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Hayes, Isaac Lee, Jr. (20 August 1942–10 August 2008), soul singer, composer, keyboard player, and actor, was born in Covington, Tennessee, the son of Isaac Hayes, Sr. and Eula Wade. In Hayes’s infancy, his father abandoned the family and his mother died in a mental institution. He was raised by his grandparents, William and Rushia Wade, who were sharecroppers....

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Houston, Whitney Elizabeth (09 August 1963–11 February 2012), actress and pop singer, was born in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of John Russell Houston, Jr. whose diverse employment included artists’ management, and Emily Drinkard, who sang professionally as Cissy Houston. Whitney’s musical heritage was substantial. Her mother achieved fame both in gospel music and as a vocal accompanist (backup singer) with pop stars. One such backup group, the Sweet Inspirations, included Cissy’s niece—Whitney’s cousin—Dionne Warwick, who subsequently became a pop star in her own right. (But the widely reported identification of Aretha Franklin as Whitney’s godmother is evidently a promotional fiction.)...

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Means, Russell Charles (10 November 1939–22 October 2012), Oglala/Yankton activist, American Indian Movement leader, and actor, was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the eldest son of Walter “Hank” Means (Oglala Lakota) of Pine Ridge and Theodora Louise Feather (Yankton), of the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. His father worked as an auto mechanic for the Bureau of Indian Affairs at Pine Ridge. His mother served as secretary to the superintendent of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Following the matrilineal ways of the Sioux (the term used to refer collectively to the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota), Russell Means was raised by his mother’s extended family. The Means family relocated to Vallejo, California, in 1942. They moved to Huron, South Dakota, at the end of World War II, only to return to Vallejo soon thereafter, where Walter worked as a welder in the navy shipyards, and Theodora took a position as a secretary at an air force base. In 1954 the Means family bought a home in the Oakland area....