Vanilla is derived from orchids.
The Sulu Sea is a body of water in Asia around many countries including the Philippines. The Star Trek character Sulu was named after the sea as the character was supposed to represent all of Asia instead of Japan.
In 1950, Harry Truman stayed at the Blair House when the White House was being renovated. Some militant Puerto Ricans hoping to gain independence from America tried to assassinate him while he was there but he was unharmed.
Mahalia Jackson was an American gospel singer who was dubbed as the Queen of Gospel. She actually divorced a husband who insisted she sang some non-religious music sometimes. She never did.
Jacob Lawrence was an African-American artist well known for his dynamic cubism. Instead of being influenced by French art, he took most of his inspiration from the colors of Harlem, New York