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Sibyl Collins Wilson

publishing and business executive, was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was adopted by John and Eunice Johnson in 1961 at the age of three. Not much is known about her birth family, but her adopted family changed the course of her life. Her adopted father, John Johnson, was the founder of Johnson Publishing Company, and he introduced her to the family's business at a very young age. Rice began spending much of her time in the headquarters where her adopted mother, Eunice Johnson, was the fashion editor for Ebony magazine and was responsible for covering high fashion all over the world. This afforded Rice opportunities to travel, especially abroad, to places such as France and Italy. Rice accompanied her mother and learned the basics of haute couture fashion and the fashion industry at large.

Upon graduating from high school she enrolled in the University of Southern California USC ...


Linda M. Carter

journalist, was born in Washington, D.C., the son of William Carroll Talley, a printing press operator at the U.S. Patent Office by day and a taxicab driver by night, and Alma Ruth Davis. In December 1948 Talley's parents took their infant son to the home of his maternal grandmother, Bennie Frances Davis, in Durham, North Carolina. The couple returned to the nation's capital, and Talley remained in Durham, where he was raised by his grandmother. Davis, who was born in 1898, cleaned dormitory rooms at Duke University each weekday until she was sixty-five and also took care of her mother, China Roberson, until the latter died in 1960. William and Alma Talley eventually divorced.Talley attended three segregated schools in Durham, Lyon Park Elementary, Whitted Junior High, and Hillside High. At Whitted, Talley especially enjoyed his French classes, where his teacher, Cynthia Smith ...