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Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played icon Jackie Robinson and T’Challa/Black Panther, passes at 43

September 3, 2020

Chadwick Boseman, star of “Black Panther,” died on Friday, August 28, 2020, after a four-year battle with colon cancer, his rep confirmed to Variety. He was 43. Before he was cast as the Marvel Studios superhero, Boseman’s career first exploded with his portrayals of Black American icons Jackie Robinson (in 2013’s “42”) and James Brown… [Read More]

John Thompson Jr., the first Black coach to win the NCAA championship, dies age 78

September 3, 2020

John Thompson Jr., the first Black basketball head coach to win the NCAA National Championship, died at his Arlington, Virginia, home on Sunday, August 30, 2020, according to his family. He was 78. Thompson had been suffering from multiple health challenges, a family source said. The cause of death is unknown. He was surrounded by… [Read More]

Remembering the life of Dorothy J. Fisher

August 27, 2020

Fondly called Dothee, Dottie, Dot and Dorothea by family and friends, Dorothy Jean Toombs was born in Ripley, Tennessee, on July 27, 1950. She was the second eldest of eleven children born to James and Louise (Mann) Toombs, both natives of Tennessee. Dorothy migrated as a small child with her family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where… [Read More]

John Lewis, towering figure of Civil Rights era, dies at 80

July 23, 2020

John Robert Lewis, the son of sharecroppers who survived a brutal beating by police during a landmark 1965 march in Selma, AL, to become a towering figure of the civil rights movement and a longtime US congressman, has died after a six-month battle with cancer. He was 80. “It is with inconsolable grief and enduring… [Read More]

Civil rights icon Rev. C.T. Vivian dies at 95

July 23, 2020

Civil rights leader Rev. Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian has died at age 95, his daughter Kira Vivian told CNN. Vivian passed away at his Atlanta home of natural causes Friday, July 17, 2020. “He was the sweetest man,” Kira Vivian said. “He was so loving. What a loving dad. He was the best father throughout… [Read More]

In Loving Memory Of Sandra Campbell Scott

July 2, 2020

Sandra Campbell Scott was born on September 11, 1954 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was born to Alfredia Scott and Freddie Jones, with a loving father, Frank James Campbell, who raised her from birth. She was preceded in death by her dad, Freddie Jones, siblings Mary Jane (died at birth), Arjean Campbell, Alfred Holiman, Gloria Jones… [Read More]

Bonnie Pointer, founding member of The Pointer Sisters, dead at 69

June 11, 2020

Bonnie Pointer, one of the founding members of the group The Pointer Sisters, died Monday, June 8, 2020, according to her sister, Anita Pointer She was 69. “Our family is devastated; on behalf of my siblings and I and the entire Pointer family, we ask for your prayers at this time,” Anita Pointer said in… [Read More]

Local funeral home owner and businessman Arthur Reid, Jr., passes at age 82

June 4, 2020

Arthur Reid, Jr., business man, founder and president of Reid’s New Golden Gate Funeral Home and a longtime benefactor of student education in Milwaukee, died Wednesday, May 27, 2020. He was 82 years old. Arthur Reid was born in Jackson, Tennessee. His family relocated to Milwaukee when he was 13 years old. He first became… [Read More]

In Loving Memory of Dorothy Balenger Stanley

June 4, 2020

Dorothy Frances Balenger was born on August 11, 1927 to the union of Russell T. and Dorothy (nee: Adams) Balenger in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dorothy received her formal education in the Milwaukee Public School system in Milwaukee, WI; Cincinnati Public School System in Cincinnati, Ohio; and the St. Paul Public School System in St. Paul, Minnesota…. [Read More]

Former White House butler who served 11 presidents dies after contracting coronavirus

May 28, 2020

Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, a former White House butler who worked under 11 US Presidents, has died after contracting coronavirus. He was 91 years old. His granddaughter, Shanta Taylor Gay, told CNN. Jerman died on May 16, 2020. “He was authentic. He was a quiet but stern man. Very giving, never fussed or complained. Always said… [Read More]