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Bobby “Blue” Bland

Rodd Bland said his father died due to complications from an ongoing illness at his Memphis, Tenn., home. He was surrounded by relatives. Bland was known as the “the Sinatra of the blues” and was heavily influenced by Nat King Cole, often recording with lavish arrangements to accompany his smooth vocals. He even openly imitated Frank Sinatra on the “Two Steps From the Blues” album cover, standing in front o ...

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Remembering Rev. Doctor Lewis Flowers

Rev. Flowers was a tireless worker in this community for over 40 years. He was a constant fixture. Whenever there was a crisis or problem he was willing to work on solutions and follow through with actions to solve the problem. “The loss of Rev. Lewis Flowers reminds us how much our city gained from his life of love and service to our city,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. “Rev. Flowers is justly ce ...

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Brother of Ravens Receiver Torrey Smith Dies in Motorcycle Crash

The brother of Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey Smith died in the early morning hours of Sept. 23 following a motorcycle crash in Virginia, the team announced. Tevin Chris Jones, 19, died following a crash in West Moreland County, Virginia, the team said in a statement. Smith was informed of his brother’s death at approximately 1 a.m., and immediately left the team to be with his family, the Ravens said. Ra ...

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Queen of Disco Donna Summer Dies at Age 63

Queen of Disco Donna Summer Dies by Bobbi Booker
 Special to the NNPA from the Philadelphia Tribune In this May 21, 2008 photo, Donna Summer performs during the finale of “American Idol” at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Summer, the Queen of Disco who ruled the dance floors with anthems like “Last Dance,” “Love to Love You Baby” and “Bad Girl,” has died. Her family announced her death in a statement Thur ...

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