Obituaries Archives

Tribute for José Antonio Mantilla

March 24, 2022

José Antonio Mantilla, 65, of Elm Grove, WI and Hernando, FL peacefully went to his eternal home on March 3, 2022, after a hard-fought battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. José was born on October 25, 1956, to Félix and Delores Mantilla in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. He lived in Puerto Rico… [Read More]

Singer Traci Braxton of ‘Family Values’ dies of esophageal cancer at 50

March 17, 2022

Singer Traci Braxton, who appeared on the reality series “Braxton Family Values” with her sisters, including Grammy- winner Toni, died Saturday, March 5, 2022, at 50, her family said. “We have come to a time where we must inform the public that after a year of privately undergoing a series of treatment for esophageal cancer,… [Read More]

Grass roots dynamo Cassie Downer dies

February 24, 2022

During Black history month, attention is focused on famous national Black luminaries like W.E.B Dubois, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Malcom X and Shirley Chisolm. Often overlooked are local grass roots leaders who were the foot soldiers in the movement for racial justice and equality. Recently, one of Milwaukee’s own, Cassie B. Downer, a fearless… [Read More]

Local health icon Dr. Lester Carter, Jr., passes at 90

February 3, 2022

On Monday, January 31, 2022, longtime local health advocate and pharmacist, Dr. Lester Leon Carter, Jr., passed away at the age of 90. Born on August 10, 1931 in Omaha, NE during the start of the Great Depression, Dr. Carter was mostly raised by his father, Lester L. Carter, Sr., a meat cutter. Later his… [Read More]

Legendary Vogue editor André Leon Talley dies at 73

January 20, 2022

The larger-than-life figure was hugely influential both at American Vogue, where he worked for three decades, and in the fashion world at large. André Leon Talley, former Vogue editor and a force to be reckoned with in the world of fashion, has passed away at the age of 73. Reports state that Talley died at… [Read More]

Rosa Lee Hawkins, singer in ’60s pop group The Dixie Cups, dead at 76

January 20, 2022

Rosa Lee Hawkins, a member of the ’60s girl group The Dixie Cups, has died. She was 76. Her sister and bandmate Barbara Ann Hawkins told The New York Times that Rosa died after experiencing internal bleeding caused by complications related to surgery performed at Tampa General Hospital. “When the audience smiled and applauded, it… [Read More]

Sidney Poitier, first Black actor to win best actor Academy Award, dies at 94

January 13, 2022

Sidney Poitier, who broke through racial barriers as the first Black winner of the best actor Oscar for his role in “Lilies of the Field,” and inspired a generation during the civil rights movement, has died at age 94, Bahamas Prime Minister Philip Davis said on Friday, January 7, 2022. “It is with great sadness… [Read More]

Rest In Power: Those We Have Lost in 2021

January 13, 2022

Ray Alexander, Willie James Smith, Jr., Melvin Lewis, Barbara Munwon, Tina Matrix Conner, Donnie Ray Gray, Thomas E. DuPriest, Mollie Mae Love, Nomia Jean Anderson, Richard Williams III, Stella Fells, Robery Davis Sr., Herman Lee Williams, Meronica Roberson, Reginald Hines Jr.

Rest In Power: Those We Lost In 2021

January 6, 2022

Gregory Walls, Gary L. Campbell, Dorcas Moore, Gloria Ford Gilmore, Mother Lizzie Trice-Parr and photos of 40 other people we have lost in 2021.

Rest In Power: Those We Lost in 2021

December 30, 2021

Remembering Gen. Colin Powell, Eric Jerome Dickey, Cicely Tyson, Clarence Williams III, Charlie Robinson, DMX, Lee Evans, Marvin Hagler, Biz Markie, Dorothy Steel and 15 others who passed in 2021.