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Nancy Wilson Has Died

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Iconic vocalist Nancy Wilson died on December 13, 3018 at the age of 81. Her career spanned five decades. Well known known hits included, “Love Won’t Let Me Wait”, “If I Had My Way”, and “How Glad I Am”. Wilson was born in Chilcothe, OH and began singing as a young child. She retired in 2011. Many don’t know that Wilson was active in the Civil Rights Movement and that she participated in the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965. Suprisingly she did not consider herself to be a traditional jazz singer; but rather an “interpreter” of lyrics she sang. She was the epitome of style and grace. It was said of Wilson that she, “turned songs into to stories”……and that she did!! May she rest well.

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Celebrating The 50th Anniversary Of, “Sitting By The Dock Of The Bay”

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Today, January 8, 2018 marks 50 years since the posthumous release of, “Sitting By The Dock Of The Bay. ” by Otis Redding (1941-1967) in 1968. It was the first posthumous recording to reach number one in the U.S. The song was not his typical soulful sound and he was strongly advised not to release it. However, Redding felt strongly that it would be a number one hit. He was right! Redding died in a plane crash, at age 26, about a month before the song was released.

Shout out to Black Mail follower and supporter JaDonnia B. for suggesting the idea for this post!

Check out her blog, “Diversity University” !


Happy Birthday Denzel Washington!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DENZEL WASHINGTON! Washington was born on December 28, 1954 in Mt. Vernon, NY. His father was a Pentecostal pastor. In addition, his father also worked for the New York City Water Department and S. Klein Department Store. His mother owned a beauty parlor. When he was 14, his parents divorced and his mother sent him to a private military school. She was concerned that his friends were having a negative influence on him. Washington credits his time at the school as having a profound impact on him.

He attended Fordham University and graduated with B.A. in Journalism. Washington married Paula Pearson in 1983. They met on the set of his first film, “Wilma”. They have 4 adult children.

Here are some interesting facts you may not know:

1)A woman getting her hair done at his mother’s beauty parlor wrote down a prophecy that he would speak to millions. Boy was she right! Washington still keeps the piece of paper to this day.

2)Washington is the 2nd black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor. Sidney Poitier was the first black winner in 1963.

3)At one time Washington considered becoming a preacher/pastor. Throughout his career he has contemplated whether or not he should have pursued preaching instead of acting.

4)He credits prayer as a guiding force in helping him select acting roles.

5)Washington confronted director Quentin Tarantino on the set of “Crimson Tide” for use of the n-word in his movies. Embarrassed, Tarrantino wanted to continue the conversation in a more private area. Washington refused to do so.

6)As a college student at Fordham, Washington played collegiate basketball as a guard for coach P.J. Carlisemo.


BREAKING: Denise ‘Vanity’ Matthews Has Died

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Denise Matthews


Denise Matthews aka “Vanity” has passed away at the age of 57.

Multiple sources including MC Hammer and Minneapolis-based singer Jill Jones have confirmed via social media  that Denise “Vanity” Matthews has died. She was reportedly 57 and had been battling a number of illnesses for the past several years.

According to TMZ, she passed away at a hospital in California on Monday.

A few months ago she set up a GoFundMe page, and said she’d been diagnosed with sclerosis encapsulating peritonitis — an inflammation of the small intestines. She also battled crack addiction in the 90s, and after a 1994 OD her kidneys were shot. She had to undergo nearly daily dialysis treatments.

She eventually ditched Hollywood, quit drugs and became a born-again Christian in the mid ’90s. She remained active in her local church up until her death. We’re told she was in church on Saturday evening and told the congregation she was “ready to go home.”

For more information, check out the BlackAmericaWeb article below

Source: BREAKING: Denise ‘Vanity’ Matthews Has Died

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