Obituaries

Blues legend B.B. King dies at age 89

May 20, 2015

Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and economical, expressive style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday, May 14, 2015. He was 89. His daughter, Patty King, said he died in Las Vegas, where he announced two weeks ago that he was in home hospice… [Read More]

Singing legend Bobby Womack passes at 70

August 18, 2014

Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, died on Friday, June 27 2014. He was 70. Womack’s publicist Sonya Kolowrat said Friday that the singer had died, but she could provide no other details. With an incomparable voice few could match, Womack was… [Read More]

‘Designing Women’ star Meshach Taylor dies at 67

August 18, 2014

Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom Designing Women and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67, his agent said Sunday. Taylor died Saturday, June 28, 2014 at his home near Los Angeles, according to agent Dede Binder. Taylor got… [Read More]

Still I Rise

August 15, 2014

Those were the words spoken by Maya Angelou in the poem, “Still I Rise,” and are included in her book of poetry entitled, “And Still I Rise.” Over the decades, her gifts as an author, teacher, poet, actor, dancer and singer continue to make a profound impression upon many generations as well as internationally. During… [Read More]

REV. MURPHY PLEASANT, SR. June 7,1922 -March 10, 1987

August 14, 2014

REV. MURPHY PLEASANT, SR. June 7,1922 -March 10, 1987 I often think of my Daddy with his wonderful ways, interestingly quirky manners and that serious deep-tone voice, which said “quit playing . ” He was the definite life of any party and there were many milestones and surprise celebrations along the way. When Murphy Jr…. [Read More]

Glendale Realtor made racial inroads, one house at a time

April 18, 2014

Edward Wycliff Smyth, the first black president of the Milwaukee Board of Realtors and a former president of the Milwaukee chapter of the NAACP, died April 9 of congestive heart failure at his Glendale home. He was 88. Edward Smyth grew up in Waynesboro, GA. He changed his name to Smyth in college, his daughter… [Read More]

Nelson Mandela passes: World mourns South Africa’s first black president

January 17, 2014

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 1918 – 2013 South Africans are mourning the death of the man who led the fight to end the system of apartheid and then went on to lead the country itself. “We will always love Madiba for teaching us that it is possible to overcome hatred and anger in order to build… [Read More]

Milwaukee community says farewell to “Great Mother” Ruthia M. Brookens

January 17, 2014

Services were held November 2, 2013 for Ruthia M. Turner-Brookens, known as “The Great Mother,” at St. Mark A.M.E. Church, 1616 W. Atkinson Avenue, Milwaukee, where she had been a member since 1950. She was also a member of its gospel chorus for almost 50 years. Proclamations were issued by Governor Scott Walker, Mayor Tom… [Read More]

Black activist, poet-playwright Amiri Baraka dies at 79

January 16, 2014

Amiri Baraka died Thursday, January 9, 2014, at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ at age 79. He was noted for being a militant individual and tireless agitator whose blues-based, fist-shaking poems, plays and criticism made him a provocative and groundbreaking force in American culture. Perhaps no writer of the 1960s and ’70s… [Read More]

In Tribute To Those We Have Lost in 2013 pg2

January 15, 2014