This is a two-part college basketball question: (1) Before all the action begins, I would like you to pick 2 of the 4 teams that you believe will be in the Final Four this year. Each region of the country has a few strong contenders. (2) I know that I am in the minority on the following, but hey, I will say it anyway; "I think this is March Sadness for African-American college basketball players, because this time of year is the apex of their exploitation!" There I said, but anyway, is this "March Madness, March Sadness or March Badness" time for college basketball? It is okay to disagree with me on either or both of these. I would just like to know your takes on these 2 quick questions. Thanks.
Roanoke, Virginia is often called the "Star City". Who are famous African-Americans (past and present) with roots in the Valley? The first ones that come to mind for me (KOH) are Booker T. Washington (from Franklin County - legendary world leader), Oliver Hill (Roanoke - late civil rights attorney), Oscar Micheaux (Harlem Renaissance filmmaker), Charles "Big Dog" Thornhill (Roanoke - '60s college football) and Al Holland (Roanoke - major league baseball), but there must be many others before them and since from all throughout the Valley (including the surrounding counties) - and from all professions. We would like to post this so that the world will see our stars! This will be compiled, updated regularly and listed at: http://roanokerelatives.weebly.com/roanoke.html. This list is of all African-Americans from the Valley, not just relatives.
Let's start with the following top 15 list (but please add or change): Phyllis Hyman, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Randy Crawford, Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Dinah Washington, Sade, Sarah Vaughan, Alicia Augello Cook Keys, Stephanie Mills, Patti Austin. Others, past and present? Take a look at this website to start with.
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