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      Born Charles Jones III in Natchez, Olu Dara became a prolific jazz artist and produced a number of hit albums. He was also an accomplished actor and playwright. He is also the father of the rapper, Nas

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      Olu Dara Jones (born Charles Jones III, #Natchez, #Mississippi, January 12, 1941) is an American cornetist, guitarist and singer. He is also known for being the father of rapper #Nas.

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    Senator Hiram R. Revels left the pulpit of Zion Chapel A.M.E. Church in Natchez to become the first African American to sit in either house of the U. S. Congress. He afterwards became the first President of Alcorn State University.

    Another famous Natchezian in the news, Edna Raphael Belle, also known for her stage name, Sandra Lydell. Edna became a theatrical dancer and opened for Dean Martin, Ronald Reagan, Jerry Lee Lewis and Frank Sinatra.

    Chris Shivers (born December 30, 1978 in Natchez, Mississippi) is a former bull rider on the Professional Bull Riders' Built Ford Tough Series. Shivers turned pro in 1997, and earned the title of PBR World Champion Bull Rider in 2000 and 2003.

    Hound Dog Taylor - Sitting Here Alone. Taylor was born in #Natchez, #Mississippi in 1915 (although some sources say 1917). He originally played #piano, but began playing #guitar when he was 20. He moved to #Chicago in 1942. Taylor was posthumously inducted into the #Blues Hall of Fame in 1984.

    Pierre Adolphe Rost ( 1797 – September 6, 1868 ) was a Louisiana politician, diplomat, lawyer, judge, and plantation owner.

    John Anthony Quitman (b. September 1, 1798, Rhinebeck, New York– July 17, 1858, Natchez, Mississippi) was an American politician and soldier. He served as Governor of Mississippi from 1835 to 1836 as a Whig and again from 1850 to 1851 as a Democrat and one of the leading Fire-Eaters.

    Alexander O'Neal (born November 15, 1953 in Natchez, Mississippi) is an American R singer. He is best known for the songs "If You Were Here Tonight", "Criticize" and "Fake" and the duets with Cherrelle, "Saturday Love" and "Never Knew Love Like This".

    Stevan Todd Ridley (born January 27, 1989) is an American football running back for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at LSU. He was selected in the third round (73rd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.

    Anne Moody (born September 15, 1940) is an African-American author who has written about her experiences growing up poor and black in rural Mississippi, joining the Civil Rights Movement, and fighting racism against blacks in the United States beginning in the 1960s

    Born Maud Runnells in #Natchez, Mississippi, she began her career in Atlanta working clubs, and then in #Chicago where #singer Peggy Lee heard her on an audition tape and suggested she should be signed up by #Capitol #Records, releasing three albums for them in the early and mid-1960s. During this early part of her career, she became Marian Montgomery & then later changed the spelling of her first name to #Marion, having previously gone by the nickname of Pepe.

    Lynda Lee Mead Shea (born April 17, 1939, Natchez, Mississippi)[1] attended the University of Mississippi, where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority, and won the Miss America pageant in 1960.[2] Her immediate predecessor as Miss America, Mary Ann Mobley (the first Miss America from Mississippi), was Mead's sorority sister at Chi Omega.

    John Roy Lynch (September 10, 1847 - November 2, 1939) was the first African-American Speaker of the House in Mississippi. He was also one of the first African-Americans elected to the U.S House of Representatives during Reconstruction, the period in United States history after the Civil War.

    Exavier Prente "Nook" Logan (born November 28, 1979 in Natchez, Mississippi) is a former Major League Baseball center fielder. He attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College. He made his Major League debut July 21, 2004, with the Detroit Tigers against the Kansas City Royals. He was named the Tigers' rookie of the year for 2004.

    Greg Iles has published thirteen novels in a variety of genres. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages & published in more than thirty-five countries worldwide. In 2002, he wrote the script 24 Hours from his novel of the same name. It was rewritten by director Don Roos and renamed Trapped. Iles has mixed feelings about the film, but he enjoyed working with the actors; Charlize Theron, Kevin Bacon, Courtney Love & Dakota Fanning.

    Tahaya De'Von Hutchins was born February 14, 1981 in #Natchez, Mississippi. He is an American #football defensive back who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the #Indianapolis #Colts in the sixth round of the 2004 #NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Mississippi. Hutchins has also played for the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons in his career.

    #CedricGriffin was born November 11, 1982 in #Natchez,MS. He is an American #football cornerback for the #Washington #Redskins of the National Football League (#NFL). He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of #Texas, where he was a stand-out performer on the 2005 National Championship team.

    #HughGreen (born July 27, 1959, #Natchez) is a former professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League for 11 seasons during the 1980s & 1990s. He played college football for the University of Pittsburgh & was recognized as a 3x consensus All-American. Green was selected in the first round of the 1981 NFL Draft & played professionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers & the Miami Dolphins. He is considered to be one of the greatest linebackers in Buccaneers history.

    #MickeyGilley (born March 9, 1936, Natchez, MS) is an American #country music singer & musician. He started out singing country & western in the 1970s, he moved towards a more pop-friendly sound in the 1980s, bringing him further success on the country charts & pop charts. Among his biggest hits are "Room Full of Roses," "Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time," & the remake of the Soul hit "Stand by Me". He is also the cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl McVoy, Jim Gilley & Jimmy Swaggart

    Je'Kel Foster was born on the 22nd of July in 1983 in Natchez , Mississippi. He is an American professional basketball player.

    #Robert C. Farrell was born in #Natchez, Mississippi, on October 1, 1936 & moved with his family to New Orleans & Newark, New Jersey, before settling in Los Angeles, where he attended Los Angeles High School, graduating in 1954. He enlisted in the #Navy & in 1956 was promoted to midshipman. After his service, he received a Navy scholarship to earn a bachelor of arts degree in Near Eastern Studies at UCLA in 1961. He returned to #UCLA in 1962, where he studied #journalism.

    Born in #Natchez, Varina Banks Howell Davis (May 7, 1826 – October 16, 1906) was the second wife of the politician Jefferson Davis, who became president of the Confederate States of America. She served as the First Lady of the new nation at the capital in Richmond, Virginia, although she was ambivalent about the war. Smart and educated, with family in both the North and South, she had unconventional views for her public role, although she supported slavery and states' rights.

    Olu Dara Jones (born Charles Jones III, #Natchez, #Mississippi, January 12, 1941) is an American cornetist, guitarist and singer. He is also known for being the father of rapper #Nas.

    The Right Reverend John Joseph Mary Benedict Chanche, S.S., (October 4, 1795 – July 22, 1852) was the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Natchez from 1841 to 1852.

    Campbell Brown(born June 14, 1968) is a former American television news reporter and anchor. She previously hosted an eponymous primetime show on CNN and was formerly co-anchor of NBC's Weekend Today. Brown won an Emmy as part of the NBC team reporting on Hurricane Katrina while with NBC. Campbell attended school in #Natchez, MS.

    Born in #Natchez, MS, Glen Ballard is best known for co-writing & producing #Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill which won #Grammy Award for "Best Rock Album" & "Album of the Year" amongst others, & is ranked by the #RollingStone amongst The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. He was involved in the recording & writing of #MichaelJackson's #Thriller & Bad. He co-wrote songs like "#Man in the Mirror" & "Hand in My Pocket". He is the founder of #Java Records. He won a Grammy for "Believe".