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Biz Markie, known for classic rap song ‘Just a Friend,’ dies

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. AP News LOS ANGELES (AP) — Biz Markie, a hip-hop staple known for his beatboxing prowess, turntable mastery and the 1989 classic...

Clarence Williams III, ‘The Mod Squad’s’ Linc, dies at 81

By LINDSEY BAHR Associated Press Clarence Williams III, who played the cool undercover cop Linc Hayes on the counterculture series “The Mod Squad” and Prince’s father...

Family remembers ‘Cleve’ Eaton, 80, the jazz great, who died Sun.

By Barnett Wright The Birmingham Times Cleveland “Cleve” Eaton, the Hall of Fame jazz legend from Fairfield (Ala.), died on Sunday morning. He was 80. “He was...

HARPER LEE, ‘TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD’ AUTHOR, HAS DIED AT 89

BY KENDAL WEAVER AND HILLEL ITALIE   NEW YORK (AP) -- Harper Lee, the elusive novelist whose child's-eye view of racial injustice in a small Southern...

Jennifer Williams Announces The Loss Of Her Mother

  A former Basketball Wives star is mourning the loss of her mother just days after celebrating Christmas with her. Jennifer Williams revealed on Instagram that...

Pips Member William Guest Dies, Gladys Knight Issues Statement

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gladys Knight is asking God to look after one of her beloved band members who has died. Knight and her brother,...

PRODUCER, RODEO IMPRESARIO LU VASON DIES AT 76

PRODUCER, RODEO IMPRESARIO LU VASON DIES AT 76 -- "Innovator created African American Rodeo Circuit" -- Denver, CO (BlackNews.com) -- Friends and family...

Percy Sledge, Who Sang ‘When A Man Loves a Woman,’ Dies

Percy Sledge, Who Sang ‘When A Man Loves a Woman,’ Dies BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Percy Sledge, who recorded the classic 1966 soul ballad “When...

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