Former Sacramento City Councilmember Bonnie Pannell Passes

SOUTH SACRAMENTO – South Sacramento lost one of its most dedicated champions Tuesday with the passing of former City Councilmember Bonnie Pannell. Councilmember Pannell died of primary progressive aphasia, a version of Parkinson’s disease. She was 68 years old. Councilmember Pannell first ran for the Sacramento City Council in 1998, upon the untimely death of […]

Comedian Charlie Murphy, brother of Eddie, dies at 57

NEW YORK (AP) — Charlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy and a comic performer in his own right who turned encounters with Rick James and Prince into standout sketches on “Chappelle’s Show,” has died. He was 57. Murphy died Wednesday in New York of leukemia, according to his representative, Domenick Nati. He was […]

Rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry dies at 90

NEW YORK (AP) — Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll’s founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined the music’s joy and rebellion in such classics as “Johnny B. Goode,” ”Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” died Saturday at his home west of St. Louis. He was 90. Emergency responders summoned to Berry’s residence by his […]

Yvonne LaFargue Greene A Life Well Lived

Yvonne LaFargue Greene was born the first child to Isidore LaFargue and Eugenia Khaten LaFargue on August 6, 1932 in New Orleans, LA. Growing up in the projects of the segregated South and despite her circumstance, Yvonne was a vibrant child with many friends and a zest for life. Reflecting back on her early days, […]

‘A Trusted Comrade,’ Black Press Legend George Curry Dies at 69

(NNPA) – The Black Press lost one of it’s most celebrated warriors when George Curry, veteran journalist and former Editor-In-Chief of the NNPA News Wire, died from an apparent heart attack on Saturday, August 20. Curry was 69. “On behalf of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), we are all saddened and heartbroken by the […]

Prominent Black journalist, publisher George Curry has died

WASHINGTON (AP) — George E. Curry, a journalist, civil rights activist and publisher whose syndicated column ran in hundreds of black-owned newspapers around the United States, has died. He was 69. Curry, of Laurel, Maryland, died suddenly on Saturday at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland, after he was taken to the emergency room […]

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 […]