Model, restaurant owner and lifestyle guru, B. Smith died Saturday night in her home from Alzheimer’s. She was 70. In 1976 she became the first black woman featured on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine. She opened 3 restaurants in New York City, Long Island and Washington, DC. Smith also had her own cooking and lifestyle show, B. Smith with Style, which made its debut in 1997.
Often unfairly called the black Martha Stewart, B. Smith was a legend in her own right. Smith embodied glamour affluence, poise, grace and Afrocentrism. B. Smith rocked natural hair before it was popular in the main stream. She was always different but yet the same. She spoke to many black people who thought that’s exactly me. We drink wine. We are cultured. Conversely she showed others a broader or image of the African-American. (More From: Colorstream Media)
John Robert Lewis was born on February 21, 1940 and is the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district. Now in his 17th term in the House, Lewis, was also a chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was one of the “Big Six” leaders who organized the 1963 March on Washington… as well as other key roles in the Civil Rights Movement.
Lewis has been presented many honorary degrees and awards, including the highest civilian honor of the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. On December 29, 2019, it was announced that Lewis is receiving treatment for Stage IV pancreatic cancer. Our prayers are with this political giant. Source: Biography.com and wikipedia.org)
Howard Sheffield, Arthur Lowe and Gary Smith dazzled crowds on a line together for the Mount Forest Redmen, an intermediate hockey team in a small Ontario town. Reports say the three were skilled players and packed arenas wherever they played. Somewhere along the way, they earned the nickname the Black Flashes. (CBC Canadian News)
Ja’Net Dubois (1945 – 2020), is perhaps best known for playing Willona Wood on “Good Times”. Dubois was found dead in her California home on February 17, 2020. She was 74 years old. Her death appears to be due to natural causes.
In addition to Good Times, Dubois also composed and sang, “Movin’ On Up” the theme song for “The Jeffersons” TV show, has two Emmy Awards for her voice-over work on the “The PJ’s” tv series and appeared in several films including: “Diary of a Mad Housewife”, “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”, and “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.” (Source: blackmail4u.com)
That time Ja’net Dubois turned a theme song into an altar call.