We celebrate exceptional icons this day December 4
Grammy award winning American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur Shawn Corey Carter better known by his stage name, Jay Z, is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in the world.
He is considered one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time,
The former president of Def Jam Recordings, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, and the founder of Roc Nation and his three siblings were raised by their mother, Gloria Carter, after their father abandoned the family.
Jay Z attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in Downtown Brooklyn, with fellow future rappers The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes, and Trenton Central High School in Trenton, New Jersey, but did not graduate.
His first hit, “Dead Presidents,” became an international success, and he has since won 19 Grammy Awards and sold over 75 million albums worldwide.
His success in music led him to launch a record label and a clothing line, become a partial owner of the Brooklyn Nets, and found the 40/40 Club.
He married Beyonce Knowles on April 4, 2008 and they had their first daughter, Blue Ivy, on January 7, 2012.
He grew up listening to soul artists such as Marvin Gaye, which influenced his early music.
The 45 year old legendary rapper was born December 4, 1969.
American model, television personality, talk show host and producer Tyra Banks is no doubt one of the most influential people in the modeling world.
She is known for creating the television series America’s Next Top Model. She also hosted The Tyra Banks Show from 2005 to 2010.
Before becoming a celebrity, she was raised by a NASA photographer and a computer consultant and modeled while attending Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles.
The spotlight came calling when she appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue twice and starred as one of the original Victoria’s Secret Angels.
She was born to professional photographer Carolyn London, who has worked as her manager. She has an older brother named Devin. From 2001 to 2004, she dated NBA player Chris Webber.
She has walked the runway for many high-end fashion companies including Calvin Klein.
The 41 years old was born December 4, 1973.
American actor, singer and producer. He comes from a prominent acting family, and appeared on the television series Sea Hunt (1958–60), with his father, Lloyd Bridges and brother, Beau Bridges.
He starred as Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski in the 1998 cult classic The Big Lebowski and earned an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Otis “Bad” Blake in the 2009 film Crazy Heart. He also received Academy Award nominations for his roles in The Contender, Starman, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, True Grit and The Last Picture Show.
He played the villain opposite Robert Downey, Jr. in the 2008 Marvel film Iron Man.
He met his wife on the set of Rancho Deluxe, where she worked as a maid. They were married in 1977. Both his father and his brother are famous actors. He has three daughters named Isabelle, Jessica and Haley.
The 65 years old was born December 4, 1949.
American actor, rapper and musician Orlando Brown is most notable for portraying Raven’s friend Eddie on the hit Disney series That’s So Raven. He also made appearances on such shows as Family Matters, Lizzie McGuire and Sister, Sister.
He made his big screen debut in the 1995 comedy Major Payne with Damon Wayans.
He had a recurring role on the animated series The Proud Family.
He was in the 2003 film, Eddie’s Million Dollar Cookoff with Taylor Ball.
The 27 years old was born December 4, 1987
She is an American actress whose career has spanned three decades, Tomei had initial success in films as a young actress when she starred as a cast member on The Cosby Show spinoff ‘A Different World’ in 1987. After having minor roles in a few films, she came to international attention in 1992 with the comedy My Cousin Vinny, for which she received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Out Marisa Tomei’s many films, her most commercially successful ones to date are What Women Want (2000), Anger Management (2003), Wild Hogs (2007), and Parental Guidance (2012).
She joined the cast of the TV series Empire in season 2.
She played a leading role in The Bill Cosby Show.
The 50 years old was born December 4, 1964.