A Queen and her common folks: Aretha Franklin's homegoing

As only an admiring peon, I had no invitation to attend the homegoing of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Fans travel from near and far in celebration of Aretha Franklin

Several civil rights leaders, former presidents and others offered touching and poignant tributes to Aretha Franklin, affectionately known to the world as the Queen of Soul, during her funeral in Detroit on Friday.

AUDELCO President Grace L. Jones passes at 90

Grace L. Jones, 90, passed early in the morning Sunday, Aug. 26 due to heart issues.

Detroit bids farewell to its 'Queen of Soul'

Aretha Franklin had admirers the world over, but there’s no doubt the flame burned brightest in Detroit — the place she was raised and remained for most of her life.

Long live the ‘Queen of Soul,’ Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, will be remembered mainly for her heavenly voice, which Aug. 16, joined the angelic choir not too far from Mahalia Jackson and Clara Ward, the latter who mentored Franklin and was the companion to ...

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first Black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80.

Funeral arrangements announced for Aretha Franklin

Funeral arrangements are set for the late Aretha Franklin.

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin dies at age 76

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, died Thursday according to reports after battling with illness. She was 76.

President of West Indian American Day Carnival Association passes away in sleep

It was a shock Monday morning, Aug. 6, when the West Indian American Day Carnival Association announced the sudden passing of their president, William Howard—just a month away from New York’s massive annual Sept.1 to Sept. 3 carnival.

Beverly Moorehead, mother of Dr. Brenda Greene and grandmother of Talib Kweli, passes away

Beverly A. Moorehead, mother of Dr. Brenda M. Greene, JoAnn and Dennis Adams and Lori Moorehead, and grandmother of rapper Talib Kweli, passed away last week.

The unfazed fighter for justice, Ron Dellums, is dead at 82

Whether on the streets of Oakland, in the Marines or on the floor in Congress, Ron Dellums was a fighter. The same tenacity he demonstrated as a youth when he was assailed by a bully who called him a “dirty ...

Boxing trainer extraordinaire John Clinton Grinage, passes at 89

John Clinton Grinage was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 19, 1928, at St. Mary’s Hospital to Luther and Viola Grinage. He was the sole offspring of that union. Grinage’s father was a professional boxer in Belize during the 1920s and ...

Goodbye and thank you Beverly Alston

Funeral services for late community activist Beverly Alston were held Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. Mourners packed the church to remember the woman known as a Harlem icon.

Black Panther Party co-founder Elbert 'Big Man' Howard dies

Elbert "Big Man" Howard, a co-founder of the Black Panther Party who served as newspaper editor, information officer and logistics genius behind the group's popular social programs, has died at age 80.

A freedom fighter has passed: Dr. Theo Ben Gurirab of Namibia

Dr. Theo Ben Gurirab, Namibia’s first foreign minister and second prime minister who was, according to Namibia’s President Hage Geingob, “a comrade and giant of the Namibian struggle for liberation,” died Saturday, July 14, 2018, after a long illness at ...