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1980s Icon Irene Cara Has Died

Irena Cara, best known for her work on Flashdance and Fame, has passed away at the age of 63. Her publicist broke the news on social media (via Deadline) and a cause of death has not been provided at this time. She will be remembered for her numerous award-winning contributions to the world of music and acting. Irena Cara performed and co-wrote…

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Ms. Emma Lee Starks Lewis Jenkins February 18, 1934 – October 26, 2022 Columbia, South Carolina – Funeral services for Ms. Emma Jenkins will be held today, 11 a.m. at New Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1236 Gregg Street, Columbia with burial at Palmetto Cemetery. Emma Jenkins was born to the late Rev. Leroy Starks and the…

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Onnidan Mourns the Loss of Founder Eric Moore

Eric Moore, Founder of The Onnidan Group, has passed away. Moore originally formed The Onnidan Group in 1986 as a source of sports information for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Since then, Onnidan has expanded into providing statistical services, information brokering, personal computer operations consulting, custom application development and website administration for HBCUs, non-HBCUs,…

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Daniel Smith, One of Last People Born to Enslaved Americans, Dies at 90

Daniel R. Smith, a civil rights demonstrator born to an enslaved father, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 19, according to The Washington Post. He was one of the remaining living people whose parents were in American bondage. Reporters say he died at a hospital in Washington at age 90. Smith, who grew up in the 1930s, remembers…

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‘American Idol’ Runner-Up Willie Spence Dies at 23

By Gil Kaufman – Willie Spence, the Georgia singer who stole viewers’ hearts during his run to second place on the 2021 season of American Idol, has died. The news was shared by fellow Idol alum Katharine McPhee-Foster, who wrote in her Instagram story on Tuesday (Oct. 11) that she’d just received the news…

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Rap star Coolio dies at age 59

by City News Service Coolio, the Compton-raised rapper who achieved international fame with the 1990s Grammy-winning single “Gangsta’s Paradise,” has died in Los Angeles at age 59. The rapper’s manager told that Coolio–whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr–collapsed in a bathroom at a friend’s house on Wednesday. When he didn’t come out of…

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