Aaliyah died on this day 08/25/01 in a plane crash while traveling back to the U.S. after shooting her iconic “Rock the Boat,” video in the Bahamas. Aaliyah’s presence and time in the industry was precious, she paved the way for starlets like Beyonce, Ciara, and Tinashe. Her work with Timbaland and Missy Elliot was innovative and groundbreaking. There was a certain mystery about Aaliyah that kept her fans intrigued and in tuned to whatever she was doing.
Sixteen years later, Aaliyah’s life has been made into a movie, books have been the subject of her life and her music has been sampled and revered in past and current generations. She will continue to be a standard that upcoming starlets are held too.
We are still missing you!! Continue to rest in power!!
Rest in Power to Dick Gregory! His family confirmed the sad news on his instagram page last night.
Dick Gregory was a comedian and civil rights activist who broke barriers in the 1960s and became one of the first African-Americans to perform at white clubs. He often used segregation and racial injustice as material in his comedic acts. He definitely broke down barriers and was a active voice for the people. Condolences to his family and friends.
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It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, DC. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time. More details will be released over the next few days – Christian Gregory
Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, solo rapper and a member of Mobb Deep, passed away at the age 42 on yesterday.
According to TMZ, Prodigy died in Las Vegas. He was in the city as part of the “Art of Rap Tour” with Ghostface Killah, Onyx, KRS-One, and Ice-T.
An official statement was released via his rep through Billboard.
“It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep.” “We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”
Many fans, artists, producers, and members of the Hip-Hop community have expressed an outpouring of love and hurt for the legendary rapper. Everyone from Nas, Nicki Minaj, Q-Tip, A$AP Rocky, and more have taken to IG and Twitter to memorialize his passing. When you think of NYC 90’s/00’s hip hop, you automatically recall a classic Mobb Depp record. R.I.P Prodigy your legacy will continue to carry on.
In a new book named ‘The Blood of Emmett Till‘ out next week, author Timothy Tyson reveals that he engaged in a conversation with Carolyn Bryant Donham back in 2002 about Emmett’s death. She is the woman who accused Emmett of whistling at her back in 1955.
As a result, a group of white men burst into the home of 14-year-old Emmett Till, kidnapped him, tortured, mutilated and shot him and dumped him in the Tallahatchie River. This year, long after his murderers were found Not Guilty and the passing of Emmett’s mother, Donham has something to confess.
“I made it up.”
Much to Tyson’s surprise, the now elderly woman (who has been married twice since her relatives slaughtered the teenage boy) had this to say when she was asked about she had accused him of doing to her.
That part’s not true.
Yes, the 82-year old now claims that the incident in which she claimed saw Till make lewd remarks towards her and threatened her safety was a lie.
Vanity Fair adds:
As for the rest of what happened that evening in the country store, she said she couldn’t remember. She reflective in Timothy Tyson’s presence, wistfully volunteering, “Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him.”
She also admitted she “felt tender sorrow,” Tyson would note, “for Mamie Till-Mobley”—Emmett Till’s mother, who died in 2003 after a lifetime spent crusading for civil rights. (She had bravely insisted that her son’s casket remain open at his funeral in order to show America what had been done to him.) “When Carolyn herself [later] lost one of her sons, she thought about the grief that Mamie must have felt and grieved all the more.”
Happy 37th Birthday to Aaliyah!! You are truly missed, your presence and legacy in the world continues to inspire and will for generations to come.