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Anita Pointer of The Pointer Sisters dies at age 74

By Tina Burnside and Nouran Salahieh, CNN Anita Pointer, one of the founding members of the R&B group The Pointer Sisters, has died at age 74, according to her publicist Roger Neal. Pointer passed away Saturday at her home in Los Angeles where she was surrounded by her family, Neal said in a statement to CNN. The cause…

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Thom Bell, an architect of 1970s Philadelphia soul, dies

by HILLEL ITALIE | AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Thom Bell, the Grammy-winning producer, writer and arranger who helped perfect the “Sound of Philadelphia” of the 1970s with the inventive, orchestral settings of such hits as the Spinners’ “I’ll Be Around” and the Stylistics’ “Betcha by Golly, Wow,” has died at age 79.…

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Sonya Eddy, longtime ‘General Hospital’ actress, dies at 55: ‘She left an indelible imprint’

Story by Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY – Soap opera star Sonya Eddy, best known for playing Epiphany Johnson on “General Hospital,” has died at 55, her business partner Tyler Ford confirmed in a statement to USA TODAY. “It with the heaviest heart that I have to announce the sudden passing of my business partner, creative soulmate, and best friend…

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Bertha McNeal, co-founder of Motown’s Velvelettes, dies at 82

Susan Whitall Special to The Detroit News Bertha Barbee McNeal, who co-founded Motown’s Velvelettes, known for their songs “Needle in a Haystack” and “(He Was) Really Saying Something,” died Thursday, in hospice, in Kalamazoo. She was 82. McNeal and the Velvelettes were that rarity, an intact Motown group comprised of all original members when they…

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The Last Temptation: Otis Williams talks Motown and the Temptations musical ‘Ain’t Too Proud’

Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019, in New York. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions/TNS)Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images North America/TNS by Peter Larsen, the Orange County Register – ANAHEIM, Calif. — Otis Williams, the last of the original Temptations, says each time he sees “Ain’t Too Proud,” the Broadway…

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Missy Elliott Gives Commencement Speech, Donates $20K to Norfolk State University: ‘You Already Won’

Story by Gil Kaufman • Billboard – You really can go home again. And, sometimes when you do they give you an honorary degree for your impressive accomplishments. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott was celebrated in her hometown of Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday (Dec. 10) during the fall 2022 commencement ceremony at Norfolk State University. The Virginia Pilot reported that…

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