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Comment by Ruminatus San on October 31, 2010 at 2:05pm

Colleen Taylor
Taylor’s responsibilities involve overseeing teams throughout the country that are engaged in supporting business development, implementation, and servicing efforts within the bank’s real estate, middle market, small business, and private banking groups. She also leads the merchant services business to increase Capital One’s market share, revenues, and profitability.
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Comment by Ruminatus San on May 29, 2010 at 2:43pm

KATHERINE MARY DUNHAM She formed the first United States Black modern-dance company and choreographed more than 90 works for the stage. She was honored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the governments of Brazil, Haiti and France.
Comment by Ruminatus San on May 8, 2010 at 12:21pm

Suzanne Shank
Shank has been president and CEO since the municipal finance firm (No. 6 in taxable securities with $21 million in lead issues and No. 1 in tax-exempt securities with $5.3 billion in lead issues on the be investment banks list) opened in 1996. With 18 offices nationally, the firm has managed deals for state and local governments
across the country totaling more than $550 billion.
Comment by Ruminatus San on May 3, 2010 at 7:05pm

Koko Taylor sometimes spelled KoKo Taylor (September 28, 1928 – June 3, 2009)[1] was an American blues musician, popularly known as the "Queen of the Blues." She was known primarily for her rough, powerful vocals and traditional blues stylings.

Contents [hide]
1 Life and career
2 Awards
3 Discography
4 See also
5 References
6 External links

[edit] Life and career
Born Cora Walton in Shelby County, Tennessee, Taylor was the daughter of a sharecropper.[2] She left Memphis for Chicago, Illinois in 1952 with her husband, truck driver Robert "Pops" Taylor.[1] In the late 1950s she began singing in Chicago blues clubs. She was spotted by Willie Dixon in 1962, and this led to wider performances and her first recording contract. In 1965, Taylor was signed by Chess Records where she recorded "Wang Dang Doodle," a song written by Dixon and recorded by Howlin' Wolf five years earlier. The song became a hit, reaching number four on the R&B charts in 1966, and selling a million copies.[1] Taylor recorded several versions of "Wang Dang Doodle" over the years, including a live version at the 1967 American Folk Blues Festival with harmonica player Little Walter and guitarist Hound Dog Taylor. Taylor subsequently recorded more material, both original and covers, but never repeated that initial chart success.

National touring in the late 1960s and early 1970s improved her fan base, and she became accessible to a wider record-buying public when she signed with Alligator Records in 1975. She recorded nine albums for Alligator, 8 of which were Grammy-nominated, and came to dominate the female blues singer ranks, winning twenty five W. C. Handy Awards (more than any other artist). After her recovery from a near-fatal car crash in 1989, the 1990s found Taylor in films such as Blues Brothers 2000 and Wild at Heart, and she opened a blues club on Division Street in Chicago in 1994, but it closed in 1999.

Taylor influenced musicians such as Bonnie Raitt, Shemekia Copeland, Janis Joplin, Shannon Curfman, and Susan Tedeschi. In the years prior to her death, she performed over 70 concerts a year and resided just south of Chicago in Country Club Hills, Illinois.

In 2008, the Internal Revenue Service said that Taylor owed $400,000 in back taxes, penalties and interest. Her tax problems concerned 1998, 2000 and 2001; for those years combined, her adjusted gross income was $949,000.[3]

Taylor died on June 3, 2009, after complications from surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding on May 19, 2009.[4] Her final performance was at the Blues Music Awards, on May 7, 2009.
Comment by Ruminatus San on April 28, 2010 at 3:00pm

The early years
The Clark Sisters were born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. They each began singing at an early age and by the late 1960s they were all performing together in church services, usually singing songs written and arranged by their mother. A few years later, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark turned over control of the group to Twinkie, who would then go on to write, arrange, conduct and produce all of the Clark Sisters recordings. In 1973, the sisters recorded their first album, Jesus Has A Lot To Give, on their uncle's local label Billesse Records.[1]

The following year, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark Presents The Clark Sisters was released, and people around Detroit began to take notice of the group. The Clark Sisters signed to Sound of Gospel Records in 1974. Under this association, the group released albums such as Unworthy, Count It All Joy, and He Gave Me Nothing to Lose. It was not until the early 1980s that The Clark Sisters began to become the phenomenon that they are now. Their popularity soared with the release of the live recording Is My Living In Vain. The album topped the Billboard gospel charts for more than a year and yielded now famous songs such as the title track and "Expect Your Miracle."

Their next release You Brought the Sunshine would prove to be a monster hit as the title track, reminiscent of Stevie Wonder's "Master Blaster (Jammin')," became a hit in church houses and on dance floors, including New York's fabulous Studio 54.[2] "Sunshine" was picked up from its original independent gospel record label Sounds of Gospel and distributed by both Westbound Records and Elektra Records. In 1983, the song peaked at #16 on the Black Singles chart, #27 on the Club Play Charts, and #80 on the Hot R&B Charts[3] driving the album to Gold sales. The sisters delivered another progressive effort in 1982, Sincerely, which included "Name It And Claim It" and the politically-charged "World."

After a four-year gap between releases, the sisters would continue as a fivesome, signing with Rejoice Records, a division of Word. This new deal yielded the Grammy-nominated Heart & Soul (1986) featuring the mainstream single "Time Out.". Next would appear another studio release Conqueror (1988) and the live album Bringing It Back Home (1989).
Comment by Ruminatus San on April 27, 2010 at 11:41am

Dr. Velma Scantlebury-White is the nation’s first African-American female transplant surgeon. The mother of two currently serves as the Associate Director of the Kidney Transplant Program in Delaware at Christiana Care Health System. She holds extensive research credit in the outcomes of organ donations and transplantations in African-Americans. She focuses on the medical and financial support of minority transplant candidates and recipients.

Although she has more than 800 transplant operations under her belt, Scantlebury-White was once told her hands were too small to be a surgeon. She has said the discouraging remarks only encouraged her to speak to children about achieving their goals no matter what others may say.

She most likely learned that from her own mentor, Dr. Barbara Barlow, a pediatric surgeon who taught Scantlebury-White the ins-and-outs of surgery, and used her network to move her forward.

Many of Scantlebury-White’s patients are uninsured or underinsured. She often sees minority patients whose transplanted kidneys fail because they can’t afford the medications to keep them working properly. She works with social workers to get government funding for her patients, most of whom cannot afford Medicare. Her goal is to educate African Americans about the options available for transplants. Many are unaware of the funding offered to help those in need.

One of her current and future endeavors is to increase the longevity of the transplant patient. The average survival time for a kidney transplant recipient is 10 to 15 years for those who received their kidney from a live donor and eight years for those who received a kidney from a cadaver.

As the co-author of more than 85 medical papers, 10 monographs and book chapters, Scantlebury-White is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the American Society of Minority Health and Transplant Professionals. She sits on the boards of Donate Life America, the National Minority Organ and Tissue Transplant Education Program, and the United Network for Organ Sharing.

She says she refuses to retire until there are 10 more black women in transplant surgery in the United States. Currently, there are now nine.
Comment by Ruminatus San on April 26, 2010 at 8:11pm

Kim Goodman
In the position since 2007, Goodman, one of be’s 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s relationships with American Express Card merchants in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean.
Comment by Ruminatus San on April 23, 2010 at 7:44pm

EVP, Information Systems & Global Services Lockheed Martin

Linda R. Gooden
Gooden, one of BE’s 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, oversees 54,000 professionals who operate in all 50 U.S. states and about 60 countries. As a whole, they provide integrated information technology solutions, systems, and services to support worldwide missions of civil, defense, intelligence, and other government customers. Gooden’s division generated $11.6 billion in sales in 2008.
Comment by Ruminatus San on April 20, 2010 at 9:13am

Height was born in Richmond, Virginia. At an early age, she moved with her family to Rankin, Pennsylvania. While in high school, Height was awarded a scholarship to Barnard College for her oratory skills; however, upon arrival, she was denied entrance. At the time, Barnard admitted only two African Americans per academic year and Height had arrived after the other two had been admitted. After this disappointment, she subsequently pursued studies at New York University, where she earned her Master's Degree in psychology.

Years later, at its 1980 commencement ceremonies, the Barnard College awarded Height its highest honor, the Barnard Medal of Distinction. According to an article written in the New York Amsterdam News by author Jamal E. Watson, Barnard College also officially apologized to Height for their refusal to admit her into the college.

The musical stageplay If This Hat Could Talk, based on her memoirs Open Wide The Freedom Gates, debuted in the middle of 2005. It showcases her unique perspective on the civil rights movement and details many of the behind-the-scenes figures/mentors who shaped her life, including Mary McLeod Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt.

On March 25, 2010 it was reported that Dorthy Height (age 98) was admitted to Howard University Hospital in Washington DC for unspecified reasons. Her spokeswoman has since issued a statement stating that at this time she is in a "very serious, but stable" condition but they are remaining optimistic though this time.

On April 20, 2010, Dorothy Height, who as longtime president of the National Council of Negro Women was the leading female voice of the 1960s civil rights movement, has died. She was 98


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