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Dr. Frances Cress Welsing: Rest In Power Queen!

Screen Shot 2016-01-02 at 8.07.43 PMAs the new year of 2016 begins we have to take a moment to reflect and pay tribute to Dr. Frances Cress Welsing who has passed away at the age of 80 on January, 2nd 2016.  Born in Chicago, IL March 18th 1935 daughter of Henry N. Cress (physician) & Ida Mae Griffen (teacher) she was always in an academic background.  She went on to obtain her B.S. degree from Antioch College and her M.D. at Howard University in the 1960’s in psychiatry.

She made DC her home after her time at Howard University where she worked at many hospitals especially children’s hospitals.  She is probably most known for her book “The Isis Papers” where she discussed the Melanin Theory and tackles the topic of White Supremacy.  For decades she tirelessly worked to make sure that her works would help teach black people especially black children to have a love of themselves and their rich history.

She has spoken at numerous universities and taken part in a number of documentaries and she was a part of the Hidden Colors Documentary produced by Tariq Nasheed who worked with her as his mentor.  Dr Welsing will truly be missed but her great works will not be forgotten! (March 18, 1935 – January 2, 2016) Rest In Peace………

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R.I.P. Michael Clarke Duncan

Sad, sad news to report. New York Daily News‎, E! Online‎, CNN, Chicago Tribune, and many other major news outlets have confirmed that actor Michael Clarke Duncan died at a Los Angeles hospital today after suffering a heart attack from which he could not recover. He was 54 years old. Best known for his larger-than-life Academy Award-nominated performance as death row inmate John Coffey in the 1999 film “The Green Mile,” our brother truly led a rich, fruitful life before and after that. Having worked as a ditch digger, then as a bodyguard, before landing a supporting role in “Armageddon,” the “Green Mile” star has walked a mile in shoes of every walk of life. But he never forgot where he came from. It was evident in the way Michael played even comedic roles with a presence that made viewers say, “I know that guy”; and he kept a presence in the community that made it easier to really “know that guy.”

We’re gonna miss that guy, Michael Clarke Duncan. Though we may finally make peace with him not being around or coming soon to a screen near you, we must never forget that the brother was just that – a brother – to us… all of us left to mourn. Rest in peace, Michael. Rest and God bless.


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R.I.P. Ms. Melodie (Cover Story)

We saw and heard word of the passing of Hip-Hop diva Ms. Melodie (formerly of BDP) many hours ago throughout the blogosphere and over the airwaves. However, everyone was reporting the same information (death, with no known cause); and none of the so-called majors had yet committed its resources or reputation to confirming the tragic loss. Well, though no new information of note has been shared, New York Daily News and MTV sources (and others) affirm that our beloved Ms. Melodie passed away yesterday, July 18 2012. We at express our deepest condolences and heartfelt sorrow at the passing of a sister that never did wrong by the culture of Hip-Hop, any of its elements, or the people who follow it and her. Rest in Peace, Ma…Rest in Power.


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R.I.P. Davy Jones of The Monkees


Whitney Houston Funeral (Video)

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Legendary Rap Artist & Actor “Heavy D” Dies At The Age Of 44

The news of Heavy D’s passing spread like wildfire through the internet & the media when TMZ first broke the story…

Rap legend Heavy D — one of the most influential rappers of the ’90s — died earlier today … TMZ has learned.

Heavy D — real name Dwight Arrington Myers — was rushed to an L.A. hospital around noon today … and was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1 PM. He was 44 years old.

We’ve learned a 911 call was placed from Heavy’s Beverly Hills home around 11:25 AM to report an unconscious male on the walkway .

When help arrived, we’re told Heavy D was conscious and speaking — and was transported to a nearby hospital.

He died a short time later.

Cops are investigating the death — and so far, there are no obvious signs of foul play.

Heavy D had several massive hits — including “Now That We Found Love.” He also wrote and performed the theme song for “In Living Color” … and appeared as an actor in the movie “Life.”

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Legendary Boxing Champion Joe Frazier Dies Of Liver Cancer In Philadelphia

As a North Philly native I can tell you that there was no way anyone wouldn’t be proud of the accomplishments & community service that Smokin Joe Frazier had done over the years. I remember visiting his gym a few times as a kid on North Broad street which was several blocks from my grandmothers home. Because of Joe Frazier’s success & visibility in the community he inspired generations of brothers from Philly beyond boxing. I’ve been fortunate enough to have met Joe Frazier several times over the years & unlike most celebrities like him, Joe was actively involved in community & was very visible from what I remember when I still lived in Philly. While the Philadelphia Eagles were closing out their Monday Night Football game with a loss to Chicago, sports fans in Philadelphia & the world were just getting word that one of the greatest boxers in history had died of liver cancer. It goes without saying that it was truly a sad evening in Philadelphia last night…. Rest in Peace Smokin’ Joe Frazier.


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Steve Jobs RIP

A Modern Day Thomas Edison, Apple’s Steve Jobs succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 56 & completely revolutionized the world in which we live in that short period. It’s not hard to be inspired by a man who was given up at birth, never finished college, forced out of a company that he built, & came back to change the world in which we live in through his inventions. Steve Jobs was a perfect example of not letting your detractors get in the way of your dreams. Normally rocking a black shirt, blue jeans, & sneakers Steve was the manifestation of not living your life for others, but to be who you are & do what you love. It all makes sense now why Apple recently released the iphone4S instead of the long rumored iphone5 this week.

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Legendary: Gil Scott-Heron R.I.P. (April 1, 1949 – May 27th, 2011)

“Revolutionary poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron, best known for his 1970 work “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” died May 27th at a New York City hospital. The exact cause of death is currently unknown, though he had been battling a severe drug addiction and other health problems for years. He was 62.” – Rolling Stone

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Reflection Eternal Show Tribute To ‘Guru’ In San Diego (Video)

It’s hard to believe that its been a year since the legendary Guru of Gangstarr has passed. Guru Rest In Peace!! July 17th 1961 – April 19th 2010

R.I.P: Nate Dogg Dies At 41

Nathaniel D. Hale, known in the music industry as Nate Dogg, died Tuesday according to announcement made by his family. The crooner with arguably one of the most memorable voices of the last 20 years succumbed to health complications at the age of 41. Nate Dogg was a part of the soundtrack to our lives often appearing on a long list of popular hits with friends & associates such as Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Tupac, 50 Cent, Mos Def, Eminem, Jay-Z, The Game, Shaquille O’neal, Ludacris, Pharoahe Monch, Freeway, Brian McKnight, DJ Quik, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Kurupt, & many more.


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