Legends never die, their legacy lives on forever. Black History Month Spotlight of the Week is still on the move. This week, we are highlighting innovator extraordinaire, Madame C.J. Walker. A true pioneer and staple in the African American community. Did you know that she invented the first hot comb? Stay tuned for more Black History all month long.
The world can say their final farewells to the legendary actress, Cicely Tyson at a public viewing today at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. Tyson was a long time member of the church and will be available to view from 10am to 6pm. COVID-19 protocol will be in place, masks and social distancing will be required. Please be advised that photographs and video will not be permitted.
Tyson was a New York native born on December 19,1924. In the early days of her career, the Harlem native, modeled before becoming the star we knew her as. Tyson was the recipient of 49 awards and has been nominated for numerous other prestigious honors. Tyson most recently released her memoir right before her passing. She was truly a lady of style, grace and talent.
Ms. Tyson was 96 years old when she departed on January 28, 2021. Her impact of the culture will forever live on. Sending love and light to the Tyson family and friends.
Today’s Black History Month Spotlight, goes to a pioneer who opened the door for so many who followed. No other than the late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm.
Did you know that there is a New York State Park named after the trailblazer? The park is located in Brooklyn, NY. It is open and is also still under development.
On Monday evening, Mary Wilson passed away at the age of 76. This has been confirmed through the late signers publicist, Jay Schwartz. The cause of death has not been release at this time.
The founding member, most famously stood side by side with Diana Ross, Florence as the hit group, ‘The Supremes‘ in 1959. In a statement with NPR, Motown creator Berry Gordy said,
I was always proud of Mary. She was quite a star in her own right and over the years continued to work hard to boost the legacy of the Supremes. Mary Wilson was extremely special to me. She was a trailblazer, a diva and will be deeply missed.”Berry Gordy, Motown Founder
Wilson’s services will be private due to the current social distancing restrictions and is scheduled to take place at a later time. Wilson leaves behind her daughter, son, grandchildren, sister and brother.
Sleep In Peace Ms. Wilson and Condolences to the Wilson Family and Friends.
On the eve of the season 5 Masked Singer production kick-off, super host Nick Cannon, has tested positive for COVID-19. Cannon was ready to get to work on the hit FOX show tomorrow, February 5 but instead he will be quarantining and resting.
Cannon’s absence is clearly not ideal for the production team but the producers have decided to move forward with the schedule and have invited actress and comedian, Niecy Nash to fill-in for the popular host. Nash is no stranger to the show as she has appeared as a guest judge in the past. Fans will get to have some fun again with the Claws star for the first few episodes until Cannon is COVID free and back to 100% healthy.
Let’s keep Nick in our prayers for a speedy recovery as we know, he previously announced he suffers from lupus nephritis. Get well soon!
The Honorable David Dinkins, the first and only African American mayor to serve in New York City has died at the age of 93. Dinkins passed away at his Manhattan home on Monday evening. According to the New York Police Department, an EMT call was made from the residence reporting an unconscious male with breathing complications. The New Jersey Native, served as the mayor from 1990 to 1993. He attended Howard University where he met his late wife Joyce, who passed away back in October.
During his time in public office the former mayor’ fought largely for the improvement with race relations in the city. Dinkins was a leader for the African American community in New York. He fought alongside other civil rights leaders in the New York political circuit. Dinkins made impacts on issues like affordable housing, healthcare directly affecting HIV/AIDS services, due to the crisis at that time, as well as crime rates in the city.
Following his role as mayor, he began teaching at Columbia University in 1994. In later years, you could even find the late mayor walking around the streets of Harlem. Dinkins leaves behind two children and two grandchildren. A true pioneer, David Dinkins will be missed by many.
Bobby Brown Jr., son of R & B sensation Bobby Brown was found dead in his Encino, California residence. Police spokesman said, shortly before 2 pm on November 17,2020, authorities were contacted for a medical emergency. So far the reports indicate no foul play as the cause of death and an official autopsy has not been released at this time. The Los Angeles County coroner is heading the investigation. Brown. Jr was only 28 years old.
This is another tragic loss Bobby Sr. has experienced in the past several years. Sadly, he lost his ex-wife, the late great Whitney Houston, followed shortly thereafter by their beloved daughter Bobbi Kristina.
Updates to come as information is provided.
Miss Kai’s Juice sends their condolences to Bobby Brown Jr’s loved ones and friends.
New York City weatherman and TODAY show co-host, Al Roker shared with the world on the show that he has prostate cancer. Roker also stated that he will be having the necessary surgery to remove his prostate.
Roker utilized his public platform to announce his recent diagnosis because of the high rate of African-American men and men in general who will and have been diagnosed with the cancer. He highlighted that 1 in 7 African-American men will get the disease and an overall of 1 in 9 men will get prostate cancer. In addition to statistics, he stressed the importance of regularly going to the doctor’s for check ups, especially black men. This little task, is why Roker was able to detect the cancer early enough to treat and remove.
According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, black men should begin getting prostate cancer screens starting at age 40. Al Roker, is 66 years old and will be undergoing surgery in New York City at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center next week. We wish him a healthy and speedy recovery.
Alex Trebek has passed away at the age of 80, from a long battle against stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Many of you may be familiar with the legendary television host from the popular prime time game show Jeopardy. Trebek became the host of the show in 1984 and he has been in American households ever since.
Trebek hosted over 8,000 episodes of the popular quiz show. In an interview a couple of years ago, Alex suggested two potential replacements for him when the. time came, NBA announcer, Alex Faust and CNN legal analyst, Laura Coates. Jeopardy will never be the same without his witty jokes and comments.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will serve as the next President and Vice President of the United Stated of America. The Biden-Harris campaign earned 290 electoral votes versus 214 electoral votes racked in by the current President Trump and Vice President Pence, according to the Associated Press. The campaign was successful in flipping multiple states.
Biden is returning to the White House and he is bringing the first female, first African American woman and first Indian person elected to be the Vice President. This is a major historical moment for both. Congratulations. We can’t wait see what this. team will do for the people of the United States. America has spoken.