Bronx rapper Fred The Godson has died due to COVID-19

Rapper Fred The Godson has passed away due to complications with COVID-19 as reported by Complex. Fred let the world know that he was affected by the virus via his instagram page on April 6, 2020. He posted a picture of himself wearing an oxygen mask and stated “Good morning y’all! Through it all we all are still ‘BLESSED’ hope I all have a blessed,” he wrote.

Fred’s friend and collaborator Jaquae posted to instagram confirming his friends passing. “Sleep in peace brother…You’ll never be forgotten. LOVE U MAN. I have so much things to say but I’m lost right now.” posted Jaqaue

The South Bronx rapper was on the 2011 issue of XXL’s Magazine’s Freshman cover alongside, Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, Meek Mill, YG and more.

Fred was a consistent face in the landscape of rap and his skills were highly respected by his peers. He released a few mixtapes that did not reach mainstream acclaim. However they made him official. Check out the freestyle he did on Funkmaster Flex’s show. His wordplay was uncanny.

This story is being updated.

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Renaissance woman and Lifestyle pioneer B. Smith has died

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Barbara Elaine Smith, also known as B. Smith has died.  B. Smith was a renaissance woman. Smith started her modeling career with Ebony Fashion Fair, and was the first Black model to be featured on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine in 1976. She was a restaurateur, an author and a Lifestyle guru. The Pennsylvania native took full advantage of her God given gifts. Her most recent book was one she wrote with her husband Dan Gasby in 2016 called Before I Forget, detailing her struggles with Alzheimers.

Her husband made the announcement of her passing via instagram. 

“B. died peacefully Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 10:50 pm, of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease in our home in Long Island, New York. She was 70.” Gasby posted.

Smith went public with her disease in July of 2014. There was some controversy surrounding the fact that Gasby started a relationship with another woman while taking care of his ailing wife whom he has been married to for 27 years. 

Gasby went public with the relationship and suffered backlash. Gasby went public with the relationship and suffered backlash. In an interview with Al Roker on Today, Gasby said that Smith insisted he make the relationship public. 

“Because that’s what Barbara asked me to do, to talk about it,” he said. “It spun out of control to ‘I’m having an affair. This woman, because of who she is, is taking B’s money. We’re abusing B. B wouldn’t want this.’ These people have never even talked to B.” said Gasby

Smith will be best remembered for her show B. Smith With Style that debuted in 1997. Always the picture of style and grace Smith would share tips for home decor and recipes. The show aired for a decade on NBC stations in more than 90% of U.S. households and in 40 countries. Smith was a Lifestyle pioneer. She had a talent for decor and her first home collection debuted and Bed Bath and Beyond in 2001. Her line, named The B. Smith with Style Home Collection was the first line by an African American Woman to be sold with retailers nationwide. 

Smith leaves behind her husband and her step daughter Dana.  

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Rapper Juice Wrld dead at 21

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Juice Wrld whose real name is Jarad Anthony Higgins died while suffering a seizure at Chicago’s Midway airport. The Chicago born rapper gained his notoriety in 2018 with the release of  the singles “All Girls Are The Same” and “Lucid Dreams” His album Goodbye and Good Riddance released in 2018 charted at number 6 on the Billboard 200. His second album Death Race For Love was released in 2019. It charted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and has been received with much critical acclaim.

According to TMZ Juice arrived on an early flight from California to Chicago. Witnesses say he suffered a seizure while walking through the airport.

Juice Wrld represented the standard when it comes to the new crop of millennial rappers that have come out recently. He turned down a spot on the coveted XXL Freshman cover and his star continued to rise after signing with Interscope.

Higgins joins an unfortunate list of rappers who have passed away in their early twenties within the past 2 years, This list includes Lil Peep, Mac Miller, XXXtentacion and Fredo Santa. All but one of the aforementioned artists have had public bouts with drugs and depression. “I dropped prescriptions to make me feel a ok, I know its all in my head” raps Juice Wrld on his song “Lucid Dreams”

Juice Wrld just turned 21 on December 2, 2019

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Grammy award winning Jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove dead at 49

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Roy Hargrove the prolific jazz trumpeter and Grammy award winner has died at the age of 49 due to cardiac arrest. Hargrove’s death is a blow to the music industry. Over three decades Hargrove managed became an elite Jazz musician and helped to enhance the flavor of Black music with his broad and elaborate horn arrangements. The best examples of this are in D’Angelos Voodoo, Common’s Like Water for Chocolate and Erykah Badu’s Mama’s Gun.

Many of his music industry cohorts took to Twitter to provide their condolences.

 

 

 

Hargrove was born on October 16th 1969 in Waco Texas. He attended Booker T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas Texas where he was discovered by Wynton Marsalis. He continued to study music at Berkelee College of Music in Boston. He released his first album Diamond in the Rough in 1990. In 1998 Hargrove won the Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album for Habana with the Afro-Cuban band he founded. In 2002 he won his second Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album Directions in Music: Love at Massey Hall that also featured jazz impresarios Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker. In 2003 Hargove release the RH Factor that was recorded in the famed Electric Lady Studios. RH Factor showcased Erykah Badu, Common and featured George Clinton.

Trumpeter and composer Theo Croker took to twitter to share a feeling that may be universal with respect to anyone who worked with Hargrove. “My heart is completely broken. The passing of legend #RoyHargrove is a  huge loss to the entire music community. No one single musician has ever represented the scope of Black American music with as much integrity as Roy. Simply put he was the greatest of all time. REST in POWER” he wrote

Hargrove was recently touring and was scheduled to perform at Bethany Baptist Church in Newark New Jersey at the TD James Moody Jazz festival.

Hargrove is survived by his wife Aida Barnes, his daughter Kamara Hargrove, his brother Brian Hargrove and his mother Jacklyn Hargrove.

 

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Chicago rapper Fredo Santana dead at 27

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Fredo Santana – (Photo source: instagram – @fredosantanassr)

Chicago rapper Fredo Santana has died at the age of 27. In October of 2017 Fredo whose real name is Derrick Coleman announced on Instagram that he was hospitalized due to kidney failure.

“Been in here since Friday doctor say a n***a had kidney failure an liver failure,” he wrote. “I’m getting back to normal sorry to all my fans turbo bandana will not be dropping tomorrow due to my health issues thanks for everyone who prayed for a n***a I wouldn’t wish this on my worse enemy.”

Fredo is the cousin of fellow rapper Cheif Keef and rose to prominence in 2012. Fredo was in the process of recording and dropping his latest effort Walking Legend 2.He released his latest mixtape Fredo Kruger 2 in the fall of last year.

TMZ reported that Fredo was found dead on the floor of his LA home by his girlfriend. News of Fredo’s death has swept social media.

Lil B the Based God had this to say via Twitter

“Let one off in the air for fredo santana !! For life they cudnt stop that man SSR for life CHICAGO for life Chief Keef chop durk Reese Gino sd the whole Chicago what it do joe we living it up joe Chicago joe for life too fredo”

There is speculation that the drug known as “Lean” which has been known to cause seizures was the source of Fredo’s health problems. Fredo eluded to his drug use and mentioned that he may go to rehab because of it. “Hopefully I can be the face to sho n***as to slow down an we got our whole life ahead of us fuck being rock stars gettin high I got ptsd,” he said. “I was running from my old life tryna get high didn’t want to face them demons…I’m getting help I might just go to rehab.” he said on Twitter

Fredo is survived by his son Legend who was born last year.

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Activist Erica Garner daughter of Eric Garner dead at 27

Activist Erica Garner has died due to complications from a heart attack she suffered last week. She was 27. Erica’s father Eric Garner was killed by A New York police officer in 2014 after they attempted to arrest him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. His death was captured on video for the world to see and sparked the movement for better policing and shed light on the relationship that Black people have with officers in their communities. The officer choked Eric Garner out as Garner continuously mentions he can breathe.

Erica rose to the occasion and fought for her father and her people. She was unapologetic and fearless. She represented a constant voice for justice. I hope her death and her father’s death will not be in vain. Police brutality must continue to be attacked until it is eradicated.

Erica had been in a coma since last Saturday because of cardiac arrest. Her death was confirmed on her twitter account.

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Hip Hop trailblazer Reggie Ossé host of Combat Jack podcast has died at 48

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Hip Hop trailblazer and host of the popular podcast the Combat Jack Show Reggie Ossé has passed away at the age of 48. Ossé shared his cancer diagnosis just a few months ago via social media.

Born of Haitian parents in Brooklyn NY Ossé entered the world of hip-hop as a music attorney and executive after graduating from Cornell University. His clients represent a list of hip-hop greats. Jay Z, Dj Clark Kent and Capone, and Noreaga were clients he represented. Ossé was also the former managing editor of the once so-called hip-hop bible The Source Magazine.

Ossé helped to lead the explosion of the podcast game with the launch of his show in 2010. His show focused on interviewing “legacy” artists such as Chuck D of Public Enemy, Ice Cube and Ice T. His focus on legacy artists was prominent however he still interviewed more contemporary artists like J Cole, Ace Hood, and G Herbo.

His show became the flagship of the Loudspeakers network and led the way to a podcast revolution. He recently did a special on the life and death of hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty who passed away under suspicious circumstances in August of 2012. The special was called “Mogul” and took into account the life of Chris Lighty leading up to his final days.

Ossé’s history as an attorney and executive created an atmosphere where his interviews were open and honest and the listener would always leave with more insight with regards to whomever he was speaking with.

The news of Ossé’s passing has sent shockwaves through the internet.

 

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BREAKING: Cuba’s polarizing former leader Fidel Castro dead at 90

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Fidel Castro – Photo Source: instagram @kwetutanzania

Cuba’s state television has confirmed the death of their former leader Fidel Castro. This happens at a historic time in this country when relations with Cuba are on the mend and travel between the United States and Cuba is now allowed. Castro’s career as a politician came to prominence when he planned to overthrow Cuban President Fulgencio Batista. He did not succeed. He regrouped after serving a year in prison joined forces with his brother and the beloved revolutionary Che Guevara. The next attempt to overthrow Batista was successful. Castro rose to power and ultimately became Prime Minister of Cuba.

Castro was a thorn in the side of the United States because of his relation with the Soviet Union. This relationship lead to the Bay Of Pigs invasion in 1961 the invasion was an attempt to overthrow Castro. It failed. The relationship forged with the Soviet Union grew stronger as a result of the United States actions. Castro allowed the Soviet Union to place nuclear weapons on the island. This prompted the Cuban Missile Crisis and was a turning point in the Cold War of 1962.

In February of 1962 President Kennedy established an embargo against Cuba to reduce “the threat posed by its alignment with communist powers” The embargo included almost all imports from Cuba. This embargo helped to cripple the countries economy and caused many of the countries elite to flee the country for resettlement in the United States. The large concentration of Cubans in Miami is a direct reflection of this mass flight.

A vote by the United Nation in 2015 urged the United States to lift the economic embargo against Cuba. Last December, President Obama ordered full restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba. Travel restrictions have been eased. The 56-year-old embargo is only allowed to be lifted by congress.

In 2008 Fidel stepped down as president of Cuba after falling ill. He handed over power to his brother Raul Castro who currently holds the position.

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‘Brady Bunch’ Mom Florence Henderson dead at 82

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Americas most beloved step-mom Florence Henderson has died at the age of 82 according to various news sources. Henderson is best known for her role as Carol Brady in the hit show The Brady Bunch that premiered in 1969. It originally ran from 1969 to 1974. This show about a blended family was a mainstay on American television sets for at least three decades in the form of television shows/specials and reruns. Millions watched the Brady’s and helped it become the iconic television show that it is.

Kayla Pressman, Henderson’s manger said she  died surrounded by family and friends, in a statement late Thursday.

Henderson started her career on the stage, and grew into a seasoned Broadway actress. In 2010 she was a contestant on the ABC show Dancing with the Stars.

Barry Williams who played the eldest son Greg on the Brady Bunch wrote a book in 1992 called Growing Up Brady: I Was A Teenage Greg. He mentions going out on a date with his TV mother Henderson. He was 16 and Henderson was 39 at the time. This date grew into an urban legend that they had an actual relationship while on the show.

This kind of story growing into some type of television folklore shows the lasting impression Henderson and the Brady Buch has on its millions of fans.

Maureen McCormick who played her eldest daughter Marsha on The Brady Bunch honored her TV mom with a tweet.

Her manager Kayla Pressman said she is survived by her children; Barbara, Joseph, Robert and Lizzie, their respective spouses, and five grandchildren.

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