I just heard about Shirley Temple Black's death. I am an African-American woman who associates the child star with my childhood. Apparently she passed away last night, Monday, February 10, on my birthday. At age 85, she was almost 30 years older than I am now, born one year later than my mother. But in my mind, she's still around 6 years old, the symbol of a sweet little girl who can make it through any crisis.
Legendary singer and actress Lena Horne died late Sunday night, Mother's Day 2010, at age 92 in New York. The New York Times says her son-in-law Kevin Buckley, the husband of her daughter, Gail, announced her passing, and then the piece continues with a recounting of her life as the first African-American to land a long-term contract with a big Hollywood studio, MGM.
Multiple news sources, including The Root, report that R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass died yesterday of colon cancer at age 59. The Philadelphia, Penn., native passed away in a Philadelphia hospital.
Dan DeLuca, the Philadelphia Inquirer's music critic opens his piece on Pendergrass, saying:
I look in the casket but the you I knew is not there. Left instead is the body-suit you wore when I knew you. Who you were, your essence, your soul, is not there. The man I bore two children with, the friends with whom I shared my young mothering days, the man who came to all the community meetings and was so handsome everybody stared at and flirted with him, the woman on the corner who used to meet the kids’ buses after school, the “aintee,” the cousin, the colleague, the neighbor, the friend of the friend.
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