Category Archives: We Remember

Phillip Hayes Dean, 83, Award-Winning Broadway Playwright, ‘Paul Robeson’ Director, Dead!

Phillip Hayes Dean

Phillip Hayes Dean

Phillip Hayes Dean, who was a playwright, director and actor in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and various regional theaters died on Monday, April 14, 2014 from a heart condition, a family spokesperson announced.  He was 83.

Phillip Hayes Dean might be best known for his Broadway play Paul Robeson, performed by James Earl Jones in 1978, and in Avery Brooks’ revivals in 1988 and 1995, and now by Ebony Repertory Theatre’s production with Keith David, which Mr. Dean directed. His play continues performances and will close on April 27, 2014. Continue reading

Karyn Washington: Suicide Death of ‘For Brown Girls’ Founder A Reminder to Love Yourself First

RIP Karyn Washington

RIP Karyn Washington

*By now many of you know the sad and devastating news about 22-year-old Karyn Washington, the founder of “For Brown Girls” and the “Dark Skin, Red Lips” project.

Karyn passed away from an apparent suicide on April 8. My heart cries for this young woman and the family and friends she left behind.

Karyn’s death brings to the forefront the pink elephant in the room of black culture. The topic African Americans don’t like to bring up, discuss, treat seriously: Depression…mental health and not being well.

Too many times we say, “If I had only…” Karyn’s passing should remind us of just how tired we are of saying this…and hearing it. Continue reading

Man Who Woke Up in Body Bag Week’s Ago, Dead for Real This Time

Walter Williams beat death once, but this time its real

Walter Williams beat death once, but this time its real

*We’ve got sad news to report.

Walter Williams, the 78-year-old Mississippi man we wrote about a few weeks ago – the one who was thought to be deceased until he awakened in a body bag just as he was to be embalmed, has passed away.

No mistake this time.

Williams’ death occurred at his home at approximately 1 a.m. this morning (Thursday); with no cause given.

The father of 11, grandfather of 15, and great-grandfather of six became famous after the story of his “return from the dead” on February 26 went viral as Porter and Sons Funeral Home employees were prepping him for embalming when he started to move.

Congestive heart failure had made it necessary for Williams to go into hospice this past February and it appeared to doctors and nurses that he had succumbed to his illness.

“After they got through checking him, the coroner, they pronounced him dead and put him in a plastic bag, zipped him up and took him, put him in the hearse and they left,” said Eddie Hester, Williams’ nephew.

But they were wrong.

“The mortician said something wasn’t right,” said Williams’ daughter, Martha A. Lewis. “His leg started moving.”

Williams was rushed to a hospital and released a few days later.

Doctors suggest a mix of medicines may have caused his vital signs to appear unresponsive and family members consider the possibility that Williams’ pacemaker may have stopped and started again.

Yet Mary Williams, his daughter, is thankful and says, “God gave us a little more time with him, and we’re happy about that.”

Detroit’s 9-Year-Old ‘Honorary Police Officer’ Dies

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Jayvon Felton always wanted to be a police officer in his hometown, Detroit.

*Jayvon Felton, the 9-year-old boy who dreamed of being a Detroit police officer, got his wish before he passed away on Monday at Children’s Hospital in Detroit, Deputy Police Chief Rodney Johnson told The Detroit News.

The fourth-grader, who had been home-schooled since his leukemia diagnosis in April, was sworn in as the city’s “new” top cop and named honorary “chief for a day” on January 31st. Continue reading

High School Swim Instructor ‘Changed Clothes’ While Student Drowned

1392141020000-Swim-instructor-charges-021114*Well, one swim instructor in particular can file this under I will feel guilty for the rest of my life.

According to the Detroit Free Press the prosecutor’s office in Macomb County, Mich. has authorized a charge of involuntary manslaughter for Johnathan Lamonte Sails, an East Detroit high school swim instructor, who allegedly allowed one of his students to drown last year.

Sails, who arrived at the 38th District Court in Eastpointe, Mich., today for his arraignment, could face up to 15 years in prison along with a $7,500 fine. Continue reading

MLK Day Has Come & Gone: Did These Brands ‘Hit’ or ‘Miss’ the Mark in Celebrating

Well-Known World Brand Logotypes*Ah, good old capitalism. It, my friends, is what makes the bottom line in business so exciting. So, you’d better believe that when it comes to marketing, advertisers are going to utilize anything and everything they can get their greedy little hands on to bring your attention to their product, their brand. This time, it was the Martin Luther King holiday.

Now as you know, creating an ad is delicate. People can’t feel like they are being bamboozled. Oh sure we know you’re trying to sell us something, but we don’t want it to look like you’re trying to sell us something. Whatever you do, don’t make it seem like you just grabbed a quote by a great civil rights icon and stuck it on the face of your brand to solicit  greater donations.  Um, PETA anyone? Oops, I’ve already said too much. Continue reading

‘Exorcism Ritual’ By Mother Claims the Lives of Her Two Young Children (Video)

Exorcism*Mental illness has claimed the lives of two more children.

In Germantown, Maryland, two women who  believed their children were possessed, have been charged with their murder. Zakieya Latrice Avery, 28 and  Monifa Denise Sanford, 21 believed they were doing an exorcism on the children, 1-year-old boy, Durell and his 2-year-old sister, Zyana. Both children belonged to Avery.  The women are also facing attempted murder charges for injuring the children’s siblings, ages 5 and 8. Continue reading

Effin’ Sicko Takes Selfie With One-year-old Daughter, Posts It To FaceBook, Then Kills Her

Merrick McCoy posted this picture of himself and 1-year-old Mia on Facebook before killing her

Merrick McCoy posted this picture of himself and 1-year-old Mia on Facebook before killing her

*Dammit! 

Last month this dude who claims he was distraught over the breakup of his relationship killed his own child after posting a selfie of her with him on Facebook.

Yes, this sick mutha actually did this!

Police say they received a call from a woman “around 9:30″ saying that “her boyfriend had a gun and was locked inside her apartment with her child.” The woman’s family said that while police were trying to get inside the apartment, the father was posting to his Facebook page.

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