Since 1942, the United States has observed February as Black History Month. Here at CBSNewYork, we’re celebrating it by recognizing accomplished black New Yorkers. 1010 WINS’ Larry Mullins reports on 7 names – including some very big names – making it big, and making a difference.
Gen. Colin L. Powell
Born in Harlem and raised in the South Bronx, Gen. Colin Luther Powell became the 65th United States Secretary of States under President George W. Bush from 2001- 2005, the first African American to serve in that position. He was also National Security Advisor from 1987-1989.
Gen. Colin Powell tells 1010 WINS’ Larry Mullins about his rise – and how he’s bad at sports
Dr. Roscoe Brown
Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. is one of the Tuskegee Airmen and former squadron commander of the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group. He graduated from the Tuskegee Flight School on March 12th, 1944 as member of class 44C-SE and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Europe during World War II. Captain Brown was one of the 15 pilots who host down the advanced German Me-262 Jet fighter.
Roscoe Brown talks about breaking down racial barriers
Actress and Activist Ruby Dee
Ms. Dee, along with her late husband Ossie Davis is considered black royalty. This Oscar nominated actress was raised in Harlem and went on to star in many Broadway shows as well as movies. She was also a fierce civil rights activist. Ruby and Ossie were recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004.
Ruby Dee on her biggest inspiration
Singer Patti Austin
Ms. Austin was born in Harlem, made her debut at the Apollo Theater at age 4 and had a contract with RCA Records when she was only 5. She charted over twenty R & B songs and Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington have proclaimed themselves as her godparents.
Singer and funny girl Patti Austin on being an all-around entertainer
Cheryl Smith, Executive Chef, Global Soul Restaurant
Chef Cheryl Smith has cooked in some of the finest kitchens in New York City which led to her own show, Melting Pot, on the Food Network. She’s been featured on other programs such as Soul Kitchen, My Country/My Kitchen, Emeril’s Holiday Special, Sara Moulton’s Cooking Live, to name a few. Chef Smith can be found mixing it up in her own restaurant, Global Soul, in the heart of Brooklyn.
Cheryl Smith talks about how her heritage affects her work
Sandra E. Timmons, President of ‘A Better Chance’
Sandra E. Timmons is President of A Better Chance, the largest and only national organization of its kind, changing the life trajectory for academically talented youth of color via access to rigorous and prestigious educational opportunities for students in grades 6-12.
Sandra Timmons tells 1010 WINS’ Larry Mullins why she started her foundation
Ricardo James, Founder & President of Fashion House Academy
Ricardo James started Fashion House Academy in the summer of 2008 as an 8 day summer intensive program, teaching kids in Queens Village how to design, style and create a fashion collection. The “boot camp” was so successful that the following year it expanded to a 9-12 week summer and fall program. They are now in the process of launching 2 satellite programs.
Ricardo James on the inspiration of his “superfly” uncle, and how he chose to not become a product of his environment