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ASSOCIATED PRESS LAS VEGAS— Mary Wilson, the longest-reigning original Supreme, has died at 76 years old. Wilson died Monday night at her home in Las Vegas and the cause was not immediately clear, said publicist Jay Schwartz. Wilson, Diana Ross and Florence Ballard made up the first successful configuration of The Supremes. Ballard was replaced […]

COMPILED BY FLORIDA COURIER STAFF Gospel legend Bishop Rance Allen has died at age 71. Allen died around 3 a.m. Oct. 31 while recovering from a medical procedure at Heartland ProMedica in Sylvania, Ohio, according to a joint statement from his wife, Ellen, and manager Toby Jackson. Allen is known for leading the Rance Allen […]

BLACKNEWS.COM During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some of the world’s biggest Black musicians are using their talents to create anthems that call for unity and offer musical lyrics that the global community can resonate with. There are actually more R&B, hip hop and reggae songs about the coronavirus pandemic than most would believe. Here are […]

BY SONAIYA KELLEY LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Betty Wright, the singer-songwriter and producer best known for her 1971 soul-disco classic “Clean Up Woman,” died Sunday at her home in Miami of cancer. She was 66. In addition to becoming a key player in the Miami funk sound of the ’70s, Wright remained a mainstay on the […]

BY GABRIELLE CALISE TAMPA BAY TIMES/TNS The ritual of hand-washing shouldn’t just be a swish of the palms with some soap and water. And lately, doing it right is more important than ever: Scrubbing frequently with hot water and soap is the easiest thing you can do to cut your chances of spreading coronavirus, according […]

BY GREG KOTCHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS Lizzo is having a year that has moved so readily from peak to peak that sometimes it feels scripted. She appears destined to win a bunch of artist-of-the-year accolades in a few months, a case of a talented if highly unconventional innovator arriving on a bigger stage at just the right […]

BY NARDINE SAADLOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS “Old Town Road” phenom Lil Nas X made some major allusions on Sunday, leading many to believe that he came out as gay. It turns out he did, The Times has confirmed. The country-music rapper closed out Pride Month all but saying so in a series of rainbow-hued tweets pointing […]

We had the pleasure of going to the musical entitled “Pride and Joy” at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. It was the Mothers’ Day weekend and the theatre was packed. The history of American Black music is a key component of our history and rich culture. “Pride and Joy” is the Marvin Gaye story […]

BY WILLIAM BENDER PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER/TNS PHILADELPHIA – First she was covered up. Now, apparently she is gone. The bronze statue of the late singer Kate Smith has been removed from outside Philadelphia’s Xfinity Live! as the Flyers looked into racist lyrics she sang. “While Kate Smith’s performance of “God Bless America” cannot be erased from […]