2. July 2013
One of our most influential politicians and former member of Congress has passed away.
Former U.S. Rep. William H. Gray III, suddenly died while with one of his sons in London at the Wimbledon tennis championship, Monday. He was 71. But Gray was much more than a politician as he lived a multi-faceted life as a businessman and pastor.
Gray was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and graduated from Franklin & Marshall College. He also attended Drew Theological Seminary in New Jersey City, New Jersey, before entering politics and being elected as a Democrat to Congress in 1978. He rose through the ranks of politics rapidly serving as chairman of the powerful budget committee and became the first African American Majority Whip of the U.S. House. (more…)
24. June 2013
It’s unfortunate that so many history lessons we could’ve learned from the very people who were living and/or a part of instrumental periods of our history aren’t known until after they are gone.
Although, we’ve been privy to the statistics of the Watts Riots of 1965, where for “six turbulent days that left 34 dead, thousands injured and millions of dollars in property damaged or destroyed,” but many of us, never really heard an extensive interview with Rena Price, who along with her sons, became the poster child for the inception of the infamous riots. But now Rena Price has passed on of natural causes at the age of 97, and her story passes with her. (more…)
8. March 2013
Black History Month has ended, but we don’t adhere to the 28 day limit on recognition of African American excellence.
Dr. Jane Cooke Wright was a pioneer in cancer treatment. She spearheaded the treatment of chemotherapy as a standard treatment for cancer patients. She died at home in Guttenberg, New Jersey at the age of 93 on February 19.
Medicine was in Wright’s blood. Her father, Dr. Louis Tompkins Wright, was also a well-respected physician who was the first African American doctor to be appointed to a staff position at a New York municipal hospital. He also became the first African American police surgeon, according to the Afro’s report from the National Institutes of Health. (more…)
31. December 2012
As the New Year settles upon us and we reflect on all those we’ve lost. Let us remember those who have made an impact on every aspect of our entertainment culture.
Actor Michael Clarke Duncan, died at the age of 54, with complications from a heart attack. The Don of Soul Train, Don Cornelius, committed suicide at the age of 75. Whitney Houston, died from an accidental fall in her bathroom in her hotel room at the age of 51.
Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys lost his battle with cancer at age 47. Chuck Brown, died at the age of 75, after a bout with pneumonia. Donna Summer, died at 63, after fighting lung cancer. Nick Ashford, Hip Hop executive Chris Lighty, known for building the careers of Diddy, Mary J. Blige and 50 Cent died at 44, from an apparent suicide. (more…)
27. December 2012
Ebony magazine is a world-class magazine that can lend its success to those that have directed the vision of one of America’s favorite magazines.
The managing editor for Ebony magazine, Terry Glover, died on Christmas Eve in her Chicago home after a battle with colon cancer, according to Yahoo! News. She was suffering from the disease for the last two years according to her husband Kendall Glover. (more…)
19. July 2012
There haven’t been many people pass through New York City without having certain cultural cornerstones on their “to do” list. They hit the Schomburg, make it over to the Kennedy Center, shuffle through Times Square and last, but certainly not least, they travel to Harlem, USA, to the soul food mecca.
Sylvia’s has been the foundation for all soul food restaurants throughout the U.S. for 50 years. The restaurant’s owner also known as The Queen of Soul Food, Sylvia Woods, 86, passed away hours before the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, was set to pay tribute to her (more…)
21. February 2012
Whitney Houston had a special bond with her mother. She and Bobbi Kristina seem to share the same bond. And while Cissy Houston was grieving in a way that may have been too deep for words, she still managed to put together very beautiful words for the Homegoing program.
Her words, so eloquent, are a telling account of a mother’s (more…)
30. December 2011
Every year, we lose members of the African American family that have been instrumental and encouraging to our lives. Those that have used their talents to increase our lives are worthy of remembrance and this year the list is filled with dynamic individuals of note. (more…)