June 2014 Age 91, Pint sized, Ruby Dee graduated frojm Hunter College in 1944, She starred in Raisin in the Sun in the 1950's on stage, and Raisin's motion picture in the 1960's. Ruby was the Guiding Light's First Black Soap star for over a decade. Her legacy includes earning SAG, Emmy, Oscar, Obie, Drama Desk and Tony awards. She and husband, the late, great Ossie Davis were the most famous Black thespianscouple..
   MAY 2014,  Age 86, Dr. Maya Angelou, Queen of Healing, Medal of Freedom Honoree, Poet, Singer, Novelist, Actress  Film Director and Producer who universally shared her gifts like they were ours.
     April 2014, Age 87, Basil Patterson of West Indian descent, raised in Harlem. An attorney since 1957 later New York City's Deputy Mayor of Labor Relations; Federal Mediator who  famously ended NYC's 45 Day Strike, elected as State Senator, and also became Secretary of State of New York. 
With his colleagues Percy Sutton, Manhattan Borough President and IBC President,  Mayor David Dinkins, and Harlem's U.S Congressman
Charles Rangel, they solidified Harlem's political machinery and helped empowered Blacks politicians, nationally. His son, David Patterson became the first Black Governor of NYS, succeeding Governor Elliott Spitzer's controversial  resignation.
   Sept.  2014 Age  81, Joan Rivers
 evoked the spirit of a Comedian who is forever here, as Society's star-risen, female comedian, whose glamorous, savvy, sarconic and self-deprecating wit dazzled during her 50 years'  professional comic career.  Penning best sellers among her 10 books Joan  floored adoring fans, among strangers,on Fashion Police, the Show she created and produced with her only child Melissa. To date,  many celebrities, though subjected to her shameful outbursts about them, sorely missed the  joy of Joan Rivers.
      Coming: Senator                  Edward Books
Coming:  Tim Robbins:  
  Coming: Lieutenant 
 Captain Lilamae  Smith

  Coming: President/ Dr.        Nelson  Mandela 
  Jan, 1, 2015, Age 82, Mario Cuomo  NYS' Governor, Lt.Governor, Secretary of State, and America's most celebrated potential president and father of 2nd term NYS' Governor Andrew Cuomo.  This philosophical iconic former lawyer vetoed legislation for NYS' Death Penalty, appointed NYS' first Appeals Court's African American, Latino and female judges. He largely increased health and education benefits with His
Decade of the /Child bprogram, and New York lead the U.S. with its Aids education and/treatment
program. This Italian honors' law grad was rejected by many  firms before he was hired. His historical eloquent Tale of Two Cities
speech dubbed the  US as a "Have and Haves Nots' nation at during 1991's Democratic Convention, after refusing being drafted as the top Democratic candidate.

   Dec.  2014, age 84, Geoffrey Holder,  6" ft. 6 in. Trinidianian's 
Wiz's Broadway Musical director/ choreographer star's cast included Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor and Stephanie Mills' who's stardom soared in the Wiz. Holder earned Best Director and Best Costume Tony Awards for the Wiz.  He was a Best Costume Tony nominee for Timbuktu's
for Timbuktu's Broadway Show 
    May 2014, Age 72, Lewis Katz, former owner of NYC's Kinney's Parking System (must returned previous text to this document noted in the third NYGB'S 2014 issue
    April 2015  Age 96,  Dr.  Ben 
Jochaannon, Cornell Univ. Grad and  famous Egyptologist, Historian  and 
     April 2015 Age 97, Dean of Preachers, Dr. G.C.Taylor of Brooklyn, NY's famous Concord Church
April 2015 Age 76, Ben  E. King
Singer-Songwriter of hit  Stand By Me and other records.  

     May 30 , 2015, Beau Biden, the United States' courageous State Attorney General of Delaware since 2006, was con-currently stationed in Iraq, as an U.S. Army Reserve Major,  in Iraq. in 2008.  Officer Biden's sterling  patriotic commitments symbolized his unbridled principles, similar to his father, U.S. Vice President Biden. Mourning him and others who passed this year, how the divine  Creator may reward them. 
   May 14, 2015 At 89, BB   King  the
 World's Famous  Blues' King Icon Guitarist, Singer--Songwriter,  whose legendary B.B Kings' Restaurant and Nightclub Franchise at Times Sq.'s West. 42nd St.,. Manhattan attracts thousands of guests every week. 
  Aug 2015 Before his 10 year stunt from 1998 as NAACP: Board Chairman, Horace Julian Bond the Morehouse Law Grad was Georgia's State Senator and House Rep. spanning several terms. This  young brilliant Civil Rights activist's political wherewithal also included that as Co-founder of what became the dynamic Student non Violent Coordinating Committee (SNNC) Southern Poverty Law Center.  During the 1970's,  my NJ female friends'  and my political
awareness peaked with Julian Bond, after becoming mesmerized with Nina Simone's \The King is Dead Black  Civil Rights song and literature and news headlines. We joked about how the handsome Julian Bond and Jesse Jackson would attract thousands of students, to help SNCC fight racism. Bond collaborated with the NAACP, Urban League and Dr. King's Southern Christian Leadership

  Sept. 13, 2015 - Moses Malone,
 basketball's top 50's Hall of Famer
Basketball genius drafted from his Virginia HS straight to pro basketball. A versatile ABA and ABA champion for several teams, Malone ranks from 1-5 in many categories, including his 13 consecutive All Star games,  three years' MVP awardee ​during Philadelphia '76's three reigning championship years. The Master free thrower and offensive re-bounder Malone''s "Fo, Fo, Fo, Fo Philadelphia's 76's prophecy  manifested as a victorious and historic four games' sweeps. NBA's Charles Barkley eulogized Moses Malone's generosity at his funeral.
     We dedicated NYGB's Nov. 2, 2015 SING YOUR SONG'S Singer-Songwriter Radio Show also to Posthumously promoted, Detective Randolph Holder was
wrongfully slain, as an officer who's dream was fulfilled to  to become an officer of NYPD'S Academy that he labeled "The Greatest Police Dept. in the World." His Guyanese father and grand-dad were police officers in Guyana. NYC Officer Randolph
wore his badge with honor, which was typical for most non-racist police officers. By the 1960's many families, friends and some folks regarded Black police officers with dignity.  We at NYGB welcomed Rev Sharpton's eulogy offer for Detective Randolph's recent funeral.  
 NYGB 's Nov. 2, 2015 SING YOUR SONG'S Singer-Songwriters Radio Show was also dedicated to NYS' Empire Development Corp.'s First Counsel Carey Gaby who was shot when he and his family left an annual pre-Labor Day Parade celebration party in Brooklyn. Mournfully Brooklyn Borough President's Eric Adam's, NYC'S Council Member Laurie Cumbo and Senator Jesse Hamilton's Sep. 8, March and Prayer Vigill  schedule in Brooklyn's did occur. Atty. Gsbyl. " He was such a wise  and beautiful person who would have earned more at a large or private law firm. He instead chose to help his community.
MAY 2014, Age 86, Maya Angelou 
with Malcolm X
 Jan. 2016. 40 years since diva 
Natalie Cole 's crisp, velvety silk tones landed her first Major Music award, her nine Grammys
rekindles how well she and her famed father, Nat King Cole's rich baritone-tenor voice still grace music charts, Few will deny how his inevitable influence on her Super Star career destiny also became their stellar certified, bonded father and daughter's rare music artistry that spiritually transcends.
 Jan 2016. David Bowie Britain's
Hall  of Fame Rock legend, singer and musician relished his life's definition of masculinity.  His 23 years' marriage with Somalian Super Model,  Iman. 
Lexi their daughter is 16 years old

    Feb. 2016 Mourning Michael J. Feeney,  at age 32, as NY's Black Journalists 'Assn. President could not have been sadder for Mr. Feeney,   the distinguished, young visionary role model, scheduled to begin work at Atlanta's in  Atlanta. as a former writer for NY Daily News, Associated. Press, The Record,  etc.
    Feb, 2016 at 74, Maurice White founder, leader, arranger, musician, composer, of the greatest Disco band Earth, Wind and Fire sold more than 90  millions albums worldwide. During his "Hey Dey" a source from his major label suggested to Prince that Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice
should produce Prince's music. Of course, Prince refused. 
April 2016.  Alread missing Prince,
 the most extraordinary, renegade 20-21st Century  music avatar, who's Warner Brothers contract once increased to Warner's top s top $100 million music contrsct, will be more than a memory, notably, on April 25. 2016 honoring  and celebrating the untimely and unfortunate passing of our musical icon, who touched millions worldwide, when HARLEM 
CELEBRATES PRINCE 'S SPECIAL OUTDOOR DANCE PARTY Mon. April 25, 2016 at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Buldg.g Plaza, 163 W. 125TH St., from 5:30-8:30 PM
April 2016 Billy Paul's famous scintillating scintillating  Me and Mrs. Jones   earned his Best Male Vocal Artist Grammy in 1973.  Philadelphia's Gamble, Huff and Carry.wrote Billy's great ballad which sold 2 million singles in 1973.
that he choreographed/directed. As dance legend, Carmen de Lavallade's husband, Holder, has also dance and choreographed for Alvin Ailey's Dance Theatre and other dance companies. Added to Geoffrey's reasonant ​iconic bass voice's Uncola and other TV commercials, many of his original art was sold, to help him relocate to the U.S.
Click photo to read spar trainer's Jimmy Sheen's amazing  July WPIX- TV 11 Interview re:  Muhammad Ali, "The Greatest" 
Oct. 2016.  Demands for Ken Thompson's legal advice could not have been greater, since becoming Brooklyn's first Black District Attorney. Two years later, I knew others who sought his introduction via other  NYC power-brokers. Thompson formerly a federal prosecutor successfully induced police officer Justin Volpe's confession about his torturing Abner Louima. As Brooklyn's DA he exonerated 21 unjustly sentenced Black and Hispanic prisoners. His sweeping reforms:  discontinuation of
 prosecuting marijuana users; forgiving petty civilian offenders has since been adopted by other NYC munnicipalities
Oct. 2016. Brooklyn born, Gloria Naylor's enthralling account of Black Women thriving, despite their bleak means of doing so in project housing, will forever remain one of the greatest books and film ever, as  her first book which won her first National Book Award. As a Guggenheim Fellowship and American Book awardee, Ms. Naylor wrote several other books
July 2016, at 71 Vaughn Harper's WBLS'' "Quiet Storm"  golden velvet Voice" also awarded him as #4 as a Liiving Legend in, Urban Radio during his 35 years with WBLS
April 2017, age             Charlie Murphy comedian and   actor on Dave Chapelle's TV Sbow, show, also Eddie Murphy's brother. 
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Sept. 16 2017 in Landover, Mi.   Family and NNPA"S "Dick Gregory Tribute" eulogizing Society's versatile "prophet" genius H.S. track star, U.S. Vet,  anti-racism comedian; multi-million Bahamian Diet founder. First Black author of a 7 million copies  bestseller; 1968 Presidential "Write In" Peace Candidate;  civil and human  rights activist leader. Family advise donors to purchase his recent book in lieu of flowers.