T.R.O.Y.: Alf Kumalo.

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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,. [...]

T.R.O.Y., Natina Reed.

Wow. Natina Reed of the short-lived 90′s girl group, Blaque, is dead at 32, according to reports.

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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 [...]


RIP, Phoebe Snow.

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, [...]

RIP, Poly Styrene.

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 [...]

R.I.P. Nate Dogg.


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 [...]

R.I.P. Lena Horne.

“My identity is very clear to me now. I am a black woman. I’m free. I no longer have to be a ‘credit.’ I don’t have to be a symbol to anybody; I don’t have to be a first to anybody. I don’t have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood [...]