Black Birthdays for February 1st: Rick James, Big Boi and More


Every day of Black History Month this February we will alert you to the birthdays of the many celebrities, activists, athletes and more who have helped push our causes forward and make history.

Below you will find the individuals, both still alive and those who have passed away, who are celebrating their birthdays.

– Happy Birthday and Rest in Peace to poet and social activist Langston Hughes who died in 1967

– Happy Birthday and Rest in Peace to one of the timeless entertainers of the 1980s Rick James who died in 2004

– Comedian Garrett Morris (Saturday Night Live & Martin) turns 75 today

– ‘True Blood’ Actress Rutina Wesley turns 33 today

– Poker playing extraordinaire Phil Ivey turns 36 today

– British soul singer and TV presenter Dionne Bromfield turns 16 today

– Actor Lee Thompson Young turns 28 today

Big Boi of rap group, Outkast. He turns 37 today.

*Visit our Black History Month micro-site for more content on the history makers of our past and our future: Black History Month*