Alvin Sykes (21 July 1956 – 19 March 2021) was a civil rights activist who investigated unsolved murder cases of Americans that occurred during the Civil Rights Movement era within the United States. He was also the impetus for the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act, a federal law enacted in 2008. The Emmett Till law is due to expire, and Sykes was seeking to expand the law and make it permanent.
Sykes was primarily responsible for Kansas City police reopening their investigation into the 1970 murder of politician and business owner Leon Jordan. In 2010, new evidence suggested local mobsters, or their associates were involved in his murder.
Sykes was born on July 21, 1956, to a 14-year-old girl who was a victim of rape. A family friend took him in when he was eight days old and raised him as his unofficial adoptive mother.
Clay Risen, he says: “Though he never took a bar exam, Mr. Sykes was a brilliant legal and legislative operator whose admirers included City Council members, politicians and U.S. attorneys general from both parties.”
Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, said, “Anyone who worked in civil rights during the last several decades knew Alvin Sykes. He changed the face of American law, and he learned it all in a Kansas City library.”
2- Cheryl Boone Isaacs
2013: Black Entertainment Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA)
2013: Essence Magazine's Trailblazer Award
2014: African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Horizon Award
2014: NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame
2014: Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts O.L. Halsell Filmmaker-in-
Belinda Jo Carlisle (1958) is an American singer who gained worldwide fame as the lead vocalist of The Go-Go's, one of the most successful all-female bands of all time. A member of the Soka Gakkai International since 2002, and she often mentions in press interviews that she chants Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō daily.
Brandon Nicholson - Executive Director of The Hidden Genius Project
He has dedicated his life to promoting equity in the public realm, particularly in the education space. In his previous stint as a senior evaluator and consultant, Brandon conducted research, evaluation, and consulted on a range of projects related to intersections of education policy and workforce and economic development. It was there that he began to recognize the potential for technology to bolster the domestic and global economy as underrepresented populations gain more equitable access to growth sectors. Brandon has conducted substantial research in the areas of education and youth development, with a particular focus on issues of equity and access in K-12 education for underserved populations. He has considerable experience investigating linkages among race, class, and youth development. Brandon serves on the Board of Trustees/Directors of: Marin Academy (CA); the San Francisco 49ers Academy (CA); Great Oakland Public Schools; the Lorenzo Alexander ACES Foundation (CA); the GreenLight Fund (CA) and Aim High (CA).
6- Buster Williams
10- Ducan Sheik and 11- Steven Sater
Due to an apartment fire, Sater was forced to jump from his balcony and damaged his spine, as well as several other limbs. The months spent recovering from his injuries and burns inspired Sater to teach himself Ancient Greek and seriously pursue the arts. He went on to study English literature at Princeton University. Sater took a position with a New York City literary agent but continued to write plays on the side. It was during this time that he joined the Soka Gakkai International. His membership brought Sater together with both his future wife, and his future creative partner, Duncan Sheik.
They worked on a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story "The Nightingale."
James Lecesne (1954) is an American actor, author, screenwriter, and LGBT rights activist best known for his screenplay of the Academy-award winning short film Trevor. He has written several books including Absolute Brightness and Virgin Territory and is also active in the entertainment industry as an actor and producer. Lecesne practices Nichiren Buddhism and is a member of the global Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International. As part of his spiritual practice, Lecesne has stated that he recites the Buddhist chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo each day.
Mickalene Thomas (1971) is an American artist. Her work draws from Western art history, pop art and visual culture to examine ideas around femininity, beauty, race, sexuality, and gender.
The “Mama Bush” paintings are iconic symbols of the tall, beautiful woman I had known—until 2010, when Sandra started to show significant signs of declining health.
Though her resolve was strengthened by her faith in Buddhism as a productive life force, when her beauty started to fade, the real struggle began. At that moment I knew I had to make a film.
Naima Mora (1984) is an American fashion model and the winner of Cycle 4 of America's Next Top Model. The daughter of jazz vocalist and entrepreneur Theresa Mora and jazz percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett. Her paternal-grandmother Elizabeth Catlett (1915 – 2012) was an Love American sculptor and graphic artist. She was born and raised in Washington, D.C., to parents working in education, and was the grandchild of formerly enslaved people. It was difficult for a black woman at this time to pursue a career as a working artist. ∞ I. Charles Wilbert White, Jr (April 2, 1918 – October 3, 1979) was an American artist known for his chronicling of Love American related subjects in paintings, drawings, lithographs, and murals. II. Francisco Mora (1922 – 2002) was a Mexican artist of the "Mexican School" of mural painters.
Juan Mora Catlett is a Mexican film and documentary director. He is known for making films focused on artists and the pre-Hispanic peoples of Mexico.
Ifé Mora a singer ∞ Aarón Sánchez (born February 12, 1976) is a Mexican celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, cookbook author and philanthropist. He is the executive chef and part-owner of the Mexican restaurant Johnny Sánchez in New Orleans.Television show(s): Chefs vs. City (2009–2010) - Heat Seekers (2011–2012) -
Taco Trip (2014–2015) - MasterChef (2017–ongoing) - MasterChef Junior (2018–ongoing)
Vinessa Elizabeth Shaw (1976) is an American film actress and model.
Wayne Shorter (born August 25, 1933-March 2, 2023 is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Many of Shorter's compositions have become jazz standards, and his output has earned worldwide recognition, critical praise and various commendations.Shorter has won 10 Grammy Awards. He has also received acclaim for his mastery of the soprano saxophone (after switching his focus from the tenor in the late 1960s), beginning an extended reign in 1970 as Down Beat's annual poll-winner on that instrument, winning the critics' poll for 10 consecutive years and the readers' for 18. The New York Times has described Shorter as "probably jazz's greatest living small-group composer and a contender for greatest living improviser." In 2017, he was awarded the Polar Music Prize.
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Cláudia Raia - Maria Cláudia Motta Raia (1966), is a Brazilian actress.
Edson Francisco Celulari (born 1958), is a Brazilian actor.
In 1996 she made her debut in television, on the soap opera Razão de Viver, at SBT, where he played Vitória.
In 2000, she took part in the third season of sitcom Ô ... Poor guy, playing maid Val, who put her mistress's life in chaos with her messy way.
In 2001 she played the cleaning lady Candinha in the children's series Acampada Legal. She then made a number of appearances in Senta Com A Comedia, A Diarista, Belíssima and Norma, as well as the movie The Storyteller. In 2009, she was featured in the educational series Almanaque Educação, from TV Cultura, playing the protagonist's mother, who explained facts about history, Brazilian culture and environmentalism. In the third season the series changed its name to School 2.0 and changed its mood to a school where educational issues were most dynamically addressed. In 2014 he signed with Rede Globo and integrated the soap opera Em Família como Ceiça. She then performed, in 2015, Grace in Seven Lives. In 2016 she gave birth to the mother of Saint Esmeria in Liberdade, Liberdade, the leader of the quilombo who saved the escaped slaves. Between 2017 and 2018 plays Das Dores in the twenty-fifth season of Workout: Live the Difference, which suffers from the prejudice suffered by his granddaughter by his girlfriend's family.
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Vera Golik is a Brazilian journalist, writer, Partner of the company Infinite Fund Text and Image, Author of the project "De Peito Aberto, Self-Esteem of Women with Breast Cancer", Editor of the Beauty Agency, State Counselor of the Women's Condition of São Paulo, Global Cancer Ambassador, by the American Cancer Society / UN
Based on the humanist philosophy and the dignity of life Golik writes and gives lectures on women's self-esteem and other issues related to the feminine universe. She mediates events, leading the audience to dialogue and interactivity.
Golik is the author of the books: The Discovery of Beauty (1992); Hair and Beauty Collection (1996); Everything you need to know about Celulite to stay well with your body (1996 and reissue in 2012 ); Corpo de Mulher - The Pleasure to Know (2000); and De Chest Open, the self-esteem of women with breast cancer, a humanistic experience (2010). Titles that approach the concept of Integral Beauty, seeking to enlarge the feminine consciousness and to value the woman as human being.
John Howard Jones (1955), is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. He had ten top 40 hit singles in the UK between 1983 and 1986, including six which reached the top ten, and his 1984 album Human's Lib went to number one. Around the world, he had 15 top 40 hit singles between 1983 and 1992. He has been described by AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine as "one of the defining figures of mid-'80s synth pop." He also performed at Live Aid in 1985. Jones is a member of Sōka Gakkai International, and is musical director of one of its choirs, the Glorious Life Chorus.
In 2014, she was featured in Forbes's 250 celebrities list.
Jeetendra (born Ravi Kapoor on 7 April 1942) is an Indian actor and producer, known for his work in Hindi films. Famous for his dancing, he was awarded a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and the Screen Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. He is known for his appearance in the remakes of Telugu films during the 1980s, in which he was frequently cast opposite Sridevi and Jaya Prada. One of the most successful film stars in the Bollywood film industry, he serves as the chairman of the Balaji Telefilms, Balaji Motion Pictures and ALT Entertainment. Father of:
3- Tusshar Kapoor
Tusshar Kapoor (born 20 November 1976) is an Indian actor and producer who appears in Hindi films. He is the founder and director of the production house, Tusshar Entertainment House. The debut film produced by his production house is Laxmi Bomb. He also co-owned Balaji Telefilms and Balaji Motion Pictures from 2001-2019.
4- Shraddha Das
Shraddha Das (born 4 March 1989) is an Indian film actress, model and singer who appeared in different film industries like Telugu, Hindi, Kannada, Bengali and Malayalam.
5- Tisca Chopra
Tisca Chopra (born 1 November 1973) is an Indian actress, author and film producer. She has acted in over 45 feature films in different languages.
Her book Acting Smart (Harper Collins), is a best seller and is being translated into Hindi. Tisca has been nominated at the New York Indian Film Festival for Best Actress for her work in 10Ml Love. One of the most beautiful and stylish actresses, Tisca is often on the best-dressed list and is a favourite with advertisers, endorsing brands like Tanishq, Titan eyewear, Olay, Horlicks, Marks & Spencer, Bajaj Motors and Kellogg's.
Daisaku Ikeda ( born 2 January 1928) is a Japanese philosopher, educator, author, and nuclear disarmament advocate. He served as the third president and then honorary president of the Soka Gakkai, the largest of Japan 's new religious movements. Ikeda is the founding president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), the world 's largest Buddhist lay organization.
After Daisaku Ikeda survived the devastation of World War II, he start quest : " How to solve the fundamental causes of human conflict ?". Ikeda began practicing Nichiren Buddhism and joined a youth group of the Soka Gakkai, which led to his lifelong work developing the global peace movement of SGI and founding dozens of institutions dedicated to fostering peace, culture and education. His accomplishments are honored internationally.
In the 1960s, Ikeda worked to reopen Japan's national relations with China and also to establish the Soka education network of schools from kindergartens through university levels, while beginning to write what would become his multi-volume historical novel, The Human Revolution, about the Soka Gakkai's development during his mentor Josei Toda's tenure. In 1975, he established the Soka Gakkai International, and throughout the 1970s initiated a series of citizen diplomacy efforts through international educational and cultural exchanges for peace. Since the 1980s, in his annual peace proposals marking the anniversary of the SGI's founding, he has increasingly called for nuclear disarmament.
in Japan he has been described as a "controversial figure" over several decades through the 1990s in relation to the political party Kōmeitō, which he founded, and has been the subject of libelous accusations in Japanese media.Ikeda's vision for the SGI was described in 2010 by Olivier Urbain, then director of the Toda Peace Institute founded by Ikeda, as a "borderless Buddhist humanism that emphasizes free thinking and personal development based on respect for all life."
Daisaku Ikeda had published more than 50 dialogues with scholars, peace activists and leading world figures. In his role as SGI president, Ikeda has visited 55 nations and spoken on subjects including peace, environmentalism, economics, women's rights, interfaith dialogue and Buddhism and science.
George Takahashi / Joji Takahashi Birth Name: Kyoji Takahashi (
August 13, 1958). Wife: actress Mika Mifune
5- Kayoko Kishimoto
6- Linda Yamamoto
In 2001 Yamamoto tied up with the popular Harajuku toy store Kiddyland to make a line of Linda goods. She also married for the first time that year, at the age of 50, to a college professor seven years her senior. In 2005 she became the "image character" for Wanda coffee. Throughout her career, Yamamoto has appeared on Kohaku Uta Gassen five times. Her greatest hit, "Neraiuchi", was featured prominently in episode 48 of Ultraman Taro, used as a brass band version in the anime Ace of Diamond and is one of the songs in the Nintendo DS game Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan.
7- Masami Hisamoto
Masami Hisamoto, (July 9, 1958 – ) is a Japanese actress, comedian and singer. She is also,
as of 2007, the head of the fine arts department of Soka Gakkai which she became an adherent
on September 28, 1984. She often promotes the conservative Soka Gakkai-backed political party
Komeito as a public speaker. She is unmarried.
8- Naoto Kine
9- Rie Shibata
Rie Shibata ( born 14 January 1959) is a Japanese actress and comedian who has appeared in a number of television programmes, feature films and stage productions. She is also the special deputy mayor of Toyama, Toyama.At the age of 28, she married a stage director of Wahaha-Hompo. She joined Soka Gakkai in 1987 and later joined the Central Committee of the Arts Department.
Christine Rankin (1954), is a Former head of the New Zealand Ministry of Social Development and politician. Rankin was raised Catholic, and in 2005 became a member of Soka Gakkai International.
Wow! I had no idea there would be so many. I personally have met some of these people, Nestor, Vanessa, Ron Glass.... it makes complete sense there would be many. CathyReplyDelete
Cathy I still will add more people. I add now artist Mickalene Thomas, that made a beautiful movie about her mother, I watch the movie in past . I thinking you will love the film.Delete
And Tina Turner !!!! Long time practising Votary of the Lotus SutraReplyDelete
The Tina is in my previous text, I just did not want to get repetitiveDelete
Yes, I am surptised not to find Tina Turner in this list.ReplyDelete
also there are some Dutch famous Nichiren practicicians, like Lucia Rijker, former female Boxing champion.
https://happyfamilyinheaven.blogspot.com/2017/04/buddhism-of-nichiren-in-american-pop.html. Thank you for the information. I will see if I find him. Thank you so much!ReplyDelete
Hello, from Rio de Janeiro! 🏖 I'm also a practicing SGI buddhist! I received my Gohonzon in 1985, thanks to my sponsors, Wayne and Ana Maria Shorter!🙏🏼ReplyDelete
I’d like you to know that I just released some singles ahead of my official CD (“Latin Lounge”) release, happening October 13th!
The first single, “Let’s Just Go…”, can be enjoyed here—> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m5zmA-xCS8
The 2nd single, “Spanish Heart” is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJBrAJZOCZQ
My 3rd single, “Summer Cocktail”, is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpMLKSkdZJ8&t=2s
Please share them with your friends!
Warm regards, 🌟
Am very Glad to seeReplyDelete
this famous Buddhist on this list,
Am kat Cedric and i have been practicing Nichiren Buddhism for 10 years now ,am a singer , song writer and Dancer ,
Am going to release my Music Album in 2 months time
Am chanting Nam myohorenge kyo
For my Music career think you