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Emmy Award-Winning Actress Ja’Net Dubois “Willona Woods” of Good Times Has Died At Age 74

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Ja’net Dubois (1945 – 2020)

Ja’Net Dubois (1945 – 2020), is perhaps best known for playing Willona Wood on “Good Times”.  Dubois was found dead in her California home on February 17, 2020. She was 74 years old. Her death appears to be due to natural causes.

In addition to Good Times, Dubois’s career highlights include winning two Emmy Awards for her voice-over work on the “The PJ’s” tv series.  Dubois also composed and sang, “Movin’ On Up” the theme song for “The Jeffersons” TV show. Her career actually began in theater, when she appeared in the “Golden Boy” and “A Raisin in the Sun”.  Her performance in “The Hot Baltimore” procured the interest of Norman Lear who also created the Good Times and The Jeffersons TV show. Dubois also appeared in several films including: “Diary of a Mad Housewife”, “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”, and “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”

Dubois is the co-founder of the “Pan-African Film & Arts Festival”.  The festival showcases films about people of African descent as well as highlights fine arts.  A community activist, her foundation, Dubois Care actively supported afterschool programs. 

Sources:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/obituaries/good-times-star-ja-net-dubois-dies-74-n1138356

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0238840/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

 

Mahalia Jackson: Serious About Securing The Bag!!

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“If you want me to sing this Christmas song with the feeling and the meaning, you better see if you can locate that check.”
-Mahalia Jackson

Mahaila Jackson (1927-1971) is celebrated as one of the greatest gospel singers of all time. She is referred to as “The Queen Of Gospel”. As a child, she shared a small “shotgun” house with 13 people. Raised by an aunt after the death of her mother, Jackson quit school in 4th grade to help out at home. Her amazing vocal skills were evident even when she was a young child. She moved to Chicago at age 16 looking for better opportunities. Instead, she found only low-income domestic work. While in Chicago she joined Greater Salem Baptist Church and began touring with the Johnson Brothers as a “fish and bread” singer (singing for donations). She would later sell 10 cent tickets for her performances and also found work singing at funerals and revivals. She promised to live a pure life and not use her vocal skills for secular entertainment….a promise she kept. Continue reading “Mahalia Jackson: Serious About Securing The Bag!!”

Fats Domino dies at age 89

Black History: Special Delivery!! Legendary singer and piano player Fats Domino died on Tuesday 10/24/17 at the age of 89. Born, Antoine Domino, in 1928 in New Orleans, LA he is perhaps best known for his remake of, “Blueberry Hill”. His iconic sound as a piano player coupled with his signature vocals influenced musical greats such as Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Domino was one of the first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1986. Domino was found dead at a private residence in New Orleans.

Al Jarreau Dead At 76

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We have lost another legend!   Al Jarreau has passed away early Sunday morning on.February 12, 2017. He was recently hospitalized for exhaustion in Los Angeles and had cancelled his tour schedule.

Jarreau released his first album at age 35 in 1975.  The 7 time grammy award winning artist was know as the “Acrobat of Scat”.   Jarreau released 16 albums during his career. Truly an iconic voice is now silent!

He leaves behind his wife Susan, and son Ryan.

What’s you favorite Al Jarreau song?   One my favorites is, “We’re In This Love Together”.

Ebony Magazine has some great info about his life.  Check it out!EBONY http://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/al-jarreau-dead#ixzz4YUobKeeG

Singer Natalie Cole dead at 65

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Singer, Natalie Cole has died at age 65. Her death reportedly stems from congestive heart failure. She is the daughter of Nat King Cole. Another phenomenal woman has left us. Check out the New York Daily News article below for more information

http://m.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/singer-natalie-cole-dead-65-article-1.2482580

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