SPORTS AND THE MEDIA
Retired NFL Referee
Carey, now an analyst for CBS Sports, was only the second African American referee In National Football League history and became the first African American to officiate the Super Bowl In 2008 for Super Bowl XLII.
Broadcast journalist Holt became the first African American solo anchor of a weekday network nightly newscast In June 2015 when NBC named him as the permanent replacement for Brian Williams on Nightly News.
Canadian Football League
On April 29, 2015, Orridge made history as the first African American chief executive of a major North American sports league when he became commissioner of the Canadian Football League. Orridge previously served as executive director of CBS Sports and general manager of the Olympics on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
WENDELL OLIVER SCOTT
Stock car racing driver Scott posthumously became the first African American Inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2015. He was the first African American driver In NASCAR and the first African American to win a race in the Grand National Series, NASCAR's highest level, In 1963.
SCIENCE AND THE ARTS
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
Notable astrophysicist, cosmologist, and author DeGrasse Tyson made history in 1996 as the first African American Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History.
GEOFFREY S. FLETCHER
A screenwriter, film director, and professor, Fletcher is best known as the screenwriter of Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire. In 2010, he became the first African American to win an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on the film.
F. GARY GRAY
Gray, known for Set It Off, Friday, The Negotiator, and The Italian Job, became the highest grossing black director of a single film with the hit Straight Outta Compton, which premiered on Aug. 14, 2015 in the U.S. and grossed $200.4 million worldwide.
Lamar made history in 2015 as the hip-hop recording artist to receive the most Grammy nominations in a single year, with 11 nods for his work on To Pimp a Butterfly. including Album of the Year and Song of the Year, and for collaborations with artists such as Kanye West and Taylor Swift.
Recording Artist and Entrepreneur
Andre Young, aka Dr. Dre--the critically acclaimed producer, rapper, founder and CEO of Aftermath...