Joan Cooper Born: November California – September Seattle, Washington), known by her pen name, J. California Cooper, was an American playwright and author. She wrote 17 plays and was named Black Playwright of the Year in 1978
Robin Givens November 27, 1964 Robin Givens was born in New York City. She became a model and actress and gained national prominence as a regular in the TV series “Head of the Class,” where from 1986 through 1991, she played Darlene Merriman, a prep-school type attending a high school honors program. Though she was but one of an ensemble, Givens’s participation in the series was hyped by the network on the occasion of her marriage to boxing champ Mike Tyson.
Valerie Wilson Wesley(born November 22, 1947) is an African-American author of mysteries, adult-themed novels, and children's books, and a former executive editor of Essence magazine. She is the author of the Tamara Hayle mystery series. She graduated from Howard University and earned masters degrees from the Bank Street College of Education and the Columbia Graduate School of Jouralism. She is married to playwright Richard Wesley.