Pop superstar Prince dies at his Minnesota home

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Pop superstar Prince, who was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era, was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press that the music icon died at his home in Chanhassen. No […]

Funeral Plans for African-American Political Figure Percy Pinkney Announced

(CBM) – One of the Golden State’s most prominent, longstanding and influential African-American political figures will be put to rest on Saturday. Percy Pinkney, founder of the Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC), died on March 18 of natural causes. The 79-year-old Los Angeles resident’s funeral will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 […]

NBA great Moses Malone dies at 60

(AP) – Moses Malone devoured rebounds so easily it sometimes seemed he missed shots on purpose to pad his total before scoring. All those points and rebounds made Malone an NBA great. A few words, and one championship, made him a Philadelphia sports icon. Malone, a three-time NBA MVP and one of basketball’s most ferocious […]

Julian Bond, former NAACP chairman and activist, dies at 75

ATLANTA (AP) — Julian Bond’s life traced the arc of the civil rights movement, from his efforts as a militant young man to start a student protest group all the way to the top leadership post at the NAACP. Year after year, the calm, telegenic Bond was one of the nation’s most poetic voices for […]

Dr. Henry T. Sampson, Jr. Gamma-Electric Cell Inventor Remembered

(CBM) – Dr. Henry T. Sampson, Jr., a living legacy will be remembered during a memorial service planned at Rolling Hills Covenant Church (North Campus) in Rolling Hills Estates, CA on July 11, 2015. Sampson remembers a career day at Morehouse College that changed his life and, “Contrary to what you read on the Internet, I […]

Remembering Lu Vason, Founder of all-Black rodeo Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo

CALIFORNIA (CBM) – Cowboys, cowgirls, and rodeo enthusiasts are mourning the passing of Lu Vason, the creator of one of America’s longest running all-Black touring rodeos, the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo. Vason, who had just celebrated his birthday in April, was 76. Longtime friend and California Rodeo Coordinator, Margo Wade LaDrew states of Vason: “Over […]

‘King of the Blues’ blues legend B.B. King dead at age 89

LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully […]

Former Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78

WASHINGTON (AP) — A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation’s capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments. The former four-term mayor will long be remembered […]

Beloved Bishop Sherwood C. Carthen Passes

SACRAMENTO – Bishop Sherwood C. Carthen, the charismatic and beloved pastor of Bayside of South Sacramento (BOSS), passed away Wednesday of a heart attack, church officials said. He was 54 years old. He is survived by his wife, Charlene Carthen, and children, Anthony and Siobhan. Memorial details are not yet available. Bishop Carthen was well-known […]

Deacon Jones of Famed Fearsome Foursome Dead at 74

WASHINGTION – David “Deacon” Jones, the original sackmaster, has died. The Hall of Fame defensive end credited with terming the word sack for how he knocked down quarterbacks, was 74. The Washington Redskins said that Jones died of natural causes at his home in Southern California on Monday night. “Deacon Jones was one of the […]