Category Archives: In Memoriam


Me, My Grandma & Sweet Potato Pie

Today is my Grandma’s birthday. She passed away in Decemeber 2007.  She would have been 102 years old today, but I feel like the 96 years she had and the 34 years I had with her were more than enough in this rough old world. She was one of my earliest influences and every moment I had with her was a blessing. ...
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Soul Train Is Where First I Fell In Love & Found My Beauty: RIP Don Cornelius

I was at work sitting in the break room checking my Facebook when I found out via my newsfeed that Don Cornelius had died today, in an apparent suicide. Just in case you’re totally un-hip and an unprecedented BAMMA, Don Cornelius created “Soul Train” back in the early 1970s and for decades it was the #1 place on TV to showcase Black...
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R.I.P. Amy Winehouse

CNN just reported on their website that 27 year-old British jazz and soul singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London apartment. I predicted her death two years ago. Honestly, I had a vision of sorts. I can’t quite explain it, but I saw her dead. Despite her well-known struggles with drug abuse, I didn’t know how she would die. I...
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Requiem For A Bright Star: R.I.P. Lorenzo Paige, aka “Putt”.

    This is my friend Lorenzo Paige, aka “Putt”. He and I went to Scott Montgomery Elementary School, Shaw Junior High School and Dunbar Senior High School together back in the 1980s and 1990s,  all in the Shaw neighborhood of NW DC. When we were all growing up together around the way, Putt was the boy who stuck up for me when the...
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RIP Michael Jackson: Energy

I went to bed last night thinking I would not be able to write about Michael Jackson on the 1 year anniversary of his death. I thought that my emotions would get in the way. I’ve been alternately weepy and giddy about his death but the life he lived before it for most of the week leading up to this day. I...
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Deathbed Photos?? Where They Do THAT At??

That triflin’, gold-digging, DISRESPECTFUL skank. I’m talking about the late Gary Coleman’s dirt bag of an [ex] wife, Shannon Price. I know her low-brow, wannabe celebrity ass is the type to google herself daily to see who’s talking about her and I hope she sees this. If I had her email address, I’d send it to her directly. How DARE she take...
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And Then There Was One: R.I.P. Rue McClanahan

I don’t think ya’ll know how weary I have grown of writing these “In Memoriam” posts for my childhood TV heroes…’tis so sad. Yesterday, we lost yet another TV icon. Rue McClanahan passed away at the age of 76. While Ms. McClanahan was an accomplished actress in Broadway theater, film and her numerous TV roles including “Vivian” from 70′s sitcom Maude and...
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Have You Seen My Childhood?: R.I.P. Gary Coleman

*sigh* I was saddened to see a BreakingNews.com tweet announcing the death of former child star Gary Coleman today at the age of 42. He had been hospitalized in Utah after reportedly suffering a brain hemorrhage due to a fall. Gary Coleman had suffered with health problems all his life, most notably kidney disease. He also had financial woes and highly-publicized problems...
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Woman of Classic Beauty, Style and Grace: R.I.P. Lena Horne

Ms. Lena Horne, legendary actress and singer, the first Black woman to be signed to a major Hollywood studio and an inspiration to so many, passed away on May 9, 2010 at the age of 92. She lived a long life full of success and admiration. She was internationally known for her incredible beauty and her undeniable style and grace. Ms. Horne’s...
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Julia Sugarbaker Was My "Terminator" Idol: R.I.P. Dixie Carter

I was a huge fan of the old CBS sitcom “Designing Women” (1986-1993). I’m not sure why I related so well to that bevy of beautiful white Southern Belles, but I made it my business to catch as many episodes as possible when it was on the air and well into syndication. They were awesome ladies of their time: business owners, independent,...
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