S.C. History Makers 2024

101.3 The Big DM and 1-800 411-PAIN are celebrating Black History Month by taking a look at some of our homegrown History Makers here in South Carolina. Their accomplishments are as diverse as we are and throughout the month of February, we’ll be showcasing local heroes who have contributed so much to our community and our country. Check out all the History Makers. 1-800 411-PAIN presents South Carolina History Makers. Remember, accident? After 911 call 411, 1-800 411-PAIN and 101.3 The Big DM



SC History Makers for DM
                                                                                                                                                                                     Mike Colter – from Columbia, SC Actor known for starring as the title character in the Netflix series. He also plays the character in the series Jessica Jones and The Defenders. Additionally, he plays Agent Jameson Locke of the Halo franchise and Lemond Bishop in The Good Wife. By high school, he’d joined the drama club and later went on to earn a degree in theater from the University of South Carolina and a master’s in acting from Rutgers University.                                                                                                            
 J. Anthony Brown – Brown started his career in Atlanta, Georgia, after relocating there from his home in Columbia, South Carolina. Having attended Denmark Technical College, an HBCU in Denmark, South Carolina, Brown was a tailor by trade and aspired to be a clothing designer before putting together a comedy routine after entering a local ‘gong show’ contest in a local nightclub, Mr. V’s Figure Eight in Atlanta, Georgia. Invited back to host on a regular basis, Brown became a fixture, performing there for the next two years. He has performed on Vibe, Def Comedy JamIt’s Showtime at the ApolloAn Evening at the Improv and The Oprah Winfrey Show, and had recurring roles on MoeshaLiving Single and The Parent ‘Hood, as well as guest spots on The Parkers and Sparks. His motion picture work includes roles in Def Jam’s How to Be a Player, Pay the Price, Drumline and Mr. 3000. He has also warmed up audiences at the tapings of MartinSister, SisterRoc and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. From 1996 until 25 November 2016, Brown appeared on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, a nationwide radio show broadcast from Dallas, Texas. Brown is currently on the national radio show The Steve Harvey Morning Show.                                                                                                                                                    
Danielle Brittany – is an American actress born in Augusta, Georgia,[1] and grew up in Simpsonville, South Carolina, She is known for her roles as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson on the comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019) and Leota Adebayo on the superhero series Peacemaker (2022–present). In 2015, she made her Broadway debut in the musical revival of The Color Purple, for which she received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. She returned to Broadway in the revival of the August Wilson play The Piano Lesson in 2022.
 In 2021, she received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Television Movie as an executive producer on Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia. In 2022, she hosted Netflix’s reality series Instant Dream Home and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Program Host. In 2023, she starred in Blitz Bazawule‘s film adaptation of the musical The Color Purple, and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture.                                 
Peabo Bryson – Born Robert Peapo Bryson in Greenville, South Carolina,[4] he spent much of his childhood on his grandfather’s farm in Mauldin, South Carolina. Bryson’s love for music stemmed from his mother, who often took the family to concerts of well-known African-American artists at the time.  Bryson’s greatest solo hits include 1977’s “Feel the Fire” and “Reaching for the Sky”, 1978’s “I’m So into You” and “Crosswinds”, 1982’s “Let the Feeling Flow”, 1984’s “If Ever You’re in My Arms Again” (his first Top 10 pop single, at No. 10 in the US), 1989’s “Show and Tell”, and the 1991 hit “Can You Stop the Rain“. In 1985, he appeared on the soap opera One Life to Live to sing a lyrical version of its theme song. Bryson’s vocals were added to the regular theme song in 1986 and his voice was heard daily until 1992. He recorded the successful album of romantic love duets with Roberta Flack (Born to Love) in 1983.[6] In partnership with Regina Belle, Bryson recorded two hit duets: “Without You“, the love theme from the comedy film Leonard Part 6, recorded in 1987, and “A Whole New World“, the main theme of the Disney‘s animated feature film Aladdin, recorded in 1992. Bryson and Belle recorded four duets over the years: “Without You” (in 1987), “I Can’t Imagine” (in 1991), “A Whole New World” (in 1992) and “Total Praise” (in 2009).                                                                                                                                
Teyonah Parris –  raised in HopkinsSouth Carolina. She attended Lower Richland High School until her sophomore year. She was accepted into the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities where she finished 11th and 12th grade, before attending and graduating from the Juilliard School.  she began acting in 2010. Her first prominent role was playing secretary Dawn Chambers in the AMC drama series Mad Men (2012–2015) and starring in the 2014 independent film Dear White People. Since then, Parris has appeared in the drama series Empire (2014), Spike Lee‘s crime comedy Chi-Raq (2015), and the drama film If Beale Street Could Talk (2018). In 2021, Parris starred in the horror film Candyman and began portraying Monica Rambeau in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with the Disney+ series WandaVision.