Alf Kumalo, who died yesterday at the age of 82, “was one the the best and most important” of South Africa’s apartheid-era photojournalists,.
Wow. Natina Reed of the short-lived 90’s girl group, Blaque, is dead at 32, according to reports. Blaque was probably best known for “808,” a song and video that reach a Platonic level of 1999-nesss. May she rest in peace.
Pour out a lil’ something for Nick Ashford, one half of the prolific Motown songwriting duo and pop group Ashford & Simpson. For those who know Ashford & Simpson mostly for their ’80s hit “Solid As A Rock,” Jay Smooth dug up 12 other classic songs that they wrote over the course of their nearly Read More
The day just got sadder. In Edison, NJ singer-songwriter Phoebe Snow has also died. She was 60. Though Snow is best known for her 1974 self-titled debut album, she’s had enduring fan appreciation, due in no small part to her classic single, “Poetry Man.” If you’ve ever had a crush on a soulful, artistic, or—scandal Read More
I’d never heard of Poly Styrene before this morning, when I found my social media news feed peppered with news of her lost battle to breast cancer. I did some quick research, which confirmed that she was pretty amazing. As frontwoman of the group, X-Ray Spex, she dominated the UK punk scene between 1976 and Read More
Sad news: Long Beach-born rapper Nathaniel D. Hale — Nate Dogg — died Tuesday, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram. His family told the Press-Telegram Hale, who performed as Nate Dogg, died earlier today. He was 41, Cause of death is not known. However, Hale had suffered two strokes, one in 2007 and another in Read More
Today, much has been said about Dr. Dorothy Height’s life and legacy. I don’t have much to add, aside from saying that she was highly revered by many of my classmates at Howard University. The WaPo has a great slideshow up now. I know some people are partial to her hats and sequins, but I’m Read More