There will never be another Michael. He was and still is the best pop icon that ever lived! Happy Birthday King! We miss and love you.
It’s hard to believe its been 10 years since the untimely death of singer, dancer, actress and model Aaliyah Dana Houghton. The humble singer, passed away at the tender age of 22, following a plane crash off the coast of Marsh Harbour, Abaco Islands after filming, what became her last music video, “Rock The Boat”.
Like most of you, I’ll never forget where I was when I got word Aaliyah had died. I was on a trip back from Canada where I spent the entire summer. My older cousin drove, maybe, 12 hours to get back to the states. Not long after hitting New York City she switched the radio station and a reporter came on with the devastating news. I was shocked to say the least, I even choked up a little on the verge of tears. I can only imagine, my reaction must be similar to many of yours. Although we, the fans, did not know her personally, she seemed so kind, so gentle, humble, angelic and so talented! Many girls imitated her style (baggy jeans, alter top, long bangs, sun glasses Lol) but she could and will never be duplicated. Like the song she’s one in a million. May your soul rest in peace.
Let’s take a look back at some of her memorable songs and music videos.
In some unfortunate news this morning, Nick Ashford of the popular Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson has died at the age of 70.
Unbeknown to many, the singer/songwriter had been battling throat cancer and succumbed to the disease at a New York hospital yesterday, August 22.
Ashford, who along with wife Valerie Simpson wrote some of Motown’s biggest hits, died in a New York City hospital, said publicist Liz Rosenberg, who was Ashford’s longtime friend. He had been suffering from throat cancer and had undergone radiation treatment, she told The Associated Press.
In some unfortunate news today, former NFL athlete and ‘Police Academy’ actor Bubba Smith was found dead in his California home Wednesday.
The athlete played defensive end and tackle for the Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers during his football career but garnered new found fame playing an extremely large and intimidating police officer in the ‘Police Academy’ franchise.
Smith was found at his home on Sunlight Place in Baldwin Hills by a caretaker according to police. He is believed to have passed from natural causes. He was 66 years old.
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“What do you do when you see someone’s about to fall but you cannot catch them?”
This is the question I asked when I discovered Amy Winehouse had passed. This is a question I’m sure her family asks themselves since her demise. The singer’s body was found in her Camden, London apartment at approximately 3:54pm after two ambulances were called to her home.
Although the official cause of death have yet to be revealed, it is widely believed Winehouse passed from a drug overdose. The singer has battled alcohol and drug addiction for years. Her 2006 break out hit single “Rehab”, off her most successful album ‘Back to Black’, even detailed a bit of her addiction and her refusal to go to rehab. The album won five Grammy Awards, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made Winehouse the first British female to win five Grammys.
Many hoped she would beat her addiction however. In 2008, it seemed if just for a short while, Amy was making progress even stating, “I literally woke up one day and was like, ‘I don’t want to do this any more”. In the last four years Amy had spent her time in and out of rehab with the help of family and her record label in hopes of getting back to the music.
Winehouse is the latest musician to join the 27 Club, a list of artists who all passed at the age of 27, most notably due to drug addictions and overdose.
In an AllHipHop.com exclusive and the eve of Tupac’s 40th birthday, A Mr. Dexter Isaac confesses to the 1994 shooting of the late rapper beginning what became Hip-Hop’s biggest beef, east coast vs. west coast.
Isaac, who is currently serving a life sentence for murder, robbery along with other offenses, admitted to being instructed by long time gangster and associate James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond to shoot Pac for a measley $2,500.
According to All Hip Hop,
A man has admitted to being involved in the attack on rap star Tupac Shakur in 1994, inside Manhattan’s Quad Studios in November of 1994, after allegedly being paid $2,500 dollars by James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond.
Dexter Isaac, a former friend of Rosemond, is an inmate currently serving life in prison for murder, robbery and other offenses.
Isaac came forward Wednesday (June 15th) with the information on the eve of what would be Tupac’s 40th birthday.
Atlanta stylist, Dariel Pulliam, best known for his work as a makeup artists for reality shows including, ‘Frankie & Neffe’, ‘Tears-Shears-n-Beauty’ and recently ‘What Chilli Wants’ passed away Tuesday, April 5.
He was also a stylist to stars including Keyshia Cole, best-friend and stylist to Keyshia’s sister Neffe of the ‘Frankie & Neffe’ show, Tionna Smalls of ‘What Chilli Wants’, singer Tiffany Evans, Adrienne Bailon, and Angel Luv to name a few.
According to his doctors Dariel died from a staph infection. A staphylococcal infection can cause a wide variety of infections in humans and other animals through either toxin production or invasion. A common cause of staph is food poisoning, from improper preparation and storage of food.
In a statement released by her family early Saturday Morning, Geraldine Ferraro lost her battle to cancer in a Boston Hospital just before 10am.
The New York congresswoman was the first woman chosen to run as VP for a major party. She ran alongside Walter Mondale’s in his presidential campaign against Ronald Reagan in 1984.
In her speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention, Ferraro stated, “By choosing a woman to run you send a powerful signal to all Americans: There are no doors we cannot unlock. We will place no limits on achievement. If we can do this, we can do anything.”
Sarah Palin, who often used Ferraro as an example during her own VP run alongside John McCain, included in a brief message on her Facebook page, “She broke one huge barrier and then went on to break many more. The world will miss her. May she rest in peace and may her example of hard work and dedication to America continue to inspire all women.”
Ferraro was 75 years old.
In some unfortunate news, acting legend Elizabeth Taylor passes away this morning at the age of 79.
Plagued with illness in recent years, the Oscar winning actress succumbed to heart failure at Cedai Sinai Hospital at approximately 1:30am.
“She was surrounded by her children – Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd and Maria Burton,” Taylor’s publicist, Sally Morrison, said in a statement.
Taylor best known for her stunning beauty, many marriages and her perfume empire was an avid advocate for AIDS research. She was even awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, in recognition of her charity work in 1993.
To commemorate the stars legacy, the family asks that contributions be made to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Details of a memorial service will be announced at a later date.
R.I.P Ms. Taylor.
Some sad news in the music world today, singer Loleatta Holloway passed away this morning at the age of 64. According to reports, the disco and soul singer died from heart failure after battling a brief illness.
Loleatta Holloway, born November 5, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois, began singing gospel with her mother in the Holloway Community Singers and went on to recorded with Albertina Walker in the Caravans gospel group.
Her most notable song “Love Sensation” has been recorded many times over but never duplicated. The single sampled in Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s “Good Vibrations” (1991) garnered Holloway her first U.S #1.
Wow! Such a flash back of Mark Wahlberg’s rap days! Ha!!
Sad news in the hip-hop community today. Nathaniel Hale better known as his stage name, Nate Dogg, passed away yesterday at the age of 41. The musician was better known for his hooks on popular hip-hop records with artists such as Snoop Snogg, Warren G, Dr. Dre, Fabolous, and Eminem just to name a few.
Nate Dogg was born in Long Beach, California in 1969 and discovered his musical ability as a young child singing in the New Hope Baptist Church in Long Beach and Clarksdale, Mississippi where his father (Daniel Lee Hale) was pastor. He was discovered in 1991 after recording a demo as a member of rap trio 213, along with Snoop Dogg and Warren G. The demo was later heard by Dr. Dre and as they say the rest is history. In 1992 the singer made his debut on Dr. Dre’s The Chronic .
Plague with two strokes in recent years, first in 2007 and another in 2008, the singer struggled throughout his recovery process undergoing physical therapy in hopes of regaining total physical and mental health.
In a statement released by Hale’s family the musician passed away late last night. The cause of death is still unknown at this time.
R.I.P Nate Dogg.
Nate Dogg Medley
Teena Marie, the ‘Ivory Queen of Soul’, was finally laid to rest on Monday afternoon. Her remains were cremated and a private memorial was held Forest Lawn Cemetery’s Liberty Hall in California. As you may already know, the singer passed away a day after Christmas in her sleep from natural causes at the age of 54. The singer was discovered by her daughter who was also celebrating her 19th birthday Christmas Day.
In attendance, one time mentor and Motown founder Barry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Stevie Wonder and Shanice Wilson. While Gordy spoke in memory of the soulful singer Shanice and Smokey Robinson as well as Marie’s daughter Alia Rose sang spirituals.
May your soul rest in peace Teena Marie.