Octavia Butler was the first science fiction writer to win a MacArthur fellowship.
Isiah Thomas born 4/30/61 Chicago, Illinois.
Michelle Cliff 11/2/46 -6/12/16 lesbian Jamaican-American author.
Duke Ellington called his music, "beyond category".
Ron Dellums former mayor of Oakland and rep in U.S. Congress.
Too Short dropped 20th and final album 3/17.
Calvin Simmons was the first black to conduct a major orchestra.