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Perhaps one of the most infamous Black drug lords in U.S. history has died, according to his family. Frank Lucas, 88, was known as the “Godfather of Harlem” and the subject of the 2007 hit movie American Gangster, starring Denzel Washington, died on Thursday, May 30, 2019, according to his nephew, Aldwan Lassiter. Lucas came…

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The family of former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman is in mourning after the body of his daughter Freeda Foreman, 42, was found lifeless in her home. According to police, her body was discovered by family members at her residence near Houston. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Freeda George Foreman was a precocious child…

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The death of Kevin Barnett, 32, a rising star in the comedy world, sent shockwaves through Hollywood this week. Barnett was on vacation in Tijuana, Mexico, when he died unexpectedly. Mexican authorities have now released a cause of death. According to Mexican authorities, Barnett was rushed to a local hospital in Tijuana where he died…

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Kevin Barnett, 32, a rising star in the comedy world, has died, according to his publicist and studio. Barnett was one of the writers and the co-creator behind the hit TV series “Rel,” starring comedian Rel Howery, and was well-known in major writing circles. According to his agent, Barnett was on vacation in Mexico when he died.…

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One of the most prolific jazz vocalists in the world has died, according to her publicist and manager Devra Hall Levy. Nancy Wilson, 81, died at her residence in Pioneertown, California, after a long illness. She leaves a legacy that includes over 60 albums and singles in a career that spanned more than 50 years.…

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Entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey has suffered a significant loss, with the passing of her mother Vernita Lee. Lee died on Thanksgiving Day surrounded by family at her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was 83. News of Lee’s death was first announced on Facebook by Oprah’s niece Alisha Hayes. She posted: “I lost my beautiful grandma on…

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Stan Lee, the creator of today’s big screen superheroes including Spider-Man, Hulk, Fantastic Four, Black Panther and others, has died. He was 95. Born Stanley Martin Lieber on Dec. 28, 1922, to immigrant parents in the Washington Heights section of New York, Lee grew up in poverty. He started his career in the comic book world…

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Atlanta is a multi-faceted city when it comes to Black music and culture. Beyond hip-hop it is a city well known for its history of jazz. One of the cornerstones of keeping this tradition alive was jazz musician Theresa Hightower. Sadly it has been announced that Theresa passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, after a…

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The family of soul legend James Brown is in mourning after the passing of Venisha Brown, his daughter with Yvonne Fair, formerly of The Chantels. She was 53. Brown died Wednesday night, Sept. 19, at Augusta University Health Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, due to complications from pneumonia, according to a statement released by her…

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Aretha Louise Franklin, known throughout the world as the Queen of Soul, has died at her home in Detroit surrounded by friends and family. She was 76. Franklin had been in ill health for a number of years before officially retiring from performances in 2017. Her story is an original classic of a voice and…

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The passing of Hugh Hefner at 9 means the end of an icon of sex in America. Hefner left behind many memorable quotes on life. Here are just a few: “Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dream.” “Living in the moment, thinking about the future, and staying connected to the past: That’s…

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Hugh Hefner has reportedly died at his home at the age of 91. Hefner was the founder and publisher of Playboy magazine, an iconic publication that made the careers of many women and gave us the pictures of America’s first sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe. Hefner was born on April 9, 1926, and at the age…

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Black Hollywood has lost a legend with the death of Bernie Casey, 78,  after a sudden illness in Los Angeles. Casey was born in Wyco, West Virginia, and went on to attend Bowling Green University. He was an outstanding student-athlete and went on to play in the NFL. Drafted by the San Francisco 49ers, he went…

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Wynton Marsalis

The family matriarch of perhaps one of the greatest New Orleans jazz families died this week at the age of 80. Dolores Ferdinand Marsalis died of pancreatic cancer after a long battle, according to her jazz pianist husband Ellis Marsalis. Dolores Marsalis was the mother of sons Branford, Wynton, Ellis III, Delfeayo , Mboya Kinyatta…

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Ji-Tu Cumbuka, an actor, writer, and producer best known for his role as “Wrestler” on the original miniseries Roots, has died in Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 77. Cumbuka was born in Helena, Arkansas in 1940 into a strict religious household. His father was a Baptist minister and believed acting was the devil’s work.…

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