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An Appreciation, Commentary, Jimi Hendrix, Microsoft, Paul Allen, Rest In Peace -

In his 2011 memoir Idea Man, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen recalled a phrase his mother coined to describe risk-takers. “That person is an edge walker,” Allen’s mom would say. Given this familial admiration for adventure seekers, it’s not surprising that Allen seemed attracted to some of the flashier products of black pop culture, namely thrill-chasing […]

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An Appreciation, George Taliaferro, NFL, Rest In Peace -

George Taliaferro was sitting in a Windy City restaurant eating with some of the nation’s top football players when he found out his favorite team, the Chicago Bears, had selected him in the 13th round of the 1949 NFL draft. The next move by Taliaferro, who died on Monday night at the age of 91, […]

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An Appreciation, Mac Miller, Rest In Peace -

When I get old I’m a be real cool Sittin’ on the porch with a fresh pair of shoes Whole bunch of stories for the neighborhood kids Tell ’em to believe, they be makin’ it big And I know That life is nothing easy (nothing easy) One day, I’m a change the world And they’ll […]

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An Appreciation, Aretha Franklin, Detroit, Music, Rest In Peace -

DETROIT — Respectfully, the work that Aretha Franklin has done — those foundations that her friends, contemporaries, family members and heads of states marveled about during her nearly 11-hour viewing and funeral service — isn’t enough. Not now. And not moving forward. On Friday, in her hometown of Detroit, thousands of parishioners, many of them […]

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An Appreciation, Aretha Franklin, Music, Rest In Peace -

I lit a couple of candles, grabbed a bottle of wine and poured myself a modest glass of cabernet. Aretha Franklin was in hospice care, and I decided to start celebrating her life with “Dr. Feelgood” from her first live album, Aretha in Paris, recorded in 1968. Aretha hits a note at the 3:39 mark […]

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Aretha Franklin, Bo Jackson, Detroit, Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, MLB, Muhammad Ali, Music, NFL, Obituary, Olympics, Rest In Peace, Wrestlemania -

When the death of Aretha Franklin was announced to the world, the somber news was met with the kind of reverence usually reserved for political dignitaries or royalty. And what else would you expect for the Queen of Soul, the most celebrated voice of not just her generation but perhaps of all time? There are […]

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Aretha Franklin, Black History, Detroit, Music, Obituary, Rest In Peace -

And now, it’s time to pay the Queen our utmost respect. After a largely private battle with pancreatic cancer, musical icon Aretha Louise Franklin has died at the age of 76. The woman who gave women a voice — the woman who is one of the best-selling musicians of all time, with a litany of […]

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Craig Mack, Entertainment, LL Cool J, News, Questlove, Rest in Peace -

In the poignant words of Questlove, “to be in hip-hop culture and live past the age of 50 is a fight to the finish.” News of Craig Mack’s death hit social media this morning. The 46-years-old rapper reportedly passed away from heart failure on Monday at a hospital near his Walterboro, SC home, according to the New York Daily […]

The post R.I.P.: Celebs pay tribute to rapper Craig Mack appeared first on theGrio.

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Bad Boy Records, Craig Mack, Diddy, Hip-Hop, Music, Rest In Peace, The Notorious B.I.G -

Hailing from Long Island, New York, Craig Mack was actually the first star of Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records. The news was confirmed late Monday that Mack, 46, died after a long battle with heart failure. Lesser known to some, Mack, with his distinctive, gravelly voice, predated the label’s grandest star, The Notorious B.I.G. […]

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An Appreciation, Clarence Beavers, Rest In Peace, The Triple Nickles, World War II -

Clarence Hylan Beavers, the last surviving member of a pioneering “test platoon” during World War II who helped end segregation in the military, died Dec. 4 at 96 at his home in Huntington, New York. Beavers, who originally enlisted at 17 in the New York National Guard’s famous Harlem Hellfighters after working a series of […]

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An Appreciation, Basketball, Perry Wallace, Rest In Peace, SEC, Vanderbilt Commodores -

A memorial service will be held Monday at Vanderbilt University for Perry Wallace, the first African-American basketball player in the Southeastern Conference. Wallace, who died in December at age 69, played at Vanderbilt from 1966-70 and graduated with an engineering degree. He went on to earn a law degree from Columbia University and became an […]

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An Appreciation, Boston Celtics, Cedric Maxwell, Jo Jo White, NBA, Paul Pierce, Rest In Peace -

Cedric Maxwell got word that his old Boston Celtics teammate Jo Jo White died on Tuesday just before Maxwell was about to go on radio to give his usual analysis of the Celtics game. Sadness engulfed Maxwell during the broadcast. Not able to say much more, Maxwell left the TD Garden in Boston in the […]

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Art Dorrington, Atlantic City Seagulls, New York Rangers, NHL, Rest In Peace -

Art Dorrington, who signed with the New York Rangers organization in 1950 to become the first black professional hockey player in the United States, died on Dec. 29, 2017, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Dorrington played for the Atlantic City Sea Gulls, Johnstown Jets, Washington Lions and Philadelphia Ramblers after moving around the Eastern Hockey […]

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Erica Garner, Rest In Peace -

It’s cruelty befitting a Greek tragedy. A young grief-stricken daughter reluctantly transforms herself into an activist after her father is killed by police during a controversial encounter — a struggle in which the officer chokes the very life from the father, apparently deaf to his repeated gasps of “I can’t breathe.” Three years pass, the […]

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Amanda Davis, Atlanta, Journalism, NABJ, Rest In Peace -

I don’t remember the first time I saw Amanda Davis — the Amanda Davis — in the flesh, in the newsroom, but I bet I stopped in my tracks and stared. I was an adopted “ATL-ien,” by way of New Orleans, who had grown up watching Davis on Fox 5 News in Atlanta. One of […]

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Baseball Hall of Fame, Indianapolis Clowns, Mamie 'Peanut' Johnson, MLB, Negro League, Rest In Peace -

Hank Bayliss must have thought he was doing something. The Kansas City Monarchs third baseman was having himself a day running his mouth as he stood opposite of 5-foot-3, 115-pound Mamie Johnson. He exclaimed that the right-handed pitcher was “no bigger than a peanut.” And he was no better at hitting after talking all that […]

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Combat Jack, Music, Rest In Peace -

When Reggie Ossé, immortalized in hip-hop culture as “Combat Jack,” announced via Twitter a week before Halloween that he had colon cancer, I knew. I think we all did. Jack’s soliloquy ultimately was one of his final intimate moments with a culture now so different without his physical presence. It was his way of fighting […]

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NFL, Rest In Peace, Sean Taylor, Washington Redskins -

I ran into Fred Smoot at a bar about two weeks ago. We’d never met, so I challenged him to a game of foosball and, ever the competitor, he said yes. Sometime into the game I said; “Ten years.” He nodded and we began talking about Sean Taylor. At that time the anniversary of Taylor’s […]

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Chicago, Civil Rights, Daily Uplift, Dick Gregory, Rest In Peace, Social Activism -

Comedian Dick Gregory, who died Saturday at 84, was one of the most successful black comedians working at the intersection of comedy and the civil rights struggle. When Gregory fasted for 70 days in 1981, living off a gallon of water per day, his goal was to raise awareness about civil rights. He put his […]

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An Appreciation, Don Baylor, MLB, Rest In Peace -

Don Baylor would walk through his O’Henry Junior High School and Austin High School hallways and hear the taunts and racial slurs that came with being one of the first three African-Americans to integrate the Austin, Texas, schools. When students didn’t feel like it was enough to hurl racial epithets at Baylor, fights would break […]

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Jim Vance, NBC, Rest In Peace, Television -

Back in the day, Jim Vance used to double-park his cream Mercedes 450 SL outside Roland’s grocery store on Pennsylvania Avenue in Southeast D.C. He’d run in, grab a magazine, some Junior Mints, often a pack of Marlboro Reds, and dap up every soul in the store who recognized him before peeling away. This was […]

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An Appreciation, Rest In Peace, SportsCenter, Stuart Scott -

“See,” my Uncle John said in the summer of 1998. He pointed toward the television in his Washington, D.C., apartment. “That’s gonna be you one day.” A fluorescent light from his fish tank dimly lit the apartment. My uncle and I were up watching Stuart Scott on SportsCenter. Scott talked about sports the way we […]

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Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, All Day, Mobb Deep, Rest In Peace -

He had you stuck off the realness from day one. Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, half of the seminal 1990’s rap group Mobb Deep, has died at the age of 42, according to Nas’ Instagram account. Known as P, P Double and The HNIC, based on his series of albums by the same name, he had publicly […]

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Chuck Berry, Music, Rest In Peace -

Contrary to popular belief, Chuck Berry, who died yesterday at age 90 at his Missouri home, did not single-handedly invent rock ‘n’ roll. But of all the musicians who helped create the now iconic sound of rock, Berry drafted the most attractive and enduring blueprint. Born in “sharply segregated” St. Louis as Charles Edward Anderson […]

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Al Jarreau, Grammy Awards, Jazz, Music, R&B, Rest In Peace -

How ironic that Al Jarreau, who died Sunday at 76 of undisclosed causes, should die on the day of the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Over the course of a spectacular 50-year career, Jarreau was no stranger to the Grammys, having captured seven of the coveted trophies, including honors for best jazz vocal performance, best traditional […]

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Bishop Eddie Long, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Religion, Rest In Peace -

Bishop Eddie Long, the contentious pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, has died of an “aggressive form of cancer.” He was 63. His megachurch, once boasting more than 25,000 members, issued a statement to multiple media outlets on Sunday confirming his death. “Bishop Long was known as one of the most […]

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Rest In Peace -

So much grief. So much brilliance. Gone. So much creativity and championship spirit. Gone. From singers to journalists to athletes of all kinds. From activists to police officers to novelists to songwriters to veterans. “You may encounter many defeats,” says Maya Angelou, “but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to […]

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Craig Sager, NBA, Rest In Peace, TNT -

“You don’t know how much fun I’m having right now. I’d crawl to get here. It means that much to me.” — Craig Sager Not only did longtime Turner Sports NBA sideline reporter/fashion luminary Craig Sager die Thursday after a long battle with leukemia, a portion of the league’s soul did, too. Many of the […]

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An Appreciation, Gwen Ifill, Rest In Peace -

The right question — thoughtful, relevant, bold — can catch even the most prepared politician off guard. It seems a generation ago, but it was just 12 years. Barack Obama was an Illinois senator who had given a memorable speech at the summer’s Democratic National Convention. John Kerry was running against the incumbent President George […]

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Gwen Ifill, PBS, Rest In Peace -

Gwen Ifill, the veteran journalist and newscaster who co-anchored “PBS NewsHour,” has died, PBS said Monday. Ifill, 61, broke gender and racial barriers and became a role model for journalists across the country. She had been battling endometrial cancer while covering this year’s presidential election. PBS said in a statement that she died Monday “surrounded […]

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An Appreciation, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Rest In Peace, Rod Temperton -

In 1980, just as Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall was beginning to stick to radio airwaves like so much sonic honey, attentive radio listeners noted a curious similarity between Jackson’s seductive single and Heatwave’s 1977 disco hit, Boogie Nights. The similarity wasn’t imagined. That’s because both Off the Wall and Boogie Nights were composed by […]

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Martin, Rest In Peace, Thomas Mikal Ford -

Actor Thomas Mikal Ford, best known as Tommy of the legendary ’90s sitcom Martin, died Wednesday in an Atlanta hospital. The cause of death is reportedly a ruptured abdominal aneurysm. He was 52. Ford — along with Martin Lawrence (Martin), Tisha Campbell-Martin (Gina), Tichina Arnold (Pam) and Carl Anthony Payne II (Cole) — was a […]

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