Woody Strode was the son of a Creek-Blackfoot-black father and a black-Cherokee mother. His first wife was Princess Luukialuana Kalaeloa (aka Luana Strode), a descendant of Liliuokalani, the last queen of Hawaii. They were married until her death in 1980. In 1982, he wed Tina Tompson, and they remained married until his death. Strode was a dedicated martial artist under the direction of Frank Landers in the art of SeishinDo Kenpo
Jim Kelly (May 5, 1946 - June 29, 2013) was an American martial artist and actor, best known for his starring role in Enter the Dragon (1973) opposite Bruce Lee. Sporting an afro and sideburns, Kelly made a splash with his one-liners and fight scenes in the martial arts classic. His later films include Three the Hard Way (1974), Black Belt Jones (1974), & Black Samurai (1977). He later left acting and became a professional tennis player.
Ruby Dee (born 27 October 1924) is an Academy Award nominated American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and activist. Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were
Paul Robeson, majestic singer and actor, brilliant scholar and athlete, fierce political activist and all-around renaissance man, in a 1925 photo by Edward Gooch. According to Shadow And Act, David Harewood, the British actor and star of Showtime’s “Homeland” is in talks to portray Mr. Robeson in an upcoming film. Wynton Marsalis has signed on to score the film as well.