Sandra Denton "Pepa" was born in Kingston, Jamaica, Her family moved to Queens, New York when she was a child. In 1985, while studying nursing at Queens Borough College, she met Cheryl 'Salt' James. They began rapping together. In 1986, they formed 'Salt-N-Pepa'. Sandra made her debut that year, along with Cheryl, an album called 'Hot, Cool, & Vicious'. In 1988, Deidre 'Spinderella' Roper joined Salt-N-Pepa, as their D.J. Sandra, Cheryl and 'Dee Dee' made their second album, 'A Salt with a Deadly Pepa' in 1988.
Bushwick Bill was born under the name Richard Stephen Shaw in Kingston, Jamaica. The. Geto Boys most successful album, both creatively and in sales, 1991's We
Can't Be Stopped. Bushwick Bill can also be heard on the album The Chronic by Dr. Dre. He appears in the video of “Dre Day” as one of Eazy E's fellow rappers, as well as in the introduction and concluding parts of “Stranded on Death Row,” which was performed by Kurupt of tha Dogg Pound, RBX, the Lady of Rage, and Snoop Dogg. His 1998 album No Surrender…No Retreat was dedicated to his friend Gil Epstein, a Fort Bend County prosecutor who was shot dead in Houston, Texas, in 1996. Bushwick Bill also appears on the first season of "Martin" playing Trey. As of June 2013, Bushwick is touring with the Geto Boys and finishing up a new album, which he hopes to release sometime during the summer.
Dwight Errington Myers was born May 24th, 1967 in Mandeville, Jamaica. The son of Eulahlee Lee, a nurse, and Clifford Vincent Myers, a machine technician. In the early 1970s his family moved to Mount Vernon, New York where he was raised. Heavy D & the Boyz were the first group signed to Uptown Records, with Heavy D as the frontman and only rapper. Eddie
F was his business partner in the group, DJ, and one of the producers. The other two members, T-Roy and G-Wiz were the dancers. Their debut, Living Large, was released in 1987. The album was a commercial success; Big Tyme was a breakthrough that included four hits. Dancer Troy "Trouble T. Roy" Dixon died at age 22 in a fall on July 15, 1990, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dixon's death led to a tribute on the follow-up platinum album, Peaceful Journey. Pete Rock & CL Smooth created a tribute to Trouble T. Roy called "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" which is regarded as a hip hop classic. Heavy D gained even more fame by singing the theme song for the television program In Living Color and also MADtv. Heavy D performed the rap on Michael Jackson's hit single "Jam" as well as sister Janet Jackson's hit single "Alright." Heavy D then began focusing on his acting, appearing in various television shows before returning to the music charts with Nuttin' But Love. After appearing in the off-Broadway play Riff Raff at Circle Repertory Company, Heavy D returned to recording with the hit Waterbed Hev. In 1997, Heavy D collaborated with B.B. King on his duets album Deuces Wild, rapping in the song "Keep It Coming." Heavy D was referred to in the song "Juicy" by the Notorious B.I.G., and appeared in his music video for "One More Chance."
While still an artist at Uptown Records, Myers was instrumental in convincing
Andre Harrell to originally hire Sean “Diddy” Combs for his first music business
gig as an intern. Then, also to his credit, in the mid-1990s, Myers became the
first rapper to head a major music label when he became the president of Uptown Records. During this time, Myers also developed the Rhythm and Blues boy band Soul for Real, and was the executive producer and principal writer of several songs on the group's breakout album, Candy Rain He later became senior vice president at Universal Music. He fathered a daughter in 2000 during a relationship with chef Antonia Lofaso, a contestant on Top Chef.
Heavy D performed at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards on October 29, 2011. It was his first televised live performance in 15 years and would be his final live performance. Myers died just 10 days later, on November 8, 2011, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 44.
Beverly Grace Jones is a Jamaican singer, actress and model. She was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica and raised by her grandparents. When she was thirteen she and her siblings moved to her parents' in Syracuse, New York. Jones started out as a model, initially in New York, then in Paris, working for Yves St. Laurent, Claude Montana, and Kenzo Takada, and appearing on the covers of Elle, Vogue, and Stern working with Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Hans Feurer
In 1977, Jones secured a record deal with Island Records. In 1980 Jones, with the aid of Compass Point All Stars moved into New Wave, scoring Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart, with "Pull Up to the Bumper", "I've Seen That Face Before", "Private Life", "Slave to the Rhythm" and "I'm Not Perfect". Her albums include Warm Leatherette (1980), Nightclubbing (1981) and Slave to the Rhythm (1985). In America she appeared in some low-budget films in the 1970s and early 1980s. Her work as an actress in mainstream film began in the 1984 fantasy-action film Conan the Destroyer alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the 1985 James Bond movie A View to a Kill. In 1986 she played a vampire in Vamp, and acted in and contributed a song to the 1992 film Boomerang with Eddie Murphy. She appeared alongside Tim Curry in the 2001 film, Wolf Girl.
In 1983, Jones's One Man Show was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Long-Form Music Video next year. For her work in Conan the Destroyer, A View to a Kill, and Vamp, she was nominated Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actress. In 1999, Jones ranked 82nd on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and in 2008, she was honoured with a Q Idol Award. Jones influenced the cross-dressing movement of the 1980s and has been an inspiration for artists, including Annie Lennox, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Brazilian Girls Róisín Murphy, Nile Rodgers, Santigold, and Basement Jaxx.
Roger R. Cross was born on October 19, 1969 in Christiana, Jamaica. He is an actor, known for X-Men 2 (2003), The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) and 24 (2001). He was born in Jamaica and he lived there for the first 11 years of his life. He then moved to Vancouver B.C., Canada, with his mother, father, two sisters and two brothers. He graduated with a degree in Aviation and General Studies from Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C. He also took drama in school but in 1990 whilst waiting for a flying job he took extra work as a stunt man. After that he began studying acting at Breck Academy. The first film he was cast in was "The International Rescue" which filmed in China, Vietnam and Burma.
Martine Beswick was born to British parents in Port Antonio, Jamaica. She did some brief modeling and pageant entering before seeking a career in films. She allegedly once won a "Miss Autoville" contest and won a car only to sell it in order to move to and study acting in London. A minor break for her occurred in the James Bond film series. She played a gypsy girl in From Russia with Love (1963) and then later appeared again in Thunderball (1965). After playing in the well-tanned minority ranks for years, Martine finally got noticed after catfighting with Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C. (1966). She become part of the Hammer Studio horror assembly line for a time, which usually had her in various stages of undress. In the 1970s, she went to Hollywood and other than playing Xaviera Hollander in The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980) and several television series (Fantasy Island (1977), Hart to Hart (1979), The Fall Guy (1981), Buffalo Bill (1983), Sledge Hammer! (1986)), this fetching, second-string goddess has managed to continue working in the outer fringes.
Stephen Hopkins was born in 1958 in Jamaica, raised in England and Australia. He is a producer and director, known for Lost in Space (1998), Predator 2 (1990) and The Ghost and the Darkness (1996). Stephen has been n nominated nine times for Emmy and other awards and won the 2005 Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries of a Movie or a Dramatic Special "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" (2004).
Peter Williams was born on December 31, 1957 in Kingston, Jamaica. He is an actor and writer, known for The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), Neon Rider (1989) and Stargate: Continuum (2008).
David Rivers was born on November 24, 1958 in Kingston, Jamaica. He is an actor and producer, known for Poseidon (2006), High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) and Jump In! (2007).
Evan Parke was born on January 2, 1968 in Kingston, Jamaica as Evan Dexter O'Neal Parke. He is an actor and producer, known for King Kong (2005), All My Children (1970) and Planet of the Apes (2001).
Frank Silvera was a highly successful black actor/director in the 1950s and 1960s who - because of his light-skinned appearance - transcended race and ethnicity in his performances. In motion pictures, Frank Silvera was cast as black, Latino, Polynesian and "white"/racially indeterminate (due to black + white film stock's lack of discernment when rendering light-skinned African-Americans). He was actively engaged in the Civil Rights Struggles of the 1950s and 1960s and called on all of his associates in the theater and film world to support the efforts of Black Americans during this watershed in American history. The Frank Silvera Writers' Workshop Foundation, Inc. was founded by actor/ director Morgan Freeman, playwright/director Garland Lee Thompson, director/ actress Billie Allen and journalist Clayton Riley in 1973.
Sanya Rachel Hughes was born on October 3, 1982 in Kingston, Jamaica as Sanya Rachel Hughes. She is an actress, known for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) and Women of Island Paradise (2004).
Patrick Ewing was born on August 5, 1962 in Kingston, Jamaica as Patrick Aloysius Ewing. He is an famous basketball player and actor, known for Senseless (1998), Space Jam (1996) and The Dream Team (2012). Attended Rindge and Latin High School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Graduated from Georgetown University. Was the first ever "lottery pick" in the NBA draft. Named one of the 50 greatest players in 1996. Played for the Seattle Supersonics in 2000-2001. Two-time Olympic gold medalist in men's basketball, in 1984 in L.A. and 1992 in Barcelona (as part of the celebrated original Dream Team). Prior to his final NBA season, he had started in every single game he ever appeared in (1118 total) in 15 NBA seasons, 14 with the New York Knicks, and one with the Seattle Supersonics. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 (first year eligible). His son, Patrick Ewing Jr. (b. May 20th, 1984), was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 2008 (43rd overall), but on August 29th, 2008, was traded to the New York Knicks, his father's original team in the NBA. Retired as a player and accepted position as an assistant coach of the NBA's Washington Wizards. [September 2002]
Roxanne Beckford was born on November 17, 1969 in Kingston, Jamaica. She is known for her work on Something's Gotta Give (2003), Bewitched (2005) and Father of the Bride Part II (1995). She has been married to Bob Hoge since July 6, 1996. They have four children.
Jenna Wolfe was born on February 26, 1974 in Kingston, Jamaica. She is a journalist and actress, known for Weekend Today (1987), Today (1952) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). Began her on-air career in 1996 as a news and sports reporter for WICZ, the FOX affiliate in Binghamton, NY. Two years later, she joined WUHF in Rochester where she was the weekend sports anchor before joining WPHL in 1999. When she joined Today (1952), it was for the second time in her career; she served as a summer intern at the program during college.Joined NBC News in August, 2007 as a Today (1952) correspondent. Came to NBC from WABC, New York where she spent three years as a sports reporter and anchor.
Alrick Brown Recognized as one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces to Watch and an Emerging Film Maker in Vanity Fair, Alrick Brown is an award winning writer, director, and producer. His collective works have screened in over 65 festivals worldwide, earning numerous awards and honors. His first feature, Kinyarwanda premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win several awards including the World Cinema Audience Award for best dramatic film at both Sundance and AFI Fest. It was also nominated for three NAACP Image Awards and was listed as one of the top 10 best films of 2011 by Roger Ebert.
Alrick's other honors include the HBO Life Through Your Lens Emerging Filmmaker Award for the critically acclaimed documentary Death of Two Sons, which he produced. In 2004 he was one of four NYU students featured in the IFC Documentary series Film School; produced by Academy award nominee Nannette Burstein.
Alrick began his career as an educator, but found his true calling after visiting the slave castle of Elmina, in Ghana, during two years of service with the Peace Corps in Cote d'Ivoire. The interactions with the people of his village, and his overall experiences in West Africa, informed his creative expression. An expression first fostered by his birth in Kingston, Jamaica and migration to, and upbringing in Plainfield, New Jersey. Since then Alrick's work has been described as cinematic archeology because of his vision to unearth stories that otherwise would not be told. His commitment to revealing the heart of and world around a story is what draws audiences, peers, and clients to his work. Other projects in play from Brown include directing the feature Somebody to Love, which was accepted into Tribeca All Access (2011). He is also co-writing and producing Treble; an IFP 2011 Emerging Narrative honoree. Beyond film, he recently made his small screen debut directing an episode of ABC's Final Witness. The series aired in July 2012.
Alrick graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English and a Masters of Education, where he taught an undergraduate course on the African American image in cinema. He received his MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he later taught various courses to both undergraduate and graduate film students.