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 sterling legacy includes earning SAG, Emmy, Oscar, Obie, Drama Desk and Tony awards. She and husband, the late, great Ossie Davis were the most celebrated, acclaimed stage and screen Black couple ever.
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.
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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. David Patterson became the first Black Governor of NYS, succeeding Governor Elliott Spitzer's abrupt 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.
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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. As Governor, this philosophical iconic 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 the 1991's Democratic Convention, after refusing being drafted as 1991 Democratic
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, famous Egyptologist, Historian and Cornell University
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 his Stand by Me acclaimed hit R&B Song
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 CNN.com 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.
June 2016 Muhammad Ali , The World's Greatest, Wisest, Respected, Charismatic,"Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee", Boxing genius taught Howard Cosell, the sports legend commentator, the acclaimed legendary Sammy Davis Jr., plus the world at large that he's The Greatest, hard- hitting, iconic renegade who challenged racism against Blacks, U.S. fighting a n immoral Vietnam war, poverty and more. Finally the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall freed Muhammad Ali of draft evasion charges. The iconic humanitarian also also funded UNICEF, Parkinson, etc.
Click photo to read spar trainer's Jimmy Sheen's amazing July WPIX- TV 11 Interview re: "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. Brooiklyn 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 awardeea, Ms. Naylor wrote several other books.