For Colored Girls. In 2004, she became the first African-American actress to win the Tony Award for "Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play," for her role in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun.
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Today's Birthdays - 6/09/11 (Gloria Reuben, Tamela Mann and Keesha Sharp)

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • June 9, 2011 7:16 AM
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Gloria Reuben turns 47 today. The stage and screen actress appeared in 21 Jump Street, China Beach, Homicide, Shaft, Numb3rs, ER, Life Support, Drop Dead Diva, Law & Order and much more. Her next upcoming film will be the Steven Spielberg production Lincoln.
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Today's Birthdays - 6/07/11 (Prince and Kim Whitley)

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • June 7, 2011 4:56 AM
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Singer and Minnesota native Prince welcomes 53. His music can be heard in many productions including Risky Business, Knight Rider, My Stepmother Is An Alien, Pretty Woman, Batman, The Last Boyscout, Poetic Justice, Vampire In Brooklyn, Romeo + Juliet , Scream 2, Bamboozled, Rush Hour 3, Glee, Happy Feet and more. Purple Rain, Graffiti Bridge and Under The Cherry Moon showcased his acting skills with the latter two highlighting his directing abilities as well.
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Josephine Baker Was Born Today... Watch "The Josephine Baker Story" Starring Lynn Whitfield

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 3, 2011 3:29 AM
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Today in history, June 3rd, 1906... dancer, singer and actress Freda Josephine McDonald (aka Josephine Baker), who gained fame in Paris, France, thanks to her "risque" cabaret and musical hall performances, was born in St. Louis, Missouri.

Today's Birthdays - 5/27/11 (Louis Gossett Jr., Mara Brock Akil, Dondre Whitfield, Todd Bridges)

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • May 27, 2011 8:26 AM
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Actor Louis Gossett Jr. welcomes 75 today. The Brooklyn native attended NYU on a basketball scholarship but opted to continue his acting career and appeared in the Broadway production of A Raisin In The Sun. His other Broadway credits include Chicago and Golden Boy. Probably best known for his role in Office And A Gentleman, which garnered him an Academy Award for "Best Supporting Actor," the groundbreaking television series Roots secured him an Emmy Award. His long list of film and tv credits include Daktari, The Bill Cosby Show, The Young Rebels, Bonanza, Mob Squad, The Rockford Files, Daddy's Little Girl, Lackawanna Blues, The Josephine Baker Story and much more.
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Today's Birthdays - 5/25/11 (Leslie Uggams, Lauryn Hill and Octavia Spencer)

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  • May 25, 2011 9:56 AM
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New York native Leslie Uggams welcomes 68 today. The stage and film actress has appeared in I Spy, Mod Squad, Black Girl, Roots, The Love Boat, Magnum P.I., All My Children, The Cosby Show and more. She's best known for her role in Hallelujah, Baby!, a 1967 Broadway musical that won the Tony Award for best musical.
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Today's Birthdays - 5/16/11 (Janet Jackson and Marc John Jefferies)

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  • May 16, 2011 5:27 AM
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Janet Jackson welcomes 45 today. As a child actress, she's appeared on Good Times, Different Strokes and The Love Boat. She went on later to appear in Fame, Poetic Justice, Nutty Professor 2, Why Did I Get Married?, Why Did I Get Married Too? and For Colored Girls. She recently signed a deal with Lionsgate allowing her to direct and produce her first feature film.
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Today's Birthdays - 5/13/11 (Stevie Wonder)

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  • May 13, 2011 10:35 AM
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A big Happy Birthday goes out to singer Stevland Hardaway Morris also known as Stevie Wonder! He turns 61 today. Although he's not an actor, the Michigan native's music has appeared on an endless list of film and tv productions. A few on that list...The Woman In Red, The Last Dragon, Fame, School Daze, Round Midnight, Designing Women, Poetic Justice, Mulan, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Glee, The West Wing, The Wire, Next Friday, The Best Man, Wild Wild West, The Outsiders, Shrek Forever After, Valentine's Day, and much more.
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