Actress Angela Bassett attends the panel discussion for Netflix's "Master of None" For Your Consideration Event at the Saban Media Center on June 5, 2017 in North Hollywood, California.

Actress Angela Bassett is 59

A page to spark motivation, find out who’s getting older, and learn more about our history.

EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE

“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” – Madam C.J. Walker

EUR BIRTHDAYS

Aug. 16: Actor Reginald VelJohnson (”Family Matters”) is 65. Actress Angela Bassett is 59.

BLACK HISTORY

Aug. 16, 1963: On sale this day was a stamp designed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. It was designed by George Olden, which made him the first African American to design a U.S. postage stamp.