KATHERINE G. JOHNSON

KATHERINE G. JOHNSON

Mathematician and computer scientist Katherine Johnson was born on August 26, 1918 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia to Joylette and Joshua Coleman. Her mother was a teacher and her father was a farmer and janitor. From a young age, Johnson enjoyed mathematics and could easily solve mathematical equations. Her father moved Johnson’s family to…

Fadumo Dayib: Somalia’s future president?

Fadumo Dayib: Somalia's future president?

Fadumo, 43, has been a refugee having fled the violence in the horn of Africa nation. It was until she was 14 years old that she was able to access education. She holds three master’s degrees in health sciences and public health and is doing a PH.D in women’s governmental participation and empowerment in post-conflict…

Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua

Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua

Baquaqua was born around 1824 near Djougou in modern day Benin to a Muslim merchant family.  Baquaqua was captured from Djougou in 1845 while acting as a messenger for a local king; he was taken to the coast and shipped to Recife, Brazil.  Originally he was sold to a local baker and soon after was sold to…

Bob Marley

Bob Marley

The Bob Marley biography provides testament to the unparalleled influence of his artistry upon global culture. Since his passing on May 11, 1981, Bob Marley’s legend looms larger than ever, as evidenced by an ever-lengthening list of accomplishments attributable to his music, which identified oppressors and agitated for social change while simultaneously allowing listeners to…

African Spiritual Religious Systems

African Spiritual Religious Systems

Voodoo (Vodun) is a derivative of the world’s oldest known religions which have been around in Africa since the beginning of human civilization. Some conservative estimate these civilizations and religions to be over 10 000 years old. This then identify Voodoo as probably the best example of African syncretism in the Americas. Although its essential wisdom originated…

Bright Simons

Bright Simons

Before Bright Simons became one of Africa’s most dynamic technology innovators, he was an astrophysicist. He won a scholarship to Durham University but decided in the end that it was “not sufficiently practical”. “I had been in student politics and I had this idea I could help change things,” he says. He turned instead to…

Nkemdilim Begho

Nkemdilim Begho

Nkemdilim Begho is founder and Managing Di­rector of Future Software Resources Limited, an IT solutions provider focused on online solutions, e-learning and IT security. As one of a few Nigerian women in the industry, her success is founded on a passion for driving innovative thinking, building a globally recognized technology brand and setting trends in…

Erykah Badu (Erykah Abi Wright)

Erykah Badu (Erykah Abi Wright)

    There is perhaps one story that explains Erykah Badu’s cyclical outlook on her new album, New Amerykah Part Two:Return Of The Ankh, and it involves a visit to a Santeria priest in Cuba in 1999. Dressed for the occasion, Badu wore an all-white dress and, despite the humid weather, her signature towering head wrap….

LL Cool J (James Todd Smith)

LL Cool J (James Todd Smith)

Born James Todd Smith on Long Island, New York, on January 14, 1968, LL Cool J is a nickname that stands for “Ladies Love Cool James.” LL Cool J signed to fledgling hip-hop label Def Jam Records in 1984. After a string of hits—included on albums like Bigger and Deffer, Walking with a Panther, Mama…

Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke

Born on January 22, 1931, in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Sam Cooke sang with the gospel group the Soul Stirrers before going on to land huge hits like “You Send Me,” “Wonderful World,” “Chain Gang” and “Twistin’ the Night Away.” Forging a link between soul and pop, he had a diverse repertoire that attracted both black and…