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By On This Day in NYC's History


On October 4, 1989: Musician Lil’ Mama was born in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn. She was born Niatia Jessica Kirkland and is best known for her 2007 hit single ”Lip Gloss.” She has since been a judge on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. 


October 4, 1946: Actress Susan Sarandon was born in Jackson Heights, Queens. She won an Academy Award for her role in the 1996 film Dead Man Walking and has had a long and illustrious career with countless highlights in film and television. Sarandon also branched out into being appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.


On October 4, 1957: Businessman Russell Simmons was born in Queens. He co-founded the music label Def Jam and fashion house Phat Farm. Def Jam Recordings has become one of the most prominent hip-hop labels since its inception. Simmons also co-created the spoken word poetry television series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, which has featured numerous legendary poets.