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 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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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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Florence Henderson – Photo Source: Twitter @itsflohenderson
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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