Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Billy Martin/ Poppy Z. Brite (American author)

* Billy Martin, known professionally as Poppy Z. Brite, initially achieved notoriety in the gothic horror genre of literature in the early 1990s by publishing a string of successful novels and short story collections, including Lost Souls (1992), Drawing Blood (1993), and the controversial serial killer novel Exquisite Corpse (1996). His later work moved into the related genre of dark comedy, with many stories set in the New Orleans restaurant world. Martin's novels are typically standalone books but may feature recurring characters from previous novels and short stories. Much of his work features openly bisexual and gay characters. Martin himself is a a trans man who identifies as gay.
NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: Melissa Ann Brite, 25 May 1967, 16:55 (4:55pm) CDT (+5), New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (29n57, 90w04). ASC: 27 Libra. RR: B (from biography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from Resurrection and Reclamation by Elrod Stanton (iUniverse, 2005), p. 469: "Poppy Z. Brite Born: May 25, 1967 at 4:55pm, New Orleans, L.A."


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Monday, 16 May 2016

Bryan Cranston (American actor, voice actor, screenwriter, director, producer)

* Bryan Cranston is best known for portraying Walter White on the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad, Hal on the Fox comedy series Malcolm in the Middle, Tim Sacksky on the CBS comedy series King of Queens, and Dr. Tim Whatley on the NBC comedy series Seinfeld. For Breaking Bad, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series four times (2008–2010, 2014), including three consecutive wins. After becoming one of the producers of Breaking Bad in 2011, he also won the award for Outstanding Drama Series twice.

His role in Breaking Bad also earned him five Golden Globe nominations and one win in 2014, nine Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations with four wins, and six Satellite Awards nominations with four wins. In June 2014, he won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way on Broadway. He will reprise his role in the upcoming HBO television film of the same name. For the 2015 film Trumbo, he received widespread acclaim and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.


NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: Bryan Lee Cranston, 7 March 1956, 10:52 (10:52 AM) PST (+8), Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, 4833 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, California, USA (34n03, 118w14). ASC: 17 Gemini. RR: AA (from birth record). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes birth certificate, copy on file.


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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Tech N9ne (American rapper)

* Tech N9ne has sold over two million albums and has had his music featured in film, television, and video games. In 2009, he won the Left Field Woodie award at the mtvU Woodie Awards.

His stage name originated from the TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun, a name given to him by rapper Black Walt due to his fast-rhyming Chopper style. Yates later applied a deeper meaning to the name, claiming that it stands for the complete technique of rhyme, with "tech" meaning technique and "nine" representing the number of completion.

Yates is known for his dynamic rhyme schemes and speed rap abilities known as the Chopper style. He stated that he purposely creates flow patterns in order to sound like a percussion while he raps. After hearing an instrumental he would come up with different kinds of patterns and then "fill in" the actual lyrics.


NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: Aaron Dontez Yates, 8 November 1971, 09:00 (9am) CST (+6), Kansas City, Missouri, USA (39n05, 94w34). ASC: 10 Sagittarius. RR: A (from memory). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes him on Facebook (28 December 2015): "I was born in November 8th day nineteen seventy first y'all. Nine o'clock in the mornin a Christian girl in Kansas city gave birth y'all"


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Saturday, 14 May 2016

Stephen Moyer (English film and television actor and director)

* Stephen Moyer is best known as vampire Bill Compton in the HBO series True Blood. Moyer's first television role was in 1993 as Philip Masefield in the TV adaptation of the play Conjugal Rites, written by actor/playwright Roger Hall. This was followed by the television film Lord of Misrule, filmed in Fowey, Cornwall, which also featured Richard Wilson, Emily Mortimer and Prunella Scales. In 1997, Moyer made his big-screen debut landing the lead role in the film adaptation of the long-running comic strip Prince Valiant by Hal Foster, working alongside Ron Perlman and Katherine Heigl.

In August 2009, Moyer became engaged to actress Anna Paquin, who played his character's love interest in True Blood. The couple married on 21 August 2010. Moyer and Paquin have a son, Charlie, and a daughter, Poppy, who are fraternal twins born in September 2012. Moyer also has a son, Billy, born in 2000 and a daughter, Lilac, born in 2002.


NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: Stephen John Emery, 11 October 1969, 15:00 (3pm) BST (-1), Brentwood, Essex, England (51n38, 0e18). ASC: 17 Capricorn. RR: A (from memory). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes him on Twitter: "1 of my earliest memories is being told by Mum I was born at 3pm Sat 11th Oct 1969 in time for West Ham vs Coventry game." Place from England and Wales Birth Registration Index.


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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Alain Leroy Locke, 1885-1954 (American writer, philosopher, educator, patron of the arts)

* Distinguished as the first African American Rhodes Scholar in 1907, Alain Leroy Locke was the philosophical architect —the acknowledged "Dean"— of the Harlem Renaissance. As a result, popular listings of influential African-Americans have repeatedly included him. On 19 March 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. proclaimed: "We're going to let our children know that the only philosophers that lived were not Plato and Aristotle, but W. E. B. Du Bois and Alain Locke came through the universe."

Locke was gay, and may have encouraged and supported other gay African-Americans who were part of the Harlem Renaissance. However, he was not fully public in his orientation and referred to it as his point of "vulnerable/invulnerability", taken to mean an area of risk and strength in his view.

After his retirement from Howard University in 1953, Locke moved to New York City. He suffered from heart disease, and after a six-week illness died at Mount Sinai Hospital on 9 June 1954.


NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: 13 September 1885, about 10:30 (10:30 AM) LMT (+5:00:39), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (39n57, 75w09). ASC: About 17 Scorpio. RR: B (from auto/biography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from Alain Locke: Faith and Philosophy by Christopher Buck (Kalimat, 2005), p. 12: "In the Alain Locke Papers, there is a note in Locke's handwriting that reads: 'Alain Leroy Locke--Alan registered as Arthur (white) Phila Vital Statistics owing prejudice of Quaker physician Isaac Smedley to answering question of race. [B]orn 13 So. 19th Street, Philadelphia, Pa. Sunday between 10 and 11 A.M. September 13, 1885. Called Roy as a child[,] Alain from 16 on. [illegible] First born son. 2nd brother born 1889—lived 2 months. Named Arthur first selected for me.' A city hall note by the chief clerk of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and Charities (1909?) confirms 1885 as the year of his birth."


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Sunday, 8 May 2016

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, 1915–2006 (German-British soprano and voice teacher)

* Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf was among the foremost singers of lieder, and was renowned for her performances of Viennese operetta. She starred in five feature films for Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, in which she acted, sang and played the piano. After retiring from the stage in 1971, she was a voice teacher internationally. Schwarzkopf died in her sleep during the night of 2–3 August 2006 at her home in Schruns, Vorarlberg, Austria, aged 90. Her reputation has remained tarnished by what seems to have been an active Nazi party membership.
NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: Olga Maria Elisabeth Friederike Schwarzkopf, 9 December 1915, 16:00 (4PM) CET (-1), Jarocin, Poland (51n59, 17e31). ASC: 23 Gemini. RR: A (From memory). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield cites an account of her birth written by her father: "Der 9. Dezember 1915 Nachmittag ca. 4h wurde unsere Elisabeth geboren, in Jarotschin, Breslauerstr. 7, im 2. Stock, in dem grossen Schlafzimmer, das nach der Strasse zu lag..." Translation: 'On 9 December 1915 at four o'clock in the afternoon our Elisabeth was born in Jarotschin, Breslauerstr. 7, 2nd floor, in the large bedroom, which faced the road...' (The account is quoted from the newsletter of Schubertiade Schwarzenberg/Hohenems, December 2015) [www.fembio.org/biographie.php/frau/biographie/elisabeth-schwarzkopf].


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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Richard Hell (American singer, songwriter, bass guitarist, writer)

* Richard Hell, known as an innovator of punk music and fashion, was one of the first to spike his hair and wear torn, cut and drawn-on shirts, often held together with safety pins. Malcolm McLaren, manager of the Sex Pistols, has credited Hell as a source of inspiration for the Sex Pistols' look and attitude, as well as the safety-pin and graphics accessorized clothing that McLaren sold in his London shop, Sex.

Hell was in several important, early punk bands, including Neon Boys, Television, and The Heartbreakers, after which he formed Richard Hell & The Voidoids. Their 1977 album Blank Generation influenced many other punk bands. Its title song was named "One of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock" by music writers in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame listing and is ranked as one of the all-time Top 10 punk songs by a 2006 poll of original British punk figures, as reported in the Rough Guide to Punk.

Since the late 1980s, Hell has devoted himself primarily to writing, publishing two novels and several other books. He was the film critic for BlackBook magazine from 2004 to 2006.


NATAL DATA and ASTROLOGY CHART

BIRTH DATA: Richard Lester Meyers, 2 October 1949, 02:51 (2:51 AM) CST (+6), Lexington, Kentucky, USA (38n03, 84w30). ASC: 4 Virgo. RR: A (From memory). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from birth certificate in hand (long form, no time), born at Good Samaritan Hospital. On 3 May 2016 Hell replied to Scholfield's email request giving his birth time: "It's 2:51 AM."


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