Famous Aquarius Sun Sign People
Aquarius is a fixed air sign. This means its natives are very intelligent and are great communicators. It also means they are as stubborn as the day is long. They love other people and will go out of their way to help them. They just will not take anyone else's advice when it comes to their own lives. All of them are engaged in some kind of career or philanthropic endeavor which has the purpose of helping other people, just as their misunderstood symbol tries to explain to us.
The water bearer is pouring water on the Earth. Water is the symbol of emotions, but also of spirit. So Aquarians give generously of their spirits. They are also ruled by the erratic planet Uranus, so they are nonconformists for the most part. Aquarians usually stand out in a crowd, and they like that. Why be boring when you can be original? So the next time that green-haired, tattooed person approaches you while you are shopping, don't be alarmed. It's a sincere Aquarian, who probably has the best of intentions and is trying to steer you in the right direction.
Food for Thought
Bob Marley, or Robert Nesta Marley, 2/6/45-5/11/81, is the revered Jamaican musician who introduced Reggae music to the world. Bob was the rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of Bob Marley and the Wailers, consisting of himself, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh. Marley also spread the Rastafarian religious movement throughout the world, voicing the political and social conditions that existed in Jamaica during his lifetime through his music. All these years later, he is still considered Jamaica’s Ambassador to the People, and they talk about him as if he were still here.
Marley’s father was Norval Sinclair Marley, a white English/Jamaican Captain of the Royal Marines, and his mother was Cedella Booker, an 18-year-old Black woman. Norval Marley supported Bob and his mother until he died when Bob was 10 yrs. old. Marley faced issues about his mixed ancestry throughout his life, although he came to terms with it. He identified as a Black African, citing the two biggest influences in his life as Haile Selassie and Marcus Garvey. As a Rastafarian, he believed that Haile Selassie was a living God in Ethiopia, and a theme in Marley’s work discusses the return of the Rastafarian people back to Africa, likely in Ethiopia. Bob wrote many songs about the oppression the black people fought in many instances.
When Bob Marley was 12 he moved to Trenchtown, Kingston, a poor and squalid government complex. He met up with Bunny and Peter there, and they cut a record, with "One More Cup of Coffee and "Judge Not," songs that did not get air play in 1962, but are part of the Songs of Freedom Box Set now. In 1966, Marley married Rita Anderson, and it has been said he was so shy that he gave a note to a friend to pass on to her before he would speak to her. They moved to Wilmington, DE for a time to visit Bob’s mother, but Bob did not enjoy the fast pace of American life. He and Rita formally became Rastafarians when they returned to Jamaica, and Bob began to grow his famous dreadlocks.
During the years of 1968-1972, Bob, Rita, Bunny and Peter tried to commercialize their sound, in both London and Kingston. Bob needed to establish himself outside of Jamaica, so lived in London for about a year. Island Records producer Chris Blackwell helped them cut an album, fronting the money, and Catch a Fire was the result. This was the first time the group had access to good studio equipment, as even in 2012 musicians in Jamaica have problems affording instruments and necessary equipment, and shipping charges on heavy musical equipment are expensive.
Marley's Career Flourishes
By 1973, Burnin’ came out, and the popular songs "I Shot the Sheriff," and "Get Up, Stand Up," got Bob Marley some critical recognition. Eric Clapton helped by singing and playing a cover of "I Shot the Sheriff," which was popular in the U.S. This album reached both reggae audiences and rock audiences, and Blackwell gave Marley his studio in Kingston on 56 Hope Road, which Bob used as both his office and his home.
Although the lineup of singers changed often, Bob still billed his group as The Wailers. His first breakthrough song in the U.S. was the anthem "No Woman No Cry," from Natty Dread. In 1976 there was to be a “Smile Jamaica” concert, organized by Prime Minister Michael Manley, to ease tension between warring political groups. Marley, Rita, and his manager Taylor were shot in Marley’s home before the concert, with Rita and Taylor sustaining serious injuries, though they recovered. Bob was wounded in the chest and arm, and many in the public thought the concert was a support rally for Manley. Bob performed at the concert 2 days later, responding that, “The people who are trying to make this world worse aren’t taking a day off. How can I?” So Marley played for 80,000 people, but was emotionally wounded that he was shot in his own country. Some still suspect the CIA, as any person who seems to love peace is always suspect.
Marley left Jamaica to recuperate for two years in England, in seclusion and exile, although he wrote material for more albums there. He finally returned to Jamaica in 1978 to perform another political concert, once again trying to bring peace to warring political groups. At the end of the performance, Marley insisted that Michael Manley of the People’s Nat’l. Party, and his rival Edward Seaga, of the Jamaican Labour Party, shake hands.
Bob Marley and the Wailers went on to release 11 albums, writing much more politically charged songs, such as Survival, Zimbabwe, Africa Unite and War. Bob and the Wailers appeared in South Africa in 1979 to oppose apartheid, and support the struggles of the Black people there. Uprising in 1980 was Bob’s last studio album, and one of his most religious, including the beautiful Redemption Song, and Forever Loving Jah.
Bob Marley Never Goes Out of Style
Bob’s life as a Rastafarian was a big part of the Reggae culture. He grew his dreads long and became a vegetarian, indulging frequently in “ganga”. When asked to explain his religion, he said, “Be still, Haile Selassie of Ethiopia is the Almighty, living God, the Bible says so, the newspaper says so, and I and the children say so. I don’t see what more people want. Maybe they want a White God, but God comes in Black too.” This writer noticed that Rastafarians in Jamaica all take on names of Jesus’s disciples. Bob quoted the passage of the Bible where Jacob gives his blessing to his son Joseph. Marley was baptized by the Archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Kingston, Jamaica in 1980.
Bob had 11 children who are officially acknowledged on his website, including three with his wife Rita, but this author has read a lot about him, and believes Bob and Rita had four children together. In 1977 Marley was found to have malignant melanoma under one of his toenails. He refused to have the toe amputated, stating religious reasons. Apparently if you are Jamaican and have a physical deformity of some kind, it is looked upon as if something more is wrong with you. Bob continued touring, his last concert at what is now the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, PA. But soon after the concert date, the cancer spread throughout his body. Marley was treated at the Bavarian Clinic Josef Issels, where he received a controversial type of cancer treatment, based mostly on diet and drugs, but after 8 months he got worse, and although he tried to get home to Jamaica, his organs failed at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami, FL. His final words to his son Ziggy were “Money can’t buy life.”
According to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Bob Marley was the Third World’s first superstar. He was the man who introduced the world to the mystic power of Reggae. He was a true rocker at heart, and as a songwriter, he brought the force of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Smokey Robinson to his work. Bob Marley was a symbol to poor and powerless people everywhere; if one had talent, they could make it. Even at the height of his wealth, he lived mostly on Hope Road when he was in Jamaica, ate the same foods he ate when he was poor, and got up early every morning to enjoy nature.
I have been to Jamaica 5 times, I love it there, and they live as if it's about 25 years ago, but all love Bob Marley, and speak proudly of him, as if he was still here. I suppose he is in the spirit of his music. It rouses people to action, and has never gone out of style. Marley was a good and spiritual man, who left us all too soon, at the age of 36.
Oprah Winfrey, born 1/29/1954, was actually born Orpah Gail, her first name an incorrect spelling from a woman in the Book of Ruth in the Bible. Oprah is the ultimate success story, a poor, Black woman born in Mississippi, who co-anchored an evening news show, and eventually had her own talk show, which is one of the most successful of all time. Today she is the only self-made Black billionaire in world history!
Oprah had a hard life of poverty, and experienced sexual abuse by her uncle, her cousin, and a family friend. She confided this on one of her own shows in 1986, when the topic was sexual abuse, but although cathartic for her, the family lived in denial of these facts. Oprah became pregnant at age 14, and lost the child in infancy. Once she became famous, a family member sold this story to The National Inquirer, a trashy gossip newspaper, further hurting her.
She was sent to a more affluent school, but suffered teasing and abuse, and finally her mother sent her to live in Nashville, TN, with her father Vernon, who though only a one-night stand for her mother was really Oprah's father. He did encourage Oprah, and she became an honors student, got on the speech/debate club, and was voted Most Popular Girl in East Nashville High School. Oprah’s choice to work in the communications media did not surprise anyone, as she had a natural way with people, and they loved to confide in her.
She was the first Black female anchor of a local radio station, and stayed during her first 2 years of college. Oprah relocated to Chicago to host the half hour morning talk show AM Chicago. At the time Phil Donahue was the most popular radio talk show host, but within months Oprah overtook him, and critic Robert Ebert signed her up for syndication with King World. It was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show, and the rest is history.
Oprah, a Good Listener and Empathizer
Because Oprah has a great personality and is a good listener and talker, she was able to get many media shy celebrities on her show. She is always sympathetic, and has her finger on the button of what people care about and are thinking about. Aquarius people live in the Now, and always are interested in what is going on around them and everywhere else in the world. Oprah was always informed, yet could also talk about issues common to regular housewives.
She had Michael Jackson on her show, which was the 4th most watched interview in TV history. She appeared on David Letterman’s show in 2005 to promote The Color Purple, which she produced, the first time the two popular talk show hosts got together in 16 years. The public thought there was a rift between them, but they denied it, and if there was one patched it up. She had problems with Ludacris when he was on her show and she had some of his lyrics edited out, but explained she felt he was marginalizing women with his words, and they came to a peaceful understanding. Oprah also faced criticism about several political people she had on her show when she endorsed Barack Obama for his first Presidential term, but this was the first time she ventured into politics, formerly keeping out of it on her show.
Oprah co-starred in Stephen Spielberg’s The Color Purple in 1985, and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. This author has read that Spielberg cried at the end of the book (didn't everyone, I know I did). It went on to be a Broadway musical which she produced. Oprah also produced and starred in Beloved, based on Toni Morrison’s book, but the movie was not as popular as she would have liked. Oprah co-authored five books, shared her battles with weight gain and loss with her fans, and publishes “O” Magazine, the biggest start-up in the industry. Circulation has declined, but the audience for the magazine is more upscale than the audience for her TV show, with the average woman who reads it earning well above the median pay scale for women.
Oprah, First African American Billionaire in World History
Oprah currently lives on “The Promised Land”, her 42 acre estate in Montecito, CA, with its fabulous ocean and mountain views. She also owns a house in Lavallette, NJ (in an area battered by Hurricane Sandy), an apartment in Chicago, an estate on Fisher Island, FL, a ski house in Telluride, CO, and property on Maui, HI and in Antigua. Her “base” is the apartment in Chicago. Winfrey and her boyfriend Steadman Graham have been together since 1986, though a wedding has never occurred. Her best friend since her young adult life is Gayle King, who she always talked about on her show, and once had a large role in the planning of it. The two have faced rumors they are gay, but this happens often when women are close friends, and not necessarily true. Maria Shriver is also a close friend of Oprah, and Oprah considers the late poet Maya Angelou to be her mother/sister/friend.
Oprah became a millionaire at the age of 32, and at 42 she had a net worth of $340 million, replacing Bill Cosby as the only African American on the Forbes 400. With a 2000 net worth of $800 million, she is believed to be the richest African American of the 20th century. Because of her status as a historical figure, Professor Juliet Walker of the University of Chicago teaches a course: History 298, Oprah Winfrey, the Tycoon. Forbes International lists Winfrey as the first Black Billionaire in World History. In Sept. of 2010, she overtook Meg Whitman, the CEO of eBay, as the richest self made woman in America.
Oprah Ranks in the 50 Most Generous Americans
Oprah is one of the most powerful and influential women in the world. She is described as a “top alpha” woman who lets nobody get in her way. She has also polled as one of the greatest women in American history, as she is well liked and has a loyal following. Public confession became much more popular after Oprah admitted to her rape on her show, not ever expecting to, it just came out as she was empathizing with other women. Even though she has weight issues, Ms. Magazine notes that, “Winfrey made fat, sexy, elegant—damned near gorgeous—with her drop dead wardrobe, easy body language, and cheerful sensuality.” She has popularized and paved the way for other talk show hosts, and helped people to accept the LGBTQ population by her own acceptance. Her endorsements and opinions really affect consumer buying choices, something we have seen when she had her book club. Oprah brought many new authors into the public eye. She is also a spiritual leader, discussing uplifting and inspirational topics.
Oprah Winfrey has made so many philanthropic donations, to discuss them would take another whole article. She ranks in the 50 most generous Americans, and has opened a school for young girls in Africa to empower them. She has come a long way from that poor, abused young girl from Mississippi!
Ashton Kutcher and wife Mila Kunis
Ashton Kutcher, Aquarian Entrepreneur
Ashton Kutcher—Christopher Ashton Kutcher—2/7/78—is an American actor, former model, producer and comedian, who first became popular on That 70’s Show, playing the dim bulb, pot smoking, Michael Kelso. He went on to produce Punk’d., a show that played practical jokes on people while they were on hidden camera, and had parts in several movies. He had a reoccurring role in Two and a Half Men on the CBS sitcom, playing Walden Schmidt, when Charlie Sheen was in rehab. Ashton has a twin brother who had a heart transplant when they were young, and his brother also has cerebral palsy. Ashton states that his home life was stressful, because he did not want to ever hear bad news about his brother. He considered suicide when he was 13, and then his family moved to Homestead, IA. His parents divorced when he was 16, and he acted out by committing a string of burglaries, resulting in probation, community service, and ostracizing from his neighbors. Ashton enrolled at the University of IA with plans to major in biochemical engineering, motivated by the hope of finding a cure for his brother. While in a bar one evening, he was approached by a scout and recruited to enter the “Fresh Faces of Iowa” modeling competition. Ashton won 1st place, and moved to NYC to take part in the International Talent and Modeling Association Convention.
Kutcher signed a contract in 1998 to model in ads for Calvin Klein, in New York, Paris and Milan, and then did his stint on That 70’s Show. Then he caught the acting bug and moved to Los Angeles. Afterwards he was in a string of movies that appealed to teenage boys, so they did not have critical success, but did somewhat well at the box office. Ashton runs a production company called Katalyst Films with friend Jason Goldberg, and was part of a management team for Ooma, a tech start up in the voice over Internet Protocol business.
He spearheaded a marketing campaign and produced videos to promote this service. Aquarians love electronics and tech devices. Kutcher is a spokesperson for Nikon cameras. In 2011 Ashton launched his own Twitter client with Uber Media, called A.Plus. The app became available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry. To download on one of those 3 platforms, users need the Uber Social client installed on their device. Aquarians are great at electrical things and love to make and use gadgets. Kutcher has been a savvy investor in several tech startups, including Skype, Foursquare, Path and Fab.com. He is the co-founder of the venture capital fund A-Grade investments.
An Astute Businessman
Ashton Kutcher began dating Demi Moore in 2003. At first many thought it was a publicity stunt, as she had taken some years off from her acting career to raise the three daughters she has with ex-husband Bruce Willis. But they surprised everyone and married in 2005, in a ceremony conducted by a Rabbi at a Kabbalah Center, with Bruce Willis and about 150 friends attending. The almost 20-year age difference is not unusual for an Aquarian person; they often have romantic partners either much older or younger than themselves. Demi and Ashton did split in 2011 though, and Ashton is currently married to Mila Kunis, who co-starred with him on That '70s Show. They have two children and Mila says Ashton is the first boy she kissed while working on That '70s Show.
Kutcher is an astute businessman, and owns an Italian Restaurant named Dolce with 2 of his 70’s show friends, Danny Masterson and Wilmer Valderrama. He also has a Japanese-themed restaurant called Geisha House, and it has expanded to 3 locations, Atlanta, LA, and NYC. He became the first Twitter user to have more than one million followers in 2009. He describes himself as a fiscal conservative and a social liberal, and continues to study Kabbalah. Ashton seems to be doing well for himself in a variety of businesses, and has a bright future ahead of him.
Jennifer Aniston, Famous Aquarian
Jennifer Aniston—middle name Joanna, born 2/11/1969, is an American actress, film director and producer, who became famous playing the part of Rachel Green on the ensemble comedy Friends. The role won her Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards. Jennifer was originally supposed to be cast as Monica Geller, but Courtney Cox was better suited to the role, and Jennifer was awarded the role of Rachel. The sitcom Friends ran from 1994 to 2004, and was extremely popular with its fans. Jen was also offered a featured role on Saturday Night Live at the same time as the Friends role, but turned it down.
Aniston was making $1 million an episode for the last two years the show was on TV, along with the other women in the cast, making her the highest money making woman on TV. While on hiatus from Friends, Jennifer began taking on film roles. She did well in Picture Perfect, ‘Til There Was You, The Object of My Affection, and The Good Girl. She was in the big box office success Bruce Almighty, and starred in Along Came Polly opposite Ben Stiller. In 2008 she starred along with Owen Wilson in Marley and Me, and it set a record at the box office for a film released on Christmas.
He’s Just Not That into You with Ben Affleck, also did very well. Jennifer says that Gwyneth Paltrow inspired her to direct. She has appeared in music videos, among them "Walls" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Melissa Ethridge’s "I Want To Be In Love." Jennifer has also been in commercials for L’Oreal hair products. She is currently a spokewoman for Aveeno skin products. She had a perfume made for her in 2010, which was simply named Jennifer Aniston. She has also worked in a publicity campaign for Smart Water, releasing a YouTube video Jennifer Aniston Goes Viral for Smart Water, which drew much attention to it.
Jennifer Aniston, Philanthopist
Jennifer is a big supporter of an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico called Friends of El Faro, and appears in commercials in support for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. She hosted an event in 2008 called Stand Up To Cancer. In 2007, she won GLAAD’s Vanguard Award for her contributions to the LGBTQ community. Other charities this generous Aquarian is involved in include the project "The Cove PSA, My Friend Is...," to save dolphins and protect Japanese people from mercury poisoning. Aniston supports AmeriCares, and generously donates to Doctors without Borders.
Jennifer began dating Brad Pitt in 1998, and they immediately became media darlings. They had a private wedding in Malibu, and were considered one of the more stable couples in Hollywood. That was before Brad made Mr. and Mrs. Smith with Angelina Jolie, who is considered to be the cause of the divorce between Jennifer and Brad. The divorce was finalized in 2005, but the public has some kind of sick fixation on Jen and Brad, as if they hope the two will reunite, which is very unlikely. She has dated Vince Moore and John Mayer. In 2012 she married Justin Theroux.
Her love life continues to move about, and as now she is still single. Aniston credits yoga for helping her spiritual life. Forbes Magazine has named Jennifer Aniston as one of the Top 10 richest women in the entertainment industry. She became the first GQ Woman of the Year in 2005. She has appeared on People’s Most Beautiful People list every year since 2005, and Men’s Health Magazine has declared her “The sexiest woman of all time.” Her hairstyle became very popular, and many women copied it, although Jennifer expressed the opinion she never liked it that much. She remains close friends with Courtney Cox, one of her co-stars on Friends.
Chris Rock, Famous Aquarius Person
Chris Rock—Christopher Julius Rock III—2/7/1965—is an American actor, stand up comic, TV producer, film producer, and director. After gaining some attention in stand up comedy clubs, such as New York’s Catch a Rising Star, comedian Eddie Murphy took him under his wing, and later Rock became known to the public as one of the leading stars on Saturday Night Live. Chris was also often a guest on Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect during the Presidential elections of 1996, having his own spot for commentary, and this also helped fuel his stardom.
He left SNL and was on a popular and predominantly black show called In Living Color, which jump-started careers for a number of people. Rock got two HBO specials, and his 2nd one, Bring the Pain in 1996, earned him 2 Emmy Awards and critical acclaim. Chris Rock never shies away from talking about race in America, and his honesty and humor together are a winning combination. His family was from South Carolina, but moved to New York, in the Bedford, Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. His parents had him bussed to what they thought was a “better” school, but since the students were mostly white, Rock says he mostly got his butt kicked every day. He went to HS but the bullying was worse, so he left and got a GED instead.
Rock went on to do more HBO comedy specials which earned him the “Funniest Man in America” title from Time Magazine, and by the late 1990’s he got bigger film roles, such as The Longest Yard, Bad Company, and Death at a Funeral. In fall of 2005, the UPN began a comedy called Everybody Hates Chris, based on Rock’s school days, with Rock being both the narrator and producer. The show had both critical and popular success, and was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2006, A People’s Choice Award the same year, and two Emmy Awards as well. Chris recently produced the series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, which premiered in August of 2012.
Rock hosted the Academy Awards show in 2005, because it is not watched in these times as much as it used to be, and it was hoped Rock would bring “edge” to the show. Apparently he brought too much “edge” and was never asked back. He calls things like he sees them, an Aquarian trait, and this is one of the reasons Chris Rock is so funny and well liked.
Chris Rock Uses Experiences as Comic Material
Race relations, family, politics, music, and class relationships are often topics Rock discusses. Although his material is not strictly autobiographical, it is obvious he draws from some real experiences, especially in his memories of his school days and the bullying that went on then. Rock is annoyed that being a comic in the public eye makes people expect him to be a role model for others, as he openly uses the “N” word and has been criticized for it by Bill Cosby, one of his own comic idols. Although in current times, it's not an advantage to have Bill Cosby say anything about you! He does not believe that entertainers should have to behave any differently than anyone else. Chris believes that black people in show business are held to a higher standard of behavior than white ones. When asked if he minds the lies the paparazzi reports, he says, “You have to take the bad with the good.”
Chris Rock has been married to Malaak Compton-Rock since 1996. She is the founder and executive director of Styleworks, a full-service, non-profit salon which offers services for women who are getting off of welfare and getting into the workforce. This is a much-needed thing, as poor women need to pull together a “professional” wardrobe and hairstyle to be accepted in the workforce: sexist, but true. Together they have two daughters, Lola Simone and Zahra Savannah. The family resides in Alpine, New Jersey. Rock’s family history was the subject of a 2008 PBS documentary, and it was found that he was descended from the Udeme people of Northern Cameroon. Chris’s great-great-grandfather, Julius Caesar Tingman, was a slave for 21 years before serving in the United States Colored Troops until 1866, in the American Civil War. In the 1940’s, Rock’s paternal grandfather moved from South Carolina to New York City to become a preacher. Maybe that’s where Chris gets his speaking skills!
© 2012 Jean Bakula