Obituaries

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…]

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Author Barbara Neely

  There’s Boston Blackie and there’s Sam Spade. They were both 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. An obvious play on words, but we will never know because Neeley, an award-winning mystery writer who was a black[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…]

U.S. Representative Cummings dies

  Cummings was chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee investigating President Donald Trump He represented Maryland’s 7th District since 1996.   U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee investigating the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump, died Tuesday in a Baltimore hospice. Representative Cummings, who represented Baltimore’s 7th Congressional District since 1996, was[Read More…]

Robert Mugabe, leader of Zimbabwe, is dead

Mugabe earned seven academic degrees, including a law degree from the University of London. He was one of the world’s most-educated leaders Robert Mugabe, long-term president of Zimbabwe, who was condemned and punished by Western nations for transferring fertile farmland seized by whites to blacks during British colonial rule of the country, then known as Rhodesia, has died. Mr. Mugabe,[Read More…]

Joan Johnson, cofounder of Johnson Products Co.

After George and Joan Johnson divorced, she sold the company to Ivax Corp. for $60 million, which led to the couple’s reconciliation   Joan B. Johnson, who cofounded Johnson Products, the Chicago-based black hair care products company, with her husband, George Johnson, has died. Mrs. Johnson, who was 89, died Friday from a combination of the medical ailments, stemming from[Read More…]