First Jamaican/Caribbean Woman to Win Olympic
Gold in a Sprint Race.
for Jamaica. A four-time Olympic medalist, she is the current Olympic 200 m and World 100 m champion.
Campbell was born in Trelawny, Jamaica on May 15th, 1982. She attended Vere Technical High School in Clarendon before pursuing higher education in the U.S.
In 1999, she won 2 gold medals the 100m and 4x100m at the inaugural IAAF World Youth Championships. The following year, she became the first female to win the sprint double at the IAAF World Junior Championships. She took the 100m in 11.12, the current championship record and the 200m in 22.87. At the 2000 Olympic Games, she ran the second leg on the silver medal winning 4x100m relay team.
Campbell attended Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kansas, where she set several records and won many titles including 4 national junior college titles. She set the current record for Barton County in the outdoor 100 and 200 meter dashes. Campbell also excelled in academics earning an Associates Degree from Barton County in 2002 with a 3.8 grade average. She went on to attend The University of Arkansas where she stood out as a sprint star.
Oprah Winfrey was Born in rural Mississippi and raised by a mother on welfare in a poor urban neighborhood.
As a teenager she was sent to live with the man she calls her father, a barber in Tennessee. At 19 years old she landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news.
Eventually got her transferred to the daytime talk show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place, she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated.
Winfrey became a millionaire at age 32 when her talk show went national. Because of the amount of revenue the show generated, Winfrey was in a position to negotiate ownership of the show and start her own production company.
By 1994 the show's ratings were still thriving and Winfrey negotiated a contract that earned her nine figures a year.
Oprah Winfrey has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, the most philanthropic African-American of all time, and the world's only Black billionaire for three straight years.
Oprah Winfrey and students at South Africa’s Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa
The world’s most powerful celebrity
Sheryl Lee Ralph was born on December 30, 1956 to an African American father and a Jamaican mother. She was raised between Mandeville, Jamaica, and Long Island, New York. In 1973, she was crowned Miss Black Teen-age New York. At 19, Ralph was the youngest female to ever graduate from Rutgers University. Also that year she was named as one of the top 10 college women in America by Glamour magazine.
Initially she hoped to study medicine, but after dealing with cadavers in a premed class and winning a scholarship in a competition at the American College Theater Festival, she quit medicine for the performing arts. Many years later, she served as the commencement speaker at Rutgers for the Class of 2003. Ralph is married to Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes.
Ralph began her career on the stage and was nominated in 1982 for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls. In 1984 she
In September, 2001 Michael celebrated his 30th anniversary as a solo artist with two concerts to be held in New York, USA. Many artists such as Whitney Houston, Usher, Destinys Child, Shaggy and many more performed there own and Michael Jacksons past songs. Michael then reunited with all of his brothers performed there biggest hits. Michael then went onto perform solo some of his biggest hits. In October 2001 Michael released the album 'Invincible' so far releasing only 2 singles including the big hit "You Rock My World".
On June 25, 2009 the Pop star Michael Jackson was pronounced dead today after paramedics found him in a coma at his Bel-Air mansion. The circumstances of his death was an accidental drug overdose.
In 1982 Michael Jackson released the world's largest selling album of all time, 'Thriller'. This album produced 7 hit singles, breaking yet again more records, and went on to sell over 50 million copies worldwide. Michael was keen to use music video or short films as he called them to promote his singles from the album. In 1984 Michael won a record breaking 8 Grammy awards in one night. The awards were for his work on the 'Thriller' album and his work on the narrative for the 'ET Storybook'.
In 1991 Michael signed with Sony Music the largest ever recording contract and released his fourth solo album, 'Dangerous'. He toured world again in 1992, taking his concerts to countries that had never before been visited by a pop/rock artist. Also Michael founded the 'Heal the World Foundation' to help improve the lives of children across the world. In 1997 Michael released the remix album 'Blood On The Dance Floor' which also contained 5 new song linked with a 38min film "Ghosts". This film Michael played 5 roles using the latest special effects and make-up artistry, combined with his dance and music.
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released her only album In the Evening, in which the title track hit peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Charts that same year. In 1988, she starred in the Disney movie Oliver & Comp- any providing the speaking voice of Rita. Her first film leading role came as Denzel Wash- ington's wife in The Mighty Quinn. In 1992, she starred as Robert De Niro's mistress in
'Mistress'. During the '90s she also had roles in The Flintstones, Deterrence and Unconditional Love.
On television, she is known for playing Etienne Toussaint-Bouvier on Designing Women and later Dee Mitchell on Moesha and the supervillainous Cheetah in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. Ralph produced Divas Simply Singing, which has become an important AIDS fundraiser. In June 2000, Ralph sued the National Enquirer for one million dollars over a piece they had written about her and her husband. She
On Wednesday August 25th, 2004 Veronica Campbell-Brown of Trelawny, Jamaica ran her personal best of 22.05 beating American Allyson Felix to the finish line earning Jamaica's 6th Gold Medal in Olympic History.
Veronica Campbell-Brown (born May 15, 1982) is a track and field sprint athlete, competing internationally
was also voted one of TV's Favorite Moms for her portrayal of step mom Dee on the number-one rated television series Moesha. She also appeared on the Showtime series, Barbershop, as the popular, post-operative transsexual, Claire. Recently, Sheryl brought a new face to the sufferings of war in the NBC hit series ER.
Ralph's 2002 project, Baby of the Family, concerns a young child who is born with a caul over her head; enabling her to see ghosts and the future. Ralph was also recently featured with son Etienne on MTV's My Super Sweet 16 and BET's Baldwin Hills (TV series), as well as an episode of Clean House that also featured her two children, Etienne and Ivy-Victoria aka "Coco" (named after Ralph's mother).
In July 2004, Ralph was inducted as an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at the 47th National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. In May 2008, Ralph was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Tougaloo College after giving the commencement address.
On June 16, 2009 it was announced that Ralph would join the cast of the Broadway-bound musical The First Wives Club as Elyse. she is also the founder of the annual Jamerican Film Festival a four day festival to showcase International and Jamaican talent.