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.
Born Chloe Anthony Wofford in 1931, Toni Morrison was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. As one of the most celebrated authors in the world, Morrison also wrote plays and children’s books. Her novels have earned her countless prestigious awards including the Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
Toni attended Howard University in Washington, and continued her studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Eventually, Morrison taught English at Howard University and Texas Southern University where she wrote her first book “The Bluest Eye” in 1970. Morrison received the Pulitzer Prize, in 1988, for the novel Beloved which was eventually turned into a movie starring Oprah Winfrey. (Sources: womenshistory.org & famousafricanamericans.org)
Morrison passed away August 5, 2019 at the age of 88.
This Summer, The National Museum of African American Music will open and will be the only institution dedicated to showcasing music genres created, influenced, and inspired by black Americans. (Source: CBS This Morning)