Obituaries

Business owner Hecky Powell has died

Hecky Powell, owner of Hecky’s Barbeque, an Evanston, Illinois, institution, and a leading civic leader, died Friday from pneumonia and after being exposed to the coronavirus. He was in his seventies. Mr. Powell opened the take-out restaurant in 1983, successfully serving residents from Chicago, Evanston and the North Shore. The restaurant also offered catering. The restaurant served a wide variety[Read More…]

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Little Richard is dead

He was the last of a Rock “N” Roll triumvirate By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Little Richard, one of the three founding fathers of Rock ‘N’ Roll, died recently, but the music he helped create continues to rock on. Little Richard’s death follows that of Ike Turner, who arguably recorded the first Rock ‘N’ Roll record, “Rocket 88” in 1951[Read More…]

Bill Withers dies

Genius singer and songwriter Bill Withers who wrote a string of hits has died March 30 of heart complications; his family announced. He was 81. “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly[Read More…]

Barbara Neely

There’s Boston Blackie and there’s Sam Spade. They were both fictional white guy private detectives. However, mystery writer Barbara Neely named her black woman private detective Blanche White. Blanche in French means white, so the detective’s name was white white. Neely’s character’s name is an obvious play on words, but we will never know for certain because Neeley, an award-winning[Read More…]

Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson, who plotted and checked calculations on paper for Astronaut John Glenn’s successful 1962 Earth orbit, died Monday. Mrs. Johnson was 101 years old. Glenn requested that Johnson specifically check and confirm trajectories and entry points the IBM computer had generated. Glenn did not trust computers and he asked Johnson to confirm the machine’s finding. She spent a day[Read More…]

Philadelphia journalist dies of a deadly ailment affecting a large percentage of black men

Heshimu Jaramogi, a Philadelphia journalist and a former colleague, has died of colon cancer, the third leading cause of cancer deaths in black men, according to the American Cancer Society. The 67-year-old Jaramogi died Tuesday at his home surrounded by family, according to news reports. He had been president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, receiving its lifetime achievement[Read More…]