Lee, Spike (b. March 20, 1957) is an Emmy Award – winning, and Academy Award – nominated American film director, producer, writer, and actor noted for his films dealing with controversial social and political issues. Most notable works: She’s Gotta Have It, School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, Jungle Fever, and Malcolm X.
Marsalis, Wynton (b. October 18, 1961) is probably the jazz musician of his generation. At 14 he made his debut with the New Orleans Philharmonic. By age 19, Marsalis had signed a recording contract with CBS Records. In 1983 he became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz Grammy Awards in the same year. In 1997, Marsalis became the first jazz musician to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his oratorio Blood in the Fields.
Washington Jr., Denzel Hayes (b, December 28, 1954) is a two-time Academy Award- winning American actor and director. He made a sizable donation to the Fisher Houses, small hotels that provide rooms for soldiers’ families while the soldiers are hospitalized. In October 2006, he published a bestseller entitled Hand to Guide Me, featuring public figures recalling their childhood mentors. Most notable works: Glory, Mo’ Better Blues, Malzolm X, Philadelphia, Antwone Fisher, Remember the Titans, Training Day, and American Gangster.