With the weekend came the tragic news of one of America’s finest soul voices; Bobby Womack passed away at the age of 70. A representative for Womack’s label XL Recordings confirmed the singer has died, but said the cause of death was currently unknown.
With an incomparable voice few could match, Womack was a stirring singer and guitarist in his own right and a powerful songwriter whose hits like “Across 110th Street,” ”If You Think You’re Lonely Now” and “I Wish He Didn’t Trust Me So Much” still receive spins and accolades from music fans across the globe.
Celebrated for a career is music that thrived over half a century, Bobby Womack continued making music through his late 60′s. In 2012, Womack began a career renaissance with the release of The Bravest Man in the Universe, his first album in more than 10 years. Perhaps to little surprise to Womack fans, the album made Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums of 2012 alongside numerous other critical accolades.
Our love to Bobby’s family in this sad time. May his talent always be celebrated and honored.
After a challenging battle with cancer, Meshach Taylor is resting in peace. The actor died on Saturday night, according to the Los Angeles Times that confirmed Taylor’s death with family friends. The Manequin star passed away with his wife and children by his side in his Altadena home at around 10:47p.m.
Meshach’s family notified the actor’s fans of his deteriorating health on Friday by telling Facebook fans that the film star was slowly but surely slipping away.
Heart-wrenching news today as Tony Gwynn, the MLB star known for his left-handed swing and endearing spirit died Monday after years of battling cancer. He was 54.
Gwynn, who spent his illustrious entire 20-year career with the San Diego Padres underwent multiple surgeries over the past four years to remove cancerous tumors from his mouth, blaming a smokeless tobacco habit. This past March, Tony left his post as the coach of the San Diego State’s baseball team to undergo more intense treatment.
Tony Gwynn leaves behind a loyal group of grieving fans. At the end of his major league career, Tony had amounted a massive 3,141 hits and a .338 batting average, the highest mark for a hitter since Ted Williams’ career started in 1939.
His memory will live on though as the right-fielder was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 with one of the highest voting percentages ever at 97.61 (532 of 545 ballots).
Our condolences to his family. Baseball fans lost one of it’s greats today.
I wouldn’t even know where to begin when talking about this beautiful, well accomplished, and educated woman. We just lost Maya Angelou, and to turn around and lose another great soul like Ruby Dee, is hard. These women are not just famous, they come from a line of black artist, highly educated, who believed in the Talented Tenth theory espoused by Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois.
Ruby Dee represents a generation who understood they had a moral obligation to use their talents and intellect to further the plight of all black people in this country. Fighting for civil rights, fighting for meaningful black roles in Hollywood, fighting for a cultural transformation in the arts, in theater to include contributions from black artists and writers. She’s marched with Dr. Martin Luther King. She’s written books. Her list of films expand from The Man of Mine in 1946 to her break out role in The Jackie Robinson Story in 1950; continues through out the years with movies like Do The Right Thing in 1989 to her last role in 2013, Betty and Coretta. She’s even won a Grammy in 2007 for her spoken word album, With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together.
I don’t know where to begin. She’s always been on a pedestal in my life, after all we share the same birthday, October 27th. I’ve seen her in plays, and on the small screen. I’ve seen her in countless films, many right along side her second husband, Ossie Davis. She was previously married to jazz musician, Frankie Dee, where she acquired her last name Dee, but of course it’s her union with Ossie Davis that is most known. Before Jada and Will Smith, Ruby Dee and long time lover Ossie Davis, talked about their open marriage and staying together for over 50 years in Hollywood. Not just staying together, but working together, and marching together.
I just don’t know where to begin. Ruby Dee dies peacefully in her sleep at the age of 91. She is survived by Guy Davis, Hasna Muhammad Davis and Nora Day Davis, and seven grandchildren. Check out this CNN piece on her life, a life described as “less ordinary”:
In sad news, rap group Cali Swag District has suffered yet another loss, as their second member JayAre lost his life at the age of 25 after battling sickle cell anemia. The group is most known for their 2010 hit single “Teach Me How to Dougie”. JayAre reportedly was taken to the hospital on Thursday night for unknown reasons and then later fell into cardiac arrest and later passed away on Friday, according to MTV. Back in 2011 the group lost member M-Bone to a drive by shooting. The group released their new mixtape The District earlier this year, the group originally began with four members and unfortunately there are only two remaining.
Group Members: Yung, JayAre & Smoove Da General
More when you continue. . .
Sad news from North Carolina this morning. According to WGHP Fox8, poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou has died. According to Winston-Salem major Allen Joines, Dr. Angelou was found by her caretaker Wednesday morning.
Dr. Maya Angelou was an incredible woman, whose brilliance and poetic skill is known around the world. Dr. Maya Angelou‘s last tweet on Twitter reads:
Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.
Our condolences to out to her family.